Bombay Velvet - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?) - Unless you are keen on soaking in the ambiance created, then a trip to the theater will be worth it.
quick review:

The lyrical noir and violence are enjoyable while they last. Unfortunately, not beyond that though. Before long, the plot starts getting convoluted.



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38 reviewers have given Bombay Velvet an average rating of 1.9/5.0 (?)

6 yays
15 nays
17 so-so

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Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Watch ‘Bombay Velvet’ for Ranbir Kapoor’s wild and feral act. It’s his best to date. Definitely worth a watch... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, BOMBAY VELVET is a visual masterpiece that is rich in form. If you want to be wowed by the detailing of the 1960s, superb performances of Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma, then go ahead and watch this film.... full review

Thumbs up by Mohammad Murtaza Ali, Desi Martini ...Bombay Velvet is not an easy film to appreciate for the masses, mainly because of its excesses. Recommended only for cinema enthusiasts!... full review

Thumbs up by Arunava Chatterjee, india today ...Cinematography of the film is pitch perfect, with the audience almost getting transported to the Bombay of the yesteryears. Thirteen-long months of extensive editing by Thelma Schoonmaker and Prerna Saigal is praiseworthy.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...'Bombay Velvet' is more like a roller coaster ride, as it takes you on a dizzy high with its charming ambience and music that is bound to stay with you for long, but later you are brought down not so gently with the underwhelming plot and lack of punches. Watch it for the experience.... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...Its cinematography and performances, particularly Ranbir's edgy 'big shot', merit an extra half-star. But while Bombay Velvet is stylish, this fabric could have been smoother.... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...The latter could refer to Ranbir and Anushka, who are equally lost. From him, we get an overly frantic performance – he’s the rat-a-tat of Cagney’s gun. As for her, it doesn’t help that Raveena Tandon shows up (no explanation) in a couple of numbers and effortlessly embodies what being a diva is all about. Anushka, in comparison, looks like she’s auditioning for the part of Little Nell. The Dickens reference isn’t entirely accidental. An early scene where a young Johnny befriends a pickpocket reminded me of Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger. But that’s what archetypes are. They’ve been around forever.... full review

So-So by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...Patchy enough to make you wonder if it was indeed Anurag Kashyap!... full review

So-So by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini ...Anurag K and Ranbir K ke reshami career mai ek Bombay Velvet ke taat ka pevand... full review

So-So by Mohit Patil, Desi Martini ... Gorgeously mounted but empty film that nevertheless marks Kashyap's semi-return-to-form.... full review

So-So by Parichay Mehta, Desi Martini ...Hats-off to Anurag Kashyap, his art department & cinematographer. Others don't deserve anything.... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Having said that, Anurag Kashyap does manage to make a movie that is up there with Hollywood standards. In its two-hours-thirty-minutes runtime, it manages more than a handful of memorable moments. The romantic formula might’ve let it down, but the real story of this film is how well it’s conceived and presented. A certified visual delight.... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua, ...Bombay Velvet is not Anurag Kashyap's best. He appears to have gotten carried away by the grandeur of his own project, and forgotten to concentrate on the most important aspect of the movie - a credible storyline. Watch this one if you are curious, but be prepared for some impatience. We advise you to wait for the DVD release.... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, ...If you want to watch Bombay in its pristine glory of the past, BOMBAY VELVET is a must watch. However, if content is what you are looking for, stay away! It's a Phantom let down! ... full review

So-So by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...Rajeev Ravi’s poignant cinematography, Amit Trivedi’s beautiful background score and Thelma Schoonmaker’s top class editing add a lot of value to the film which is shallow in its philosophy. Basically, the whole film revolves on the idea of ‘if I am the one who is getting the dirty work done then I should have a larger share in the profit’, but despite all the guns and jazz, the loverboy-gangster charm remains elusive and the film stops right before achieving the perfect intensity. It’s fast but not engrossing.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...'Bombay Velvet' doesn't have the raw energy or the unforgettable characters of Kashyap's 'Gangs of Wasseypur'. It's never as involving a story as 'Black Friday'. And yet what you cannot deny is the sheer craft that Kashyap brings to the enterprise. This is an ambitious saga; skillfully mounted. You're fascinated by the resemblance to real-life figures, the unwavering attention to detail, and little touches that are vintage Kashyap - like a stand-up comic making political barbs back in the day. The missing piece of the puzzle, sadly, is the inconsistent script ... one that never lets us truly care for the characters, one that leaves too many questions unanswered.... full review

So-So by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Bombay Velvet is a visually enjoyable period drama. The love story is taut, chemistry is sizzling but thanks to an overstretched plot and a cliched second half, the film disappoints a little. ... full review

So-So by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Bombay Velvet is frustrating and exhilarating in equal measure. Though his ambition is plain to see, I prefer the Kashyap who delivers the shock of the new rather than the glamour of old.... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Dum? Well the movie is not a bad watch if, watched without any high expectations, but besides that it's not even an exceptional film. 'Bombay Velvet' is a strictly out and out average film with some good performance and decent technical elements attached to it. The movie had full potential of having a smooth effect just like the velvet fabric instead, ends up being a product with synthetic effect.... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...What you leave the hall with is a sense of disappointment. Bombay Velvet has neither the softness of velvet nor the sweep of the city it is an ode to.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...If you can forgive the film's shortcomings, this period crime drama is worth a watch for its visual splendor and masterful performances.... full review

