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Anushka Sharma: As actresses, we don't have the choices that a male actor hasPriya Gupta,TNN | May 15, 2015, 12.00 AM IST
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Anushka Sharma: As actresses, we don't have the choices that a male actor has
Anushka Sharma has achieved what very few actresses are able to in the world of Bollywood, the ability to remain honest, real and secure. As Anurag Kashyap's Bombay Velvet releases today, in which she plays the role of a jazz singer Rosie, she talks to us about why she respects Ranbir Kapoor, what keeps her secure and what made her cry on the set. Excerpts:

READ: Bombay Velvet: All you need to know about the film

You worked with Ranbir Kapoor for the first time in Bombay Velvet. Talk about him.

Even though this is the first film that we have done together, we have known each other for many years and there is always a sense of comfort with him. We became friends and started hanging out and realised that we hit it off well. We have a very easy kind of friendship that helped in the film. When you see the chemistry in the film, you would have never seen it before. When I read the script, I didn't know who the actor would be, but I knew that whoever it would be, the chemistry needed to be so easy and good. And Ranbir and me have that naturally with each other. I feel very comfortable in his presence. I can't work with someone just because someone is popular or loved. I have respect for Ranbir for the kind of actor he is and also with what he has done with his stardom. The kind of films he has picked up, empowering so many movies that have got funded because of him. He has created that kind of dependability that if it is a Ranbir Kapoor film, it must be good. Also, he is very nice to people and treats everyone with equality. Often, people think that it's okay to be treating people basis their position or what they can give you. Because I am not like that with my dealings and so is Ranbir not like that. He will always make people comfortable around him, does not take himself too seriously and that is a beautiful thing. He is very secure as an actor, has that faith in his directors and according to me, Bombay Velvet is his best performance as an actor. He has no inhibition, no judgement about mai kaisa lagoonga and there are no insecurities in him and it is so refreshing to see that. I like working with such kind of people and I feel that actors should be that way only.

You have now worked with some of the finest directors of Bollywood. Talk about working with Anurag Kashyap?

What I appreciate about him is his ability to see normal things in a different way and presenting you like that. He is not filmi or predictable that way. Usually, when someone narrates you a script, you are able to tell what is going to happen next. With Anurag, you can't tell what is going to happen and I like that. With him, nothing fazes him working on a set, given that the scale of this film is so huge. Things do go wrong and people do lose their cool, but he takes everything in his stride on the set. That is a great quality as you can maintain your focus. He will bring out a different side of you and be it Ranbir as Johnny Balraj or me as Rosie, they are both very different from what we are in real lives.

Anurag told me you had no insecurities as an actress even though you did not get to dance in this film. I too have observed how you never plant a wrong story in the media and don't run down your competitors. What makes you so secure?

I am secure as I don't have preconceived notions about things. I have made my career and made a pretty successful career out of being the way I am, so it works for me. As actresses, we don't have the choices that a male actor has. So, with limited choices, you try and make smart decisions and reinvent yourself as an actor. So, I have done things that work for me. I am very clear of what I want and that's why I don't have insecurities. I don't have a target of how many releases I want in a year. I didn't have a release for two years and I was fine with that and in seven months, I have four releases and I am also fine with that. You are as good as your last Friday. You don't have to be seen all the time. You do one great film and you are again right up there, so for me, it's only about doing good work and the problem is that I am saying such a simple thing, but it sounds like a cliche as it has become like that, but it is my ultimate truth. With every film, I would like you to feel that this girl has outdone herself with her last film. I want you to develop into a space where you know that if she is in that film, it must be a good film. I want to be a bankable actor, but I have no targets of being No 1, 2 or 3.

Anurag told me you and Ranbir used to fight almost like siblings on set so much so that one day, you actually started crying. What happened?

