Not many know that Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming film Bombay Velvet, which traces the journey of the city from a port town to a bustling metropolis, has actually been shot on a massive set in Sri Lanka and not in aamchi Mumbai!
A recent video that has been unveiled by the makers of the film, highlights the hard work and sheer determination that it took to make Bombay Velvet. Talking about what made them decide to go to Sri Lanka to shoot for the film, director Anurag Kashyap says, ”This is the story of a city and to tell such a story, one needs to create a city. Co-producer Vivek Agarwal suggested that we shoot the film in Sri Lanka as they have a film culture and have this big piece of land where they want to build a studio.”
Producer Vikramaditya Motwane added, ”We were looking for a vast open space where we could create a massive set and replicate Bombay of the 50-60s era, but we could not find such a place in India and after much research, we decided to zero in on Sri Lanka.”
Anurag is also all praises for Prana, the VFX agency that worked on the film. Talking about the experience, Kashyap says, ”The people at Prana were utterly professional and understood my vision that the VFX doesn’t mean everything has to be showy, but real and believable.
Anushka, who is absolutely impressed with the way the team re-created Bombay in Sri Lanka, said, ”When I landed on the sets of the film in Sri Lanka, I was shocked because of the sheer size and beauty of the sets. The club Bombay Velvet, which forms an integral part of the plot, is simply majestic.”
It is no secret that the team of the film shed tears, blood and sweat for the making of this film and we must say that we are quite looking forward to the film’s release on May 15.
Directed by Anurag Kashyap, Bombay Velvet is the story of an ambitious boxer Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor), who ends up working for sinister businessman Kaizad Khambatta (Karan Johar) in order to become a ‘big shot’.
Kunal Ahuja, the VFX expert at Prana revealed, ”We met the Bombay Velvet team during the scripting stage itself and Anurag shared his grand vision about the film with us, which definitely helped us a lot. There is this grand shot of outside VT Station (now CST), which is one of the grandest shots done in visual effects in Indian cinema till date.”
Another benefit of shooting in Sri Lanka was the easy availability of vintage cars. Anurag revealed that they used more than 200 vintage cars for the film and Vikas Bahl, the co-producer added, ”We struck a gold mine when we decided to shoot the film in Sri Lanka, because apparently, the highest number of vintage cars in the world are found here and this helped us immensely.”
Bombay Velvet will also be possibly the first Hindi film to show gangsters using Tommy Guns, which have been mostly seen in Hollywood films. Tommy Guns were made famous by legendary outlaws like Al Capone and John Dillinger and Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) too will be seen using the guns in the film.
Talking about how they acquired the weapons, Agarwal said, ”Tommy Guns are banned in India and Sri Lanka and so, we had to take special permission and get real Tommy Guns from Germany and their bullets from Turkey.”
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