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Sri Lanka plays the good host!

Anurag Kashyap


New Delhi, June 15 -- Mumbai of the 1950s and '60s was painstakingly recreated in Sri Lanka for the shoot of Anurag Kashyap's next, Bombay Velvet.

The film, which is based on author Gyan Prakash's book, Mumbai Fables, stars Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma. The filmmaker explained that building sets in Mumbai would have proved to be a lot more expensive. The neighbouring country played gracious host, allotting a four-acre plot of land for the duration of the shoot.

Now, as a thank-you gesture, Anurag and his team are preparing to host a screening of the film in Sri Lanka. "The event will be attended by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, among others. It will be held in November, a few days prior to the official release," says a source close to the production. The shooting of the film took place at Ranminithenna Mahinda Rajapaksa National Tele Cinema Park, which was made in 2010 by Rajapaksha, to promote the local film industry. This is the first foreign film to be shot there.