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BOMBAY VELVET BO collections and REVIEWS (Page 40)

dietcoke1 Goldie

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Posted: 14 May 2015 at 2:58pm | IP Logged

Ranbir and @AnushkaSharma will be great as usual, but I can't wait to see @karanjohar on screen. Always thought he had the acting spark :)

#BombayVelvet - It's not a film, it's a portal. It transports you. Mesmerises you. Leaves you in awe. Inspirational filmmaking. 9/10

@AnushkaSharma @karanjohar awesome movie guys...loved it..after long time seen a such a good movie...clappp

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rogerrocks IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 14 May 2015 at 3:00pm | IP Logged

Bombay Velvet Movie Review: Ranbir Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap's epic collaboration ends up as a colossal disappointment!

The movie is a technical marvel but a narrative failure. Click to read more...

Anurag Kashyap has always been hailed as the kingpin of alternative cinema in Bollywood by many of his peers. But when someone who is an expert in one thing tries to work on a different expertise, the final result may either be something incredible or an ultimate disappointment. WithBombay Velvet, Anurag Kashyap goes hardcore commercial, as he works with a big star like Ranbir for the first time. The movie had created a lot of curiosity when it was first announced, due to the people and the production values involved. The trailers of the film, however, had been a mixed bag. Let's see how the final product fares...

What's it about:

The film is set in the '60s in a city they call Mumbai...sorry, then Bombay. But it begins in 1949 when a young Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) enters the big bad city with his foster mother, and soon learns the ways of the street. Meanwhile in Goa, a young Rosie (Anushka Sharma) is taken away from her mother by a creepy musician with a promise that she will be trained as a singer, only to mistreat her physically and sexually. When she grows up, she escapes from his clutches and lands in Bombay, where the first thing she does is a scandalous' photo-shoot and then becomes a part-time bar singer. Balraj meanwhile becomes a street-fighter and a smuggler, along with his loyal side-kick Chiman (Satyadeep Mishra). It is love at first time for Balraj when he sees Rosie singing in a shady bar. But before he can proceed further, she is whisked away by a socialism-loving newspaper editor Mistry (Manish Chaudhary). The next time they meet, he is now a right-hand man for Mistry's strongest opponent in newspaper business, Kaizad Khambatta (Karan Johar), who is also a shady land-dealer. Kaizad is a villainous scumbag who even pimps out his wife to his opponents to trap them in a compromising position. When a politician is similarly trapped, photographed and blackmailed by Balraj and Khambatta, Rosie is sent as a mole sent by Mistry to get her hands on the negative of the photograph. She is made the lead jazz singer at Bombay Velvet, a club now owned by Balraj, who is now Johnny Balraj. Rosie and Balraj then get into a passionate relationship.

However, it's not just Balraj's life that's having huge developments. Even the city of Bombay is progressing and expanding, while new lands are grabbed and getting developed. We hear World Trade Center being built, union issues, Balraj getting beaten in a fighting match, more jazz singing, shady meetings, fiery journalism wars, more jazz singing, Ranbir getting beaten again in a fighting match, double crossing , pupil turning against his master, shootouts, before we finally give and stop tracking what's happening on screen.

What's hot:

Bombay Velvet is one of the soundest technical products ever made in India, forget Bollywood. Anurag and his technical crew have taken great care to recreate the Bombay of yore, and for that great effort I stand up and salute you, sirs! Special mention must be given to the art director, Sameer Sawant, costume desiger, Niharika Khan, and cinematographer, Rajeev Ravi for taking us into the bygone era. Even the background score goes well with the narrative and the time-frame.

Ranbir Kapoor is superb as the lad who only has a single aim - to be a big-shot. He has put a lot of efforts to establish himself in the street-smart role, and it shows. Though his tapori lingo does jar at times, to the point that he reminds me of Sanjay Dutt; once he is on screen, nothing else matters. Anushka is also great, as the girl who has known abuse all her life. The surprise package, however, is Karan Johar as the gay business magnate, who has more than a soft corner for Balraj. He is oily, sarcastic and vile, yet suave. Satyadeep Mishra and Manish Chaudhary also lend in good performances. The songs by Amit Trivedi , fortunately don't act as speed-breakers, and are interspersed in the narrative well. The recreatedFifi song and Behroopia are especially good.

