Bombay Velvet, Movie Review, Film Rating, Hit Or Flop, Story/Plot
Movie Name: Bombay Velvet
Release Date: 15 May 2015
Star Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma,Naseeruddin Shah, Kay Kay Menon, Karan Johar,Siddharth Basu
Director: Anurag Kashyap
TellyDhamaal Rating: 3/5 stars
Bombay Velvet Movie Review Story-Plot
Bombay Velvet is set in the 1960’s in Bombay (Mumbai) city. However, the movie story starts in 1949 when young Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) enters the bad city of Mumbai along with his foster mother who seeks prostitution as means for survival.
Balraj meets local lad Chiman (Satyadeep Misra) a local pick pocketer and they grow up together they get involved into street fight and smuggling for survival.
At the same time young Rosie (Anushka Sharma) is taken away by a musician who promises her mother to make a singer, but he physically and sexually abuses her. As she grows up, Rosie manages to run away from the creepy musician and lands up in Bombay. She gets involved in a scandalous photoshoot and starts working s a part time singer in a bar.
Balraj becomes very obsessed to become a ‘big-shot’ and his dream takes him places. He also earns money by participating in street fights but he never wins.
It is love at first sight for Jhonny when she sees Rosie singing in a Jazz club. But before Balraj can proceed further towards Rosie, she is whisked away by a famous newspaper editor Mistry (Manish Chaudhary). And now he has only two dreams to become a Big Shot and have Rosie in his arms.
Balraj ends up being the right hand of Mistry’s opponent Khambatta (Karan Johar) who is a newspaper baron. It is Kaizad who gives wings to Balraj’s dreams and even names him Johnny.
Kaizad is a villainous scumbag who even pimps out his wife to his opponents to trap them in a compromising position. When a politician is similarly trapped, photographed and blackmailed by Balraj and Khambatta, Rosie is sent as a mole sent by Mistry to get her hands on the negative of the photograph.
Rosie is made the lead jazz singer at Bombay Velvet, a club now owned by Balraj, who is now Johnny Balraj. Rosie and Balraj then get into a passionate relationship.
What follows is a twisted tale of greed, love, double-crossing and betrayals.
Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay velvet is a visual treat as Anurag and his technical crew have taken great care to recreate the Bombay of the 1960’s.
Ranbir Kapoor is very impressive as he plays Jhonny Balraj whose only aim is to become a big shot and has got obsessed with it.
Anushka Sharma too plays her character well as Roise whose has been abused all her life and sizzles on the screen as Jazz singer.
The highlight of the movie is Karan Johar as the gay business magnate, who has more than a soft corner for Balraj. Karan Johar’s performance in negative role, simply surprises you.
Satyadeep Misra as Chiman, Balraj’s freind too has given a brilliant performance. Kay Kay Menon and Sidharth Basu too have well refined in their roles.
In terms of the negative of the movie, it has to be noted that While trying to do justice to the ’60s era, Anurag fails to offer anything note-worthy to the screenplay.
The first half of the film has lots of events happening and characters dropping in and out making it difficult for the audience to digest all of it while the second half of the movie is clichéd vendetta saga with a predictable climax.
Anurag Kashyap first attempt in the commercial cinema is rather too cliched. If your are Anurag Kashyap Fan, you may not like his commercial bend.
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.