Noted filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has posted this note on his Facebook profile on 17th May, 2015.
It’s time to close the book and move on. it’s been a journey, as if one life is over with Bombay Velvet. A lot of people do not connect with it and a small number of people did. May be when the shock of the narrative wears down, you will revisit it in the calm of your homes and will get into it. May be our experimenting with the narrative didn’t work for most, but I firmly believe in the film. This is the film I wanted to make and I am glad I got to make it.
I am very happy that all those who have been part of this journey firmly stand with it. No, I am not depressed or hiding, this has taught us a lot and is my absolute personal favourite, there have been no regrets whatsoever. I want to thank Fox Star, Phantom, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya, Madhu Mantena, Vivek Agrawal, Sonal Sawant, Rajeev, Ravi, Kunal Sharma, Gyan Prakash, Vasan Bala, Thani Mudaliar, Niharika Bhasin Khan and team, Deepika Gandhi, Kshipra Jain, Prerna Saigal, Thelma Schoonmaker, Bharati Bahrani, Padmini Nandakumar, Karuna Dutt, Smrutika Panigrahi, Saqib Pandor, Kulish Kant Thakur, Vicky Barmecha, Sabrina Khan, Utsav Singh, Hada Vyshakh RV, Dhara Jain, Chuck Picerni, Shilpa Srivastava, Vishal Tyagi, Naveen Reddy, Navit Dutt, Prana Studios, Mehma Sachdeva, Kunal Ahuja, Mukti Mohan, Neeti Mohan, Amit Trivedi, Krutee Desai-Trivedi, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Shaira Kapoor, Shikha Kapur and team, Errol Kelly and team, Vijay Singh, Pathak, Harsh Kapoor, Satyadeep Misra, Kay Kay Menon, RK, Anushka, Karan, Manish, Prakash Chaudhari, Vivaan, Vicky Kaushal and all the actors, Shrikant Desai and team, everyone else who I can’t find on my Facebook, everyone who believed in the dream and lived it together, Ranjan Singh who stood behind us, Tanvi Gandhi, and the Film Team from Sri Lanka, Sarada Narayan, Madhulika Jalali, Gabriel Georgiou, Puneet, Soumyajit Nandy, thank you all of you, and all the others who I can’t think of at the moment. Thank you for your pride and love in what we did together, the process was beautiful and we have all come back richer from it.
I think I am very rich today for having so many friends and people in my life and their faith. Now let’s get on to the next and lets kick ass. Films is what I breathe, what I live for, does not matter where I go and where I stay, I will only make films, and no, I am not done with making films in and about my country, rest is just a little detour. None of you need to worry about me, we have survived so much, have been standing 22 years in the face of adversity and rejection. And I am still free with my choices. Bombay Velvet has been worth all the heart ache and pain and a memory to cherish for life.
I love you all so much and I also feel all your love. Let my silence not worry any of you. I am solid, we are solid. The Applause or Brickbats do not matter, what matters is who is standing in the arena. It’s us who go out there and risk it, it’s us who choose not to take the easy route, it’s us who stand tall when they let the lions loose on us, we are and will be the gladiators, let’s just keep playing the sport. Let’s continue reinventing, let’s give everything our best. And like Schwarznegger said, I WILL BE BACK…