‘Bombay Velvet’ an ‘epic disaster’; Anurag Kashyap, Ranbir Kapoor bear the brunt

'Bombay Velvet', which was made on a whopping budget of Rs 84 Cr, excluding the post production charges, is now being labelled as an 'epic disaster' due to the dismal performance at the Box Office.

Written by Sonal Gera | New Delhi | Updated: May 24, 2015 1:20 pm
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Little did Anurag Kashyap know that his magnum opus ‘Bombay Velvet’, which had generated an unprecedented curiosity and enthusiasm among the audiences, during its making, would meet an even more unprecedented future.

The movie, which was made on a whopping budget of Rs 84 Cr, excluding the post production charges, is now being labelled as an ‘epic disaster’ due to the dismal performance at the Box Office. It has managed to earn a mere Rs 22.27 Cr after a week of its release.

Ranbir Kapoor’s last solo release ‘Besharam’, which was directed by Anurag Kashyap’s brother Abhinav Kashyap, had earned Rs 21.56 Cr on day one – slightly more than the seven day collection of ‘Bombay Velvet’.

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Film critic Taran Adarsh tweeted to bring in the comparison:

The fate of the movie leaves, most particularly, Ranbir Kapoor bearing the brunt and in a perverse situation. The actor, who was taking big leaps to super stardom with movies like ‘Wake Up Sid’, ‘Rocket Singh’, ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Barfi’, suffered disappointment in the guise of ‘Besharam’ and ‘Roy’. Ranbir has been panned for his choices, since then.

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‘Bombay Velvet’ was still considered to be a good choice, but the movie has tanked below and beyond expectations. Now, questions are being raised over his star quality and acting ability. And it’ll surely be interesting to see which movie would be able to do for him, what ‘Haider’ did for Shahid Kapoor. Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Tamasha’ and Anurag Basu’s ‘Jagga Jasoos’ can prove to be safe bets, but then even ‘Bombay Velvet’ was.

Anushka Sharma, who was having a gala time at the Box Office with ‘PK’ and her first production ‘NH10’, also would be having a difficult time dealing with the failure of ‘Bombay Velvet’. Critics have slammed her choice and acting in the movie.

But unlike Ranbir, Anushka has had a good start to the year with ‘NH10’ and Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, slated to release on June 15, might as well come to her rescue.

Read – ‘Bombay Velvet’ review: Ranbir, Anushka shine only occasionally

More than the actors, perhaps, director Anurag Kashyap is the one who happens to have lost the most with this movie. His repertoire as an out-of-the-box filmmaker was brought to test with this out-and-out commercial movie and he seems to have failed at it. While his earlier releases like ‘Dev D’ and ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ and him backing the then “small budget” ‘Queen’, which later went on to wonders, earned him the title of filmmaker with a difference, the debacle of ‘Bombay Velvet’ seems to have stolen all of it.

People, of all tastes, are taking to Twitter and Facebook to condemn Kashyap and his film-making sensibilities. His mentor Ram Gopal Varma even called him arrogant when he stood by his movie and defended it on Facebook.

Also read – Ranbir – Anushka’s Bombay Velvet is a ‘debacle’, manages to collect Rs 16 cr in opening weekend

And like Ranbir, he also doesn’t seem to have movies immediately in line, which lessens his chances to bounce back.

The only person, who seems to have benefitted from the movie, is filmmaker Karan Johar. He played the antagonist Kaizaad Khambatta and garnered praises for the portrayal of the negative shades with ease.

With ‘Piku’ still doing well at the Box Office, and ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ opening to exceptionally good reviews, women power is here to rule. That still leaves hopes for Anushka, but Kashyap and Ranbir? We wonder.

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    Aakash Shah
    May 22, 2015 at 11:06 pm
    very nonsense film he is just loser
    1. C
      May 23, 2015 at 12:13 pm
      Bombay Velvet had its flaws as far as the script and narrative goes. But the movie had technical brilliance, good music and decent acting by Ranbir and Satyadeep. It's sad the negative media hype about the movie also affected its opening collections. Of course, Ranbir's portrayal of angst sometimes borders on forced acting like in Rockstar as he is known to be an emotionless person. I am sure Ranbir will bounce back with his forthcoming movies as he is a gifted actor but his superstar status has taken a hit. Maybe, Ranbir should learn some lesson from Shahrukh Khan and manage his public and private life better to have a m fan following.
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      Anees Ahmed
      May 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm
      it is not ranbir or director Anurag , but it is the w team. Personal life and profession are two different things. Please do not relate both together. Ranbir is a good actor and he has his personal life too. Ups and downs are the part of the journey.Wish a bright future for Ranbir
      1. A
        Adhikarala Somashekar
        May 25, 2015 at 2:02 pm
        Bombay Velvet की असफलता से दर्शकों को सबक लेते हुए बड़े स्टार की फिल्मों से दूर रहना चाहिए
        1. I
          Indian Expression
          Jul 1, 2015 at 4:14 pm
          The movie surely gonna be a utter flop, because first of all the in 1970's there were no mafia in Bombay who had such a lifestyle, there was Phatan mafia which was famous those days in Bombay... if you see Amitabh Bachan's Zanzeer, thats what it was those days. This was like some Russian/Italian Mafia style movie which is a big fake, also at the end it was written that Rosie Noronha lived and went to Goa ans she is in her 80s now hahahaha what a fake story, here they are showing that this movie is inspired by true story. The only think which was true the dialogue from Kaizad Khambata, "Rosie main aisa kya hai jo muje main nahi" hahahahaha.
          1. B
            May 23, 2015 at 11:38 am
            This Taran Adarsh guy is not a critic at the first place. He is just a middle man.. and a trade analyst. For such people nothing means more than money. They suck up to whoever throws them money!!!
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              Damaru Prasad
              May 22, 2015 at 5:49 pm
              The quality of the Indian cinema will not go up until the quality of the press goes up. Most papers are on payroll of film making families.
              1. S
                Aug 30, 2015 at 10:19 am
                Yea, I don't know if this is something India should celebrate. Your best filmmaker toils in obscurity as Akshay Kumar rakes in all the cash with his unwatchable monstrosities.
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