The thing with Ranbir and me is that we are great buddies and it's true that we do bicker like siblings. One particular day, I had to perform and he was just annoying me. He kept saying, 'Why is your hand here? Why is that there?' So I told him, 'Are you Anurag? Then just keep quiet.' Ranbir knew that I was irritated with him, but when he realises that I am getting irritated, he irritates you even more and I also know that he is irritating me but I still get more irritated. That day, it reached a point where I couldn't take it anymore and I had no more words left in my mouth to fight with him and I didn't want to fight with him, so I went out and started full on weeping. No one saw me, but my mike was still on while I was crying, so Anurag could hear it. He immediately came to me outside and I said, 'Ranbir can't do that.' Anurag said, 'You want me to scream at him?' Now that day, nobody scolded Ranbir but he has come to know that I was crying. When you will see that scene, you will feel it is such a romantic scene, but no one knows what happened before that. After the shoot got over, Ranbir came to me and said, 'Today I troubled you too much no? Ok sorry, I won't do it again.'

Why do you think there was so much negativity around the film initially?
There is a lot that has been said about the film, but ultimately, you can't keep combating these things by talking. We believed in the film and now that I have seen the film, I loved it. I cannot sell a film to anybody that you come and watch my film, but I am very proud of it. It's like a gift to me that I could be in that environment and that atmosphere that was created for us. This is the kind of film that people have not seen before in India.

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Sigh! I'm gonna watch it on Sunday. Don't know what to expect. Hope the movie isn't as terrible as everybody is making it out to be. I still have hopes. Tongue LOL
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I'm posting the reviews here because the other thread is filled with spamming.
Kusumita Das's reviews are usually very nice and soulfully written. Here's what she has to say about the movie. 

Movie Review 'Bombay Velvet': All beauty, no soul

Deccan Chronicle | Kusumita Das | May 15, 2015, 13.05 pm IST

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Satyadeep Mishra

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Rating: 2.5 stars

Bombay Velvet attempts to tell a story of a city en route to becoming a maximum city. Based on historian and Princeton scholar Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables, this film takes us back to the late sixties, when the minds and muscles that mattered were busy making plans of turning Nariman Point into a business district, a la Manhattan, by reclaiming the Arabian Sea, joining the seven islands of Bombay. The blueprint of Bombay's future was being drawn by cash smelling land sharks, power hungry politicians and crafty, opportunistic tabloid editors in the backdrop of mill workers' strikes, gang wars, murders, smuggling and jazz.

This is the world Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) finds himself in, in his twenties. Having grown up in a brothel, earning his living through petty pilfering jobs, he makes just enough to splurge on a Hollywood movie ticket to be transported to a world that makes him dream of becoming a "big shot". The love of his life Rosie (Anushka Sharma) is an established jazz singer, courtesy talent and compromises with a handful of male mentors who helped her in exchange of a few favours.

Kashyap, who is known for subverting clichs in his films, indulges in one too many in this magnum opus. There's love-at-first-sight, (between Johnny and Rosie), there are villains in their love story, there's revenge, there's even a Sholay kind of friendship between Johnny and Chiman (Satyadeep Mishra).

There are as many sub-plots in the story as there are shades of grey. Leading the grey patch is Kaizad Khambatta (Karan Johar), a closet homosexual, a media baron who runs a bunch of other illicit by Go HD 1.1" style="border: none; outline: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; left: auto; opacity: 1; top: auto; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 115, 197); margin: 0px 0px 0px 3px !important; padding: 0px !important; vertical-align: baseline !important; font-weight: 700 !important; box-sizing: border-box !important; bottom: auto !important; clip: auto !important; clear: none !important; display: inline-block !important; float: none !important; height: auto !important; max-height: none !important; max-width: none !important; min-height: 0px !important; min-width: 0px !important; overflow: visible !important; position: static !important; right: auto !important; text-transform: uppercase !important; -webkit-transform: none !important; transform: none !important; visibility: visible !important; width: auto !important; zoom: 1 !important; z-index: auto !important; background: 0px 0px !important;">TRADES. He finds his target in the vulnerable and dashing Johnny and makes him a cog in the wheel of the giant land grabbing conspiracy. There's also Khambatta's rival Jimmy Mistry (Manish Chaudhary), his childhood friend who now runs his own tabloid and is constantly on a hawk-eyed search of an opportunity to get the better of Khambatta.

Squished in this deceitful game of one-upmanship, is Johnny, his friend Chiman, his love Rosie and also a crime branch officer played by very under-utilised Kay Kay Menon, and pretty much everybody else, including the city of Bombay painted in sepia, relegated to the background. Had the city been the film's lead protagonist, and the story a study in history of how the seven islands metamorphosed in an economic epicenter, Bombay Velvet might have worked. There is so much grandeur to the sets, so much flawless detailing, it's heartbreaking that the recreation of that period remains only skin deep and never percolates into the story.

