Indie godfather-turned-Bollywood Kingpin Anurag Kashyap has finally admitted that he messed up with ‘Bombay Velvet’ and has vowed never to make a big budget feature.
‘Bombay Velvet’ – a stylish gangster drama set in 1960’s Bombay and starring Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma – was made for a staggering $18 million (£12 million), a gargantuan amount even by mainstream Bollywood standards.
Whilst critics praised the film, audiences stayed away with box office collections topping a mere $5 million.
Speaking to local media at the on-going International Film Festival of India in Goa, Kashyap said: “When you let people buy into your idea and dream, you also have to take on their pressure. My own partner told me that I had made a Rs 90-crore art film and a lot of people had issues with that”.
Kashyap, who directed and produced ‘Bombay Velvet’ alongside his Phantom Films colleagues Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikas Bahl, also said he would not touch big budget features ever again.
“Money is the biggest nightmare and I’m not going to make a massive budget film again. I’m not going to waste my dream like that, I will only make films on a controlled budget now”, said the man who made a name for himself with films such as ‘Black Friday’, ‘Dev D’ and ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’.
Kashyap, 43, will in fact be seen in front of the camera after a not-inconsiderable time.
The 2016 release Ghoomketu sees Kashyap playing a cop in the upcoming Bollywood flick ‘Ghoomketu’ which also stars Nawazzuddin Siddiqui.
And here’s a glimpse into just what made ‘Bombay Velvet’ a monster: