I failed as a pro­ducer with Bom­bay Vel­vet: Vikas

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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.

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