And if the film were just about the three central characters, their love triangle and revenge plans, in the backdrop of 60s Bombay, that too might have worked. The film's major undoing is that the background and the foreground exchange places too often to allow us to understand what the story is really about.

The first half you are busy settling into the world Anurag Kashyap and his set designer has created. Once you are done being dazzled by the beauty, you go looking for the soul only to encounter too many persistent question marks, which weigh down the second half. And when a story is rooted in well-documented history, one cannot afford to let the ellipses remain.

There seems to be too much of an attempt to sway the viewer with visuals to cover up the lack of facts. The Tommy gun firing Johnny towards the end is one of the most visually splendid moments of the film, but why he lets go of them before taking on his key adversary is something that's never explained. Characters appear and disappear, there seems to be some plan that's being hatched, we never know what it is. Thanks to history, we can take a wild guess.

Ranbir Kapoor's angst is something that is not explored enough. There is not enough reason to empathise with this misogynist, bloodthirsty ruffian, who beats and makes love to his girl in the same fervor, who doesn't seem to have any grey matter up there, a street fighter who kills and likes to get beaten up as a hobby. The actor is his usual earnest self, but you just watch him, you never feel his emotions. Anushka shines in a few scenes but largely carries a standard expression throughout the film. Karan's smirks are well-timed, he tries his best to be as menacing as his role is meant to be, but never manages to terrify. Satyadeep Mishra is good, with his deep set stares and telling silences, one of the most convincing acts in the film.

Amit Trivedi's background score is richer than his jazz tunes. However, the music on the whole does manage to lift a sagging story time and again. The visual grandeur and scale aside, Bombay Velvet fails to live up to its ambition. Don't even try to search for sharp dialogues and Kashyap's trademark wicked humour. That's probably reserved for his indie ventures only.

So can we have the real Anurag Kashyap back please?

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Bombay Velvet review: Ranbir, Anushka shine occasionally

Bombay Velvet review: Ranbir Kapoor looks perfect for his Cagney-esque part, Anushka Sharma shines only occasionally.

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Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: May 15, 2015 1:57 pm

to struggle out from under.

There are flashes where you can see Anurag Kashyap's sharpness and visual acuity, which is on abundant display in his finest - Black Friday', Dev D' and Gangs Of Wasseypur'. An early bit, featuring the leads as children, has energy, as has Rosie's beginning. Some walk-on parts - Remo Fernandes, Raveena Tandon - leave an impression. Satyadeep Mishra, as Ranbir Kapoor's best friend, has pleasing steadiness. And Johar, who looks most comfortable in his often outr attire, has a nice giggly solo moment, though he could have been more if the plot had been brave enough to maximize its homo-erotic strain. Still, his Kaizad creates more frisson with Johnny boy, in fact, than Johnny boy does with Rosie girl: Johnny and Rosie huff and puff but have very little going on between them.

The lead pair doesn't, in fact, spark. Johnny's streak of sado-masochism is meant to be a blazing trademark, but it comes off minus impact, as does the character. Like everyone else in this beautifully-dressed film, Ranbir Kapoor looks perfect for his Cagney-esque part, complete with tommy guns and leery grins, but does not pull it off. And Anushka Sharma shines only occasionally, channeling pain better than come hither-ness: in a tiny cameo, Raveena Tandon shows how to do Sultry Club-Singer, with a teeny swing of the hip and an inviting crook of the finger.

The music, composed by Amit Trivedi, is superb, though, even if it doesn't break the dizzying bar set by Dev D'. When you can hear it, and in some effective parts, Bombay Velvet' soars. In the rest, this thing doesn't sing. It needed more zing.

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i saw the movie n its slow which i know it will be as its Anurag kashyap's movie LOL but Ranbir has acted very well 
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@krackjack - good idea.. Will post reviews here., as the other one is just  getting lost.. anyway here is my two cents. Copy pasting here too.

Just watched Bombay Velvet!!

