|Directed by||Anurag Kashyap|
|Produced by||Phantom Films
Fox Star Studios
|Screenplay by||Anurag Kashyap
|Story by||Gyan Prakash
|Based on||Mumbai Fables|
Kay Kay Menon
|Music by||Amit Trivedi|
|Fox Star Studios
|Budget||0.9 billion (US$15 million)|
Bombay Velvet is an upcoming 2014 Hindi neo noir drama film directed and co-produced by Anurag Kashyap, based on historian Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables. It is the story of the rise of an ordinary man named Johnny Balraj, played by Ranbir Kapoor and of how the city of Bombay became a metropolis against the backdrop of love, greed, violence and jazz music. The romantic thriller narrates the story of Johnny and his love Rosie, played by Anushka Sharma, an aspiring jazz singer and how their hopes and dreams keep colliding with their individual realities. Karan Johar plays a malicious villain with towering aspirations. A film about jazz clubs, a passionate love story, a growing metropolis and a phenomenal hunger for a good life; welcome to the city of opportunities and of scandals, welcome to Bombay Velvet. The film is scheduled for release on 28 November, 2014.
The film will feature Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in lead roles while Karan Johar will play the primary antagonist. Raveena Tandon, Kay Kay Menon and Siddharth Basu will appear in supporting roles.
The director initially got inspiration to do a film such as Bombay Velvet after reading the L.A. Quartet, which is a sequence of four crime fiction novels by James Ellroy, set in the late 1940s through the late 1950s in Los Angeles. The novels inspired him to dig into the dark trenches of the history of Bombay, where he found a treasure trove that was never-ending.
- Ranbir Kapoor as Johnny Balraj: A boxer/street-fighter
- Anushka Sharma as Rosie: A Jazz Singer
- Raveena Tandon as a Jazz Singer
- Karan Johar as Kaizad Khambatta: A flamboyant, quick-witted, Parsi media mogul with a high-end attitude, who goes on to resurrect his empire.
- Kay Kay Menon
- Manish Choudhary as Jimmy Mistry: A newspaper editor
- Siddhartha Basu
- Remo Fernandes
- Vivaan Shah
- Mukesh Chhabra
- Kriz Chris Henri Harriz
- Jagdish Rajpurohit
- Shaanti Mei
- Satyadeep Mishra
- Sandesh Jadhav
The film was initially to be produced by Viacom18 but finally Fox Star Studios decided to co-produce it with Phantom Films. It is based based on Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables and set in early 1950's towards 1970's, before Mumbai became a metropolis. Prakash is also one of the scriptwriter's for the film.
Director Karan Johar will make his full-fledged acting debut, where he will enact the role of the primary antagonist, Kaizad Khambatta. His role is said to have been inspired from Russi Karanjia. On Karan's acting, Vikas Bahl of Phantom Films has said “I think there is a beautiful actor hidden in Karan. I simply love his ads. I'm sure he'll make the character bigger than the actor.”
On his decision to do the film Ranbir Kapoor stated that, "There is no process in selecting the kind of work I do. I'm fortunate to be working with some of the best filmmakers. The script of "Bombay Velvet" just fell into my lap. I read it and I knew immediately that I wanted to be part of Anurag's grand vision, his innovative storytelling, his movie-making process; everything that he does so perfectly."
The first schedule of Bombay Velvet started in the third week of July 2013 and continued till 1st week of September 2013. The first schedule was shot at Sri Lanka's Ranmihitenna Mahinda Rajapaksa National Tele Cinema Park, Hambantota getting the distinction of being the first foreign film to be filmed there. Shootings was also carried out in Colombo, Galle and Pasikudah. Deepa Mehta had opted to film Water and Midnight's Children in Sri Lanka and Kashyap too found the country historically more suited for his film. The second schedule was also in Mahinda Rajapaksa National Tele Cinema Park, Sri Lanka, where Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor rejoined the filming in February. The second schedule completed in March. Parts of the set was left at the National Tele Cinema Park, rather than being dismantled, as it will be used as a tourist attraction site. The third and final schedule was in Mumbai where shooting was held for a 10 day period.
Music director Amit Trivedi began working on the soundtrack after the release of Dev D and has said that the music of Bombay Velvet will reflect the age of 1960s Jazz era of Bollywood. The lyrics are being written by Amit's frequent collaborator Amitabh Bhattacharya. Singer Neeti Mohan will lend her voice to Anushka Sharma's character, and Mohit Chauhan will provide the male voice for songs in this film.
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