New Delhi: Anurag Kashyap will recreate the Mumbai of 1960s in Sri Lanka for his Ranbir Kapoor starrer period drama `Bombay Velvet` which tells the story of how the city became a metropolis.
Talking about the journey of the film, based on historian
Gyan Prakash`s book `Mumbai Fables`, the 40-year-old director said that the "book and the script were being written simultaneously" written by the author.
"I met Gyan before the book was published. And, when he told me about the story, I was fascinated. I never thought Bombay (Mumbai) had such a history. And, so Gyan wrote the book while simultaneously penning the script for the parallel adaptation," Kashyap told PTI.
And, the parallel act, he says has "lent the book somewhat a cinematic quality while providing the film with a rich, historical context".
Setting aside reports that the film is the first in a trilogy, he said "there is only one film planned as of now and not three".
The film will see Ranbir and Anushka Sharma being paired together for the first time onscreen as lovers as their lives intermingle with the city`s evolution through the early post-colonial decades. Director Karan Johar is playing a negative role opposite them.
The unconventional filmmaker also said that while it is fine to make films for people, one must not become victims of the fans.
"Fans are your worst enemy. They like your certain work and then wish to see you in that same mould, almost to the point of the filmmakers or even the actor ending up stereotyping himself, just to please the fans. I tell you, 90 per cent people want to play safe. But, I work backwards and want to make films in that 10 per cent category, were I am not told what to do," Kashyap said.