Pluses & minuses

Ranbir was fabulous as the street kid who wanted to earn respect and a place for himself in the society!! Even when he killed in cold blood i couldn't help but root for Johny even when i was cringing over how crassly and unfeelingly he did somethings he did!! Somehow his feelings for Rosie being the way for him to be very much human was a lovely contrast Ranbir really aced at.

Anushka was fabulous as the beautiful but broken abused Rosie whose whole world was Johny. Dhadham dhadham!! She was exceptional in that sequence!

And what happens in johny and rosie's lives during that single moment in the movie!

Rosie and Johny as a couple - this was the best and the most wonderful part of the story..they r adorable together!! So in love with each other but fight like two kids and then make up even more passionately!!

Damn they should have increased the screentime for the love story! It felt like it was not enough at all!too order to fill the screen with too much unwanted information. But then its probably cz ranushka were so good and i fell for johny and rosie and rooting for the doomed lovers. I really wished the writers had invested more in fleshing out the 2 characters and what makes them tick. Anushka and Ranbir make the best of the given material. But it could have been way better.

Good back stories for rosie and johny..even khambatta..but execution of the back stories could have been a little more emotional and less jarring. They rushed through it. This would have immensely helped to create a connect with the lead characters so that we feel for them cz of the hell they have been through. 

First half dragged..i was bored to death over the land reclamation, prohibition act etc..i mean who would care to know all the bureaucratic circles considering they r trying to cater to the could have been edited out so much more..and made it more crisp..

And the tommy guns..useless agar uske badle simple pistol bhi use kartha tha na kuch faraq nahi padegi! Waste of money..storywise having that scene was ok, but too OTT how it was executed.. could have had the same impact without wasting so much money! (I really wanted to write this one, because of the huge amount they seem to have wasted on it according to Anurag. so they probably did the same for a lot of other unwanted things too)

The last message they put up was not needed at all! I liked the climax as it was though of course again the execution was very jarring!! (this I guess is subjective opinion!)

KJo - thing is his acting isn't necessarily bad. but an actor like naseeruddin shah could have brought a certain gravity to the role as well as the equation he shares with Johny and his hatred towards Rosie would have made a bigger impact and made him a good foil against the personalities of Rose and Johny. Basically my issue was I was vrey much able to see Rosie and Johny and completely forget about Anushka and Ranbir while I watched the movie., But I saw KJo instead of Khambatta and it just spoiled it for me.

And honestly this is not at all an arty type movie! It would have been so much bebtter had it been a bit more lightened up, dropped the boring overload of historic facts and focused on the characters, their emotions and could have been a fun movie actually..its not half as serious as it seems..or they had tried to make it seem!!

Verdict 3 - 3.5
If u love Anushka or Ranbir its a pretty nice watch.. if u like romances..then also its a pretty good watch.

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My Review :-

Originally posted by Sharif.Badmaash

Watched the movie .

Definitely nowhere close to the masterpiece like GOW or a brilliant cinema like Ugly, Black friday. Guess Anurag didnt worked on the plot & screenplay part and this is where BV lacked . Even the dialogues didnt created much impact which were a USP of previous Anurag Kashyap movies. First 40-45 mins. or so were really interesting but after that the movie heads towards a downward slope and doesnt recovers from it till the end. second half was quite disappointing including the climax , the tragedy factor they give there wasnt executed well.

Three things which i really liked in the movie

Ranbir as Johny Balraj , he was really good as the tapori Balraj who wanted to make it big in Bombay city... fIlm wont be a success at BO but its a good comeback for him as an actor after lousy acts in Besharam & Roy .
Anushka - she gave a good performance overall , especially in dhadaam dadhaam song her expressions & body language were fabulous.
Cinematography , visuals & BG music - brilliant work . Completely gave 60's Bombay feel.

supporting cast was good especially KK Menon & Siddharth basu. Karan's feminine voice didnt suited the character well but he did provide some laughter moments , both intentionally & unintentionally .LOL

overall its a 3/5 , decent but could've been much better

PS- there was about 60 % occupancy where i watched , guess it"ll pick up in later shows.

