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Four short films. All work wonderfully at some level and don't work as well at other levels. Bombay Talkies worth a watch nevertheless.Read more
Anurag Kashyap and Karan Johar - these two names in one film. Who would've thought of that? Bombay Talkies deserves extra points for this creativity alone. Add the other names Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee and you have all my attention.
This trailer exudes calmness in the mayhem and aspirations associated with Mumbai. The names in cast range from Rani Mukerjee, Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor to Nawazuddin Siddiqui. This wide spectrum piques curiosity.
To top it off, the film promises to be an ode to cinema. This theme makes the film very personal for everyone involved and gives it that extra edge. The circle is then complete with music from Amit Trivedi.
Most certainly, exciting times ahead!
dunkdaft - "The expectations go huge. And definitely, Amit Trivedi's score, in that way, falls short to satisfy to meet them. Still, with 4 wonderful tracks out of 6, Bombay Talkies is a Good album"
koimoi - "3/5"
Milliblog - "Curious little side-project from Amit Trivedi."
Music Aloud - "7/10"
glamsham - "3.5/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
Could there be a better way to pay tribute to something, than making a contribution to it? Better yet, when the makers' passion for the medium shows in the work. So, then do we show our love for the director who went out of his comfort zone? Or for the one who did what he always does best - engage us by adding quirk to the simplest of stories? Or for the two in between - he who tells the story of a compassionate father or her who makes a son shine despite his father? Or should we talk about the discontent at what was missing or overdone?
Karan Johar steps out of his glamorous shoes which must have been quite difficult. To not resort to lip-sync song and out-of-place dance must have been an effort in itself - even though there was a perfect enough excuse for one, two characters (Rani Mukerji and Saqib Saleem) working on Bollywood gossip. In fact, in contrast to the other three films, the only form in which this short film refers to Bollywood is through songs from yesteryears and dialogue. To top it off, looks like he wasn't allowed to take a trip to snow-capped Europe, much to our relief. (Boy, must that have been a toughie for Karan Johar!) Yet, his is the most chic story in terms of ambiance as he gets to play around with the relatively upper class parts of Bombay. That's as glossy as it gets.
Though Karan Johar's quarter of Bombay Talkies seems like the most personal of the short films, it was over-eager. His account of a homosexual man who meets a woman he hits it off with, felt like a story he was dying to tell. That he had this passion to desensitize the Indian audience to this taboo film is great. But, that it came on so hard - not so great. Unfortunately, once again, Johar's approach to the gay world brought out sniggers and worse, 'eeewwws' and 'yucks'.
Once done with the weakest of the films in terms of stories, we have Dibaker Banerjee's film about a struggler (Nawazzudin Siddiqui) who takes pride in all his struggles. Till he is shown his shortcomings by his own hallucination. This part of the movie was more about two sequences in the film rather than the film itself. One, with a surreal setting in which the lead character is forced to face reality. And the other is a lovely tribute to silent cinema. Of course, there are many other smaller things which you will discover and there are others which don't connect, but these bits stay with you.
Bombay Talkies love for cinema deepens with Zoya Akhtar's Naman, a child stifled by the ambitions of his father. Like many people I know in real life, Naman made lonely and ignored by his parents takes refuge with Bollywood. The God-like stature he assigns to his favorite star is the logical next step. Zoya's gently slaps us as a society, twice. Once with her comment on parents who not only force their ambitions on their children but also corner the kids into lying to them. Then, with us as a society which produces and goes on to popularize songs that shouldn't be heard or seen by kids under ten. It is amazing how we clap while our children dance to these numbers. Her soft and indirect touch to a controversial topic like transvestites too, is pretty brave.
And the best is saved for the last. You can trust Anurag Kashyap to combine two disparate topics with finesse - our fanaticism as fans of stars and our unquestioning regard for our parents wishes. He celebrates and taunts both these aspects at one go. Yet, this is the simplest story of them all. Even though it feels a tad too long, the pace and build-up to the climax is beautiful. Vineet Kumar Singh as Vijay looks like another of Kashyap's finds that we ought to watch out for. His desperation and persistence alone makes this section worth the watch. And of course, you have more bonuses along the way.
All this builds up to the promotional song which I hated the first time I saw it on YouTube. But, with the flow of the film it had a completely different feel to it. Also, the version I saw earlier didn't have the complete version, it left out the charming old times. Yet, it deserved better than the green-screen patch job it got for the last bit. And the signature tune assigned for the current generation of actors still didn't work.
So, while Karan Johar's story on a man's struggle with his sexuality might be the most impressive in terms of how far he's come out of his box, and Dibaker Banerjee & Zoya Akhtar's stories warm you nicely as tributes to our love for cinema, Anurag Kashyap's bitter-sweet reference to our reverence for stars is easily the one I'd like to watch again. Now, it's difficult to put my favoritism for the director aside when asked to compare. But, then again, given the context, this once I'm allowed that. ;)
- meeta, a part of the audience
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 Cinema.com : ...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 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 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
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 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 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 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
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
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
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
wanderinwhiner: Bombay Talkies. A breath of fresh air. Loved it.
