After going through a lot of casting upheavals, Anurag Kashyap has finally found his hero in Ranbir Kapoor for his ambitious dream project, Bombay Velvet. He will be romancing with Anushka Sharma in the period film set in the sixties.
If you are wondering what happened to Ranveer Singh who was reportedly signed to play the lead before Ranbir Kapoor entered the picture, here is all the dope.
A reliable source from the crew reveals, "Anurag had almost finalized Ranveer Singh for the lead role. Ranveer who also plays the lead in his production, Lootera, was very keen on working with Anurag as a director. After having a few meetings with him, Kashyap felt that he fitted the bill and was on the verge of signing him. Coincidently, Ranbir Kapoor who was also very keen to work with Anurag called him around that time and expressed his desire to work with him. He told him that he has heard a lot about Bombay Velvet and would love to be part of the film."
"It was a tough call for Anurag to make. Both Ranveer and Ranbir are fine actors and both were very keen to star in his film," adds the source. "Since he is fond of both the actors and was finding it difficult to pick one, Anurag asked his producers to intervene and take the casting decision. The producers went with Ranbir because they felt that not only did he suit the role to the 'T' but also was a bigger and more bankable star. Bombay Velvet is Anurag's most expensive film and will be shot of a mammoth scale. So obviously it made more sense for him to go with a star actor like Ranbir," says the source.
Has it upset Ranveer? "Not at all. He is a mature actor and he knows this is not Anurag's last film. Anurag has assured him that they will definitely work together in future."
Anurag however denied the story saying, "It's not true."
Reportedly, Aamir Khan and also Shah Rukh Khan was considered for the lead role earlier. Apparently, even John Abraham was considered for the lead at some point.
The film based on Mumbai Fables, a semi-fictional study of Bombay in the 1960s by Gyan Prakash, a historian and professor of history at Princeton University, is expected to go on floors by the end of this year.