Bombay Velvet is Ranbir Kapoor’s latest Bollywood attempt at a hit, but it’s not proving to be much of a success for him. Bombay Velvet is all about 1960s Bombay and small time fixer Johnny Balraj. When Johnny becomes a thorn in the side for some of Bombay’s powerful, things go from velvet smooth to rocky for Johnny. Looks like things are getting rocky for Kapoor too.
There was a lot of hype around the movie and high expectations in Bombay and around the Bollywood world. Some even suggested it would be the blockbuster of the year. It didn’t work out that way. Right from the moment the Bombay Velvet trailer was released, fans were unhappy. By the time the first song and dialogue promos were released, it was too late. Twitter user Dhinchak Womaniya went so far as to describe Bombay Velvet as torture.
I don’t want to face extreme torture so Burning my tickets of film #BombayVelvet pic.twitter.com/4UrxMCqJAT
— Dhinchak Womaniya (@KehKeLena) May 16, 2015
Film critic Taran Adarsh considered the movie and its first-day box office showing a disaster.
#BombayVelvet Fri ₹ 5.20 cr. India biz. D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 16, 2015
The Indian Express writer Sonal Gera wonders if it’s the end of an era for Velvet star Ranbir Kapoor.
“This certainly raises many a question. Have the audiences lost faith in Ranbir’s star power? The answer better be no, for nothing can take away from the young superstar what he has done in movies like ‘Wake Up Sid’, ‘Rocket Singh’, ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Barfi’ among others.”
The thing is, this isn’t the first recent flop for Kapoor. Bombay Velvet director Anurag Kashyip has a brother, Abhinav, who directed a massive mess in 2013. Besharam, also starring Ranbir Kapoor, didn’t impress at all. Variety noted its “frenetically unmemorable musical numbers, more mugging, strutting and crass bits of business.” Doesn’t look like either of the Kashyip brothers are on track to match iconic director Balu Mahendra.
It’s not all bad news. Fans think Ranbir Kapoor is still hot and sexy, and critics liked some parts of the film even if it wasn’t all smooth as silk – or velvet.
“Lookswise, the film is pure gorgeousness. Trouble is, it is also largely overwrought and inert.”
Some fans still believe in Kapoor and the Kashyip brother directors, despite the Besharam and Bombay flops. People loved the lush visuals, brilliant songs, and actor’s performances. Tweeter Maneesh Singh Rathor asks people to judge for themselves instead of relying on internet reviews.
— Maneesh Singh Rathor (@maneeshrathore5) May 16, 2015
Another fan did watch Bombay Velvet and loved it, although she thought the love story needed more depth.
#BombayVelvet brilliant music, beautiful visuals & performances is the soul of ds slow paced saga..’love story’ deserved more depth & time
— pallavi gupta (@pallavi30gupta) May 16, 2015
If you haven’t seen Bombay Velvet yet, are you planning to take Maneesh Singh Rathor’s Twitter advice and watch for yourself?
[Image via Indian Express]