I found it beautiful to look at, but unengaging. So much effort seems to have gone into creating a period feel that they forgot to tell a good story, and ended up with a soulless film whose characters are hard to care about. That's in spite of the acting being generally good, and Karan Johar improving on his last performance. It's an OK watch, with good music but, if you're going to make the effort to see just one film now, it should definitely be Piku rather than Bombay Velvet.
Took a small trip to see this in a theater on the other side of the city. It was a little adventure, as I've never been to this particular cinema before. Bought a ticket, walked in during previews, and discovered I was the only person in there. It stayed that way.
For starters, I'll list off the cons and move to pros, so we can end on a good note.
Cons: Slow. So slow. There's a certain point in overly-long movies where you look down at your watch and check the time; this watch-checking point came woefully early in BV. Well before the interval. It suffers from a meandering plot, a script that is a little confusing, and characters extremely difficult to root for. The only ones worth rooting for are Chimman and, to an extent, Rosie. Acting-wise, there's no weak link...I felt like the cast all delivered decent performances. It just felt slow and lifeless at times, only picking up in the last ten or fifteen minutes.
Pros: SOUNDTRACK. That soundtrack. Soooo good, and Neeti Mohan absolutely KILLED it. I will be buying this soundtrack. Raveena Tandon sizzled in her brief cameo appearance. It was gorgeously filmed...as MrB said above, "I found it beautiful to look at, but unengaging." I certainly agree. The outfits, scenery, etc. are beautiful. Karan Johar surpassed my (admittedly low) expectations of him. Anushka was okay, but not at her best. Kay Kay Menon was sadly underused as a police detective. Satyadeep Misra's Chimman was my second favorite; he definitely needs to act in more high-profile stuff as he was brilliant. And Ranbir turned in an excellent performance. He played the fiery, temperamental Johnny Balraj to perfection. I was very proud to see him do so well, as I am lukewarm on him for the most part.
So IF you get a chance to see either Piku OR Bombay Velvet, see Piku. If you can see BOTH, go see Bombay Velvet. It's not terrible, it's pretty to look at, but it drags.
dancelover: Finished Madhu, thru the film he is working on today!
Mar 18, 2019 18:52:18 GMT
dancelover: Now working Madhu's lists
Jan 14, 2019 20:33:12 GMT
dancelover: Finished lists for Devika.
Jan 11, 2019 19:31:54 GMT
dancelover: beginning Devika, the Telugu-Tamil star.
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dancelover: Now finished using a new website about Sivaji Ganesan to revise my jodi-lists for him.
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dancelover: I now have 5 of the 6, but The Kapoors is missing pages 327 through 350.
Sept 21, 2018 17:28:57 GMT
dancelover: Ordered 6 books from Amazon-linked stores. Dilip Kumar's autobiography arrived. Using it to x-check my records on him.
Sept 18, 2018 20:04:56 GMT
dancelover: Done Sukumari; now working K. R. Vijaya
Sept 11, 2018 20:48:59 GMT
dancelover: Finally completed Lists for Sukumari. Still must cross-reference.
Aug 22, 2018 14:43:14 GMT
dancelover: While still working Sukumari's lists, I have added several Malayalam writers and lyricists, and filled in much data for others.
Jul 16, 2018 13:59:04 GMT
dancelover: Still doing Sukumari; took time to add Malayalam writer Muttathu Varkey.
May 22, 2018 15:22:01 GMT
dancelover: Finished Girija; now working Sukumari (Malayalam actress).
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dancelover: Now working Girija, a Telugu actress.
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