Bollywood Movie Bombay Velvet released today. The movie has received a good review from critics for its acting and the direction. The movie depicts the era of 1960s when Bombay was transformed to a majestic city with vibrant skyline. It revisits the era when it was reclaimed and the development of a world class city had started. It tells the story of crime, power, greed in the backdrop of that era. Lets see what top critics have got to say about the movie.
Rohit Vats writes on Hindustan times that Anurag Kashayp’s journey from shoestring budget films to a mega Bollywood thriller is not as in-depth as some of his earlier films, but he has spared no effort in making it a believable premise. Thanks to fantastic CGI, his sets look authentic and provide a credible backdrop to the characters. The set designing of Bombay Velvet is its real strength as it restricts the story from going all over the place in the first half. But the same can’t be said about the second half where the film suddenly becomes a self destructing story of an illogical protagonist.
Mihir Fadnavis writes on Firstpost that in Bombay Velvet, Anurag Kashyap — jumping from a mid-budget-indie scale to no-holds-barred mainstream mode — does this exceptionally well. The atmosphere is intoxicating; the sets, costumes and scope are far beyond anything done so far in Bollywood. While the first half is a homage to films from the 1970s, the second ends up becoming a film from that era: complete with clichéd blackmail based dialogues on film negative rolls, double roles, Madh Island gold biskut maal, damsels in distress, and so on. However what Bombay Velvet lacks in complexity, it ultimately makes up for with its sheer beauty.
Saibal Chatterjee writes on NDTV that All things considered, Bombay Velvet is, at best, a passable story of vaulting ambition, all-consuming love and destructive greed. The Bombay Velvet plot is littered with street fights, shootouts and murders on the one hand, and jazz soirees, bitter tabloid wars, fierce political rivalries, deadly depredations of land sharks and labour unrest on the other.
Ananya Bhattacharya writes on India Today that in all, Bombay Velvet doesn’t match up to the expectations one had from it. Despite all the grandiosity, one needs to be well-equipped in patience in order to savour the film. The external embellishments render the film quite heavy. It teeters on the edge, but ultimately manages to sail through. Bombay Velvet is grand, exquisite, elaborate … and deserves a watch for Kashyap’s style.
Raja Sen writes on Rediff.com that for some reason, Bombay Velvet seems firmly opposed to the idea of mystery. Robbing the audience of surprise isn’t the smartest idea for what turns out to be a predictable film. The film clearly wants to be many things — noir, grand romance, a Broadwayesque musical, Prakash Mehra, Brian De Palma — but ends up indecisively skulking around the shadows of giant films, despite editing goddess Thelma Schoonmaker blessing it with her scissors.