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MOVIE REVIEW: BOMBAY VELVET 

Movie Details:

DirectorAnurag Kashyap
Produced by
  • Vikas Bahl
  • Vikramaditya Motwane


Based onMumbai Fables 
by Gyan Prakash
Starring
  • Ranbir Kapoor
  • Anushka Sharma
  • Karan Johar
  • Kay Kay Menon
  • Manish Choudhary 
  • Vivaan Shah 
  • Siddhartha Basu


Production
company
Phantom Films
DistributorsFox STAR Studios
Release dates
  • 15 May 2015
Length
2 1/2 Hrs

 

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Five Things To Know About The Making Of The Movie:

Anurag Kashyap, had this to say about the vision of Bombay that he wanted to portray in the film according to an article in Indian Express-

  1. the history of Bombay, how the city was made, inspired the movie. The land scams, smuggling of gold and silk, the great tabloid culture, British hangover, banning of alcohol, bootlegging- this glamour, crime and deceit provided the backdrop for the movie. How many know that Mohammad Rafi was a great jazz singer in Konkani?
  2. the film, particularly Anushka’s character, is a tribute to Lorna Cordeiro, a jazz singer, who ruled the night clubs with her silky voice in the ’60s. 
  3. There were places like Bistro and La Bella, whose interior helped model the club shown in the movie. 
  4. The movie has cost more than Rs 80 crores to recreate the tale of the city- to show the BMC, Marine Drive of that era.

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MOVIE REVIEW ...

WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT THE MOVIE

#1. BOMBAY OF THE 1960s

Everything that Anurag Kashyap mentions above, he achieves. The panoramic shots of Bombay in that era are absolutely breath-taking and marvelous. Really makes you wonder why we haven't ever seen such shots in the movies made in the era? The ambiance, the street-views, the glamour and the dirt- all keeps you completely captivated. Every-time you see the street-view of "Bombay Velvet" pub, something stirs within you.

#2. The cast

Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma have done well, but it is neither's best. Ranbir impresses way more than Anushka though, would have certainly made his grandfather, Raj Kapoor proud had he been around. 

Karan Johar , in the negative role, Satyadeep Misra as the side kick, Kay Kay Menon as the cop, Manish Choudhary as the journalist, and Vivaan Shah as the chauffeur have truly impressed in their 60s garb and characters. Even Raveen Tadon in a guest appearance, a new avatar for her, leaves a mark. 

#3. The plot

Again, the makers have managed to spin the tale of the city around the lead characters of the film successfully and convincingly. There is no doubt about it. You live the plot practically.

#4. The costumes and the cars

Quite simply put, the extravagant and the simple- all perfectly portray the era. You end up staring at every single costume and every single car!

SO THEN, WHAT'S NOT GOOD ... 

#1. The movie is one whole hour too long, or should I say, that the makers didn't know how to keep the interest in the plot alive for the last hour. In fact, that one hour truly kills any shot the movie has of making it big. When interval happens, you literally feel that the film is done offering everything it can offer.

#2. Anushka Sharma starts out good but somewhere along the line seems to have lost interest in bringing something creative to this very innovative venture. Perhaps it is the length of the movie for such a saga- even she gets bored towards the end and simply gives up- or so it appears.

#3. Mindless murders seem so pointless and appear to not be in keeping with portraying the facts on history of the city.

TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH?

The Bombay of the early era shown in the movie is so astounding and the tale of the city so brilliantly told that the movie is almost educational for just that reason alone. The costumes and the characters only add to that reasoning. Despite of the guns and the gangs, it is a PG-13 movie, so go ahead and educate your kids to history of now- Mumbai. 

Update: May 22 2015

HOW DID THE MOVIE FARE?

Film critic and analyst declared this epic saga to be an apic disaster, tweeting-

*7-day* total [₹ 22.27 cr] is slightly more than *Day 1* biz of super-flop [₹ 21.56 cr]. = EPIC DISASTER!


WE SAY ...

So looks like this is Ranbir Kapoor's third flop in a row, after Besharam (2013) and Roy (2015). Anushka should still be riding high, after all her PK (2013)is still talked about and NH10 (2015) got her major applause for both acting and producing. 

We say, don't let the bad reviews, dismal earnings and the drag one hour in the movie stop you from sitting back and allowing yourself and your kids to get educated via the epic tutorial that is THE BOMBAY VELVET!

However, if you can't tolerate mindless murders, never mind the educational value, don't watch it. If you can't endure the hour-long protracted drama, forget the stare-worthy sets, don't watch it.


By Sonal Kulshrestha

(Sonal is a programmer by profession and a writer by passion. She is an avid movie goer. She lives in Texas, USA) 

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