'Bombay Velvet'
U/A; Drama
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Manish Choudhury, Kay Kay Menon
Rating: 3.5 stars

Brilliant and painstakingly detailed production designing makes sure that you are left with no doubts about where you are being sent back to, and combine that with the heady mix of robust jazz music (music director Amit Trivedi), and the magic is half done.


But then again what's beauty with little or no soul? Bombay Velvet chronicles the tumultuous journey of young boxer Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) and his trusted pal, Chiman (Satyadeep Mishra). Johnny struggles to get out of his humble and shameful surrounding and he's willing to go to any lengths to be a “big shot”. Johnny's desperation to make it big, is well exploited by a wily power broker, Kaizad Khambatta (Karan Johar). And then Johnny meets jazz singer Rosie (Anushka Sharma), leading to a childlike but deeply passionate relationship. Looming rather large in the scene is also the editor (Manish Choudhury) of a newspaper, who keeps a tight rein on Rosie's life.

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The first half keeps you ensnared as you are busy soaking in the grandeur of the whole set up, the sizzling chemistry between Ranbir and Anushka and of course, a whole lot of events unfolding in the course of one hour. But then again on the flip side, so many happenings are crammed together that you are reeling under the effect to be able to really connect with any of that. Second half plummets further as the screenplay largely hangs on to predictable clichés and even belies a few lacunae, which seems too silly to be part of this evidently well thought of film.


Ranbir Kapoor is beyond brilliant in his role of Johnny, a childlike, impetuous, stubborn but heartbreakingly passionate and vulnerable young man. Anushka gives good support as she lives Rosie, a silent sufferer of the atrocities of men who want to rule her, who comes to life only after Johnny showers her with love and unbridled passion. Satyadeep Mishra as Johnny's pal is fantastic.


Karan Johar puts in an admirable effort but his character seems a bit too twisted to be convincing. One wishes we had less of KJO and more of Kay Kay Menon, who plays a small role of an honest cop but still manages to make an impact. This film 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.


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