Fenil and Bollywood

Kashyap not afraid of Raj Thackeray!

Posted on: October 15, 2009

Despite Raj Thackeray’s diktat, Anurag Kashyap won’t change his title from Bombay Velvet to Mumbai Velvet

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 15, 2009)

Karan Johar may have apologised to Raj Thackeray on behalf of the characters in his production Wake Up Sid who dared to call Mumbai by its old name.

But Anurag Kashyap has no apologies to offer for the title Bombay Velvet for one part of the feature film on Mumbai that he proposes to make next year.

Says Anurag, “I won’t call it Mumbai Velvet. Bombay Velvet is set in a time when Raj Thackeray wasn’t even born. There’s no logic to it. It was called Bombay then.”

Anurag Kashyap

Whether MNS buys that logic or not, it remains to be seen. But Anurag is adamant he won’t surrender to any pressure to change the title. “If MNS becomes unreasonable, we’ll resort to a legal recourse.”

Bombay Velvet will be part of Kashyap’s Mumbai trilogy.

“The other two parts don’t have titles yet,” says Anurag. “But there’s plenty of time. I don’t see the Mumbai trilogy happening until the middle of next year. My writer Gyan Prakash is a scholar from Patna. He has been researching intensely on the project for two years. See, the Mumbai trilogy is a big budget film.”

The Mumbai trilogy will be produced by TV18. John Abraham will star in one part of the trilogy while Aamir Khan is likely to be cast in the other.

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