‘Bombay Talkies’ – Budget Of Rs 1.5 Crore Was Difficult: Karan Johar


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MUMBAI: Racently launched was the trailer of much-awaited Bollywood film ‘Bombay Talkies’, which will see four of the most talented directors Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap come together for a combined project.

Seen at the trailer launch at PVR in Juhu, which was a packed event, attended by a horde of media and press, were Karan, Zoya, Dibakar and Anurag, looking mighty pleased about the way their collaborative project has shaped up. Each of the four filmmakers was visibly anxious to see the test audience’s reaction to the trailer. And it was no surprise that the trailer garnered thunderous applause from the journalists and tradespeople present.

Karan Johar, known for his larger than life sets and expensive films, revealed that her was under a lot of pressure, due to the relatively low budget of the film. “We have our own style of film making but we didn’t have much budget. First of all nobody gives me a budget because I have always made larger than life films. This is for the first time I have to work under a budget and it was difficult. The budget was Rs 1.5 crore each. We consciously made an effort to make it in 1.5 crores… we did not cheat by putting our own money into it,” said a nervous KJo.

Zoya Akhtar, who is also a prolific screen writer, said she already had a short story in place before she was approached to make the film. “I have a short story ready when I was approached for the film and I could adapt it to the film. But you have got to like it the way it is. I am glad I did this (film) and I am very proud to share a credit in this film,” smiled Zoya.

Anurag Kashyap said the four directors were all immensely proud of their combined effort. “When we saw all the film together we felt good suddenly you feel you are part of something big and this has not happened before.” His film is touted as a ‘Mumbai’ film, with focus on the love and adulation heaped upon stars by their crazy fans.

‘Bombay Talkies’ releases on 13 May, to celebrate the centenary of Indian cinema.