Published On: Fri, May 15th, 2015

Review : Bombay Velvet (Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma)

Bombay Velvet

Release date : May 15, 2015 Rating : 3.25/5

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Producer : Vikas Bahl

Music Director : Amit Trivedi

Starring : Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma

Anurag Kashyap’s period film, Bombay Velvet has been one of the most awaited film in the recent times. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma, this film has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.


Balraj(Ranbir Kapoor) is one among those who head back to India after the India, Pakistan partition. He grows up to become a small time thug who does anything for money. One fine day, he ends up meeting Kaizad Khambatta(Karan Johar), one of the richest and most powerful businessmen in the city.

Khambatta nurtures Balraj and uses him for all his illegal activities. He sets up a night club named ‘Bombay Velvet’ and employees Rosy(Anushka Sharma) as the lead jazz singer. As time passes by, Johnny falls in love with Rosy and starts plotting against Khambatta and his empire. An angry Khambatta comes to know of this and decides to kill Balraj and Rosy.

Rest of the story is as to how Balraj survives this onslaught from Khambhatta and comes out successfully.

Plus Points:-

Credit should go to Anurag Kashyap for choosing such an intense subject and setting it during the post independence era. The way the glitzy life of Bombay in the early 60’s has been showcased is just superb. Ranbir Kapoor is awesome as the gritty Johnny Balraj. He owns the character and gives his career best performance. All his scenes with Karan Johar have come out extremely well.

Karan Johar is the surprise package and the biggest highlight of the film. Kudos to Anurag for choosing Karan as the antagonist as the director turned actor delivers a power packed performance. Karan is elegant, suave and at the same time lethal as Kaizad Khambatta. Interval bang of the film is very good and has been executed well.

Anushka Sharma once again gives a professional performance. She looks her part as the Jazz singer and ably supports Ranbir in the film. K K Menen is superb as the cop and gives a lot of depth to the film. Visuals of the film are wonderful and showcase the dark side of the city in the early 60’s.

Minus Points:-

The basic drawback of the film is the pace of the movie. Bombay Velvet moves at its own pace and one needs to be patient at times to follow the proceedings. All those who are looking for popcorn entertainment will find this flick dull.

Once the twist in the tale is revealed, the film gets a bit predictable and slow. The length of the film is also a tad too long and the first fifteen minutes have only been used to establish the characters which was a bit unnecessary.

Technical Aspects:-

Major credit should go the art director Sonal Sawant for showcasing the 60’s in such a superb light. The night club settings, vintage cars used and costumes only reveal that a lot of hard work has been done for the film. Camera work is breathtaking as you are engraved in the mood of the film with its beautiful visuals. Dialogues are decent and go with the mood of the film.

Anurag Kashyap had always mentioned that Bombay Velvet would not be bold. Rightly so, the film has less adultery when compared to his previous films. The way Anurag showcases greed and indulges his audiences with the gripping feel of the flick is pretty good. Music of the film is just about ok and mostly comes in the background.


On the whole, Bombay Velvet is one the most interesting films in the recent past. Captivating premise, Ranbir Kapoor and Karan Johar’s top notch performances are huge assets. This film has all the trapping of a hit film and will be liked immensely by all those who crave gripping dramas. If you go in without expecting any pop corn entertainment, you will surely love this suave period thriller.

Bollywood3 rating : 3.25/5

Reviewed by Avad M.