Monday, May 6, 2013

Bombay Talkies Review

Bombay Talkies Rating: 3.56/5

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Bombay Talkies Movie Review


Ratings:3.5/5  Review By:  Rajeev Masand  Site:CNN IBN (IBNLive)
You may have a favorite amongst the four stories, because yes, this is cinema, and it touches different chords in different individuals. But there’s no denying that Bombay Talkies is a breath of fresh air – a wonderful gift to audiences on the 100th birthday of Indian cinema. I’m going with three and half out of five for Bombay Talkies. Through four consummate storytellers, we’re reminded just how much the movies mean to us.
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Ratings:4/5  Review By:  Taran Adarsh  Site:Bollywood Hungama
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. The challenge lies in not merely narrating a story within a budget, but also narrating a tale effectively encompassing myriad emotions… On the whole, BOMBAY TALKIES is one of those infrequent movies wherein you get to eyeball the superior efforts of four top notch film-makers in less than two hours. This reality alone makes the film a compelling watch, while the superior performances and absorbing themes that the movie prides itself in only serve as an icing on the cake. This celebration of cinema is a must watch!
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Ratings:4/5  Review By:  Anupama Chopra  Site:Star World ( Hindustan Times)
Bombay Talkies is a unique experiment that works very well. I’m 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.
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Ratings:3.5/5  Review By:  Karan Anshuman  Site:Mumbai Mirror
Images from each of the stories will stay with you for a long time: It is genuinely not possible for me to pick a favorite or rank them in any order as tempting an idea it might sound. Each film has something to say, and their authors get it across effectively and without fuss. Sure they have their blips and flaws, but Bombay Talkies made me want to stand up and break out into spontaneous applause on multiple occasion. The best film of 2013 so far.
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Ratings:3.5/5  Review By:  Srijana Mitra Das  Site:Times Of India (TOI)
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.So, BT's a good experiment, celebrating movies, mindsets and Mumbai's moods - but it isn't the coolest film doing so. Woh picture abhi baaqi hai, mere dost. Note: You may not like this film if you like Bollywood inside its formula.
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Ratings:3.5/5  Review By:  Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
Bombay Talkies may or may not celebrate cinema in the direct sense. Except for its hopelessly tacky end- credits -- a complete waste of star power and resources, Bombay Talkies is an absorbing ode to the language of cinema that is part of our collective system. It honours the imagination and enthusiasm that attracts so many young men and women in this country to embrace a life of risk and rush – filmmaking.
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Ratings:3/5  Review By:  Saibal Chaterjee  Site:NDTV
 Each segment of Bombay Talkies has its moments, either in terms of the quality of the acting or in the little narrative sleights that hit home.One is left with the feeling that a once-in-a-century cinematic experiment should have had more heart and heft. But do not let that put you off. In encapsulating the dreams, disappointments, falsehoods, flashes of truth, elements of emotional artifice and inescapable realities of life, these four stories, each distinct in emotional timbre and visual feel, do present, within their limited ambit, a range of cinematic expressions that are in themselves laudable.
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Ratings:--  Review By:  Komal Nahata  Site:BBC/ETC
Since the audience is not used to watching short films in a feature film, the commercial potential of the film is very limited. To make matters ‘worse’ for the audience, the four stories are independent and there is not even a common thread running through them. On the plus side, however, are the novelty factor and the names of four popular directors associated with the film. On the whole, Bombay Talkies is an experimental film with very limited box-office appeal, that too, for the multiplex audience in some big cities only.
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:  Shubhra Gupta  Site:Indian Express
Bombay Talkies is a film that gives you what all good films should: it has stories, it has emotion, and it has drama. It has people you want to know. You want to tap them on the shoulder, and ask, 'hey, you got a minute? Sit, talk to me.' Finally, Bombay Talkies fills you with hope. If Bollywood can make a film like this, then it must be doing something right. Bombay Talkies speaks of you and me, and speaks to you and me. Not all segments are even, but they are all cracklingly real. So much like life, isn't it?
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:  Tushar Joshi  Site:DNA
With each one of them being successful in delivering commercial hits, Bombay Talkies offers them a platform to indulge and explore another side of their creativity. Mind you these aren't necessarily art-house stories and each chapter has that signature stamp of their makers. Bombay Talkies is a format that needs to be praised for its concept. The sequencing of the stories works and the pace is swift, never showing signs of lethargy. If this was a tribute to 100 years of cinema, then we need to have an array of directors from different genres pay such homages more often.
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Ratings:3.5/5  Review By:  Mohar Basu  Site:Koimoi
What’s Good: The overwhelming romanticism of cinema and its stars that majorly weighs heavy all through the film. What’s Bad: The film despite being independent works of sheer geniuses suffers from one major flaw. Celebrating the centenary year of Indian cinema, the link and relevance to the larger picture is hard to decipher.Watch or Not?: Bombay Talkies in each of its story is indeed magnum opus. While these gently framed short films are individually the few most unbeatable concepts of recent times, the film’s major pitfall is that the stories have no thematic link or relevance to the overall rationale. Despite the glitches, the ensemble film is indeed a must watch
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42 comments:

  1. Only Taran's review till now.. in other words, abhi is film k reviews aane shuru nahi hue hain ;) :P

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  2. kya hoga tera taran adrash...har movie ko minimum 4star..???

    sudar jaa nhi to pahle hi bht doob chuka h or kitna doobega.
    koi bh importance nhi deta tujhe.

