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Bombay Velvet
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, 14 May 2015, 13:31 hrs IST
Rating: 3.5/5 | 
3.5
We all know that Bollywood is yet another name for 'gamble'. Those in the business of making films will surely vouch for the fact that every Friday can make or break careers. Maybe that explains the reasons as to why majority of filmmakers intend to play 'safe' with their film's genre like rom-com, thriller and likes. Barring a handful of them, not many filmmakers are known for their risk taking abilities with a period film. The last period film which hit the silver screen was DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHI, which met with mixed reactions at the box-office. This week's release is yet another period drama by the name of BOMBAY VELVET. Will this film have a 'velvet' smooth run at the box-office or will it turn out to be a letdown, let's analyze. 

The film, that's set in the era of 1949, welcomes the audiences with a track by Raveena Tandon Thadani (special appearance). On the other hand, while a young Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) is busy taking his baby steps in this man-eat-man world, he also spends his time in the red light district nursing frustrations of seeing his mother getting slapped and abused. Youth throws him in the boxing ring of free-for-all fighting to earn some ready cash. He then comes across Chiman (Satyadeep Misra), who not just becomes his partner in crime, but also his friend for life. As they march ahead in life, they, gradually land up becoming the henchmen for Kaizad Khambata (Karan Johar), editor of the tabloid 'Torrent' and also a top wheeler-dealer. Impressed with his dare devil attitude, Kaizad appoints Balraj to manage his club named 'Bombay Velvet'. In addition to this, Kaizad also entrusts him with the task of wiping out the 'Communist's opposition to this 'Capitalist' plan. But he meets with a roadblock called Jimmy Mistry (Manish Chaudhury), editor of pro-labour class tabloid 'Blitz'. It is then, that the beautiful jazz singer Rosie (Anushka Sharma) is sent as a honey trap to lure Balraj by Jimmy. But the duo consummate their passionate romance and become inseparable. The henchman wants to have his share of the pie in the new money-order and that's when the drama turns bloody and what-happens-after. Meanwhile, Kaizad tries to adopt the policy of divide and rule between Balraj and Chiman. Does Rosie become successful in her role of a honey trap, does Kaizad become successful in separating the Balraj-Chiman duo and what ultimately happens to 'Bombay Velvet'... is what forms the rest of the story. 

First things first. The film's director Anurag Kashyap needs to be applauded totally for having immense belief in his product named BOMBAY VELVET. Right from the word go, he transports you into an era that makes you believe in whatever you see and hear. Anurag, who has mostly been associated with offbeat cinema, sweeps you off the floor and also your imagination with BOMBAY VELVET. It won't be wrong to say that he has created the film with a right mix of great performances and eye-catching visuals. Anurag's impeccable proficiency and flawless mastery over the medium is something that needs to be appreciated. It was a noble intention when Anurag Kashyap wanted to portray the jazz culture of the 1960s through his movie, but that drastically reduces his audiences as far as the Hindi movie going public is concerned. The flip side of the film is that it tends to be way too lengthy in its first half. But the damage control of the first half's drag takes place in the film's enticing second half. It is in the second half the film's pace picks up with dramatic twists and turns, culminating it into a chilling and nail biting climax. The irony of the film is that while its length (148 minutes) plays a spoilsport, there is hardly anything in the film which could have been edited or snipped! In that case, one just cannot place the blame on the film's editors (Thelma Schoonmaker & Prerna Saigal). Besides the grandeur on which the film has been mounted, there are a handful of scenes in the film which are bound to catch your undivided attention. The introduction (bank) scene of Karan Johar and the sequences which follow it sets the tone and the direction of the movie. In addition to that, Ranbir Kapoor's fight sequences also form the highlight of the film. 

The connoisseurs will love the jazz music (masterfully put together by Amit Trivedi), but, somehow it won't find resonance with the regular film going audience in India that's grown up on simpler more relatable forms of music. The remix of the Geeta Dutt number 'Jaata Kahan Hai Deewane' from the yesteryear's CIDis the only song that will sway the mass audience. Wouldn't it have been better if Anurag had tried to rediscover Geeta Dutt brand of singing instead of the very niche jazz? All songs in the film are very situational. On the other hand, the film's dialogues (Gyan Prakash, Thani, Vasan Bala & Anurag Kashyap) are refreshing and their bunch of one liners are bound to hold your attention. The film's engaging and entertaining screenplay and neat cinematography (Rajeev Ravi) only add to the glitter of the film. 

