Bombay Talkies - Notepad

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

Four short films. All work wonderfully at some level and don't work as well at other levels. Bombay Talkies worth a watch nevertheless.



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Plot Summary

Karan Johar's film: A homosexual man finds a friend in a vibrant, married woman.
Dibaker Banerjee's film: An out-of-work theater aspirant lands a minuscule role in film.
Zoya Akhtar's film: A 7-8 year old boy is not interested in sports, but his dad insists that he ought to play.
Anurag Kashyap's film: An Amitabh Bachchan fan is ailing. He asks his son to have reach out to Amitabh Bachchan take a bite out of a pickle. The father believes he will feel better once he eats the same pickle.

What Worked

  • It is amazing, that with directors who have such different approaches to films, Bombay Talkies manages to have an even ambiance and similar texture.
  • Zoya Akhtar's film: The older sister's ambition was beautifully put across.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Karan Johar's film: What was outburst in the beginning about? With no background to the father-son equation, it just didn't work.
  • Similarly, the scene at the TV show's studio didn't work because it was too aggressive. Can't imagine anyone being so self-destructive.
  • Rani Mukerji's character's range of reaction to the huge reality was too quick. The range that one would feel over days was done with in a few minutes.
  • Zoya Akhtar's film: Ranvir Shorey stuck out as a sore thumb with his over-acting.

  • I didn't know what to make of a flickr I noticed at the edges of the frames throughout the film. It could've been intentional to give it a old-time 'talkies' feel. But, if it was intentional and I felt it was a glitch, it hasn't really worked has it?