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Bombay Velvet Review

Bombay Velvet Movie Review

Average Ratings 2.82/5

Reviews Counted: 13 

Positive: 7
Negative : 6

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN

Bombay Velvet doesn’t have the raw energy or the unforgettable characters of Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur. It’s never as involving a story as Black Friday. And yet what you cannot deny is the sheer craft that Kashyap brings to the enterprise. The missing piece of the puzzle, sadly, is the inconsistent script…one that never lets us truly care for the characters, one that leaves too many questions unanswered.I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for Bombay Velvet. Much of the film dazzles, but I found myself longing for some soul.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:Rediff

Bombay Velvet runs out of breath less than halfway through, and huffs and puffs as it tries to breast the finish line. The new film clearly wants to be many things — noir, grand romance, a Broadwayesque musical, Prakash Mehra, Brian De Palma — but ends up indecisively skulking around the shadows of giant films, despite editing goddess Thelma Schoonmaker blessing it with her scissors.

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Ratings:– Review By: Komal Nahta Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business

On the whole, Bombay Velvet is a colossal waste of money and resources. It is devoid of entertainment value and will, therefore, fail miserably at the box office. There is nothing velvet-like about it. Rather, it is as coarse as unprocessed jute.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Srijana Das Site:Times Of India

Bombay Velvet has rough edges too. The film is so intensely stylized, it misses emotional pull. Certain sequences – like Johnny’s prize-fighting – feel stretched. .Its cinematography and performances, particularly Ranbir’s edgy ‘big shot’, merit an extra half-star. But while Bombay Velvet is stylish, this fabric could have been smoother.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV

It certainly isn’t disgust that you feel at how Bombay Velvet turns out. It is after all a deftly mounted film with much going for it. What you leave the hall with is a sense of disappointment. Bombay Velvet has neither the softness of velvet nor the sweep of the city it is an ode to. Unlike its pugilist protagonist, the film punches well below its weight.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

Lookswise, the film is pure gorgeousness. Trouble is, it is also largely overwrought and inert. The meticulous detailing in the re-creation of one of the most pulsating periods of Bombay’s history, is terrific. Much of the film stays, mostly and disappointingly, on its sumptuous surface.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:FilmCompanion
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Rohit Vats Site:Hindustan Times

Ranbir Kapoor is an able actor and he is the backbone of Bombay Velvet. His mannerism, boastful attitude and ruggedness will be remembered for some time. Detailing is Bombay Velvet’s real deal and that makes it a watchable movie. Also, don‘t expect it to be another film on the line of Gangs Of Wasseypur 1 and 2. This time, it’s more about the masses.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Shubha Saha Site:Mid Day

‘Bombay Velvet’ is more like a roller coaster ride, as it takes you on a dizzy high with its charming ambience and music that is bound to stay with you for long, but later you are brought down not so gently with the underwhelming plot and lack of punches. Watch it for the experience. –

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Bollywood Hungama Site:Bollywood Hungama

Right from the word go, he transports you into an era that makes you believe in whatever you see and hear. Anurag, who has mostly been associated with offbeat cinema, sweeps you off the floor and also your imagination with BOMBAY VELVET. It won’t be wrong to say that he has created the film with a right mix of great performances and eye-catching visuals. On the whole, BOMBAY VELVET is a visual masterpiece that is rich in form. If you want to be wowed by the detailing of the 1960s, superb performances of Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma, then go ahead and watch this film.

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Ratings:– Review By: Mihir Fadnavis Site:Firstpost

Rather than being its own beast, Bombay Velvet is more a throwback to older, better gangster films by Hollywood legends .There’s a noticeable lack of humour in the film, even though the film’s elements are not dark enough to warrant such seriousness. The film is mainstream and ‘filmi’, so it’s hard to imagine why there is only one joke in the whole movie. However, make of it what you will, but for all its weaknesses, what Bombay Velvet lacks in complexity, it ultimately makes up for with its sheer beauty.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Surabhi Redkar Site:Koimoi

Coming from a director like Kashyap who in the past has developed our taste buds for realistic cinema, his first attempt at a commercial film seems too cliched. Settling for filmy story, what ruins this film is a botched up second half. Post-interval, the film loses its hold as the plot weakens.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Manjusha Radhakrishnan Site:GulfNews

The first half is engaging as Kashyap draws you into Johnny, Rosie and Kaizad’s world. The second half isn’t as tightly knit as the first as their lives unravel at a frenetic and confused pace. Bombay Velvet makes for a good one-time watch primarily due to good performances from its lead actors and a reminder of a forgotten era.

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Movie Name: Bombay Velvet

Synopsis:An ordinary man goes against all odds and forges his destiny to become a `Big Shot’.

