Movie Review: Bombay Velvet – Not as great as it was hyped

| Friday, May 15, 2015 - 16:01
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Movie Review: Bombay Velvet – Not as great as it was hyped

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Manish Choudhary

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Genre: Crime Drama


Based on the book Mumbai Fables by Gyan Prakash, Bombay Velvet revolves around the days when a newly independent India was struggling to find its stand. Due to its strategically positioned harbor and a number of mills, Bombay was fast rising as the ideal centre for trade and trade unions. 

While the socialists ruled the now financial capital of India then and the major policies were conditioned by well-liked sentiments, there were people who exactly knew how to spot the chinks in the system. They soon started harvesting the profits in the name of urban development and speedy growth rate only helped them do better and from there, the actual story of the Bombay Velvet begins.

A vulnerable Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) watches a James Cagney (The Public Enemy, Angels with Dirty faces) movie and makes a decision to become a ‘big shot’ in life which he eventually does. Along with Chimman (a brilliant Satyadeep Misra), Balraj fights a tough battle against poverty and class difference and over the years, the duo become hardcore criminals but they are still in need of a supporter who can get them admitted into the popular world of the rich, glamorous and English-speaking scamsters. Their search ends as the find a real estate tycoon, Kaizad Khambata (Karan Johar) who owns an influential newspaper The Torrent and is a big rival of Jimmy Mistry (Manish Choudhary), a violent but ethically hazy newspaper editor.

In the mean time, a young Rosie (Anushka Sharma) from Goa is taken away from her mother by a scary musician with an assurance that she will be trained as a singer. But unfortunately, she is only open to be physically and sexually mistreated and as she grows up, she gets away from his control and reaches Bombay, where the first thing she does is a ‘scandalous’ photo-shoot after which she becomes a part-time bar singer.

However, the story takes a turn as Balraj falls in love after he sees Rosie for the first time at a shady bar but before he could even go on further, she is akready whipped away by Mistry. 

The next time he meets her, Balraj is already a right-man for Mistry’s strongest rival, a shady land dealer Kaizad who even pimps out his wife to his opponents to trap them in a compromising positions. 

After a politician is trapped in his zone, he is photographed and blackmailed by Balraj and Kaizad and Rosie is then sent as a mole by Mistry to get her hands on the negative of the pictures.

She is made the lead singer at a club owned by Johny Balraj, ‘Bombay Velvet’ which gives a kick to their passionate relationship.

The chemistry of Anushka and Ranbir is subtle to watch but at some places, it just goes random. The young actress has delivered the best emotions in her song ‘Ye kya kiya Sylvia’ where every sentiment was conveyed through her glittering eyes.

Ranbir, like all his movies is the backbone of ‘Bombay Velvet’ and has done his job incredibly. His attitude in the movie will be remembered by his fans for long. 
Karan Johar’s attitude is the asset of the movie which has definitely not been overdone. While his original personality is absolutely opposite to what he is portraying in the movie, the director and producer has definitely done justice to his job. 

Overall, the movie is good to watch but is not extraordinary as it was hyped during its promotions and trailers. The songs are undoubtedly catchy, but the story could not control the flow as the characters did not get an opportunity to explore the lesser travelled terrains in Bollywood. 

NewsX Verdict: Watch at least once but definitely not with high hopes and expectations to be enthralled all through those 150 minutes. 

The B-town friends of the movie on the other hand have shared great views about the movie. Let’s take a look:

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