I failed as a producer with Bombay Velvet: Vikas
Bombay Velvet was touted as one of the most ambitious films of ollywood, but turned out to be a dud at the box office, and filmmaker Vikas Bahl (left) said he failed as a producer with the movie.
Bahl admitted that he compromised on creative vision after getting intimidated by the scale of the project.
“The success or failure of a movie is a part of filmmaking. I think in hindsight, the experience of Bombay Velvet was the best thing to happen to us. It will make Anurag Kashyap even better as a director. I feel that I failed as a producer,” Bahl said, adding, “When Anurag was doing the film I used to tell him ‘that it is a big budget film and we need a ‘U’ certificate so we cannot do this or that — like have a very dark character,” he said.
With Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar in the lead roles, the movie brought back the retro days in a large screen adaptation of Gyan Prakash’s Mumbai Fables. But its box office performance was disappointing.
Bahl shares that by restricting Kashyap he ‘handicapped him’ and will never do it again. “I failed terribly as a producer because if Anurag was getting to he would have made his wildest film. I handicapped him and will never do it again,” he said.
Even Kashyap has confessed that the failure of Bombay Velvet still gives him nightmares, and that he has learnt his lesson about making films in a controlled budget.