This trailer opens with familiar sights of Mumbai of yesteryears- the Queens necklace, the art deco balconies of South Mumbai & Ballard Estate in sepia silhouette.
Johnny Balraj, with a curly mop of hair is the ambitious upstart in the grey world of smuggling & stylish living of retro Mumbai, as Rosie Noronha is the star singer of the nightclub Bombay Velvet. The era fits, but the actor who arrests your attention here is Karan Johar. He successfully looks mysterious & layered. To see a glimpse of Kay Kay Menon in an Anurag Kashyap film brings back fond memories (they worked together in Paanch & Black Friday).
To be honest, the machine gun slinging from classic Hollywood mafia movies, the race course & the costumes seem familiar; but the boxing match & the retro nightclub with a jazz feel is innovative.
All in all, Bombay Velvet whets the appetite, but does leave you wondering if it could have delivered a little more in this much anticipated first look.
Ranbir Kapoor intrigues in the first look of his much awaited film, Bombay Velvet. We see little of Anushka Sharma (and very little to substantiate a double role, wonder if it was edited out); and Anurag Kashyap breaks out of his mould.