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  • ...a visual masterpiece that is rich in form. If you want to be wowed by the detailing of the 1960s, superb performances of Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma, then go ahead and watch this film.

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  • ...is more like a roller coaster ride, as it takes you on a dizzy high with its charming ambience and music that is bound to stay with you for long, but later you are brought down not so gently with the underwhelming plot and lack of punches.

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  • The film is so intensely stylized, it misses emotional pull.

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  • The film is every cinematic cliché and so much more. It is every crime movie you have already seen but so much more.

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  • ...what Bombay Velvet lacks in complexity, it ultimately makes up for with its sheer beauty. And if you think about it, that more or less sums up the mainstream genre, so perhaps on his first attempt at a blockbuster, Kashyap is on the right track after all.

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  • Detailing is Bombay Velvet’s real deal and that makes it a watchable movie. Also, don‘t expect it to be another film on the line of Gangs Of Wasseypur 1 and 2. This time, it’s more about the masses.

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  • The romantic formula might’ve let it down, but the real story of this film is how well it’s conceived and presented. A certified visual delight.

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  • If you can forgive the film's shortcomings, this period crime drama is worth a watch for its visual splendor and masterful performances.

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  • The lyrical noir and violence are enjoyable while they last. Unfortunately, not beyond that though. Before long, the plot starts getting convoluted.

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  • In trying so hard to achieve a snazzy feel, this film only comes across as phoney.

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  • The plot is needlessly complicated at the expense of emotion, and assembles a set of well-dressed people who seem to want to go someplace but are not quite sure where.

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  • ...an ambitious film that clearly aspires to be infinitely more than the sum of its superficial parts.

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  • If you want to watch Bombay in its pristine glory of the past, Bombay Velvet is a must watch. However, if content is what you are looking for, stay away!

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  • A viewer who goes with expectations of being blown away by a wholesome tale of power, greed and deceit may return disappointed. This one is for those who love a good-looking film and a good-looking pair, whose love story is immersed in nostalgia and old-school over-simplicity.

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  • ...is frustrating and exhilarating in equal measure. Though his ambition is plain to see, I prefer the Kashyap who delivers the shock of the new rather than the glamour of old.

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  • Once you are done being dazzled by the beauty, you go looking for the soul only to encounter too many persistent question marks, which weigh down the second half. And when a story is rooted in well-documented history, one cannot afford to let the ellipses remain.

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  • ...a moderate Hollywood imitation; significant for the craft it brings on screen, but little more than an excessive footnote in a universal genre.

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  • Much of the film dazzles, but I found myself longing for some soul.

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  • ...had the potential to be the definitive Mumbai noir. But the centre does not hold.

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  • ...runs out of breath less than halfway through, and huffs and puffs as it tries to breast the finish line.

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  • Aspirations, frustrations, ambition, greed, manipulation, betrayal, struggles and rivalries abound the canvas of Bombay Velvet. But for a film with so much happening, it's amazing that little registers an impact or feels of consequence.

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  • Lookswise, the film is pure gorgeousness. Trouble is, it is also largely overwrought and inert.

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  • The screenplay is erratic; the film is devoid of any drama that would elevate the going-ons.

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  • We have always known Anurag is obsessed with technical finesse in his film and also indulgent at times. Regrettably, this time his attention on the script faltered.

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  • An Anurag Kashyap film with bafflingly few traces of Anurag Kashyap.

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  • This over-written, over-produced film—suffering from what can only be called the ‘curse of the masterpiece’ or a ‘magnum opus complex’—spins around in so many circles at the same time, your mind boggles at the thought of what could be the point of it all.

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  • ...is a film that’s trying to be American or something like it; a film in which Kashyap, it would appear, is trying to be someone else.

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