In the Anurag Kashyap directorial, Karan plays Kaizad Khambatta, an arch rival of street fighter Johnny Balraj, played by Ranbir Kapoor.

His villainous look with a shrewd smile and a moustache has got a thumbs up from his friends and colleagues from tinsel town.

Sidharth Malhotra: "@karanjohar :villain in @anuragkashyap72 's #BombayVelvet..Kaizad Khambatta!" Eh new villain! Looking intense and mean"

Varun Dhawan:
“@karanjohar @anuragkashyap72 here comes the ACTOR. Can't wait for bombay velvet. kaizad khambatta. Look at those eyes."

Alia Bhatt: "@karanjohar: The villain in @anuragkashyap72 's #BombayVelvet... Kaizad Khambatta essayed by yours truly!!! Woohooooo."

Preity Zinta: "@karanjohar @anuragkashyap72 KJO! Cannot wait to see U in Bombay Velvet . Have a feeling you are going to kill it in the movie ;-))) ting."

Overwhelmed by the response generated by the poster, Karan thanked everyone for appreciating his look. "Thank you very much for the amazing feedback on my first look in #BombayVelvet...all credit to Niharika and Anurag," he wrote on Twitter.

'Bombay Velvet' is jointly produced by Phantom Films and Fox Star India, and is set for release on May 15. The film is set in the 1960s and is a large screen adaptation of Gyan Prakash's 'Mumbai Fables'.

'Bombay Velvet' also stars Anushka Sharma and Ranbvir Kapoor in pivotal roles.

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