Bombay Velvet (Movie Review & Rating )

Film Critic : Mandakini Vedula

Cast : Ranbir Kapoor, Kay Kay Menon, Anushka Sharma, Raveena Tandon, Karan Johar,

Director : Anurag Kashyap

Hello Chocolate Cookies ! 

Today I’m back with Ranbir’s Bombay Velvet Movie review. As you all know, my review on Deepika’s PIKU got a massive response :-) ( read the review here – PIKU REview ) . After watching that movie I really had high expectations from this movie as well…

So did this Bollywood masala movie disappoint or was it the a good entertainer ???? Read on ….

bombay velvet review

Bombay Velvet is based on 60s era, was visually perfect since the opening credits roll in against Amit Trivedi’s jazz score in the background. The sets, the costumes, and the atmosphere immediately transport you into late 60s. Very few movies have the ability to do so but it is remarkable only when it retains the magic till the end, and Bombay Velvet failed in that segment. Anurag Kashyap was trying to tell the audience the story behind how Bombay became India’s financial capital (at least that’s what I could make out). But the point lost somewhere in between and was not strong enough. The plot revolved around street fights, political rivalries, murders (as if the solution to every problem is to kill the person), some interesting jazz scores and Ranbir-Anushka’s romance.

Ranbir Kapoor who plays the role of Johnny Balraj, invests a great deal in his character with his rugged look, arrogant and proud attitude and dialogue delivery. He was the backbone of Bombay Velvet and maybe the only saving grace for this movie. Johnny Balraj is a boxer turned mobster who wants to become a ‘big shot’ in his life.

Anushka Sharma, a fine actress, who played the role of Rosie, ends up playing into the hands of various men who use her for their own good. She was completely out of her depth while she tried to portray a wannabe jazz singer. She lacked life, looked fake, and it took Raveena Tandon just one scene to croon the stage as a sexy and natural singer.

The best thing about the lead actor-actress was that they made a great on-screen couple, deeply in love, even when they were fighting. It was clichéd but beautiful. It’s been a while since we saw such chemistry in Bollywood and it was a breath of fresh air.

Then there’s Karan Johar in a negative role as Khambatta, pulling off an unexpected manipulator who gives Johnny a hard time. Some might say acting is not his cup of tea however, I feel he did a great job (my company said I have become blind).  The other person who owned the screen with his facial expressions and body language was Satyadeep Mishra as Johnny Balraj’s friend, Chimman. Kay Kay Menon, playing the role of crime branch detective who is behind Balraj, was under-utilised in the movie. Kashyap could have given him a better role.

Post interval, there’s a sequence set up with great lighting and amazing music where Ranbir is firing dual guns in slow motion and killing people with vengeance is built up, but in vain. Once it ends, you wonder what was all that build up for?

Amit Trivedi’s tracks as well as the editor’s skills stitch all the scenes together and make them look a sequence. Otherwise, there’s a lot happening all the time which is meaningless. The movie is supposedly borrowed from Gyan Prakash’s book, Mumbai Fables, which is a look at the city’s history. However, the movie is purely a love story and has no depth at all.

The epic collaboration of Ranbir Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap was an epic disappointment. If one could explain the movie, Bombay Velvet in just one sentence then it would be, “It is a visual marvel but lacks the edginess of narration.”


BnB Rating : 2/5


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