Bombay Velvet | Movie Review 15 May 2015   473


Star Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Kay Kay Menon, Manish Chaudhary, Satyadeep Misra, Siddharth Basu, Vivaan Shah
Direction: Anurag Kashyap
Duration: 2 hours 31 minutes

Critics Review/Rating

Times Of India (TOI):

It’s 1969 in a Bombay of Prohibition but no inhibition, with money in the sea breeze, land sharks cutting deals and gangsters carving up competition. Ambitious Johnny Balraj (Ranbir), dreaming of becoming a big shot, is used by ruthless magnate Kaizaad Khambata
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Book My Show:

What makes an Anurag Kashyap film special? The story, the characters or the technicalities? Known for his dark yet realistic work, Kashyap has given us quite a few groundbreaking Hindi films. Just like his previous films, Kashyap has stunned us with his latest film, Bombay Velvet.
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Right from a stunning opening sequence, ‘Bombay Velvet’ deftly transports you to the city in 50s and 60s. A sepia toned, nostalgic world, where gullible men entertained themselves around a boxing ring and vulnerable women were still struggling to find their place under the sun. – See more at:—movie-review/16212182#sthash.pkbYwxVu.dpuf
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There are two kinds of indulgent cinema. One that is outrageous and over-the-top that people like Anees Bazmee and Prabhu Deva indulge in. The second is affected films heralded by the Anurag Kashyaps. After watching Bombay Velvet, you start wondering which among the two is worse.
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Bollywood Hungama:

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
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NDTV Movies:

The most striking aspects of Bombay Velvet are its evocative visual texture and its lush and layered sound design. But these, unfortunately, can only be external accoutrements for an ambitious film that clearly aspires to be infinitely more than the sum of its superficial parts.
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The Indian Express:

A small-time hood with big ambitions, wanting to become ‘Bambai Ka Raja’. A honey-voiced Goan girl, heart set on being a star. A city on the cusp of explosive growth, swarming with venal babus, greedy businessmen, beady-eyed landsharks and cops-in-cahoots.
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Bombay Velvet is an obviously shallow film, an all-out retro masala-movie with homage on the rocks and cocktail-shakers brimming with cliche, says Raja Sen. There are some filmmakers who scoff at the very notion of historical accuracy
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Johnny Balraj enters the gigantic night club of which he is a manager, dressed as Santa. He soon disarms the guys at the door, seizes their machine guns and barges in flattening 15 odd bodyguards of Kaizad Khambhatta who has taken his lover, Rosie as hostage inside. This is Khambhatta’s night club.
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