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Instant Movie Review #23 (Bombay Velvet)

Anurag Kashyap's - "Bombay Velvet"

Positives
1) Performances
2) Production work and Set design
3) Music

Negatives
1) Screenplay and Direction
2) Characters

Introduction: Amid of enormous expectations, Bombay Velvet is purposed to be a blockbuster movie and with all the right elements it converted into a complete bummer. 

Plot: Established by a non-exclusive storyline, which concentrates on the main characters -- Johnny Balraj and Rosie and their adversity in life, the futile screenplay was the most sluggish feature in the movie as it felt tedious to watch.

Analysis: But on a positive note, the production work and the set design in the movie was marvelous and is presented gorgeously on-screen.

Performances: Despite their weak characters, performances from Ranbir, Anushka, and Karan Johar were splendid, but their honest efforts didn't feel adequate for a substandard movie.

Verdict: Nevertheless, Bombay Velvet is a missed opportunity on every standpoint that completely deserves its failure both critically and commercially. Feel happy to skip it!

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Happy New Year - Movie Review

Verdict - "Happy New Year is Amusing. That is All! Yet Another Guilty Movie Pleasure."

There's one miserable fact about all the popular and vaunted movies these days, we do find a deficiency in their superiority and quality. Sounds indignant right? But that's how I felt while watching Happy New Year. Don't get me wrong, it's completely likable but is it worth the wait? No!

Without getting much into detail, the story is about six so called "losers" executing an utterly impossible heist which is intertwined with a dance competition in which they should participate to complete the mission. Pretty generic right?

It's all about entertainment and that's the only redeeming factor about Happy New Year. The movie never stops to amuse, I found myself laughing hard during the movie, but it will probably diminish after a while. I'm not sure that you will enjoy the humour in a second watch, it just evaporates.

Now that I got your attention, here are few negative attributes of the movie, mainly the conventional screenplay, you can just sit back promptly guess where the movie is going and the movie annex at the exact same spot that you estimated previously. The movie sets up these introductions and significant scenes from time to time and it comes off with absolutely no surprise.

Also the movie is three hours long. Why? Is it a tricky story to narrate? Absolutely not! In fact there's nothing innovative in the movie to explain. The movie was precise and particular and I don't want that to happen. And in order to buoy up the actual (predictable) climax, the movie was filled with numerous unwanted and outlandish scenes that felt unneccesary.

Let me explain how ludicrous the writing and screenplay was in the movie, without spoiling anything, I don't mind a movie tossing a reference once or twice in the movie, but Happy New Year exceeds the limitations and after a good amount of time, it just felt inferior to me. Is there nothing more to abide, which can cheer up the audience? This shows that the movie was completely misplaced in the writing department.

Apart from the writing department, the technical department did a remarkable job in the movie. The cinematography by Manush Nandan was exquisite, I do understand that setting up these ostentatious sets and panoramas is a tough call (and I appreciate the production team for that) but capturing them accurately and perfectly is a difficult task and few scenes in the movie were completely breathtaking that you just can't stop wink your eye.

Regarding the major plot point about the movie, which was "dance". It was not that remarkable and it really felt silly after few scenes. If being funny and casual is the concealed aspect of this attribute then I'm okay with it and it didn't feel that way. But, nonetheless as I stated before, it looked dazzling and that's a significant commercial trait about the movie.

Before I give you my take on the performances in the movie. Let me explain my little concern about the characters in the movie. I did enjoy them, but do they make an impression deep inside our heart? Mainly the character of Charlie, which was the most inferior character among the bunch. What do you think?

The performances in the movie were great when you take them as an entertaining aspect. Abhishek Bachchan was impressive and astonishes us with his timing and body language. Sonu Sood and Boman Irani's charisma added enough balance to the movie. Vivaan Shah has nothing much to impress in the movie. Deepika looks stunning and enacted well as the female lead of the movie, but her character was a bit affronted in few sequences.

Shah Rukh Khan was completely inapt in the movie, his character was a bit underwhelming and I didn't really care about his emotional part in the movie. He was a performer and it was great watching him flaunt his abs and his magnifying persona, but does he leave a mark?

To conclude, Happy New Year is a complete gulity pleasure for me, where I can get entertained with the nonsensical things happening around me. The movie will be cherished by commercial audience and will probably break all the box-office records. But I can fairly tell you that the comedic aspect is the only saving grace about the movie and if that's your jam, go watch the movie without any hesitation.

My Rating - 2.5/5 | Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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