Kjo’s ‘Bombay Velvet’ look inspired from his father Yash Johar


Anurag Kashyap’s soon-to-be-released film ‘Bombay Velvet’ will have Karan Johar playing a handsome and debonair antagonist of the 1960s, and his look and style in the movie are an inspiration from his filmmaker father Yash Johar.

In the period drama, Kjo plays the role of media mogul Kaizad Khambatta who mentors Ranbir Kapoor’s Johnny Balraj.This would be his full fledged acting debut. Earlier, he had played the role of a friend to Shahrukh Khan’s character in the 1995 film ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ and also appeared in films ‘Om Shanti Om’, ‘Fashion’ and ‘Luck by Chance’, playing himself.  

“For the look of Khambatta, I subconsciously had my father in my mind. It is very strange to say this because my father was nothing like the person that I play in the movie. I know his body language. He had this habit of playing with his ring, which I do in the movie. In his old photos, he used to have a moustache,” the director-producer was quoted as saying in an interview. Many had recommended him to model the character on Pran, but he chose to differ and fashioned it after his father.

KJo, a filmmaker himself, said being born into the family of a filmmaker, he had knowledge about the films made during the 50s and 60s and was quite familiar with the period. “I did not need any training. I know a lot about that period through my parents,” he added.

He, however, said that he has no passion for acting, but accepted this role because the world in the film is completely new and he thought he may never get a chance like this.