Star Cast:Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Kay Kay Menon, Vivaan Shah, Raveena Tandon, Satyadeep Mishra and Manish Chaudhari
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Producer: Phantom Productions, Fox Star Studios
Claps For: Setting, Art Designing, Ranbir Kapoor, Music, Neeti Mohan
Slaps For: Weak dialogues, Jumping shots, Slow built up
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Story: Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) becomes friends with a local boy Chimman (Satyadeep Mishra), and turn small time robbers trying to earn a living out of it. They are spotted by a local smuggler who asks them to smuggle gold biscuits. While the boys are caught smuggling, Johnny manages to escape with the gold biscuits and hides them at his house. Unfortunately, his step mother flees with the biscuits, leaving behind an ambitious Balraj. He aims to be a big shot someday and lands up trying to rob Kaizad Khambatta (Karan Johar), a media baron, at a bank. Again, Johnny is caught. But to his surprise, Khambatta doesn't take action and instead offers Johnny to work under him. He promises to make Johnny a big shot and makes him the manager of his club Bombay Velvet. In the meantime, Johnny, who has seen Rosie Noronha (Anushka Sharma) sing at a local pub, falls in love with her and makes her the voice of Bombay Velvet club, not knowing that she is sent by Jimmy (Manish Chaudhari), Khambatta's rival, in search of negatives of pictures clicked by Johnny of a high profile minister in a compromising position with a woman. What follows next is a cat and mouse game between the media barons, Johnny and Rosie.
Performance: Ranbir Kapoor, who is known for playing the chocolate boy roles, wins us with his angry young man character. He gets the style and attitude of Johnny Balraj perfectly right. Anushka does a fab job of a jazz singer. She has worked really hard to lip sync to Neeti Mohan's voice and mannerisms while singing. Manish Chaudhari and Satyadeep Mishra are good in their roles. Director turned actor Karan Johar impresses us with his grey shades. He does the role of a baddie with great depth. You will love to watch him on screen. Raveena Tandon, though is seen in a cameo, is stunning in her role of a senior Jazz singer.
Direction: Anurag Kashyap is known for making some brilliant cinema. And with Bombay Velvet too, he doesn't disappoint. The film's setting, art direction and the ambience is outstanding. The milieu sets in the mood for the movie. Detailing is done brilliantly. While the first half takes time to build in, the 40 minutes before the interval are absolutely intriguing. The movie does dwindle in the second half, but a slow motion Johnny Balraj firing bullets makes up for it. So does Amit Trivedi's music and Neeti Mohan's songs. The film, though, could have been executed better overall.
Combo-on-Offer: Retro Romance + Drama
Verdict: We give the film claps for Ranbir Kapoor's angry young man role, Karan Johar's grey shades, impressive music and the visual appeal.