CAST & CREW
The movie is set in the backdrop of the post-independence India when India was struggling to reestablish itself after the colonial rule, and cities, especially in Bombay, were experiencing a stark transitory period. Bombay Velvet focuses on ordinary people dreaming of making it big and liberating themselves from the soul-sucking poverty that was the condition of most of India.
Bombay Velvet is the story of an overly ambitious man Johnny Balraj, who is determined to penetrate into the class of the rich and the powerful and is willing to go to any extent for that. Johnny has grown up in abject poverty and has become a hardened criminal. However, he is looking for a mentor who’d facilitates his ambitions and mentors him. This role finds its fulfillment in a morally corrupt magnate Kaizad Khambatta ( Karan Johar) who takes Johnny as his apprentice. The story takes an interesting turn as the chemistry between Johnny and Rosie ( Anushka Sharma), who is an aspiring Goan Jazz singer, develops.
A lot is expected from Ranbir Kapoor, and he does an outstanding job. Anushka Sharma is quite at ease with her character. Satyajit Misra has done full justice to his character while Karan Johar, in his acting debut, is indeed a revelation. The rest of the cast ably support the flow of the movie.
The movie has influences from a lot of genres of Hollywood and ends like Scarface as the story of a self-annihilating dissatisfied overly ambitious main lead.
The scale of the movie is grand, be it regarding its cast, the production, cinematography or set designing.
What’s not there?
1. The major flaw of the movie lies in its inconsistency, as it starts to lose track of itself and by the end of the movie things not pertinent to the story become important and the story gets muddy.
2. More attention to detail seems to have been given to specifics like the cars, clothing, style statements whereas the story and characters suffer the indifference of the writers.
Bombay Velvet, being an
Anurag Kashyap creation is not absolutely bland, but given the credentials of the director and the cast, this sure is an average movie.
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