Bombay Velvet is set in the 1960s, where Rosie played by Anushka Sharma is a bar singer while Balraj played by Ranbir Kapoor earns money by fighting and smuggling, along with his friend Chiman (Satyadeep Mishra). Balraj falls in love with Rosie the minute he sets eyes on her, but at that time she is the squeeze of a newspaper editor Mistry played by Manish Chaudhary. The next time they cross paths, he is working for Mistry’s competitor in the newspaper business, Kaizad Khambatta played by Karan Johar.
When an adulterous politician is blackmailed and photographed by Khambatta and Balraj, Rosie is sent by Mistry to dupe Balraj with her charms and steal the photos, she also becomes the lead jazz singer at Bombay Velvet, a club run by Balraj, and while their relationship progresses, so does the fate of Bombay. Bombay is being moulded via land deals and union problems. For what happens next, that is, the twists and turns of the film, you will simply have to check out the film for yourself.
Bombay Velvet shall go down in Indian history as an example of what a sound technical movie should be made as. The background music fits well with the frame of the bygone era of Bombay. As far as acting is concerned, Ranbir Kapoor is great as the boy who wants to grow up to be a big shot. One can make out the effort put in to be able to portray the role of a street smart kid in the movie. Anushka gives us another memorable performance after NH 10, and her progression as the oppressed girl to one who finds success in both personal and professional fronts is commendable. But as everyone has already heard, the real surprise package is Karan Johar. We would not want to reveal much about his persona, but Karan is the one who will make you gasp, laugh and shock you at different points of the movie. It must be said that he was also extremely sporting while playing out this role. Satyadeep Mishra and Manish Chaudhary are pillars as supporting characters in this drama. Amit Trivedi’s music is well synched and ofcourse Fifi and Behroopia are what you shall be listening to pretty often.
However, what doesn’t work is the constant happening of events in the first half of the movie with abrupt cuts. The audience thirsts for more action which you always expect out of Anurag, but it comes late in the 2nd half.
If a Gangs of Wasseypur is what you are expecting, Bombay Velvet would not be your cup of tea. We shall go with 3 stars for this much awaited Anurag Kashyap flick.