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Masand's review is here:

Bright lights, big pity


Bombay Velvet

Rating: 2.5

May 15, 2015

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Satyadeep Misra, Kay Kay Menon, Manish Chaudhary, Siddhartha Basu, Vivaan Shah

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Against the flickering light of a black and white movie playing in a theatre, you see the rapt face of petty thief Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) as he watches the climax of the 1939 gangster classic The Roaring Twenties. James Cagney, shot dead, lies in the arms of Priscilla Lane; she tells a cop, visibly heartbroken, "He used to be a big shot." Balraj is moved, his eyes are moist, and you have a sinking suspicion that you know where director Anurag Kashyap's Bombay Velvet is headed.

While the opening credits reveal that the script is inspired by historian Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables, the film itself is primarily about the fictional love story between Ranbir's Johnny Balraj, now a bonafide gangster, and nightclub singer Rosie Noronha (Anushka Sharma). Their relationship plays out against the backdrop of 1960s Bombay, a city on the threshold of becoming a metropolis. All the action is centered in and around jazz-club Bombay Velvet, owned by conniving newspaper baron and bootlegger Kaizad Khambatta (Karan Johar), who makes Johnny his flunkey, but gradually becomes obsessed with him.

On the surface, Johnny is the manager of Bombay Velvet, but he actually makes Khambatta's problems go away - by kidnapping, blackmailing or killing people who stand in the way of Khambatta's ambition to transform Nariman Point into Bombay's Manhattan. Other key players include Johnny's childhood friend and sidekick Chiman (a nicely understated Satyadeep Misra), rival newspaper owner Jimmy Mistry (Manish Chaudhary), and an investigating officer who won't give up (Kay Kay Menon in great form).

Subterfuge, blackmail, thwarted love, and at least two unconvincing plot twists - the first involving a coveted negative, the second being the sudden appearance of a twin sibling - all add to this dense script. Yet, despite its overcrowded plot, the film is let down because the love story at its centre feels hackneyed.

That's a shame, because Bombay Velvet has all the trimmings - solid performances, a terrific jazz-soaked soundtrack by Amit Trivedi, and excellent production design that takes you by the hand into the city of the late sixties. But how you wish the script had lingered more on the greedy government-mill-owner-media nexus that took over mill lands to create the urban landscape of Nariman Point. Unfortunately, the film is too often waylaid by Johnny and Rosie's predictable drama. It's perplexing - more than once you catch yourself wondering, "What happened to the story of Bombay?"

It seems as if multiple threads in this narrative were left incomplete, possibly chopped away at the editing table. Coherence, or the lack of it, is a big issue in this film. Characters like Mistry and Mayor Romi Mehta (Siddhartha Basu) aren't entirely convincing, and the Fight Club-inspired underground-boxing subplot is contrived. To be fair, however, the film has some enduring moments: a sweet exchange between Rosie and Johnny in a bathtub, a tense wordless phone call between Johnny and Khambatta, and that mad drum solo that matches the sheer intensity with which Johnny takes on Khambatta, all guns blazing Scarface-style. These are some of the bits that stay with you.

Of the cast, Karan Johar is surprisingly effective in his debut as the snarky, manipulative Khambatta. A scene in which he leaves a room to hide an uncontrollable laughing fit over Johnny's naivete is one of the best in the film. Anushka Sharma as Rosie never feels like an adequately written character. Despite being one half of the film's central love story, it's a part that doesn't come together and is seldom compelling. The actress does much better expressing Rosie's pent-up pain in the marvelously realized Dhadam Dhadam number.

Ultimately, it's Ranbir Kapoor, soldiering on as Johnny Balraj, who infects his part with considerable charm, capturing his hotheaded nature, his bottled fury remarkably. You're riveted by his display of rage against a slimy photographer who threatens Rosie, and likely moved by his grief when he bids goodbye to a close friend. It's Ranbir's performance that glosses over many of the film's problems.

Bombay Velvet doesn't have the raw energy or the unforgettable characters of Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur. It's never as involving a story as Black Friday. And yet what you cannot deny is the sheer craft that Kashyap brings to the enterprise. This is an ambitious saga; skillfully mounted. You're fascinated by the resemblance to real-life figures, the unwavering attention to detail, and little touches that are vintage Kashyap - like a stand-up comic making political barbs back in the day. The missing piece of the puzzle, sadly, is the inconsistent that never lets us truly care for the characters, one that leaves too many questions unanswered.

I'm going with two-and-a-half out of five for Bombay Velvet. Much of the film dazzles, but I found myself longing for some soul.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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