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Bombay Talkies

Bombay Talkies

03 May, 2013
2 hrs 07 mins
180 votes
5 69
4 27
3 17
2 18
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Celebrating Cinema in our lives, marking the beginning of a New Era! Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee, four top notch directors come together to redefine Indian Cinema.. Watch `Bombay Talkies` and witness the revival of Indian cinema.

Four directors - One story! These stories are the ones they`ve always wanted to say, what happens when they all get together to direct one?
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Hindi cinema is too voluminous a medium, and now a century old, to try encapsulating its glory in 25 quick minutes. At the same time, the broad appeal of silver screen and its gift to forge unique association with every single member of the audience is much widespread to ignore.And thats the idea behind Bombay Talkies, a cinema anthology, directed by Karan Johar [ Images ], Dibakar Banerjee [ Images ], Zoya Akhtar [ Images ] and Anurag Kashyap. Its not a comprehensive probe into the nearly-religious fervour for the movies or the innermost workings of showbiz. Instead what play out are four individualistic, intimate tributes by contemporary directors with a distinct approach to filmmaking. ...Read full review
Bombay Talkies is a unique experiment that works very well. Im going with four stars. The collaboration between four leading directors also suggests a confidence and maturity that was rare to find in the industry even a decade ago. I believe that things can only get better from here. ...Read full review
Bombay Talkies (BT) celebrates Bollywood`s centenary - by deconstructing Bollywood`s formula. Loving families, skin-tight genders, glittering stardom and happy endings get tossed about by the four directors here. Does this work? Yes - and no. Straight up, Karan Johar`s film smashes his own mould - forget about loving your parents, Johar shows a gay youth Avinash (Saqib Saleem) pummeling his father while quitting home. Avinash befriends glamorous Gayatri (Rani), wife to Dev (Hooda) with whom she has passionless, infrequent sex. Avinash meets Dev - sparks fly. While Saqib convincingly portrays odd-ball Avinash, Hooda simmers with tangible tension. It all ends in tears, delightful coming from the archetype of extra cheese himself. This is Karan Johar unleashed - and impressive with his taut film. He`s followed by Dibakar Bannerjee, adapting a Satyajit Ray story, featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Purandhar, dreamer with a theatrical past - and a tiny Bollywood role. Dibakar quietly underlines how talent needn`t dazzle the world but simply please the people we love. Siddiqui and Amrapurkar - popping up in a vision - crackle while Nawaz`s act sans words is superb. However, elements like an emu are lost in translation, leaving you wanting less whimsy, more control. ...Read full review