149 Min. | Crime – Drama – Thriller | May 2015
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Staring: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar
Bombay Velvet Review: Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Bombay Velvet’ has finally arrived. But was all the hype and hoopla worth it? The answer, is a No! Reason? Well, despite a budget of early 100crs and all the visual splendor on display, this magnum-opus fails in its scripting level, which is its biggest disadvantage! ‘Bombay Velvet’ is an ordinary man goes against all odds and forges his destiny to become a ‘Big Shot’. ‘Bombay Velvet’ is visually terrific and the Art Design is truly remarkable. There is no doubt that ‘Bombay Velvet’ is highly ambitious and passionately made, but where this biggie falters is its Script. And no film, no matter how big your budget or how rich in treatment, can rise above a weak Screenplay.
‘Bombay Velvet’ which is based on historian Gyan Prakash’s book Mumbai Fables, is a soulless exercise of the yesteryear’s. Kashyap and his Team of Writers deliver a story full of loopholes. For one, you don’t feel for any of its characters. Be it Johnny Balraj, the protagonist, or his lady-love, Rosie. You never feel ecstatic when they rise above the odds or feel sad when the powerful bodies intend to destroy them. The love-story is ordinarily treated, while the aspect of ambition and crime combined, is lackluster to say the least. The first-hour is a blend of love and creed, while the second-hour is twisted mix of thrills and grotesque action. Sadly, nothing really works! Kashyap’s Direction oozes dreamlike ambition, but its his Shoddily Written Screenplay, that spoils the fun.
Technically, Bombay Velvet doesn’t falter on any level. Right from the richly done Cinematography, the dazzling Art and Costume Design or Amit Trivedi’s mesmerizing Score. Its all done with pure skill. How one wishes, if the Script was half as strong as its technicalities. ‘Bombay Velvet’ has one more ace & that’s Ranbir Kapoor, who’s simply superb as the power hungry protagonist. Ranbir displays rage, affection and helplessness, with remarkable conviction. He’s doesn’t fail to engage, even when the film fails too. Of the rest of the cast, Anushka Sharma is strictly okay as Rosie. Karan Johar hams to the hilt as the villain, who openly leeches at Men. Manish Choudhary is as usual. Kay Kay Menon is wasted in a tiny role, while Vivaan Shah does a fairly good job as Rosie’s chauffeur, who secretly loves her. On the whole, ‘Bombay Velvet’ is a letdown in all respects. Body Beautiful, Minus Soul!