Anurag Kashyap miffed with Aamir Khan

Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap has been very upbeat about his upcoming project ‘Bombay Velvet’, which according to him, is one of his best till now. According to reports, to ensure that everybody knew how serious he is about this project, the filmmaker has gone out to even build a replica of the ’50s Mumbai in Sri Lanka, where most parts of the film has been shot.

The 41-year-old director reportedly said, with a budget of close to Rs 80 crore, he was confident that his film would win people over.

But the buzz in the media is that Anurag is apparently annoyed with Rajkumar Hirani whose Aamir Khan-starrer ‘P.K.’ has been scheduled to release on the same day as ‘Bombay Velvet’. And that, too, in spite of the fact that he has already booked the dates months in advance.

It seems that the director got to know about this development on Twitter, after Aamir shared that ‘P.K.’, which was to open on June 6, had been pushed to December 25.

Anurag said that he had reportedly spoken to Hirani earlier about the dates and upon not getting a proper reply, had moved on with his plans.

He was quoted saying, “I heard some rumours some time back and hence called Raju (Rajkumar Hirani) and told him to let me know in advance if they were planning to release the film on Christmas. At that time, they said there were no such plans. All it would have taken is just a phone call.”

“I am not concerned about the marketing war at this point. But it’s obvious that both films will be affected if they release on the same day. We may sort that out at a later stage,” added the naturally anxious director.

He further added, “It hurts because I respect Raju as a film-maker and as a person. Apart from being a colleague, he is also a good friend.”

According to reports, Rajkumar Hirani was not available for any comment.

‘Bombay Velvet’ is based on historian Gyan Prakash’s book ‘Mumbai Fables’, a story of how the city of Mumbai became a metropolis against the settings of greed, violence, jazz music and of course love. The movie has Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in lead roles and Karan Johar will be seen as the primary antagonist. Raveena Tandon, Kay Kay Menon and Siddharth Basu will appear in supporting roles.