Movie Review – Bombay Velvet

This is a detailed review of the movie. If you plan on watching the movie, this might be a spoiler 🙂

I am just back from watching the universally declared flop “Bombay Velvet”, but let me tell you it Is hardly that! The movie stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Kay Kay menon and a slew of other famed actors. Mind it, actors. Not stars. And that’s where the difference lies, like in all Anurag Kashyap movies. I am a huge fan of AK’s style of movie making and you might say I am biased. And you might as well be true. But there is just something about his movies that makes me go WOW. Every.Single.Time. 



His canvas is huge. His art, abstract. Not everyone can understand or love a Picaaso. Now, can we? He is, just that. Brilliant at what he does. I just LOVE his narrative. The way he uses his actors. What he gets out of them. The plot is invincible. The star cast enviable. The music, hummable, likeable and something that adds a lot of drama to the movies. In places, it takes the story forward. Sometimes becomes the narrative.

Ranbir Kapoor plays a street fighter who has grown up as a small time goon. He hopes to make it big. He has played his part to perfection. Every scene just makes Johnny Balraj (Ranbir’s character) grow more on you. His madness is his perfection. The ironies in his character make him loveable. He is a merciless goon on one side, and a hopeless romeo on the other. He falls in love with panache, you cry when his heart breaks and you smile when he gets his act together.

I don’t like Anushka Sharma a lot, but trust AK to bring out the best from his actors. She doesn’t have too many dialogues in the movie. She emotes. And pretty well, at that. I wouldn’t say this was the best performance, but probably her best till date!

And what can I say about Karan Johar? He is a show stealer. My god! Can he act? Or can he? He is bloody brilliant, pretty much like AK’s vision. You can totally paint Kaizaad Khambata’s character through him – sophisticated, mean, and merciless and a manipulator to the T. I still can’t get over the images of the ever-affable, always breaking into a giggle Karan Johar to portray this mean and complex character perfectly. I think I enjoyed his character the most, partly because I couldn’t believe what a brilliant actor he is! I totally loved the scene where Johnny goes to Khambata and asks for his hissa. And during the course of conversation, he wants to break into a giggle but doesn’t want to show his vulnerable side to Johnny. The way he switches from being mean, red eyed to giggly and that red eyed merciless expression again, is a stealer.

And like always, trust AK to treat you to a lot if style with his imagination as a director. There is violence in the movie, but he makes it indispensable. He makes it stylish. There is this scene during the climax where Johnny breaks into the Bombay Velvet club holding two machine guns, one in each hand. And the way that scene unfolds in slow motion, the machine guns sounding “dhoom, dhoom, dhoom”, I just wanted to stand up and applaud this genius of a man. What brilliance and creativity. I think I can always go on and on about how Anurag Kashyap is the one of the most intelligent film makers who have such an inherent style of story telling. His brilliance shows in each scene. I also like the fact that he likes to do away with dialogues in many places and just let the acting and emotions take the story forward. He doesn’t tell you the story. He paints a picture and let your imagination and perspective to take over. One day, this man will walk the echelons of the film industry and gain the cult status of the likes of Guru Dutt or an Amitabh Bacchan.

The only point I thought where the film could have better is if it were a little crisp. But then again, AK’s style of narration is expansive, and the back story that he builds so huge that it might have been a bad idea to cut it short. We might have just lost the plot altogether. 

Also, Kay Kay Menon’s role was miniscule and I felt he was thoroughly wasted. He is one actor who totally demands more screen time.

Altogether, a thumbs up for the movie from me.

My rating 4/5

*picture sourced from Google

Is Old Really Gold ??

Last weekend was as lucky as nerve-wrecking. H’s (my hubby) car met with a severe accident. The car looks like old crumpled paper, like a broken toy. Our first car. But then….jaan hai to jahaan hai. Uske upar baki sab kuch kurbaan h.
H is safe, without so much as a scratch whereas the car was reduced to this.

After this, its V2.1 for him as well. Sigh. Hope that the worst is over for both of us. Even though after marriage, you can never be too sure *wink*
Well, happened to watch the new show “India’s Most Desirable” that airs on Star World. Another celebrity talk show. But the USP of the show was promised to be Simi Grewal. But, boy, was I thoroughly disappointed. The lady in white has turned black-and-white. Even though she was as charming as ever, the talk show lacked something. I still cannot put a finger at that something, even though she was trying her best to bring out SOMETHING that viewers didn’t know about Ranbir Kapoor(I watched that episode) before.
And the most irritating part was RK’s mom Neetu Kapoor’s views on some questions that had been pre-recorded and were being played on a huge screen after Ranbir had answered those questions. OK. I get it that your son means the world to you and he is the apple of your eye and whatever. But please..can you spare us the PDA please? I was thoroughly sickened by her unequivocal response to every question, “Ranbir is a very sensitive guy. I haven’t seen many men like him who are so sensitive and caring. Aajkal ki ladkiyaan don’t understand guys like him”. Ya right.!!!
Madam…will you please make so much of an effort as to remove the rose tinted glasses through which you seem to be viewing your son from. Huh..!!! At one point, even Ranbir was so embarrassed that he apologized to the audience saying that it his Mother’s Love and he really wasn’t that good a guy…!!! Thank god for that. I was beginning to hate that plastic grin pasted on his face throughout.
After watching KoffeeWithKaran, this one surely was a thanda show for me. To counter Karan’s rapid fire questions, Simi Aunty played a nagging GF to Ranbir so that they come to know his girl handling capabilities. And the audience opinion of the stars portrayed by Karan in each episode was countered by live questions from the audience in the show. The girls in the audience were so convincingly drooling over him. And asking some stupid questions. There was one interesting question though. “Is infidelity mental or physical?”, to which Ranbir replied “Physical”. Hahaha. The punjabi gora chitta munda, the isshmarrt ass Kapoor finally gave himself away with that answer. All his ex-flames must be clucking….finally the truth from the horses’ mouth..!!!!
And in the end, as if that torture wasn’t enough, Simi aunty gives a huge trophy to the guests for bearing with her. Aarghhh… much for the old adage “Old is Gold”. Disappointed Simi Aunty…BIG Time..!!!!