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From Monochrome to Many Shades of Grey: Karan Johar to play a VILLAIN! in Bombay Velvet


Having built a career creating chocolate-box worlds that were distinctly black and white, director Karan Johar is finally ready, it seems, to explore the various shades of grey inherent in the human condition.

Bollywood's king of syrupy romances has reportedly signed up to play a villain in 'Bombay Velvet' the upcoming gangster drama directed by none other than Anurag Kashyap, a man who, for years, represented everything that Johar was not.

The two filmmakers most recently collaborated on the Bollywood anthology 'Bombay Talkies' and have clearly found some common ground.

“It’s true that I’m acting in ‘Bombay Velvet‘ and it’s unusual for me. I was blown away by the narrative… Since I’m playing an antagonist, there are shades of grey to my character,” Johar said in a statement.

The director has previously appeared in front of the camera, including cameos in the Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol-starrer Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.

Johar, 41, is excited about the movie which stars Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.

“I didn’t know whether I was ready for it. Now, I will start working on my role with Anurag. I will follow his directorial vision, and I won’t bring my director’s baggage on the sets,” Johar said, adding Ranbir was also keen to see him in the movie.

Bombay Velvet is the first in a planned trilogy based on Historian Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables which explores the growth of Mumbai as the financial and entertainment hub of the sub-continent.

Director Kashyap said his counterpart, known for lavishly expensive productions, had kept his wage demands fairly reasonable.

“Karan is fantastic for the part. I actually wanted to bounce ideas off him. He loved the script, and I suddenly asked if he will play the role. He was surprised, but said yes. Karan said he will charge Rs 11, and the money kept aside will go for special effects and production,” Kashyap said.

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