Set in 1960s Bombay, the film tells the story of Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor), a street fighter/boxer who is in love with the jazz singer Rosie. Seeing Rosie (Anushka Sharma) with wealthy men further sparks his dream of becoming a big-shot, believing that if he manages to become rich, he might win Rosies heart. Balraj and his friend Chimman (Satyadeep Misra) then catch the eye of Kaizad Khambatta (Karan Johar), a wealthy businessman who is impressed by Balraj and offers him to manage his club Bombay Velvet, which Khambatta uses to further his illegal tasks and activities. He also nicknames Balraj Johnny, which then becomes his identification. As well as this, Johnny and Chimman fulfill minor tasks for Khambatta, including capturing a dirty photograph of a minister who Khambatta wants to blackmail.
This news reaches Jimmy Mistri, a media reporter, who also happens to be the same wealthy man Johnny had previously seen with Rosie.Remembering that Johnny had a crush on Rosie, Mistri takes advantage of this and sends Rosie to Johnnys club to get her hands on the photograph of the minister. However, Rosie and Johnny eventually fall in love, until Mistri threatens to reveal Rosies true identity to Johnny. Therefore, Rosie begins to supply information about Johnny & Khambattas activities to Mistri. After a photograph of a secret meeting between Bombays big-shots is leaked, Khambatta guesses that it was Rosie supplying the information and orders her to be killed.
Johnny hears of this and forms an enmity with Khambatta, the man who brought him into the crime world.Johnny fakes Rosies death and makes her act as if she is her long dead twin sister Rita. But soon Khambatta realises the truth, kidnaps Rosie and tries to kill Johny and they get into a stand off at Bombay Velvet. Khambatta shoots Rosie to provoke Johnny and fatally injures her. Johnny angry at this stabs Khambatta and is himself shot dead while trying to carry Rosie to the hospital, outside the club.
The film received mostly mixed reviews from critics. Performances of Kapoor,Sharma and Johar received positive reviews but the incoherent script was criticised. Arunava Chatterjee of Indiatoday rated it 3.5 stars and said, While vintage seems to be the new fad in Bollywood, Bombay Velvet deserves a standing ovation in this age of run-of-the-mill Friday releases. Bollywood Hungama also gave it 3.
5 stars and said, On the whole, Bombay Velvet is a visual masterpiece that is rich in form. If you want to be wowed by the detailing of the 1960s, superb performances of Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma, then go ahead and watch this film. Shubha Saha of Mid Day gave Bombay Velvet 3.5 stars and said, Bombay Velvet is more like a roller coaster ride, as it takes you on a dizzy high with its charming ambience and music that is bound to stay with you for long, but later you are brought down not so gently with the underwhelming plot and lack of punches. Watch it for the experience.
However, in its screening in Locarno, the film was met with critical acclaim.
Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Kay Kay Menon
Vikas Bahl Vikramaditya Motwane
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