Movie Review: Bombay Talkies (2013)
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…