Vivek_mak: Bombay Talkies - Loved it. Liked all the shorts, but favs 1) dibakar 2) Zoya 3) Anurag and 4)Karan. In that order.
vajra87: Watched Bombay Talkies....simple , short and beautiful compilation of stories ...
TheNaique: Bombay Talkies through its four stories manages to show how Bollywood affects the life of common people quite wonderfully. A good watch.
TarkeebiPitaara: Bombay Talkies reminds me of so many wonderful movies like cinema paradiso, amores perros...cinema at it's best. Except for KJo story.
SwarajKumarTudu: 'Bombay Talkies' a movie to get refreshed.......
SundeepMujumdar: Just watched Bombay Talkies. What a refreshing experience. Must mention Nawazuddin. And, take a bow @DibakarBanerjee ... You are exceptional
spaul7: I liked Bombay Talkies!! Its a strong movie...simply loved nawazuddin siddiqui!! Kjo film ws surprisingly gud!! rest all were gud as expctd
slasherama: Bombay talkies. (y)
siddharthsabikh: Bombay talkies 10 on 10 a musttttt watch
sidchoudhary: Bombay Talkies, an almost perfect tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema - 4 different stories around lives of... http://www.facebook.com/siddhartha.choudhary/posts/10200955459430732
shrikant2502: Bombay Talkies... Awesome Performances.. Must watch.. :)
shashanksharma: Bombay Talkies.. Amazing way to bring up the 100 glorious yrs of Indian cinema..
Screwdrivering: Bombay Talkies. It is a masterpiece with 4 masterful quadrants. #movies
sandy1404: Bombay Talkies - Movies worth talking about #iLikeMuch
sajitharaghu: Bombay Talkies, a very fresh attempt from Bollywood and one of its kind! Was a treat to watch the performances of the artist!
sai_ganesh: Bombay talkies was good. Pains me to say this but was a bit disappointed with Kashyap's film. Storywise: Dibakar > Zoya > K.Johar > Kashyap
RashiBareja: Bombay Talkies #mast
randomrobin: Bombay Talkies was fantastic, so heartening and refreshing to watch character based films, my favorite kind, happy.
PurryThoughts: Bombay Talkies is a different film, but overall is just the essence of good recent movies - essence of Bollywood. Recommended!
pseudomystic: bombay talkies..aashiqui 2 is only music..wo ghar par sun lo..“@chalu_chokri: Bomaby talkies dekhu? Ya Aashique 2?”
prempiyush: I didn't interpret Kashyap's story in Bombay Talkies as a satire. For me it was a tribute. #gyaan #meriBhaawnaayein
patel_sana: Bombay talkies is brilliant. Kudos to all the directors. A must watch.
parmeshs: Bombay Talkies is simply brilliant. Each of the 4 films is so special. A must-see, at least twice.
nehanitrate: Bombay Talkies..a real treat :-)
Naughtanky: Just watched Bombay Talkies. Bloody Karan Johar has hit it OUT OF THE PARK.
miooww: Saw "Bombay Talkies":-) Nice movie...especially Karan Johar's story was interesting ;-)
meanymeen: Phenomenal work on Bombay Talkies! Loved every bit, especially the credits. Love it @ankash1009
mannsinha: Thumbs up 2 Bombay Talkies .. Liked Dibaker > Karan > Zoya > Anurag
kshitij_g: Just back from Bombay Talkies, bravo Dibakar Banerjee, and Anurag Kashyap, you never fail to impress! Perfect wrap up of a Sunday!
kchaudhry2010: Indian cinema comes of age with bombay talkies. Sensitive topics wisely portrayed. Loved it @kjohar25 @zoyaakhtarFC
kavshik13: The 4 short films that make up Bombay Talkies are definitely a worthwhile watch. Nicely pays tribute to the 100 years of Hindi films.
josephradhik: Bombay Talkies reaffirms my faith in Indian Cinema. Our filmmakers have immense talent and vision but are constrained by market demand.
jerrystweet: Bombay Talkies is a much better name for #Bollywood. More authentic to our roots #bombaytalkies
Jeelish: Just saw Bombay Talkies. As much as I loved the films, I'm not sure if they're really celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema.
iUc1: Splendid Movie BOMBAY TALKIES. This movie reminds us of power of the Bollywood. @kjohar25
irunnyy: Bombay Talkies. @ankash1009 better than @kjohar25 me thinks. Loved the concept.