Release Dates: May 15, 2015

 Director: Anurag Kashyap

Running time: 2h 29m

Music composed by: Amit Trivedi

Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker

Production companies: Phantom Films, Fox Star Studios

Genres:  Bollywood, Drama film

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar

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    All flash-no flesh! [2.5/5]

    Anurag Kashyap has this unique ability and talent to surprise you with quirky ideas and innovatively conceived elements to see and present things differently on screen. Who else would think of using a popular actor in a portrayal of a male singer mimicking female counterpart in local orchestra (Yashpal Sharma in GANGS OF WASSEYPUR)? Or that breathless all ‘huffy-puffy’ police chase in BLACK FRIDAY revealing chawls and bylanes of Mumbai slums the best way anyone could; or for that matter, the 10-minute long ‘FIR’ sequence in UGLY where cops show great insensitivity towards a possible case of kidnapping of a minor. Sadly, his latest magnum-opus BOMBAY VELVET falls short of that distinctive touch of the filmmaker and then, what it does to its audience can hardly be described as surprising, or amazing, or even impressive at par his past low-budget yet highly-visionary films.

    Finding a solid base in historian Gyan Prakash’s writing work MUMBAI FABLES, Anurag brings back an era that looks terrifically vintage of greater visual appeal and also, terribly cliché in holding its fort of being a classic love saga. A street fighter Johnny Balraj [Ranbir Kapoor] with hopes and dreams to die someday being ‘a big shot’ is on the rise as the Bombay of 60’s becomes the literal ‘land’ of opportunities. Land-shark Khambata [Karan Johar] needs someone handy and powerful to set up his empire and the ambitiously vulnerable Balraj is his best bet. Initial success gifts him the love of his life Rosy [Anushka Sharma] – a singer who’s forced to dance on the tunes of a manipulative Press owner Jimmy Mistry [Manish Chaudhary]. Soon, the flashy world of opportunity starts fading out to the shady game of greed, power and ambition.

    With an eagle-eye in detailing, Anurag recreates the Bombay of 60’s with one of the best production-designs in Bollywood. The disappearing trams, vintage cars, graphically achieved landscapes, costumes, brilliantly envisioned set-designs; everything in the frame justifies its mark and meaning for being placed there. The club-singer is a recognized Geeta Dutt fan. His chauffer [Vivan Shah] also doesn’t miss to flaunt his so-called ‘pehchan’ with Chic Chocolate- a noted trumpeter with the famous music-director duo Shankar-Jaikishan. These minimal references work but what don’t work are the puzzling plots and subplots. They keep coming to you to earn your precious attention and interest in the film but in a perplexed way and disinterested narration that you are left in disbelief as what is happening and why? The screenplay also is a bumpy ride. Songs and the fascinatingly refined jazz music do some serious kind of damage-repair.

    On the performances, Ranbir is precise, measured and totally in-character. His role on paper might sound in correlation with the character his grandfather Raj Kapoor played in SHRI 420 but Ranbir’s is a lot stylish and modern. Anushka, most of the times, is there on stage to lip-sync the club-numbers but whenever she’s off-stage, she manages to pull it off well. Karan Johar handles only one scene well that deserves a mention. His uncontrollable laugh at Balraj’s poor English language skills! For the rest, it is forgettable. Manish Chaudhary is first-rate. Satyadeep Mishra is the only actor who never ever disappoints you. Kay Kay Menon is regular.

    At the last, BOMBAY VELVET has striking likeness of Martin Scorsese’s and other films of that style. This could well be Anurag Kashyap’s tribute to the filmmaker but is certainly not the best in his kitty. Watch out if you don’t know who Anurag Kashyap is, and you might come out praising him. For fans, it is a disappointment despite being not-so-bad! [2.5/5]

  2. Another Failed attempt..


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  5. Bombay Velvet helmed by Anurag Kashyap is a sagacious tale revolving around love, aspirations, greed, lust for power and above all gluttonous connivance between corporate and Government that saw Bombay transform into metropolitan which has been stitched together with grandeur and impeccable detailing. For my detailed review, please visit………..http://rohitmoviereview.blogspot.in/

  6. i dont get the low ratings for this movie….i mean its not as great as black friday but its still a very good film….solid performances,crisp editing,amazing jazz score and music,impeccable production design and costumes…3 and 1/2 stars from me….definitely a one time watch on big screen….go for it…dont believe the mixed reviews.

  7. Kashyap's Martin Scorsese styling is unique to any Hindi film till date. The trouble is although that he constantly tries to be commercial. To make a Godfellas, you have to invest the kind of rawness that it has! Kashyap's Bombay Velvet boasts of the money that has been invested in it skillfully. It is immensely stylized and has a Broadway feel to it. That is a positive point. Another positive point or in fact the most important positive point is Kapoor's performance. He brings the Ray Liotta touch while still being driven by his own acting abilities. He has done an amazing job. Thelma schoonmaker's editing is crisp and adds to the positives of the film. The film however lacks the x factor that is evidently present in any Kashyap directorial. You can't help but miss his rawness. Big budget and pressure of commercial success derails kashyap's intriguing storytelling mannerisms. Anushka Sharma's performance is appreciable. She is convincing as the troubled Rosy and plays her part wonderfully. Despite these plus points you are left with nothing but a sense of great disappointment. I couldn't help but constantly think what the film could have been if Kashyap had showcased his own mark of storytelling. Bombay velvet is ambitious but disappointing. I'll go with 2.5 for kashyap's highly stylized Broadway narrative.

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