Anurag's most ambitious project, Bombay Velvet, in which he wanted to star Aamir Khan will now be made without the superstar. After a long year of wait, the filmmaker has now given up on making the film with Khan. “I am going ahead with Bombay Velvet without Aamir. He is a very busy man and I have waited long enough. I don't even know if he wants to do the film," says the director to Mid Day.
Interestingly, it was Anurag who last year declared that if Aamir is not a part of the project then he would better not make Bombay Velvet. Apart from the cast the budget of the film has also been a lingering problem for the makers. Bombay Velvet is an adaption from Gyan Prakash's book 'Mumbai Fables', set in 60's backdrop. This therefore needs to re-create the city of 60'. "There is every chance that the audience would see the queen's necklace with an absolutely clear skyline, minus all the skyscrapers," says the director.
The estimated budget of Bombay Velvet is expected between 15-17 crores and addition of Aamir Khan would have doubled the budget. On this Kashyap says that Studio 18 is producing the film and money is not an issue for the film. The director, who is busy with Gangs of Wasseypur and That Girl in the Yellow Boots will soon announce the final starcast of Bombay Velvet.
For now, John Abraham, Naseeruddin Shah and Kay Kay Menon are part of the project that will go on floors in 2012.