Anurag Kashyap 's big gangster saga dream project and
his second Mainstream Bollywood directed film became
an Epic Disaster. Bad reviews and enormous economic losses - BUT ...
this can result in something good, that
Kashyap will start making his low budget indie films again and return
to the New Wave of filmmaking that made
us take notice a decade ago. Will he yet again become the Orson Welles
of indian film ?
BUT, that said, this Epic Gangster Saga is still a GREAT
FILM. Anurag prepared this production for 7-8 years
and the building of the sets took 10 months (and was placed in Sri Lanka
for some reason, maybe it was sponsored
by the government there? In the films intro the filmmakers sends special
thanks to the ex-president of Sri Lanka).
AND, this film looks and sounds FANTASTIC, the jazzy music score by
Amit Trivedi and the costumes and
dresses all is great. The singing by Anushka Sharmas Goa girl Rosie
was performed by Neeti Mohan
and sounds great, i love these Nightclub jazz
numbers and Anushkas dresses looked really yummy.
This film is a Mainstream film, so there's no Kashyap Palma-esque visual
fireworks here as in his earlier indie
works but still, this film looks gorgeous. The CGI/VFX works great too
and you don't notice it which is good,
even the explosion and the gunfire (which usually looks like shit even
in Hollywood blockbusters). It seems
that Bollywood really has something working out fine there, i've now
seen Big Retro outdoor street scenes in
this film (Bombay view) and in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (Calcutta view)
with trams and lots of people,
all made in CGI without me noticing the computers at work, impressive.
This film depicts Bombay in the 1950's and 1960's during
the alcohol prohibition, the gangsters - bootleggers
and killers, corrupted politicians and the lucrative property development
market in building the new Bombay.
Nothing new storywise, Bombay Velvet is like a conglomerate of every
gangster film ever made and Ranbir
Kapoor seems (maybe) to take on the young Robert De Niro persona of
But it's also a Love Story and the chemistry between Anushka and Ranbir
felt quite good and true to me.
I thougt Ranbir Kapoor was pretty good in this film
but seems to have got bad reviews in India. I will here
confess that this is the first time in many years i've seen him in a
I've avoided him all since seeing him in his debut disaster, the stinking
turd Saawariya where he stunk up the
screen and then i saw him in the desperately bad and UNFUNNY comedy
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
in 2009 where he also STUNK UP the screen. Terrible. Awful. Painfully
Ha, ha, ha, only India has got Indian film critics and these brainrotted
cretins awarded him a Filmfare Award
for his disastrous work in Saawariya and nominated him for best actor
in the terrible turd APGK.
Well, i gave him a chance here as i love Kashyap and had to see the
film, and he was good, not great but good.
This Ranbir Kapoor wasn't the same as the old one i saw in the above
mentioned films. He's an actor now.
The Strange Mystery of the Indian Film Critic - these poor
creatures seems to have absolutely NO
comparative cineastic knowledge of what constitutes a great film at
all. They live in their own bizarre universe
where no rules apply, the worst ham actors in the most syrupy infantile
films gets their praise.
If Orson Welles had made his Citizen Kane in Bollywood these idiots
would've hated it.
She plays the jazz nightclub singer Rosie Noronha from
Goa and she's the Gangster Moll to Johnny Balraj.
Anushka didn't get any good reviews for her role either but i thought
she was just fine in the role. She's a sociopath
too, as Johnny, traumatized as a child getting mistreated and possibly
raped and modelling for nude pictures on
her arrival to Bombay. Rosie don't react at all when she sees Johnny
brutally murder a man in front of her, so
she's rotten but beautiful. In this film Anushka shines in the nightclub
song numbers as eye candy in gorgeously
spectacular dresses. Actually, the nightclub song numbers is the best
thing in this film, it even beats the shootouts.
I first saw Anushka Sharma in the charming Band Baaja Baaraat in 2010
and loved her.
She's GORGEOUS with a killer figure BUT has for some unfortunate reason
done the Plastic Boogie with her
face and got her some Duck Beak Lips. Nothing wrong in looking like
Gina Gershon (and maybe GG's a natural),
but why jumping on this model/actress hysteria getting baboon ass looking
lips when Anushka was perfection
before. Anushka Sharma didn't become a top model because the photographers
wanted to see duck lips.
It starts in 1949 with The Bombay Prohibition Act and
2 kids grow up in the slums and Red Light district of
Bombay, Johnny Balraj and Chimman (as grownups Ranbir Kapoor and Satyadeep
Misra) and become friends.
10 years later Johnny and Chimman are murderers and work as henchmen
to the newspaper and nightclub
owner and bootlegger crime boss Kaizad Khambatta (Karan Johar, the famous
director who's really good in the
role, best actor in the film even, among with the mighty Kay Kay then
Rosie Noronha (Anushka Sharma) starts singing in the nightclub Bombay
Velvet, but really is a mole to the red
agitator journalist Jamshed Mistry (Manish Chaudhary) who wants to take
Johnny and Chimman runs the club for their boss but Johnny wants a bigger
part of the Bombay Cake, he wants
a part of the lucrative property development in the city, something
corrupt politicians and Khambatta runs.
Kay Kay Menon plays a crime squad detective and is as always great but
in a too small part.
There's singing, a bit of romance, lots of violence, shoot-outs and
a great Feel Bad ending and everything looks
yummy. Raveena Tandon can be seen in a cameo role as a nightclub singer
and she looks yummy too.
widescreen 2.35:1, Dolby true HD 5.1 hindi with english subs. Bonus
The Making of Bombay Velvet sets 6 min, Making of Johnny Balraj 5 min,
Making of Rosie Noronha 5 min,
the story 7 min, the making of costumes 6 min