Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:00:00 GMT | By PTI

Anurag to recreate Mumbai in Sri Lanka

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap chooses Sri Lanka to recreate 1960's Bombay for his upcoming movie 'Bombay Velvet'

Anurag to recreate Mumbai in Sri Lanka (© Varinder Chawla)

New Delhi: Anurag Kashyap will recreate the Mumbai of 1960s in Sri Lanka for his Ranbir Kapoor starrer period drama 'Bombay Velvet' which tells the story of how the city became a metropolis.

Director Deepa Mehta had opted to film 'Water' and 'Midnight's Children' in Sri Lanka and Kashyap too found the country historically more suited for his film.

"It is set in the 60s and I needed a consistent heritage look and a skyline to loyally depict the era. But, Bombay's skyline has transformed dramatically, most of the heritage buildings have been replaced by high-rises. So it did not fit the period we are looking to recreate. That's why we are shooting in Sri Lanka, starting next month," Kashyap told PTI.

The 'Gangs of Wasseypur' director finds making an authentic period film in India a challenge as most of the heritage buildings in Indian cities have either "disappeared or have been modified beyond recognition".

"Unfortunately, India does not have a culture of preservation, whether it is films, monuments or buildings. Cities like Bombay have not been able to preserve their architectural heritage in the race for urban growth, and hence period films will face serious challenges in India, both in terms of shooting and authentically recreating the era."

Kashyap shared the challenges that he faced while researching for the film during the pre-production days.

"Not only the buildings were missing, we did not know how an area, or the city in general looked during that period. So, we took help of not only available archival images but also approached families in Mumbai to share their old albums to help us in reimagining Bombay 50 years ago, a Bombay now largely missing in a vertically-growing Mumbai," he said.

Some parts of the film is also likely to be shot in studios in Mumbai.

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