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Bombay Talkies: a true ode to 100 years of Indian cinema. Celebrates true art form of cinema instead of glorifying stardom. A must watch for true cinema lovers!
Bombay talkies is a true ode to 100 years of Indian Cinema. It celebrates life, emotions, relations, dreams of an ordinary human being. It celebrates the true art form of cinema. It doesn’t glorify stardom.
All 4 stories are diverse, dealing with different socio-economic strata with the basic theme being the impact of cinema on a common man’s life.
Away from all ‘dishum-dishum’ emotional atyachar, senseless stories, it tells us how cinema should ideally be.
Karan Johar’s part was really stunning. It was undoubtedly and unbelievably, his best movie as a director, better than those emotional craps like K2H2 and K3G. It talked about sexual orientation, hypocrisy in society and turnmoil in relationships. The songs ‘Lag ja Gale’ and Ajeeb Dastaan hai ye’ were used metaphorically and blended very beautifully with the story. Dialogues were witty and had many meanings.
Dibakar Banarjee’s part was a true ‘art cinema’. Full of sarcasm and metaphors and hence difficult to understand, it was genuinely the best of all the four flicks. Faizal Khan ( Nawazuddin) is a true genius. He plays the character of a man struggling to find a job who is a talented actor leading a mediocre life in a chawl, for whom a smile on his daughter’s face matters more than his dreams and money. The EMU in a chawl sarcastically portrays the character of the protagonist and also Nawazuddin himself as he hasn’t got his due still while he actually deserves much more.
Zoya Akhtar’s part talked about childhood dreams and fantasies. The child-actor really left me spellbound. The story was very genuine and it raised a very sensitive topic, which should be a matter of debate.
Anurag Kashyap is my favourite and I went to the movie just because of him. But he actually disappointed me. Not because the flick wasn’t good, but because I had lots of expectations from him. Still, Anurag kashyap’s worst was better than the Karan Johar’s best! It essayed the madness and love of the protagonist who is a big fan of Amitabh Bachchan and comes to the big city from Allahabad to deliver a piece of ‘ Murabba’ .
Although each story looked simple, the plot and the characters were multilayered. Each story is open-ended and leaves a lot to think about after you leave cinema halls. It should be considered as a benchmark in the history of Indian cinema.
At the end, was a disgusting song trying to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema. Well I guess it ended up being a sarcastic take on the STARDOM ( read it “StarDUMB”) culture prevailing in Indian cinema.
Its a high time to realize that cinema is a reflection of the life of ordinary ‘Homo Sapiens’ and should not be used to glorify larger than life image of some aliens like RajniKant, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan et al.
Marvelous Film-making backed up with gritty performances.
100 years of Indian Cinema are being celebrated and Bombay Talkies has made me fall in love with Bollywood once again. I agree that period of 1950s-60s is still the golden era of Indian Cinema but I have full faith that maturity in the film making is coming back and sooner we will see more movies that have depth and will make us think, laugh and cry.
Bombay talkies is a collection of 4 unrelated stories with a common theme of importance of Bollywood in shaping Indian culture. All the directors have taken a very mature and subtle approach and showed that movies are much more than just item numbers and fighting sequences.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Karan Johar’s story is about how and why people lie and hide their true identity ‘and are very defensive about their secrets. What is normal and what isn’t is defined in the society and once you try to break it you will have to face the consequences, even your parents won’t excuse you. With themes of homosexuality, metro culture and superficial lives story very aptly pin points the exact feelings of the people who are living repressed lives and inadvertently making other people’s lives miserable too.
What I like about Karan’s story is how beautifully he has treated the sensitive subject of homosexuality, and the love affair shown albeit one sided is very pure and genuine. The scene where the little girl sings ‘Lag ja gale’ gave me goosebumps and made me realize why I love watching movies.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Dibakar Banerjee’s story is about the unconquered territories and the unaccomplished goals that one always wanted to achieve but couldn’t. Though you can try to move on with your life but these dreams will keep on haunting you. As it was said in an Argentine movie, ‘You can change everything about a person, but his passion’ this story shows that once you stumble upon your lost passion no matter wherever you are, you will feel a fresh breath of air and an inexplicable force will make you go back to where you belong.
The protagonist is a failed theater actor who left acting as he thought that it can’t be someone’s full-time occupation. He tries to rationalize his decisions in life and why he gave up on his dreams. But the internal battle still remains and the fire of acting is still burning inside him. Though he can’t change his past or pursue acting full-time but he can surely act out stories in front of his family and find peace and happiness in it.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2
Zoya Akhtar treats the audience with a brave and heart-warming story. The director has raised questions like what is good? what is right? what is normal? and rightly showed that it is very subjective. As a child we all have some dreams, something that we want to be in life, though nobody understands and we don’t care. Similar is the case of the young boy in the story. His passion for dancing is everything to him, and his parents like most of the parents fail to understand that. The feel good factor and the beauty of redemption of characters are what that sail through the story. The child actors have really showed maturity and played their parts without being looked as one-dimensional. Overall two thumbs up for the innocence and authenticity of the characters and for the organic plot.
Rating ★ ★ 1/2
Anurag Kashyap the proclaimed Quentin Tarantino of India gives a lackluster performance this time. Though this story being a little light-hearted blends in well with the other 3 stories but overall it’s just another story you can care to forget. The overall plot which seems as a farce is interesting and the actors have played it very well. The twist in the tail is also very unique and gives something for the audience to cheer. Still story doesn’t have any punch or enough comical elements, it just juggles between gratuitous use of slang and slow paced rhythm.
Bombay talkies is one of the rare experience I have had after watching a Bollywood movie. In my opinion it is the best Hindi movie I have seen in a long time. Coming together 4 best directors of India in itself is an applaud-able step, but at the world stage, Indian cinema is still far far behind the rest. The dilemma between creating what audience wants and what you want still remains hovering on Indian cinema, and all we can do is to wait and watch, if someone has the courage to break it.
Original Language hi
Runtime 2 hr 7 min (127 min)
Rated Not Rated
Director Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar
Writer Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar
Actors Rani Mukerji, Randeep Hooda, Saqib Saleem
Awards 2 nominations
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