Anushka’s character is a tribute to Lorna Cordeiro, Anurag Kashyap


The high budget and highly anticipated movie ‘Bombay Velvet’ directed by Anurag Kashyap is all set to hit the silver screen tomorrow for the audience to view and cherish.

“I wanted to create the nostalgia, the era. There is a whole history behind how the city was made. You find that world online but don’t see in our old movies,” Anurag told PTI in an interview here.

“The land scams today have their root in Bombay of that era. There was smuggling of gold and silk and the city had a great tabloid culture. British hangover was still there, alcohol was banned, there was bootlegging. How many know that Mohammad Rafi was a great jazz singer in Konkani?.”

Set against the backdrop of glamour, crime and deceit, ‘Bombay Velvet’ is a passionate love story, starring Ranbir Kapoor as an ambitious street fighter and Anushka Sharma as a jazz singer. Karan Johar plays the main antagonist, a media mogul Kaizad Khambata.

Anurag says Anushka’s character, is a tribute to Lorna Cordeiro, a jazz singer, who ruled the night clubs with her silky voice in the 60s.

“This film is dedicated to her. There were places like Bistro and La Bella, whose interior helped us model the club shown in our movie. There were opium dens, nighclubs frequented by navy people in Colaba. Bombay was very metropolitan at that time because it was a port city.”

 “It was my most challenging film creatively. It is the tale of a city which we had to recreate. We had to show the BMC, Marine Drive of that era. We needed that scale, logistics and special effects.”

In his interviews, Ranbir has revealed that he approached the director for casting him in the film. “I never sent the script to him. I thought he is very urban and does not fit into this movie. He read the script and said, ‘I want to do it’.”

 “He is so good in the movie that you won’t believe it. He has that suaveness, South Bombay, Parsi flavour that I wanted. He is a manipulative middleman in the movie. This is a story about a mentor and protege, a relationship that goes bad”, Anurag quips about casting Karan Johar.

Anushka plays the role of Rosie Noronha.

“She has mostly played expressive roles. In this film, she gives an internalised performance. I think they also liked to play someone which the world does not see them as. The thing that I like about Anushka is that she does not remind of someone. I like that originality.”

Produced by Phantom and Fox Star Studios, ‘Bombay Velvet’ is slated to release tomorrow.