The first trailer of the much-awaited Bombay Velvet - that marks the collaboration of two different kinds of Indian filmmakers, Karan Johar (known for his dreamy sequences and sweet love stories on the silver screen) and Anurag Kashyap (who carved a niche for himself in the genres of dark comedy, crime sagas and Tarantino-style Hindi cinema) is finally out.
Anushka who garnered rave reviews for her last performance in NH10 plays the role of Rosie Noronha, a night club singer and an aspiring Jazz singer, while Ranbir Kapoor is seen as Johnny Balraj, a boxer.
Bombay Velvet also marks the full-time acting debut of filmmaker Karan Johar who plays Kaizad Khambatta, a flamboyant and quick-witted Parsi media mogul, a negative character in the movie. Karan was earlier seen in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, apart from various guest appearances he has made in films thereafter. Kay Kay Menon, Vivaan Shah, Remo Fernandes, Manish Choudhary and Siddharth Basu also play pivotal roles in the movie.
The trailer begins with Ranbir Kapoor saying that he wants to become a 'big shot' someday even as montages of street-fights are seen in the video.
Bombay Velvet, based on historian Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables, narrates the story of how the city in '60s became a metropolis against the backdrop of love, greed, violence and jazz music. The film is set to be released on May 15, 2015. Bombay Velvet was initially scheduled to hit theatres last November but the release was postponed due to pending VFX work.
Moreover, earlier this year, when there were a list of words to be banned from films leaked online, apprehensions were rife regarding Bombay Velvet. This was because as per the list, 'Bombay' was also to be banned in movies. However, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani, put all fears to rest.
He says, "If a film is a period drama, if it is set during a time when Mumbai was called Bombay then we may consider retaining the old name for the city. However, in the contemporary context, Bombay won't be allowed at all."
This ensured the title of Bombay Velvet, co-produced by Fox Star India studios, remained unchanged.