So-So by VISHAL MENON, The Hindu ...In one of the most spectacular-looking Hindi films in recent times, Kashyap transports us effortlessly to a different age and time. Scenes like the phone call between Kaizad Khambatta and Johny Balraj, where they speak nothing, is signature Anurag Kashyap, and so is the idea of a single photograph deciding the fate of a city. Despite pacing issues, the tendency to overstate the obvious and an inconsequential Tommy gun shootout, the film stands true to an indie filmmaker’s idea of a blockbuster. The film is every cinematic cliché and so much more. It is every crime movie you have already seen but so much more.... full review

So-So by Anindita Dev, ZEENEWS.COM ...Ranbir lusts for more money than he has dreamt of and in no time his confidante Karan Johar turns foe. Karan, reminds me more of the yesteryear actor Ajit, who was famous for `sara industry mujhe Lion ke naam se janta hai`. But may be Kashyap, could have opted for a more ruthless villain than KJo. No doubt, he is sarcastic, manipulative and shrewd but you can't just bring yourself to hate him on-screen.... full review

Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...I demand the return of the real Anurag, not the guy who made this insubstantial film called Bombay Velvet.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...if this was Anurag Kashyap’s ambitious dream of directing a complete commercial film for the masses, then I would request him to please wake up from your sleep and get back to making your own kind of cinema forgetting this major failure. But since now he has discovered a new kind of association with people who actually CONSTRUCT Hits rather than MAKING films, I seriously get worried about what he will be directing next and targeting whom sitting in the theaters, spending their hard earned money on the tickets.... full review

Thumbs down by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life ...Even if you are an ardent Anurag fan and are expecting another Gangs of Wasseypur, better give it a miss instead of getting monumentally disappointed. However, if you have nothing else to do this weekend and want to have a feeling of how Bombay…sorry Mumbai looked like in the ‘60s, it’s worth taking that risk.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...The film could do with a lot more character development, tension and some humour, since the show-offy technique by itself accomplishes little.... full review

Thumbs down by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...Understandable, because Ranbir Kapoor, with his Gemini Ganesan head of bouncing curls, looks adorable. And in some scenes he bursts out, making the screen crackle, showing us that he could have very easily carried this film on his shoulders if he were allowed to. But he has been given a skeletal character, mingy scenes and dialogue so burdened with tapori Bambaiya that there’s little space for anything substantive.... full review

Thumbs down by Parampara Patil Hashmi, Desi Martini ...An ambitious debacle presented with much beauty, failing to hide it's patchy script.... full review

Thumbs down by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...Painfully bland.... full review

Thumbs down by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...If you are someone who wears velvet everyday, watch it. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost ...Ultimately, Bombay Velvet is a thoroughly disappointing and frustrating film. There are some powerful ideas that have been lain to waste here, like the journalistic rivalry between Khambatta and Mistry, the subtle insertion and acceptance of a certain kind of criminal into 'polite' society, and the impact of violence on a person's worldview. This should have been a film that seduced us with its beauty and then savaged us cruelly. Instead, we're victims of a lavish boredom. By the time the last bullet is fired, all you can feel is relief that Bombay Velvet is over.... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Bombay Velvet, though resplendent in ambition, lacks a sense of purpose other than the obvious leap-of-progression for the director. This is one Anurag Kashyap film that just doesn’t get it right.... full review

Thumbs down Indicine ...Overall, Bombay Velvet is a brave attempt that falls way short of expectations. If only the script was as impressive as the visual grandeur of the film. It does have good performances, excellent production design and fantastic costumes. Everything else misfires big time, including Anurag Kashyap’s direction.... full review

Thumbs down by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...No doubt, this is Kashyap's most visually appealing film and the performances too are worthy enough…Now, if only the filmmaker had paid a bit more attention to the writing and the narrative.... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Too bad the rest of the film doesn’t really sing -- or singe.... full review

Thumbs down by Jyothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster ...Instead of wasting your time sitting through this complex saga, you had better go and watch Bambai Ka Babu, because it lacks entertainment and is littered with street fights, shootouts, murders, with which the younger generation will fail to relate to. Though it lacks soul, see it for the sake of Ranbir Kapoor’s sparkling performance. The film’s prospects look bleak at the box office as it may be another dud like Besharam for Ranbir from yet another Kashyap.... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...Technically though, the film is on firm footing with Rajeev Ravi’s polished camerawork a stand out. The creation of 1960s Bombay (Sonal and Sameer Sawant) and mixing in of the filming done in Sri Lanka (standing in for Bombay) is matched nicely enough, while the editing (Thelma Schoonmaker, Prerna Saigal) makes sure the pace of the film never flags and some of the action sequences (Chuck Piceroni Jr) are well executed too. Amit Trivedi and Mike McCleary score with their music even if the lyrics are odd to say the least. Purists, of course, will frown at the ‘jazz’ pieces and I’m sure hardcore Geeta Dutt fans would be outraged at the Jaata Kahan Hai Deewane re-recording but to each his own.... full review