Touch of Velvet for Ranbir

Treading the path lesser known seems to be Ranbir Kapoor’s forte. After an atypical debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya to Ayaan Mukherjee’s slice-of-life romance Wake up Sid to the political satire Rajneeti and now, the upcoming Chaplinesque comedy Barfee, where the actor plays deaf and mute, Ranbir’s roles have defied convention.

Continuing in a similar vein, the actor is now all set to team up with director Anurag Kashyap in his much talked about next, Bombay Velvet. In a couple of firsts, the film will see Ranbir paired with Anushka Sharma in addition to him stepping into a role earmarked for Aamir Khan.

About Bombay Velvet, it is based on Mumbai Fables, a semi-fictional study of Bombay in the sixties by eminent historian and Professor of History at Princeton University, Gyan Prakash. Reportedly, Kashyap has asked Ranbir to read the book and get into the mood of the era. The actor is rather kicked about his first period film and has asked for until October to get acquainted with his character.

A source told Mirror, “Ranbir plays a hero of the masses in the 1960s. It will also be his first biographical character.” Both Ranbir and Kashyap remained unavailable for comment. Shooting for the film, which is a thriller based on real incidents, kicks off in October.

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