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Posted: 15 May 2015 at 11:26pm | IP Logged
i really want to see kashyap come back with a vengeance. stay in your comfort zone, you will be fine. he is not only an ace director but a screenwriter as well. biggest problem with BV is kashyap fooling all with its a commercial movie. its not.LOLits still dark, and slow paced. by adding raveena tandon and glamoured jazz singer Rosie, movie doesn't become commercial.



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Originally posted by hedwig_fawkes

Originally posted by blue-ice

Originally posted by jibber-jabber


A Slumdog making a film with millions of dollars will not necessarily make a Slumdog Millionaire


Not that I care but just out of curiosity...why is RGV mad at Kashyap??LOL

Anurag used to write for RGV in his glory days (he wrote Satya among others) and he has been vocal about RGV's career downfall since. RGV probably didn't like that one of his minions ke par aa gaye or something.

It is true that RGV gave Anurag his first break.

then it makes a lot of sense. Kjo and Anurag dono hi uske dushman hain. LOL
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Originally posted by jibber-jabber

Originally posted by blue-ice

Originally posted by jibber-jabber


A Slumdog making a film with millions of dollars will not necessarily make a Slumdog Millionaire


Not that I care but just out of curiosity...why is RGV mad at Kashyap??LOL

I think his bhadaas is directed towards KJo but he can't openly criticise the actors. So he is bullshitting about the director (who seems to be an easy target). LOL
Or maybe they have a history of which I'm not aware. Confused
Anurag had assisted RGV during "Satya" and some of his films...

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I feel so old, but I distinctly remember when Kashyap was "the" sought after dialogue writer. 

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Can someone please post the T2 review? I have trouble posting. Here's the link. I generally like Pratim's reviews. 
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150516/jsp/t2/story_20263.jsp
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Bombay Velvet: review

- If the story is contrived and unnecessarily meandering, the storytelling is very un-Kashyap " dull, tame and lacking energy

Towards the end of Bombay Velvet, Ranbir Kapoor's Johnny Balraj enters a room with machine guns and lets the bullets rip. The mid close-up of his enraged face blazed by the fire of the gun shots in slow motion is a spitting image of Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Faizal Khan unleashing his anger in the climax of Gangs of Wasseypur. Both the films are directed by Anurag Kashyap, but apart from that one deja vu feeling, it is (unfortunately) a tale of two movies.

Despite having the best of resources " an international studio, biggest of Bollywood stars and a seemingly bottomless budget " Kashyap fails to rustle up the kind of magic he's done year after year with unknown faces and very little money. Perhaps the soul of Bombay Velvet got lost under the piles and piles of authentic production design and immaculate period detail, almost reminiscent of the other big disappointment of the year, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!.

The writing (Kashyap, Vasan Bala, Gyan Prakash and Thani) is the biggest letdown here, even though Bombay Velvet has the oldest narrative arc in film history " an innocent love story between two down-and-outers against the backdrop of all things big and sinister. Those two would be Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) and Rosie (Anushka Sharma), first shown as kids in shorts and frock in 1949, the year the Bombay Prohibition Act was passed.

Their stories streamed parallely, he grew up in Bombay with friend Chiman (Satyadeep Mishra) as a street thug while she grew up in Goa abused by the man (Remo Fernandez in a special appearance) who took her in to teach music. She lands up in Bombay after taking care of him and starts singing in bars and clubs.

In what is almost an outtake of Barfi!, where Balraj tries to rob a bank with a handkerchief over his finger, he meets Parsi newspaper owner Khambatta (Karan Johar) who spots the talent " long lusty stare at the Kapoor crotch " and instantly renames him Johnny! Things get bizarre-bizarrer-bizarrest as Khambatta opens a jazz club called Bombay Velvet for Johnny to run, used as a front to "talk shop" with the mayor (Siddhartha Basu) and acquire plots in the land reclaimed from the Bombay Back Bay.

Rosie becomes the voice of Bombay Velvet and falls in love with her seeker and protector " "main uska do not disturb sign hoon" " Johnny. Also in the mix is Jamshed Mistry (Manish Chaudhry) who runs another tabloid, has a thing for Rosie, and wants to bring down Khambatta. Anyway, the print fight between the two Parsis over Bombay land encroachment would have hardly affected the Johnny-Rosie romance had Balraj not wanted to be a "Big Shot" like James Cagney in The Roaring Twenties. That's some cineaste gunda!

If the story is contrived and unnecessarily meandering, the storytelling is very un-Kashyap " dull, tame and lacking energy. Even the songs, which have always been Anurag's strength in their conceptualisation and visualisation, are stodgy and the jazz numbers get to you after a point of time. And despite the effort and money that have been pumped in to recreate the Bombay of 1969, it doesn't wow you like the Bombay of Mani Ratnam's Guru did.

Ranbir tries hard to bring some life to the tired proceedings but the character is such a convenient paper job " stupid at times, cheeky at others, with a constantly changing list of priorities " that he can only do that much. It's a pity to see such a fine young actor being misused again and again. And what is that hairstyle making him look like Flattop Jones from the Dick Tracy movie!

Apart from standing tall in those gorgeous gowns, Anushka does very little. That she has very few spoken lines in the initial part of the film is a good thing because when she suddenly goes into Band Baaja Baaraat mode in the romantic scenes later, all that period feel is instantly lost. Either the film's schedules had long breaks in between or she just never got inside Rosie's head.

The best thing about Bombay Velvet is Karan Johar. Ignoring his roly-poly presence in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, the film "introduces" the producer-director as an actor. And what a fine job KJo does playing the scheming gay media mogul with a troubled past. It's a glorious departure from his self-conscious presence on the TV shows and every look and every move is beautifully measured. He also has the best scene of the film, where he steps out and helps himself to a loud laugh. 

The two other moments in Bombay Velvet which bring you to your feet both belong to Raveena Tandon Thadani. Once at the start and somewhere towards the end, she takes the stage and stands behind the microphone, lip-syncing to the songs in a way only she can. Yes, even now.

But that's not redeeming enough to spend 152 minutes of your life at Bombay Velvet. It will upset you if you are an Anurag Kashyap follower. It will depress you if you are an Anushka Sharma fan. It will kill you if you are a Ranbir Kapoor diehard. The two Kashyap brothers (remember Abhinav's Besharam?) have managed to bring down the Big Shot Kapoor. Now it's up to the other Anurag (Basu) to bring him back.



http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150516/jsp/t2/story_20263.jsp



Edited by Error_404 - 15 May 2015 at 11:32pm
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I loved watching GOW, Black Friday and Gulal. Even Ugly was excellent. Every filmmaker has his own niche and very few can travel out of it and make it a success. Even Karan Johar failed when he tried to experiment with "serious" stuff. Anurag's niche is small, character driven, films which are devoid of the pressure of having big stars. While he should try and do films outside his comfort zone, he certainly should not be investing the kind of money that has gone into BV. You don't test the depth of a river by placing both your feet inside it at the same time.
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edit!! Big smile



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