InsaneOrange9: Bombay Talkies review Karan Johar: Brilliant script and direction. Smooth finishing. Glitches in Hooda's acting. Rani, Saleem fantastic. 1/4
iBasil: A weekend with two good movies....Mumbai Police and Bombay Talkies... Mumbai Police - Prithviraj has proved... http://www.facebook.com/baaasi/posts/10151580676937801
HET4L: Bombay Talkies! #win
gujjublackadder: Bombay Talkies - Well played !!! @ankash1009
gauravvvch: Bombay Talkies is brilliant. Tk a bow the Fab4. Karan surprised all of us wid a brilliant tale, remaining 3 r nwys alwys superb @ankash1009
gauravmukherjie: Loved Bombay Talkies
fk_tweeter: #ForumKeralam new thread (by ballu): Bombay talkies - A Modern Cult !! #Kerala
djakhiltalreja: Bombay Talkies - Loved Zoya & Anurags stories. Highlight - Child actor Naman Jain was funny & character... http://www.facebook.com/Djakhiltalreja/posts/10151593521976259
debyoti: bombay talkies lucky to get tickets.more than decent work from karan johar.as for the rest.all intelligently done cinema. loved zoyas story
dandydujour: Loved Bombay Talkies!!! Each story was a treat to all senses! #masterpiece
cornerd: Bombay talkies. Well played.
chillnews2: “Bombay Talkies is that rarity which makes us thankful for the gift of the movies.” – Subhash… http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/chillnews/yDiI/~3/8CXAcmVUhr8/52890?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=chillnews2
ChiknaVakeel: You know it's something really different and special when @kjohar25 's short scores way above @ankash1009 's short. http://www.mytakeonflicks.com/2013/05/bombay-talkies-review/
Charles88854282: For all the #100YrsOfIndianCinema Bollywood fans, Bombay Talkies is a must watch! So much to see so much to understand.
balmaa: Bombay talkies :-):-):-)
AvinashJha_Live: Want 2 wish good luck 2 Karan Johar 4 the Sridevi -Madhuri joke in Bombay Talkies b4 Sri fans watch it. :P Still laughing at it.Brave move.
Appy_Fizzz: The best thing about Bombay Talkies is how each story is someone's favorite. For me @ankash1009's > Zoya's (for the dance) > @kjohar25 > DB
anujaiyer: Be what u r. Dream what u desire. Seek what u want. Do what u dare. 4 stories. Bombay Talkies. KJo's narration walked the talk.
ankitsharmatup: Ok, coming to this movie "Bombay Talkies". It was a brilliant interpretation of cinema in its realism. Liked each short story
aneesinha: Bombay Talkies..fresh of breath air
AmigoSmile: Movie Review: If you watch one film a year make sure it's 'Bombay Talkies' - http://amigosmiles.com/2013/05/04/movie-review-if-you-watch-one-film-a-year-make-sure-its-bombay-talkies/ http://twitter.com/AmigoSmile/status/330743817395372032/photo/1
amazingissunny: hmmm Bombay Talkies ...sabh k mu pe sirf ek hi comment "wah bhai wah"seriously is it a blockbuster?eh....
akshaisarin: today. celebrate the power of dreams and perseverance. Ashi - for making 'Bombay Talkies' what looks to be the Bollywood film of the year...
Aar_Paarekh: Bombay talkies, 4 stories enough to show 100 yrs of our evolution, to prove that our cinema is not just fictional stories, its us.
tweeterinder: Everybody, go watch Bombay Talkies for you'll be surprised. (In a good and a bad way) #JustGiveItAWatch
TheGhantaTimes: There is nothing spectacular about Bombay Talkies. Don't go with high expectations.
Shanu_Singh: Bombay talkies #mustwatch @kjohar25 @ankash1009 all the directors must be... should be so proud! Much love!
ronakhegde: I blame it on Karan Johar for not letting Bombay Talkies scores 5 star
Rahulpathak_31: Bombay Talkies is not tat great.. @kjohar25
MinorityReview: Saw Bombay Talkies. The Karan Johar short was really bad, the Dibakar Banerjee short was brilliant and so was Zoya Akhtar's.
manishbakliwal: shoot out at wadala -***1/2 bombay talkies -**1/2
jayvbhatt: Bombay Talkies, a decent attempt. In ranking of the parts , 1. Anurag Kashyap 2. Dibankar Bannerjee 3. Zoya Akhtar 4. Karan Johar Cheers
Itsmy_rule: There is nothing spectacular about Bombay Talkies. Don't go with high expectations.
Amoli: I saw Bombay Talkies. Nothing great about any of them, just btw. Wait for it to come on tv.
aaradhnauppal: 2nd half of bombay talkies redeemed itselt. Thank you @Zoya Akhtar and @Anurag Kashyap
shagunbhansali: Bombay talkies - a movie that could have been so much more.
SaurabhAwasth21: Bombay Talkies is the worst movie made in 100 years of Indian cinemas:)
manasblues: Bombay Talkies. What shit movie.
little_chefB: What the hell was Bombay talkies?? Not a single story was finished well, some warped msgs! Only good thing was nawazudin n the kid #fail
laisasalove: Am I the only one who was underwhelmed by all four Bombay Talkies films?
drajayjain: Stay away from Bombay talkies. Film critics giving 4 star to this movie are more corrupt than our railway minister. #bombay talkies
DannySura: Just watched "Bombay Talkies". Apart from Zoyas story, the rest lacked soul and heart. Not a good way to celebrate 100 yrs : (
aprajita2012: A terrible celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema - Bombay Talkies!
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
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.
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?