Wednesday February 21, 2018

10 interesting things you need to know about Anurag Kashyap’s new movie Bombay Velvet


Mumbai Velvet and Gone with the wind

By Anurag Paul

Bombay Velvet, based on historian Gyan Prakash’s book Mumbai Fables, set in Bombay of the 1960s, tells the story of a boxer, Johnny Balraj, and an aspiring jazz singer, Rosie, and how their hopes and dreams collide with their individual realities. The trailer of the film was released on 19th  March 2015.

The film is directed and co-produced by Anurag Kashyap, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar. Kay Kay Menon, Mansh Chudhary, Raveena Tandon and Siddharh Basu are in the supporting roles.

Here are 10 things you need to know about the new film.

  1. Director Karan Johar will be acting in this movie, playing the character of Kaizad Khambatta who is described as a flamboyant, quick-witted, Parsi media mogul with a high-end attitude. This will be probably his second appearance on big- screen after Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.


  1. The dialogues of Bombay Velvet are very hard to crack. “Ab ghora decide karega kaunsa jockey uske upar baithega,” (Now the horse will decide which jockey will ride him). Only Johnny Balraj can crack this dialogue.


  1. Ranbir Kapoor will be seen on big screen after one and a half year of hibernation period.


  1. The movie is based on 1960’s Bombay, if it would have been 2015’s, Anurag Kashyap had to change its name and make it, Mumbai Velvet.


  1. Bombay Velvet is the first movie in which Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma will be sharing space onscreen. Virat Kohli will be certainly jealous.


  1. Ranbir and Anushka are posed in almost the same manner as Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in the Gone with the Wind (1939).


  1. Majority of Bombay Velvet was shot at real location in Srilanka, no made up false set.


  1. Bombay Velvet is presumed to be high on aesthetics, as Thelma Schoonmaker was part of the Editing team.


  1. Plenty of visual effects have been used in this movie but Anurag Kashyap has clarified that it will have his touch of realism.


  1. The movie is based on Mumbai Fables by Gyan Prakash. Gyan Prakash is a historian at Princeton University but don’t worry there is enough of Chemistry between Ranbir and Anushka on the screen. Kissing scene in the trailer assures that.

The film will be released in two versions, one for Indian audience and the other for an international release. The editing for the international version is by Oscar-winner Thelma Schoonmaker, who has been a frequent collaborator of director Martin Scorsese, and edited films like Goodfellas, Raging Bull and The Departed. While the Indian version simultaneously, is being edited by Prerna Saigal, who was an associate director and editor for the Indian film, The Lunchbox. The film with a budget of US $ 14 million is set to release on 15th May, 2015.

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Mukkabaaz Movie Review: The dark side of boxing

Mukkabazz is one of the best movies which could have started our 2018. It is one movie which you shouldn't miss.

Mukkabaaz is a breath of fresh realizm in the world of unrealistic Bollywood movies. Wikimedia Commons
Mukkabaaz is a breath of fresh realism in the world of unrealistic Bollywood movies. Wikimedia Commons

Anurag Kashyap is back with another one of his shake-your-core kind of movie. Mukkabaaz featuring Vineet Kumar Singh, Jimmy Shergill and Zoya Hussain can be one of the best movies of 2018 already.

Mukkabaaz is like a fresh air of realism in the world of glitzy and glamorous, and unrealistic Bollywood movies. The movie portrays aptly the dirty game of politics mixed with the sports of boxing.

Like all other movies based on sports, Mukkabaaz is also all about struggle, determination, failure and success. The only difference is the way politics is depicted in all its dirty glory.

The hero of the film played by Vineet Kumar Singh is an untrained boxer but still calls himself Mike Tysen of Uttar Pradesh. He is passionate, and idealistic which instantly makes him a victim of the corrupted political system. He is the angry young man who is aimless but has got a spine of steel which no one can bend. He is determined with his dream of winning the National level match and he will do anything for that.

Vineet Kumar Singh, the hero of the movie 'Mukkabaaz'. Wikimeadia Commons
Vineet Kumar Singh, the hero of the movie ‘Mukkabaaz’. Wikimedia Commons

Just like all Bollywood movies, the hero is supposed to have a heroine. In this movies, the heroine is a mute girl who likes to silently watch the hero practising. Both fell in love but the twist arrives when the hero realizes that his lover is actually the niece of a gangster/politician, played by Jimmy Shergill, who is against the struggling boxer and his ideas.

The film has some light moments, where the hero’s household struggles with everything ‘English’ and refuses to give importance to his passion. Because what parents want their son capable of being a clerk to go into sports?

But the film also gets especially dark at places where dirty politics and caste system comes into play. Boxers and coaches are judged and mistreated on the basis of their castes and backgrounds by the corrupted politicians. This film depicts the poor conditions of boxers, like never before. Few scenes may make you wonder if they were ever taught humility.

Serious issues dealt with seriousness, and not sarcasm is one of the USPs of Anurag Kashyap’s films. He brings out the various dark sides of the sports including politics and drugs on the screen in a very splendid manner.

Anurag Kashyap is targeting each and every kind of evil that he could find, through this film. One major evil the film Mukkabaaz deals with is, casteism. Wherever the hero goes, it follows him like a plague.

Anurag Kashyap delivered once again in the form of 'Mukkabaaz.'Wikimedia Commons
Anurag Kashyap delivered once again in the form of ‘Mukkabaaz.’Wikimedia Commons

Anurag Kashyap’s direction like always is on point and there is no complaining. Slow motion fist fighting never seems more enthralling. The picturisation and emotions are so good, you’ll feel every minute of it.

The performance of all the actors is splendid. Zoya Hussain especially marks her presence through her strong expressions, since she doesn’t have any dialogues in the film. Vineet Kumar Singh gave what might be the most legendary performance possible of his career. We could feel his passion penetrating to us through the screen.

This sports movie is not just another sports movie. It is much more than that. It takes us to the darker side, where sports is not just sports but business. It is a way of controlling people and earning money.

Mukkabazz is one of the best movies which could have started our 2018. It is one movie which you shouldn’t miss.