Bombay Talkies - External Reviews

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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39 reviewers have given Bombay Talkies an average rating of 4.5/5.0 (?)

32 yays
1 nays
6 so-so

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So-So by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Half the battle for Bombay Talkies is won when it starts with these evocative words from the song Akkad bakkad by Swanand Kirkire, set to a lilting tune by Amit Trivedi and sung by the always wonderful Mohit Chauhan. It’s beautiful.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha (IANS), Apun Ka Choice ...a must-watch... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...The third short, by Zoya Akhtar, was for me the best. Akhtar’s talent for expressive vignettes serves her wonderfully in this story that opens with touching declarations from children about what they want to become when they grow up. ... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...Zoya’s chosen story is nice but it remains nice only throughout and is not able to give you some exhilarating moments related to Indian Cinema... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...BOMBAY TALKIES is one of those infrequent movies wherein you get to eyeball the superior efforts of four top notch film-makers in less than two hours.... full review

Thumbs up by Suparna Thombare, Bollywood Life ...A heartwarming ode to Indian cinema... full review

Thumbs up by Saumya Sharma, BookmyShow ...A well-told tribute to celebrate the 100th year of Indian Cinema. Couldn’t get better than this!... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...What connects these movies are delusions and escapism at one end and simple bonds at the other that cinema manages to create among all of us.... full review

Thumbs up by Bikas Mishra, DearCinema ...Anurag Kashyap’s segment is satirical, funny and engaging but suffers from stagnation.... full review

So-So by Suparn Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...'Bombay Talkies' doesn’t so much tell us the story of our cinema as it tell us the story of its four directors. With each film we see the place from where the directors survey their world, and this was interesting.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini ...Bombay Talkies has two good films but it didn't blow me away... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...4 good movies for the price of 1 ... full review

So-So by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...Superb ( Dibakar), Good ( Zoya), Above average ( Karan) and Average ( Anurag) is Bombay talkies for me... full review

Thumbs up by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Four well crafted stories that celebrate us the audiences, this one is a clincher... full review

Thumbs up by Tushar Joshi, DNA ...Johar handles the sensitive subject with maturity and shows a side to him we hope he digs deep into.... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Following KJo’s slick film is Dibakar Bannerji’s theatre of profound. It starts on an absurd note, gets downright weird in the middle and then, just like life itself, it blooms into pure genius. ... full review

So-So by Simantini Dey, FirstPost ...Bombay Talkies is an excellent cinematic experience... full review

Thumbs down Free Press Journal ... a pale imitation of what could have been ‘Breathtaking’ and ‘Glorious’ like the cinema we have immortalised over the last 100 years.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, ...On the overall basis its bit below expectation and as per the level of these ace filmmakers.... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Bombay Talkies ends with its own item song, which brings together a roster of stars. The song is distinctly forgettable. And yet, I enjoyed it. Because it ends the film on a necessary note of celebration. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...You may have a favorite amongst the four stories, because yes, this is cinema, and it touches different chords in different individuals. But there's no denying that 'Bombay Talkies' is a breath of fresh air - a wonderful gift to audiences on the 100th birthday of Indian cinema... full review

Thumbs up by Alisha Coehlo, ...a movie as varied, as enchanting and as entertaining as Indian cinema itself.... full review

Thumbs up by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...Bombay Talkies lets us celebrate ourselves as viewers. It leaves a warm afterglow reminding us that cinema in India flourished thanks to its audience. Bollywood in its 100th year has given fans a nice gift.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...One film. Four segments. And a great way to celebrate the centenary year of Indian cinema.... full review

Thumbs up by Zayden, Indicine ...Catch this film because the 4 stories take you into their respective worlds, and they make you laugh, chuckle, ache, cry, anguish.... full review

Thumbs up by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...Anurag Kashyap exhibits his power to create a story out of most commonplace elements indeed makes him what he is. ... full review

So-So by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...The lead performances lift the narrative above its predictable curve and earnest tone... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...While the subject, treatment and the attention to detailing is commendable, this one didn’t really stir emotions as it should have.... full review

Thumbs up by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...When you have four talented craftsmen coming together for a purpose, the result is definitely a must-watch!... full review

Thumbs up by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ... The strongest of them is the obligation to family while an individual tries to come to terms with his/her own identity. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ... What is disappointing is that, barring the Dibakar Banerjee segment, none of the films is an attempt to showcase cinema as a self-contained medium of expression.... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...Bombay Talkies is not so much homage to 100 years completion of Indian cinema than the celebration of the varied genres of cinema.... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...celebrates the language of cinema that permeated our system long ago... full review

So-So by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster ...Bombay Talkies is masterful but not a masterpiece and while not really a toast to our cinema, still deserves a hand for making us realize just how much a part of lives it is. Cheers! ... full review

Thumbs up by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...Although Zoya handles the portions of the father (Ranvir Shorey) rebuking the boy for dressing like a girl and pushing him to take part in sports quite well, the message of the film remains quite unclear right till the end.... full review

Thumbs up by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...Shortlist this for the Oscars already? Finally, this is Hindi cinema we can be truly proud of.... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...However, elements like an emu are lost in translation, leaving you wanting less whimsy, more control. ... full review

Thumbs up by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...Otherwise, Bombay Talkies is well worth a watch and a major relief from the usual junk we see in Hindi cinema week after week. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gayatri Sankar, ZEENEWS.COM ...All the four segments of the film are diverse in nature. Yet, there are certain junctures that could have been smoother and clearer.... full review