The much-awaited trailer of Bombay Velvet is now out. After working on the script for almost five years, here it is, Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet. The period drama stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma as the lead pair and director Karan Johar makes his Bollywood debut as the antagonist in the film. The three minute long trailer is enough to tell you that Bombay Velvet is something regular executed as rare, something Kashyap wants to prove with every film of his.

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With an opening shot of Bombay’s queen’s necklace and a dingy underground street fight with protagonist Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) in focus, you know this vintage ride is going to be special. As expected, you are introduced to the 60s Bombay that reeks of smuggling gangs, jazz clubs and art deco balconies of South Bombay, well, quite cliched!

Karan Johar, Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor in a still from 'Bombay Velvet' movie poster
Karan Johar, Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor in a still from ‘Bombay Velvet’ movie poster

Amongst all this, it is one underdog Johnny who wants to become a big shot and serenade the beautiful Jazz singer Rosie Noronha who seems to be unhappy being a club singer. She is exemplary of the vintage fashion and sports puffy bouffants, Sadhna fringes and also the quintessential Jackie Kennedy bob. Other than looking pretty and pouty, Anushka’s character (Rosie) looks too shallow in the trailer.

An underdog and a beauty, what would you expect next? Well, a villain! Since it is the 60s, we have the Parsi businessman Kaizad Khambatta who dons a thin mustache and spends his time at the race course and sipping on whisky on the rocks become the lead antagonist. Karan Johar who takes up this role does not seem to have taken special efforts for it, since it’s quite the elite character that he himself is.

All of this packaged with a bright background score that is Jazz and opera mix makes one realize he is in the midst of a Broadway musical. Glimpses of other characters such as that of Kay Kay Menon and Sidharth Basu as sidekicks seem interesting. Also with love and greed as the underlined themes, betrayal too seems to be a part as Johnny’s character talks about killing his love interest Rosie towards the end of the trailer. And to make the trailer end with a bang, we see Johnny firing with two machine guns making him look like a Pulp Fiction hero.

What works in this trailer is the brilliant sepia mode, Ranbir-Anushka’s chemistry, a non-linear story telling and the expectation that the film will be better than what it looks like in this introductory prelude.

Bombay Velvet Official Trailer

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