Anurag Kashyap's upcoming magnum opus, 'Bombay Velvet' is set in Bombay of the 60s. So, the director made sure that everything is in sync with that era, from the look of the characters, to the cars and the streets.
The tabloid culture of the 1960s also plays a major part in the movie. A tabloid called 'Glitz' is an important part of its narrative. 'Glitz' breaks sensational stories on the rich and famous of the city apart from sting operation and blackmail stories.
It is a well known fact that in real life, 'Blitz' was India's first tabloid and a major one in the 60s. Its editor, Russi Karanjia, is known as the pioneer of tabloid journalism in India. In 'Bombay Velvet', Manish Chaudhari plays the role of a charismatic newspaper editor of 'Glitz' named Jimmy Mistry.
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He did a lot of research to prep up for his role. Manish visited Russi’s closed up house in Cuffe Parade, went to his office and even spoke to Russi’s colleagues. He also met an 80 year old tailor working out of the ground floor of the former Blitz building. Manish shares, “He and his father made Russi's suits. His anecdotes and pictures, along with the other research, were my references. I hope Russi's family, friends and colleagues will enjoy Jimmy.”
Directed by Anurag Kashyap and co-produced by Fox Star Studios and Phantom Films, 'Bombay Velvet' starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar, is one of the most awaited films of 2015.