The much-awaited film of Anurag Kashyap, Bombay Velvet will release on 15th May, 2015 worldwide but we at TeCake love to give the news beforehand and hence, since we had a chance for an early premiere release view, we took it for our audience.
Bombay Velvet is a 60’s period crime drama film directed and co-produced by Anurag Kashyap. It is based on historian Gyan Prakash’s book Mumbai Fables. Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar are in the leads whilst Kay-Kay Menon, Manish Choudhary, Vivaan Shah and Siddhartha Basu appear in supporting roles.
The story of the film is of Jhonny, one ordinary man who goes against all odds and forges his destiny to become a ‘big shot’. The film is also about Johnny’s love story and subsequent betrayal by jazz singer Rosie Noronha (Anushka). Hence, there are a lot of twists and turns in this gamble game of love and turf wars.
What worked for the film was the ever so refreshing romantic chemistry between Ranbir and Anushka which led us to actually fall for Anushka’s innocence and made us feel betrayed when Ranbir got betrayed. The glamour, the greed, the fights and planning were all well-made and had us crooning for more and more.
But well what didn’t work was, Anushka’s acting being still a factor of over-doing that made us a bit whiny. The backdrops of 60’s were good but not convincing enough for us to believe that we were actually living the era. Although the film saw much ups than downs, still it could have done better than that. The film lacked the depth required for a good story and the ending had us screaming, cliché.
Mr Kashyap wrote on his Facebook page, “It’s time to close the book and move on. It’s been a journey, as if one life is over with Bombay Velvet. A lot of people do not connect with it and a small number of people did. Maybe our experimenting with the narrative didn’t work for most but I firmly believe in the film.”
“This is the film I wanted to make and I am glad I got to make it. I am very happy that all those who have been part of this journey firmly stand with it. No, I am not depressed or hiding, this has taught us a lot and is my absolute personal favourite, there have been no regrets whatsoever,” he added.
“Bombay Velvet has been worth all the heart-ache and pain and a memory to cherish for life. The Applause or Brickbats do not matter, what matters is who is standing in the arena. I WILL BE BACK.”
All in all, our statement of the predicament is that, it is an alright movie and for those fans of Ranbir and Anushka, who can handle mature endings, do give this film a visit.