Movie Review : 'Bombay Velvet' deftly transports you to city in 50s-60s - RNews1 Network

Movie Review : 'Bombay Velvet' deftly transports you to city in 50s-60s

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  • Film : Bombay Velvet
  • U/A ; Drama
  • Cast : Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Manish Choudhary
  • Director : Anurag Kashyap
  • Rating : 3/5
New Delhi : Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet begins with a mention of Martin Scorsese’s name and bears an imprint of the maverick filmmaker’s style in most of its 150 minute length. An impressionable Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) watches a James Cagney (The Public Enemy, Angels With Dirty faces) film and decides to become a ‘big shot’ in life.

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.

Based on Gyan Prakash’s book Mumbai Fables, Bombay Velvet is about those days when a newly independent India was struggling to find its feet. Bombay, due to its strategically positioned dockyard and a number of mills, was fast emerging as the perfect centre for trade and trade unions.

Socialists were ruling the state and major policies were conditioned by popular sentiments, but then there were people who knew how to identify the cracks in the system. Soon they started reaping the benefits in the name of urban development and rapid growth rate only helper their case. There begins the actual story of Bombay Velvet.

Small time goons, Balraj and Chimman (a brilliant Satyadeep Misra) are fighting a tough battle against poverty and class difference. Over the years, they have graduated into hardcore criminals, but they still need a patron who can get them admitted into the coveted world of the rich, glamorous and English-speaking scamsters. Their search ends at Kaizad Khambata (Karan Johar), a real estate baron who also owns an influential newspaper The Torrent.

Khambata is a shrewd capitalist, (at least the film tries to project him like this), who has an enemy in Jimmy Mistry (Manish Choudhary), a fierce but morally ambiguous newspaper editor. The real bone of contention between the two is the growing real estate market of Bombay as both of them want it to be governed as per different ideologies.

There is a scene in the film where both Khambata and Mistry abuse each other by calling ‘American tout’ and ‘Russian agent’. However, the film lacks any commitment to any type of ideology and all efforts on the director’s part to make it sound like an ideological war just looks very forced.

Romi Patel (Siddhartha Basu) is another player in the game and he operates in tandem with the ruling party and the local political heavyweights. These are the people who have access to the highly prestigious Cricket Club of India and who bet on horses and their jockeys at Bombay derby. In short, they are the ‘big shots’ of the Bombay gentry.

Speaking of performances, Ranbir Kapoor accelerates the character of Johnny Balraj with his extraordinary act that would be enjoyed by the audience for sure. Anushka Sharma is lovely. Karan Johar as Khambatta is awesome! Karan Johar makes an extraordinary acting debut. More than his dialogues, it’s his expression that leaves a unique mark. Other actors too performed very well.

Anurag Kashyap undoubtedly is one of the finest directors Bollywood has and the manner in which he shifts gears swiftly; no doubt he is conquering Indian cinema. The Set-Up, Costumes, Background era and everything perfectly fits the bill here.

The ‘Thing’ which makes the lightings and the other settings more erotic is the chemistry between Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.

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