Anupama Chopra's review: Bombay Talkies
Bombay Talkies begins with a young man pushing his father against a wall and angrily declaring that he is a homosexual and not a eunuch. From that moment on, you know that this isn't going to be your regular Hindi movie. Anupama Chopra writes.movie reviews Updated: May 04, 2013 11:36 IST
Direction: Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap
Actors: Farhan Akhtar, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda, Saqib Saleem, Rani Mukerji
Bombay Talkies begins with a young man pushing his father against a wall and angrily declaring that he is a homosexual and not a eunuch. From that moment on, you know that this isn't going to be your regular Hindi movie. The anthology of four short films by Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap and Zoya Akhtar is a celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema. But this is no vacuous song-and-dance party. It's an evocative essay on our love affair with the movies.
The four shorts in Bombay Talkies depict the degree to which movies permeate our lives; how a film song becomes a melancholy lament for a life half-lived; how stars consume us and fill us with magic.
Bombay Talkies ends with its own item song, which brings together a roster of stars. The song is distinctly forgettable. And yet, I enjoyed it. Because it ends the film on a necessary note of celebration. And because, truthfully, I'm a sucker for stars. Bombay Talkies is a unique experiment that works very well. The collaboration between four leading directors suggests a confidence that was rare in the industry even a decade ago. I believe that things can only get better from here on.