What's not:

Unfortunately, a technically sound product is not always a good film. While trying to do justice to the '60s era, Anurag fails to offer anything note-worthy to the screenplay. The first half of the film moves like a non-stop train, with lot of events happening and characters dropping in and out, that it doesn't matter whether the viewers are managing to keep track of what's going on. With too many things happening, we don't know or care for the peripheral characters that surround Balraj and Rosie, including Khambattta. If Anurag wants us to invest in their love story, even that's a half-baked attempt. We neither feel for any of the two characters, especially Balraj. Sorry to say, but he is a total douche-bag, who is so self-obsessed with himself that he doesn't care for anyone else, even his best friend, except perhaps for Rosie. Also, he is a cold blooded killer. The second half is nothing but a clichd vendetta saga, with failed assassination plots, fruitless police investigations and a climax that's a predictable let-down. There are no twists and turns that we expect in a Anurag Kashyap film, nor are there any of his trademark witty one-liners. Also the movie looks like an ode to Brian De Palma's master-piece, Scarface. In the climax when Balraj burst out into the club's kitchen with two tommy guns, we smile reluctantly at the obvious reference.

Even the other characters are left without any proper standing. Though Karan's acting ability is impressive, his negative character is no Ramadhir Singh of Gangs of Wasseypur. He lacks the punch to be a memorable villain, especially in the climax, where his volte-face is unintentionally hilarious. Also why he doesn't reveal to Balraj about Rosie being Mistry's mole, after knowing it all along, is still an unsolved mystery. Manish Chaudhary's character, while being an important player in the first half, almost disappears in the second half. I have no idea what's the purpose of Vivaan Shah's character, though the young actor was really good. The terrific Kay Kay Menon is under-utilised. Also after hearing so much about BV being Raveena Tandon's much touted comeback to films, all we could see her on screen was for 30 seconds or so (though she looked really beautiful!).

What to do:

Even if you are an ardent Anurag fan and are expecting another Gangs of Wasseypur, better give it a miss instead of getting monumentally disappointed. However, if you have nothing else to do this weekend and want to have a feeling of how Bombay...sorry Mumbai looked like in the 60s, it's worth taking that risk.

Rating:2 out of 52 Star Rating

Mixed reviews..Not sure what to think of it..I'l judge it myself LOL

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rogerrocks IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 14 May 2015 at 3:06pm | IP Logged

Bombay Velvet Review

Bombay Velvet is a crime drama film directed & co produced by Anurag Kashyap.It stars Ranbir Kapoor,Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar in the lead roles with Kay Kay Menon,Vivaan Shah and Sidharth Basu appearing in the supporting roles.Bombay Velvet is scheduled to release on 15 May 2015.

The first trailer of the film was not received well so the second trailer was released which was impressive.The music of the film may have not chartbuster songs but it is growing up.But when you have big names like Ranbir,Anushka,Karan and Anurag Kashyap then you do not expect less than a masterpiece.

Bombay Velvet Review: Story

Bombay Velvet is based on historian Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables.The film is set in the Bombay of 1960's.Bombay Velvet is the story of one ordinary man who goes against all odds and forges his destiny to become a big shot.

The story of the film revolves around Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) who is a street fighter at the docks.He has a love interest Rosie Noronha (Anushka Sharma) who is an aspiring singer.Johnny Balraj wanted to change his fate and achieve some thing big in his life.Kaizad Khambata (Karan Johar) who is a Parsi media mogul with a high-end attitude helps Johnny Balraj to fulfil his dream.Khambata sets up a club named Bombay Velvet and gave in the custody of Johnny Balraj.But soon Johnny realised that he has been trapped by Khambata and also betrayed by Rosie.The whole film revolves around how their hopes and dreams collide with their individual realities.We will not reveal much as it will decrease your curiosity.

Bombay Velvet Review: Direction

Anurag Kashyap is one of the finest dark film makers.He said that he wanted to enter into mainstream cinema with Bombay Velvet.Let's see whats the result.

