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[Bombay Velvet] is lengthy, violent and emotionally shallow but brilliantly stylish bolly-noir.
It's the high-gloss realization of that world that affords many of the pic's most delicious pleasures.
Too melodramatic to be a j'accuse about the dodgy origins of modern-day Indian prosperity, too explicitly preachy to be a gangster-and-moll romance and too stylistically incoherent to be a piece of guilty-pleasure entertainment.
For much of its first half, Bombay Velvet hums with the kind of energy found in movies by the 1970s American directors Mr. Kashyap seems to admire. (Martin Scorsese is thanked in the head credits.)
Where Bombay Velvet comes up short for me, and this is a big one in my book, is that it feels clinical and rigid, where Kashyap's films are usually so well paced and fluid.
The factors that work in favour of Bombay Velvet outnumber those that do not. For one, Kashyap elicits fairly restrained performances from most of the cast.
Bombay Velvet makes for a good one-time watch primarily due to good performances from its lead actors and a reminder of a forgotten era.
The American gangster films weren't big on complex characterisation either, but their narrative style had the directness, smoothness and impact of machine-gun fire. They also had sharp dialogue, which Bombay Velvet misses.
All the rich visual layers and authenticity cannot save Bombay Velvet, which is at best a one-dimensional story with characters whose fate the audience will be able to predict within the first 20 minutes.
Overlong Bollywood flick with impressive musical ballads and production values but slight dramatic power.
The drama's further enhanced by fabulous sound design, gorgeous jazz layered pulsatingly onto scenes of violence and love.
Thanks to fantastic CGI, [director Anurag Kashayp's] sets look authentic and provide a credible backdrop to the characters.
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