Spilling some beans on the same, Anurag said that Ranveer really wanted to be a part of ‘Bombay Velvet’. He revealed that the actor had even memorised the dialogues from the film. Anurag shared that the film had a smaller budget when it started but it then got sold at a much higher cost and wasn’t sustainable anymore.
Elaborating further, the director added that he tried so hard that he postponed the shoot of ‘Bombay Velvet’ and shot ‘Ugly’, hoping things will get right in that time because Ranveer also, at that time, started doing ‘Lootera’.
In one of the episodes of Karan Johar‘s celebrity chat show, Ranveer had said that his star power couldn’t justify the budget which is why he was unceremoniously dropped. He also added that he was unceremoniously dropped because at the time he couldn’t justify the budget. His star value wasn’t high. But things have changed.
The film was eventually made with Ranbir Kapoor. Ranveer had delivered ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ till then but was still to cement his position in the film industry. His next film ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’ did not do as well as expected.
Anurag also went on to add that the film was impossible to take off if he had retained Ranveer and said that everyone advised him that he was wrong in chasing it.
Even after the ‘Bombay Velvet’ incident, Anurag is yet to collaborate with Ranveer. Speaking about the same, the filmmaker told Bollywood Bubble in an interview that he has tried to collaborate with the actor. In fact, there was a time when Anurag reached out to him but Ranveer was dealing with his own issues and the filmmaker was in a desperate phase so he moved on. Anurag also stated that Ranveer killed it in ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’ so he complimented him.
Anurag also added that he also has his own guilt. According to the director, he should have cut down his cost but admitted that he didn’t understand a lot of things back then.