Bombay Velvet is a beautiful mixture of thrill, drama, romance and action.The film is slow at the start but it picks up pace soon.Showcasing a street fighter passion, anger and struggle, Anurag Kashyap wins you with the tale.It is a story of ambition, love, greed and music.No other director would be able to pull this off other than Kashyap.Only he can think out of the box.Screenplay is superb as always for Anurag films.Editing should have been tighter.Some scenes should have been avoided which were repetitive and make no difference to the actual story.

Technically film is brilliant having stunning visuals.It is not easy to recreate the Bombay of 1960's.Kudos to the technical staff.The music by Amit Trevedi may have not become popular but it will grow rapidly after the film.He has composed some melodious compositions which will be remembered for a long time.A treat for Jazz lovers.A special mention for background score which lifts many scenes in the film.

Bombay Velvet Review: Star Performances

Ranbir Kapoor as always steals the show with his unmissable act.He will make you breath Johnny Balraj.He once again proved that he can off any kind of role.Outstanding.

Anushka Sharama is riding high on the success of his films PK & NH 10 and also the critical appreciation she received for those films.She continues her good form and delivers an excellent performance.

Karan Johar is the surprise package in Bombay Velvet.He looks calm and cool as a business tycon.He redefine the villains in Bollywood.Surely debut of the year.

In the supporting cast Kay Kay Menon and Sidharth Basu are brilliant as always.Vivan Shah looks cool too.

Whats Good:

Johnny Balraj aka Ranbir

Stunning Visuals

Ranbir-Anushka Chemistry


Music & Background Score

Unconventional Climax

Deadly Karan Johar


What's Bad:


Some loopholes In Script

Slow Pace

Limited Appeal


Bombay Velvet Review: Last Word

Anurag Kashyap does it again.No doubt that after watching Bombay velvet audience will be divided into two groups.One will love each bit of it while other will completely dislike it.Honestly it has some weak points too but overall Bombay Velvet is a beautiful crafted unconventional film that will take you to the different world.We agree with Kalki that years later, It will be remembered as a classic.Bombay Velvet is a must watch, a delight for every cinema lover.Don't miss this epic drama.



briahna IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 14 May 2015 at 3:18pm | IP Logged
most cases, directors forget the script when making a big big movie. same goes for many hollywood biggies.
oh well..i hope they .learn something..

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princessunara IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 14 May 2015 at 3:45pm | IP Logged
Well some critics who have said that -  some will love it and some will hate it, seems accurate.. I doubt the movie deserves such a trashy review when many others have 3-3.5 reviews. so ya lol i can't really take those seriously! LOL

Anyway aarrghh waiting for Anupama and Masand's reviews..

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Posted: 14 May 2015 at 7:16pm | IP Logged

Bombay Velvet: A Notch Away From Being a Masterpiece

3 QUINTS out of 5

Stutee Ghosh
Today, 3 hours ago

Director Anurag Kashyap conjures up a delicious slice of the Mumbai of yore. We sit captivated from the very first frame hypnotized by the flickering sepia toned images of trams chugging and an unadulterated skyline.

Supposed to be based on Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables, it's a world where the typewriter spells out BOMBAY on a pale white sheet of paper with an avuncular familiarity. Bombay Velvet sucks us in.

It's 2 years after Independence we are told, the year of the Bombay Prohibition Act of 1949. Goa is still under Portuguese control and the newspaper headline screams "Godse will hang." A young bright eyed boy grows up into a handsome Johnny Balraj who when not cavorting around bars finds his true mtier in roughing up opponents double his size in bloody street fights. There is also a sweet faced little girl with a mellifluous voice singing at a church choir who transforms into a wide eyed beauty Rosie.

The story of a virgin city runs parallel to that of the central characters. The epic crime thriller, The Roaring Twenties makes a brief appearance in the movie and a lasting impact on the impressionable Balraj. "He was a big shot", reminisces Priscilla Lane cradling James Cagney in her arms.

