MUMBAI: So Bollywood director Karan Johar will now act full time.
KJo, who first acted in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge in 1995 and then made guest appearances in Om Shanti Om and Luck By Chance, is set to return to acting full-time in Anurag Kashyap‘s Bombay Velvet.
In the film which tells the evolution of Bombay into a metropolis through the 50s and 70s in the backdrop of romance, music and violence, Karan Johar will play a negative role opposite Ranbir Kapoor.
Ranbir and Anushka are the main protagonists of the film by Kashyap who plans a trilogy on the city based on historian Gyan Prakash’s book Mumbai Fables.
“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,’’ said Karan Johar in a statement.
He added, “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.’’
It will be interesting to see how Anurag Kashyap directs the young director who has given such blockbusters as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna and My Name is Khan over the years.
Anurag said, “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.’’
Of course, Anurag is not new to casting directors as actors as he has already done with director Tigmanshu Dhulia whom he picked up for a role in Gangs of Wasseypur.
As directors, Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap have also collaborated on Bombay Talkies.