Ranbir Kapoor to sport muscular look in ‘Bombay Velvet’

Ranbir Kapoor has established himself as a Bollywood heartthrob. In his career so far he has used his chocolate boy looks, romantic and comic skills for his roles. But looks like the audience will get to catch Ranbir in a new avatar. For his upcoming film ‘Bombay Velvet’, Ranbir will don a muscular look. In this Anurag Kashyap film, Ranbir is playing a character who is involved in street fighting and therefore he needed a lean, mean look.

As per industry reports, a trainer was especially brought from Kenya in order to help the star beef up for the role. Ranbir is really working hard so that he can look the part. A source close to the production has said, "Ranbir got a trainer from Kenya to train with him for almost four months…He used to shoot in the day and train at night…He will be sporting a lean, muscular built in Bombay Velvet. In the film, he plays a character who is into street fighting". It has been learnt that Ranbir also took boxing lessons to help him with the role. There was another challenge that Ranbir had to face. He needed to maintain a lean look and avoid getting overly muscular despite undergoing heavy physical training. For this reason the actor undertook a strict diet that would help balance things.

In the film ‘Bombay Velvet’ Ranbir will be paired with Anushka Sharma. An added attraction of the film is acting by Karan Johar who will be seen in the role of the antagonist. The movie also features Kay Kay Menon, Raveena Tandon and Siddharth Basu. ‘Bombay Velvet’ is a period film (1950’s to 1970’s) inspired by the neo noir genre.

It is based on the book ‘Mumbai Fables’ by historian Gyan Prakash which deals with the story of how Mumbai became what it is today through the earlier decades . Anurag Kashyap has revealed that the idea of the film came to him after reading the crime novels of James Ellroy which captures the city of Los Angeles in the 1940’s. From there he began to research about the past of the city of Mumbai, earlier known as Bombay and found the elements of the film.

When Ranbir was asked about why he took up the role, he said, "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." ‘Bombay Velvet’ is scheduled to come out on 28th November, 2014