Critics' review: Bombay Talkies is Karan Johar's victory
Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee have lived up to expectations. Karan Johar, however, surprises with a refreshing unexplored side. Critics say Karan leaves his larger-than-life-hero behind for this one. Read on.bollywood Updated: May 04, 2013 10:04 IST
Tushar Joshi for DNA writes, "On paper Dibakar's story must have been a fantastic read, but its transition to the big screen is a bit sketchy. While you can't really go wrong with casting Siddiqui, there are parts where the actor himself seems a bit confused about what's happening around him." Nawazuddin, nonetheless, manages to enlighten the screen with his acting skills.
A standard Dibakar Banerjee movie is what you get - no more, yet no less.
In tandem with expectations, Zoya Akhtar's story wonderfully explores the emotions of a kid who idolises style diva Katrina Kaif and wants to be like her. Zoya's story holds a lot of potential but critics feel she fails to explore them. Tushar Joshi writes for DNA, "Zoya doesn't really delve into the boy's psyche. She merely presents a situation that focuses more on his craze for Katrina rather than the outcome of that emotion."
But, unlike Karan and Dibakar's stories, Zoya narrates a story about the madness associated with Indian cinema - in line with the theme of Bombay Talkies. She also brings out the talent of Naman Jain quite efficiently. Naman has impressed the critics with his acting.
Film critic Mayank Shekhar says, "Karan Johar's short film incidentally isn't centred on a larger-than-life male character who can sweep mushy women off their feet... Suffice it to say both Johar and Akhtar's films deal with the same theme and while one is rather rebellious and angry (and that is Johar's film by the way!), the other movie is bitter-sweet and dreamy...If anything, Karan's film is the most experimental of the lot, at any rate it is the most unlikely one from the director. Zoya's is the most intimate, Dibakar's is the most evocative, and Anurag's is quite easily the most 'filmy'."
Moving on to the last leg of Bombay Talkies, Anurag Kashyap's Murabba is a typical Anurag Kashyap story with the Amitabh Bachchan fan (Vineet kuamr Singh) trying to meet the Big B on the behest of his father (Sudhir Pandey). Anurag manages to capture the madness, the respect a fan holds for his icon.
Talking about his story in Bombay Talkies, Anurag Kashyap had said that it was actually his story as he, too, is a huge fan of Amitabh Bachchan. Anurag had also confessed that while Karan Johar's stint would be the most experimental, Kashyap's attempt would be at making a typical Bollywood masala. Indulging the fan in himself, Anurag actually succeeds in getting the most 'filmy story' in Bombay Talkies.
As Simantini Dey sums it up, "While Johar finally comes out of the cinema closet and admits to being a smarter, more sensitive and less masaledaar filmmaker, Kashyap seems to be running out of ideas."
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.