Last month, HT Café broke the news that Karan Johar will play the antagonist in Anurag Kashyap’s next, Bombay Velvet (BV), co-starring Ranbir Kapoor. Now, KJo’s work for the film has finally begun. “I’ve got the script. We did a look test too a couple of days ago,” he says.
Ask him if he’s been talking to Ranbir and he says, “Not at all, but we’ll meet on the sets eventually. It’s going to be a bit awkward for me to act, so I’m happy that I’m doing it with Ranbir, who is a friend. I will immediately be comfortable. The fact that he’s in the film will really help.”
On his preparations for the role, the filmmaker says, “Anurag is a spontaneous director. The ball is in his court; I am his baby. If I’m good, the credit will go to him, but if I’m bad, I’ll be taking all the discredit. Either way, it’s Anurag’s baby all the way.”
It was reported that Karan’s role in the film was offered to Naseeruddin Shah first, but the filmmaker claims he doesn’t know much about it. “I know Anurag has spoken (about it), but I have no idea about any of the details,” he says, adding that his involvement in the film began with a simple script discussion. “Anurag is a dear friend. He wanted my feedback, so I heard the script and gave some inputs on the screenplay. Then he asked me ‘Why don’t you play this part?’. I thought it was interesting, so I agreed immediately.”