Ranbir Kapoor has delivered one of his career's best performances in BOMBAY VELVET. There is a crazy energy around his madness that gets you hooked from start to finish. In spite of his roguish ways, there is an impetuous innocence in him that strikes you as an audience. The relentless attempts to rise from being a mere thug (laughed off by his masters) to almost-being a 'big shot' has a Jonathan Livingstone Seagull intensity that carves a place in your heart-n-mind. Anushka Sharma, on the other hand, looks beautiful and delectably sensuous. She manages to say a lot through her silences and deep tear-laden-eyes. There is a mischievous side to her as well and also the one that learns to dominate the domineering men. She excellently portrays the singing-on-screen. The gigantic emotion in 'Dhadaam Dhadaam' has been brilliantly portrayed by her. The love story between Rosie and Johnny is heartwarming and endearing, but there's too much of blood that's spilled to really savor the romance. After PK and NH10, Anushka seems to be coming of age with the selection of the right script and also the character driven association. She gets into the skin of the character she is playing. By the time the film ends, you almost forget Anushka, because your mind is already filled with the memories of Rosie. If you thought that Karan Johar was only about making larger than life candy floss romantic films, BOMBAY VELVET is bound to change the way you look at him. He is bound to stun everyone with his acting debut. He gets into his character so effortlessly that you can't think of anyone else having played that role so effortlessly. He is outstanding in a scene where he goes out of the room to laugh uncontrollably at Balraj's demands. There is a sharp comment on Johar's sexual preferences. He coins the name Johnny for Balraj while looking at a strategic location in Ranbir's anatomy. There is at least one more incident where you get to understand that Khambata has a leaning for men and his trophy wife is just a honey trap for seducing powerful men in compromising positions. A special word of mention to Satyadeep Misra for having delivered such a realistic performance. The rest of the characters help in moving the film towards its destination. 

Special brownie points to the film's production designer (Sonal Sawant) for having created the 'Bombay' of the 1940's. The vintage cars, the buses, the trams, the roads, the building spare no efforts in transporting you in a different world altogether. Niharika Bhasin has tirelessly crafted authentic costumes and the detailing is bang on. 

On the whole, BOMBAY VELVET is a visual masterpiece that is rich in form. If you want to be wowed by the detailing of the 1960s, superb performances of Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma, then go ahead and watch this film.

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If you remember #Deshdarohi scene where Shekhar shoots me n I ask him- why? Climax of #BombayVelvet is bigger chutiyapa than that scene.


This guy ROFL

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Hmm...Mihir didn't like the 2nd half found it boring and slow while Taran found the 2nd half pacy?? Ermm
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Originally posted by Piyatrix

Hmm...Mihir didn't like the 2nd half found it boring and slow while Taran found the 2nd half pacy?? Ermm

I don believe Taran..I think Mihir is a lot more reliable than him LOL  I guess i'l just watch it for myself & then judge LOL

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Originally posted by kabeeraspeaking

Originally posted by -Arsal-

Have rhe reviews lowered any of yours expectations??
Mine have come down very fast. The only great thing is that it resrmbles the hollywood gangster movies. I love that style of filmmaking.


The story however looks extremly fickle. Cant believe there isnt more to it than what the reviews are saying. The trailers potrayed a much much bigger canvas.

Nope. There is unanimous praise for 4 things: visuals & scale, performances, love story and music. Throughout the promotions, they let out enough information that the story was totally decipherable and a few people also figured it out in the other thread. I don't think critics will be all too pleased with it because it's not 'complex' enough (like mentioned in one of the reviews) or a thriller...but I think BV, as all period film are, is more about the execution than a unique plot anyways. And going by the feeling from the reviews so far, I think the target will be the romantics...general public will come out talking about the Rosie-Johnny love story and Ranbir's acting more than anything else (i.e. the story) in the film. As for me, I'm going to see something in theatres after a long time for the visuals and music...I wouldn't have if not for the fact that they are integral to the experience of the movie. And so long as those are on point, along with all the performances from the cast and the love story is good...it'll be worth the experience, IMO.

Well glad to know someone else shares this opinion too.. the main thing I am expecting from this movie is the love story and watching Ranbir n Anushka giving a superb performance and seems i will have it.. Hopefully the masala movie types will enjoy the movie too!
So my expectations r not really lowered. In anyway it had been oscillating btw extremes for a few days..  anyway will be watching it tomorrow..
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Originally posted by rogerrocks

Originally posted by Piyatrix

Hmm...Mihir didn't like the 2nd half found it boring and slow while Taran found the 2nd half pacy?? Ermm

I don believe Taran..I think Mihir is a lot more reliable than him LOL  I guess i'l just watch it for myself & then judge LOL

When are u watching? Do share yr experience. I'll probably watch next week.

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Originally posted by rogerrocks

Originally posted by Piyatrix

Hmm...Mihir didn't like the 2nd half found it boring and slow while Taran found the 2nd half pacy?? Ermm

I don believe Taran..I think Mihir is a lot more reliable than him LOL  I guess i'l just watch it for myself & then judge LOL


considering this movie has a surprise climax according to many I am in a dilemma on which one to believe! LOL

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Posted: 14 May 2015 at 3:12am | IP Logged
Originally posted by dietcoke1

Originally posted by rockrahul

Surprised by Mihir's review...I thought he really liked the movie...boring second half doesn't hold good for the movie...second half should have been stronger rather than first

but when have period films ever been perfectLOL..everything from Jodhka akbar to ram leela...all of them looked beautiful but took their time to get to the point but still ppl enjoyed them..im sure BM will have similar issues..Fairenough he didn't like the 2nd half but he cud have had a more positive headline.. 

 he jus tweeted clarifying the headline

Just to clarify, I am not responsible for any of my review headlines. If a review has a shitty headline it's the publications fault.



oops! seems he is mad about how they summed up his whole review!! he basically enjoyed the movie so that makes sense!

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