movie maker Anurag Kashyap This was reflected in the critical and commercial failure of the 2015 gangster film Bombay Velvet, which turns eight years since its release this week. He said he walked away from master learning after watching his close collaborator Vikramaditya Motwane’s recent Prime Video Jubilee series.

In an interview with The Times of India, Kashyap said that Motwane achieved more with less in the 10-episode drama, which is set just a few years before the events shown in Bombay Velvet. The director said if his budget had been restricted, he would have made a better film. “Had I seen it as an ambitious Rs 300 crore film I would have made at Rs 90 crore, I would have thrived,” he said.

But he became “overwhelmed” with the resources available to him, which hurt the film. Bombay Velvet stars Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma as two star-crossed lovers in post-independence India. Karan Johar was in the role of the villain in the film, and has not acted since. Defending his decision to cast the illustrious Bombay filmmaker Velvet, Kashyap said, “He didn’t let me down, I let him down.”

Kashyap and KJo were their differences In the past, however, they buried the hatchet and united to work on the film. “I judged him a lot. When I met him, I found him like me but on the other side of the coin. He also treats his filmmakers, his people and his directors and gives them the same amount of freedom and empowerment. He is a misunderstood person,” Kashyap told Villa Bank last year. For his work in Bombay Velvet, and as per a 2015 PTI report, he received a hefty check of Rs 11 as a symbolic gesture.

Also starring Kay Kay Menon, Satyadeep Misra and Siddhartha Basu, the iconic Bombay Velvet musical by Amit Trivedi, and co-edited by longtime Martin Scorsese collaborator, Academy Award winner Thelma Schoonmaker. The film was co-produced by Motwane, who directed every episode of the series Jubilee. The show premiered on Prime Video recently to very positive reviews.


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