It's been eight years since Bombay Velvet was released in theatres.
Last Updated: 04.19 AM, May 16, 2023
On May 15, 2015, Anurag Kashyap released Bombay Velvet, his most expensive disaster to date. A pricey attempt starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, and Karan Johar as the villain was based on James Ellroy's LA Quartet, but it ended in disaster for everyone involved.
After reflecting on the situation, Anurag feels he should have directed Bombay Velvet like his colleague Vikramaditya Motwane directed the online series Jubilee. The ace filmmaker told ETimes that after watching Jubilee, he knew what he should have done with Bombay Velvet because of what Motwane has accomplished. If Anurag hadn't been so daunted by the 90-crore budget, he could have treated the film like the ambitious 300-crore production that it was.
The filmmaker believes he could have maintained control of the project with a smaller budget. With that budget, it would have been a low-budget product at that cost, and he would have been on the edge and would have made a multiple times stronger film.
Anurag draws attention to what he sees as lacking in his film by contrasting it with Motwane's Jubilee. It didn't have the drive that was required of it. When he saw Motwane produce ten hours of Jubilee for less money, even accounting for inflation, he knew this.
In the film Bombay Velvet, Karan Johar played the role of the Parsi media mogul Kaizad Khambatta. Anurag defends his choice to cast Karan and still thinks that the filmmaker was a terrific pick. KJo didn't fail him; he failed him. The film featured Karan in a full-fledged role for the first time.
In the film, Johnny (Ranbir Kapoor), a commoner, aims to win Rosie's (Anushka Sharma) affection by acquiring both fortune and fame. His goals get a boost from his foray into the criminal underworld, but he must also overcome significant obstacles.