Bombay Velvet: A clear disappointment!
Well you have Anurag Kashyap as a director, you have Ranbir Kapoor in lead and Anushka leading lady. You have Manish Chaudhary, Kay Kay Menon as a supporting actor, what else is needed for a great treat? yes, that's the script. No one want to watch an old story with new cast, Bombay Velvet, though different from other underworld/mafia/gangsters movie, but unfortunately the difference is only visually. You can guess what will happen at the end just hearing Ranbir's dialogue to Anushka, "when I'll die, you have to say 'he used to be a big shot!'".
Direction: Anurag Kashyap will never disappoint you by his direction. his direction was as good as you expect from him generally and usually, that's how classy and terrific director he is. But even a terrific director can't make a terrific film without a terrific script. but I can see that's all he can do, that's all he can do for a "commercial film". bcz he can't be more commercial than this, that's how he is. that's how he directs. Bombay Velvet definitely tests audience patience but the narrating style is something that can be termed as a plus point. perhaps it was Anurag's direction that put BV, in a slightly different genre than movies like Company or Satya. though the main difference was the romantic story.
Plot: A young boy, Johny Balraj, wants to be a big shot, met Kaizad Khambatta for whom he started to work. Meanwhile he meets Rosie and immediately fall for her without knowing her past.
Performance: Ranbir Kapoor is the one reason for whom you can pay your money for this film. he is Rohit Sharma of Bollywood, and he proved it again. His role somehow gives you a feeling in the beginning that it's Barfi not Balraj, untill he becomes violent. Barfi wouldn't do such things after all.
Anushka is a good actress, she can be named as one of those actresses who are popular as well as talented. her looks was fantastic, she sizzled on screen and her chemistry with Ranbir was very good.
Kay Kay had limited things to do and he did his part with perfection.
Manish Chaudhary is as good as always. he is of course a good actor and his serious character was praiseworthy.
Others were equally good...except our director turned producer turned actor Karan Johar. and what is more sad is his debut is in an Anurag Kashyap movie. he is wasted. perhaps he was always a wasted actor but somehow Anurag found some acting talent in him, like Dhoni and Sir Jadeja.
Music: Though the BGM was good, but overall music was below average. All the songs used in background, Behroopiya is the only good song and Darbaan was ok.
Overall, Bombay Velvet is an old wine, in old bottle, with a different label. You may like it, you may dislike it, it all upon you, but overall it's a disappointment and no doubt it will be an another underperformer by RK. ratings- 3/5