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Movie Review: 60s Bombay portrayed in Bombey Velvet


Bombay Velvet, directed by Anurag Kashyap, produced by Vikas Bahl and Vikramaditya Motwane, is a period crime film based on a book titled Mumbai Fables by Gyan Prakash, set in the Bombay of 1960s, starring Ranbir Kapoor as Johnny Balraj who plays the role as a boxer and Anushka Sharma as Rosie Noonha playing as a jazzy singer.


It has been distributed by Fox STAR Studios and written by Vasan Bala, Gyan Prakash, Anurag Kashyap and S. Thanikachalam. The film is all about how their dreams and hopes smash with their respective realities.


The Bollywood movie Bombay Velvet, released on May 15, 2015, is lovable and appreciable when we talk about its characteristic of a period movie. It amazingly makes you feel to be living in the world of a real 1960s of Bombay – filled with enchanting lights of red light district, mill-workers rising for their rights and the media barons. This is the best side of the movie by Anurag Kashyap. But, according to many critics, it does not necessarily showcase the true history of that time. When it comes to talking about its elegant style, it surpasses any other movie by Bollywood ever with amazingly stunning cinematography.



Bombay Velvet hardly conveys what it wants to and it is because of its vivid script which sometimes goes off the scene. You find a bit difficulty to catch what actually is going on and what the movie wants to share. The movie wants to fly randomly and presents many things but somehow ends up skulking around. Performance of Anushka Sharma is not worth appreciating but she tried to do what the director directed her to.


Last Word:

You will end up finding the entertainment in the movie and will need breaks during the whole damn thing. Bombay Velvet has been great regarding its cinematography but fails to convey the real soul of the whole scenario presented in Gyan’s book. If you are looking for, ‘watch it or not!’, I’d suggest watching it only if you are free this week-end.

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