Big Friday Release: Ranbir, Anushka’s ‘Bombay Velvet’ hits screens today

Finally, the day has arrived when Anurag Kashyap’s highly awaited film and 2015 most costly movie, ‘Bombay Velvet’ will be open for the audience. Today, the audience will get to see a film which is made with passion, love, full energy and excitement. This is Anurag’s first big budget film and he has tried all effort to make the film intriguing and engaging.

Set in 1960s Bombay, the film tells the story of a boxer, Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor), and an aspiring jazz singer, Rosie (Anushka Sharma), and how their hopes and dreams collide with their individual realities.Karan Johar will play a baddie Kaizad Khambata in the film.

Anurag Kashyap’s inquisitiveness to know about real Bombay gave birth to‘Bombay Velvet’. After reading L.A. Quartet, a sequence of four crime fiction novels by James Ellroy, set in the late 1940s through the late 1950s in Los Angeles, Kashyap became restless to transform the novel into film.

Based on Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables, the film was produced by Viacom18, Fox STAR Studios co-produced by Phantom Films.

“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 in an interview.

“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?.”

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.”

In his interviews, Ranbir has revealed how 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’.”