It's this desire to take a shot at being someone big and influential that becomes the mainstay of the film. Balraj wants to make big money, Rosie aspires to be a famous singer and the city is ready to reclaim its share even from the sea. The pace of the story and its performances keep us engrossed.

A curly haired Ranbir Kapoor plays the street-smart Balraj with an endearing vulnerability. Anushka Sharma crooning away on stage in wondrous outfits melts into her character. Together, Ranbir and Anushka are delightful - their propinquity setting the screen ablaze.

Karan Johar makes his acting debut as a mustached villain Khambata who evokes some chuckles and a couple of full throated laughs at times unintended. Manish Chaudhary, K K Menon and Satyadeep Misra as Balraj's childhood friend Chimman, ensure that the "velvet" in Bombay Velvet definitely belongs to the first half. The Sorceress touch unmistakable thanks to top notch editing by Thelma Schoonmaker.

Set against the backdrop of some intoxicating Jazz music by Amit Trivedi and the lilting voice of Niti Mohan for company we are firmly ensconced in the beauteous Bombay of the 60's.

They say "all's well that ends well". Sadly it doesn't end well for Bombay Velvet. The sharp nosedive post interval is a pity particularly since the brilliant build up pre interval deserved a much better denouement.  The narrative flounders; the direction falters and the film loses steam with each passing frame. Somewhere close to the end a harassed looking K K Menon playing Inspector Kulkarni chucks away his cap in disgust as the music rises to a crescendo. This basically sums up the dejection we feel. A faux climax, coupled with a blurry and clichd narrative brings this 150 minute film to a grinding halt.

The end seems contrived, even silly, diminishing to a large extent the aura of an otherwise charming film. It falls short of being the masterpiece it had set out to be, but you still must go watch it.

I'm going with a very generous 3 QUINTS out of 5. For the love of a beautiful Bombay that beckons us all, it deserves to be seen at least once on the big screen.

Edited by Khambatta - 14 May 2015 at 7:27pm

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Posted: 14 May 2015 at 7:19pm | IP Logged
Mixed reviews.
Budget is huge but if wom turns out to be good,the movie will do well. All the best to the team. 

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Posted: 14 May 2015 at 7:33pm | IP Logged


Bombay Velvet Movie Review: Ranbir, Anushka's smoky love tale is injurious to all

By: Ankit Pal

Critics Rating :

Cast : Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar

Director : Anurag Kashyap

New Delhi : -

Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma's Bombay Velvet is now open for all; with a shiny and glittery outfit it seems striking, but stepping in it unveils the hooked boredom and unbearable tale.

Anurag Kashyap's period crime drama, based on historian Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables, takes you on back to 60s where love for women and greed for more is a common affair.

Film's story revolves around a street boxer, Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor), an aspiring jazz singer, Rosie (Anushka Sharma), a flamboyant Parsi media mogul, Kaizad Khambata (Karan Johar), and how their hopes and dreams collide with their individual realities.

Since, it's a crime drama it should have been serious, rugged and hard hitting but leaving some shots, staring at couple on a corner seat may turn out to be a better idea than gluing your eyes on 70 mm screen.

Acting-wise movie seems flawless but only till the time Karan Johar presents his not so scary laugh and pitches in the dialogue of the millennium - Rosie mein tumne aisa kya dekha jo mujhme nahi tha. Like seriously? Do Ranbir need to answer this question when lady like Anushka Sharma is Rosie. Not just dialogues but also Karan Johar's serious angry man looks can be the things to regret and also love about him. Karan's acting debut is a massacre.

In spite of a great effort by Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma, film barely finds a space where audiences can find an attachment. With every passing frame audiences love for popcorn and mobile beats the thrill movie generates.

Talking on a positive note Ranbir Kapoor has improved his choice, the film was definitely better than Roy'- which was the last attack he had done on audiences.

Full marks to Amit Trivedi for creating great background scores and Jazz music, it breaks the bond people have created with rock music.

Final verdict: It's like many dishes served on a single plate which is messy and fails to provide a single flavour that could stick on your mind. Watch the film at your own risk.

Edited by Khambatta - 14 May 2015 at 7:34pm

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