Movie Review: Bombay Talkies (2013)

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Karan Johar Film: An urban couple is happily married or at least it seems so until the wife meets a new colleague at work which changes her life forever.
Dibakar Banerjee Film: A failed actor is struggling to make a living after his father’s death. In a turn of events he stumbles upon his last chance to prove himself to the world and more importantly, to his daughter.
Anurag Kashyap Film (Murabba): A man from a small town in UP comes to Mumbai to fulfil his ailing father’s last wish which may also save his life.
Zoya Akhtar film: A 12 year old boy from a middle-class family is inspired by a film star to break the conventions of the society and follow his dreams come what may.

Cinema is, without doubt, an integral part of every movie lover… Indian cinema, which completes its 100th year this year [RAJA HARISHCHANDRA, the first full-length feature-film made by Dadasaheb Phalke, was released in 1913], ought to be commemorated. What better way than four avant garde film-makers combining forces to pay respect to cinema — Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap. Backed by Viacom18, the four prolific film-makers set out to narrate stories that are unconventional, borrowed from real life, about the common man. Also, each of those stories has a reference to Indian cinema/stars.

Made at a stipulated budget of Rs 1.5 cr each, film like BOMBAY TALKIES gives an opportunity to film-makers to step out of their comfort zone and try to create something novel. It’s a podium that does not necessarily cater to the box-office or the diaspora alone. Also, it helps the film-maker to tap the latent talent that he/she possesses, but it’s never nurtured due to commercial constraints. The challenge lies in not merely narrating a story within a budget, but also narrating a tale effectively encompassing myriad emotions…


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Positive Reviews
4.0 “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.”
Bollywood Hungama
4.0 “Bombay Talkies is an adorable, emotional, inspirational and magical movie about our movies which completes its 100th year. If you love cinema and are awed by its magic then make sure you watch this.”
4.0 “If you watch only one film a year make sure it’s this one.”
One india
3.5 “You may not like this film if you like Bollywood inside its formula.”
Times Of India
3.5 “Bombay Talkies will make you laugh, it will make you teary-eyed and it will make you smile sadly and yet chuckle with joy…do watch it!”
3.5 “With each story of a quartet presented by Karan Johar, Dibakar Bannerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap being better than the other Bombay Talkies, a befitting celebration of 100 years of Hindi cinema is a definite watch.”
3.5 ” The overwhelming romanticism of cinema and its stars that majorly weighs heavy all through the film.”
3.0 “A realistic filmy saga! “
Zee News
3.0 “Bombay Talkies is magical in parts.”
Rediff: Raja Sen
3.0 “Even if not astoundingly great, this is a fine tribute to an enthralling phenomenon that captured the human imagination almost all through the 20thcentury. Here’s to 100 more years!”
Daily Bhaskar
3.0 “The primary point of interest was inevitably focussed on how each filmmaker would interpret the medium that has defined Indian popular culture for a hundred years.”
NDTV Movies
3.0 “Bombay Talkies celebrates the language of cinema that permeated our system long ago.”
Rediff: Sukanya Verma
3.0 “Four directors, four different stories told in four ways. While the film celebrates the madness about cinema, it also exposes the audience to hitherto unexplored creative contours of Karan Johar.”
Hindustan Times
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