Anurag Kashyap takes a leap from his mid-budget indie ventures to a full blown mainstream Hindi magnum opus 'Bombay Velvet' making it as grand as it can get. Without a blink into the theatres you are transported to a magnificent world of the 60s recreated by Kashyap and his imagination. Flawless as far as the production design, performances, music, background score and the cinematography is concerned. However, there is one department where the film falls flat, that is its clichéd plot, which comes as a big surprise.
Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) is a boxer whose aim is to become the 'big shot' at any cost. 'Bombay Velvet' is his story and how he meets people that turn his life topsy turvy. These people include his best buddy Chimman (Satyadeep Misra), a media baron Kaizad Khambatta (Karan Johar), and his love interest, jazz singer Rozie Noronha (Anushka Sharma).
There isn't an iota of doubt on what a commendable actor Ranbir Kapoor is. He makes his characters breathe and that’s what he did with Balraj. His impeccable body language and dialogue delivery is the soul of the film. Satyadeep Misra complements him super well. The actor is phenomenal in his portrayal of Chamman. His mannerisms say it all. Anushka Sharma is a great actress and does her part well. However, there was a certain amount of a flamboyance required to play a Jazz singer that she missed on. Karan Johar performs par expectations and can sure look at acting as an avenue for the future. Kay Kay Menon’s potential has not been justified.
Kashyap is a master filmmaker and he proves it yet again with the amount of attention to details he has given in 'Bombay Velvet'. His company is magnetic and the excellence spreads in all departments of filmmaking, acting, cinematography, editing, art design included. Amit Trivedi's music grows on you.
Yes, the basic slip lies with the velvets 'weaving' which is supposedly the most important part of the film. Kashyap faulting on the plot is a surprise, but that remains the fact. The film is clichéd and a done to death love story laced with an over ambitious protagonist.
It's like one of those beauties who you see at high society parties but once you hear them talk, you feel like "What the F…."
Watch it for the experience and the performances.