‘Bombay Velvet’, the first in a hotly-anticipated new trilogy by eccentric director Anurag Kashyap, is set to become his most-expensive film yet…

In an effort to re-create a Bombay of yore, the genius behind hits ‘Dev D’ and ‘Bombay Talkies’ will reportedly feature close to 200 vintage cars in his upcoming neo noir drama.

According to the latest reports, painstaking efforts were undertaken to re-create an ‘old Bombay’, for a film shot extensively in Sri Lanka. Based on Gyan Prakash’s book ‘Mumbai Fables’, the film stars Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor, hottie-biscuit Anushka Sharma and B-town’s high profile director and producer Karan Johar, who will reportedly be playing the primary antagonist. Johar had previously played a short role in Yash Raj’s ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, and will now be returning to the big screen after nearly 20 years behind the camera.

The film which spans over two decades showcasing Mumbai through the 50s, 60s and 70s tells the story of how the city became a budding metropolis against ‘a backdrop of love, greed, violence and jazz music’.

Fortunately for the production, filming in Sri Lanka appears to have worked out brilliantly as it was reportedly ‘easier to source vintage vehicles in great and running condition.’

Of course, that’s not to say they came cheap…

The film, which is co-produced by Kashyap’s Phantom Films and Fox Star Studios, will also mark the comeback of veteran Bollywood talent Raveena Tandon. Its period look will boast a lot of British influence from the costumes and styling to the tone and setting.

‘Bombay Velvet’ is slated for release November 28, 2014.