Bombay Velvet (2015) – Movie Review

Bombay Velvet Review

Want to know what Bombay Velvet has in stores for you? Comes the weekend, and, Bombay Velvet gives you an opportunity to relive the old Mumbai, and see it transform from a group of tiny islands to the commercial capital of the country.

The movie is based on the historian Gyan Prakash’s Mumbai Fables. It is a love story of Johny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) and Rosie (Anushka Sharma), that starts with two Tapori Boys (Balraj and Chimman), who become friends and get involved in illegal trades to make money. Balraj, who dreams to become a ‘big shot’, meets Rosie, a nightclub singer, and eventually they fall in love with each other.

Kaizad Khambata (Karan Johar), who is the owner of a newspaper, uses Balraj for money and makes him the face of Bombay Velvet — a famous night club in Bombay. Rosie, who works as the singer of Bombay Velvet, is actually an agent sent by Khambata’s rival Jimmy Mistry (Manish Choudhary).

The story is a bit slow, and in several instances would force you to think, what is actually going on. Anushka lacks dialogs in the first half, while, Ranbir overflows them. He can always be seen with blood on his face, which may irk some of his fans. Karan Johar looks quite funny as a villain due to his sensuous tone. It seems as if he is controlling his laughter to deliver some serious dialogs.

Anurag Kashyap seems confused about what he wanted to to depict – the true friendship,  true love, or the dark side of politics, so all things get jumbled at the end, with the death of all characters, except Rosie.The director, however, succeeded in depicting the original post-independence era, where people can be with cigars in mouth, yellow lightings, gaudy girls and vintage cars everywhere.

Overall It’s an average story that you can plan to watch with your family this weekend.

Rating : 3/5

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