Director Anurag Kashyap approached actors like Aamir, Saif Ali Khan and Hrithik Roshan for his ambitious period drama ‘Bombay Velvet’ before it finally landed with Ranbir Kapoor.
The director said he needed a big star to raise money for his big-budget film. Also, starring Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar, the film is currently in post production.
Based on author Gyan Prakash’s book, Mumbai Fables, ‘Bombay Velvet’ chronicles the story of how the city became a metropolis. The Bombay of 1950s and ’60s recreated in Sri Lanka. Anurag now plans to release it in May next year.
‘Bombay Velvet’ was expensive from the beginning. It is the most tight budget film of my career. It is a Rs 300 crore movie that we have made into Rs 90 crore. I wanted someone who was not only a good actor but also made it possible for me to raise that kind of money,” Anurag said.