Anurag Kashyap has been receiving a lot of rave reviews for his performance in AR Murugadoss' film Akira. However the guilt of delivering a flop film Bombay Velvet in 2015 still weighs heavily on the director-turned-actor.
Bombay Velvet was a dream that the director had harboured for a long time. Seeing it come crashing down has been very painful for him and he has not forgiven himself despite having a successful inning this year.
Speaking to DNA, the director said, "I had gone into depression. There was a time I started feeling that the floods are because of me, the drought is because of me, the accidents here and there are happening because of Anurag Kashyap. People have attacked me and rightly so. But I have learnt from my mistakes. I don't think I will ever try making a film like Bombay Velvet anymore where the production costs will become invisible. Creating Mumbai in itself meant so much money and I didn't realise it then."
In another interview to The Huffington Post, the director revealed that Raman Raghav 2.0 originated from the failure of Bombay Velvet.
"I'm tempted to agree. That film comes from a very personal place of anger. Yes, it is a reaction to Bombay Velvet and all that was said and written about it, it is my response to the hypocrisy that I experienced all around me. It definitely starts from there. The genesis of Raman Raghav is rooted in the failure of Bombay Velvet," he disclosed.
Even last year in an interview to PTI, Kashyap had spoken about Bombay Velvet probably becoming “the biggest loss making movie” in the history of cinema.
“People have gone to fund my dream, which was unreasonable to begin with. Just because I have a dream to do something for 10 years does not mean that somebody is obliged to do it. They buy into your idea, they buy into your dream. It was like a Rs 90 crore art film. For me the burden of that money lost is going to be there for a long time,” he said.