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  3. I THINK, TARAN K KEYBOARD KI 1,2,3 KEY KAM NAHI KARATI, POOR GUY, HE CANT EVEN BUY NEW KEYBOARD...LOLZ

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  4. On the day when Indian cinema is celebrating its glorious centenary; I still remember how I, in my pre-teens, used to run after movie promotional rickshaws every time they showed up in my village, just in hope to get a movie poster someday. Memories are still fresh when my craze for the dynamic Kajol lended me in celebrating her birthdays and posting articles and photographs of her in a secret diary [I still have it ] and trust me, there are numerous other examples of hardcore fascination towards Indian cinema that run in our veins secretly but passionately.

    Karan-Zoya-Dibakar-Anurag’s BOMBAY TALKIES is one of loveliest short film bouquet that takes us through how Cinema or for that matter Bollywood has become an integral part of our lives.

    So, you see Karan Johar effectively pushing his boundaries as a filmmaker and walking around the dark galore of homosexuality where two people [played immaculately by Randeep Hooda & Saquib Salem] bond over their common taste & love for bollywood music…SENSITIVE-BOLD-CONFIDENT! Zoya Akhtar decides to tell a dreamy story of a teenage boy [All praises for Naman Jain- the child actor]who idolizes Katrina Kaif as shiela and has now discovered his passion for being a dancer like her, rather than enrolling for masculine sports i.e. soccer…ENGROSSING! Dibakar Banerji presents Nawazuddin in a story originally written by Satyajit Ray, for a power-packed performance as a small time theatre-artist who is quite a failure in real world but seeks a new glossy story in reel world to bring rewarding smile on his bedridden daughter…MOVING-HEARTFELT-IMPRESSIVE. Anurag Kashyap’s short is definitely the most entertaining of the lot. A common man from Allahabad struggles to meet his cinema-idol Amitabh Bachchan just to fulfill his father’s sort of unusual last wish…HILARIOUS & LIKEABLE!

    This ode to cinema works for its finesse for the craft that gives you first rate performances, brilliance of writing, flawless screenplay & the most importantly its exhaustive realistic approach to stay honest to each segment and subject. Not all the stories are unheard before but the sincerity in execution demands a must watch in theaters.

    This is not strictly experimental for classes, this is not formula based for masses…but a rare for all cinema lovers. Cinema has given you a lot, now its time to return the favor!! [4/5]

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    1. Awsme awsme....wht a film.....nice review.....

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    2. Are you that same riju**** ?? Or someone else ??

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    3. Hey gaurav,

      Gr8 review.. The way you flow with your words cn bring ny1 to the facination of tht movie world. Thanks for these quality reviews.

      Plz share if you have some fb page whr we cn follow ur reviews.

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    4. Riju-Viraj.... Not again... Please vacate this blog both of you... We have already seen before enough shit of yours...

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    5. Matlab?.....wht d u mean?

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  5. Gaurav bhai....bahut din k baad itna awsme movie dekha.......hall me bas 8 log the....bas hall me taali,main hi mar raha tha akela.....

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    1. maine toh seetiyaan bhi maari...humaari audi mein 15-20 log the :)

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    2. lol mujhe marna nhi aata...warna main bhi marta...by the r u in fb?...add me...my id=riju16yr@yahoo.in

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    3. bhi tum day k last show ja ke tume theter full hona chaiye kya....kaise re.tumbhi riju

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  6. hi gaurav bhai plz tumhare fb acc ki link yaha par rakho plz

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    1. guys,

      i can be traced on facebook with following mail id...thanks for showing interest:)

      gaurav.rai.142@facebook.com

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    2. share your FB page address,,not email adress....

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    3. Gaurav Bhai , Pls accept friend request

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  7. Seems masand nd anupama chopra are in alliance.. both reviews movies around same time and anupama mostly grants .5 * more den masand every time.. lagta hai dono sath mei baith ke reviews dete hai.. but still most trustworthy reviews.. though I still hv a disconnect wid masand on da movie majnu ki bijli ka mandolla.. he gave it a 4*.. I mean lol...

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  8. Shootout at wadala is great film compare to previous part. see more reviews here http://bollywood-updates.net/bombay-talkies-review/

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  9. I personally didn't like it. There's one story about a homosexual home wrecker and then a transgender kid... like how is this a tribute to 100 years of indian cinema..?

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  10. I found bombay talkies to be over-indulgence at its worst. I went to watch it after reading the reviews. But how can all the reviews consistently say these movies are great, I really wonder!
    Just because it says it is the tribute to 100 years of cinema and the four directors connected to it, no one dares thrash it or what?
    It is ok. Had I gone to watch it expecting a 1.5 or 2 star review movie, I would have been satisfied. But this was a HUGE disappointment.

    As I said, an artist's over-indulgence at its worst!

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    1. Lol it seems tht u r fond of only illogcl masala type non sense bollywood movies....all the 4 stories are brilliantly shot and the film s awsme.....just use ur brain(if u hv) u will gt the answer tht hw all the four stories r connectd to the bollywood movies....

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  11. Senseless movie.. All directors tried to present highly different cinema.. which I think audience wouldn't want to see..n wud make only critics happy.. I was dissapointed and shud hav watched Ironman :)

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  12. Definately not movie of the year :)

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  13. movie of the year....amazing film.....1000 times better than masala chut movies

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  14. GAURAV RAI,i used to appreciate ur reviews previously,but after watching this movie,i swear i will not trust ur reviews in future...thanks gaurav rai.... 4 ur bullshit review on this movie//
    if u ask me to give points,i would have given 2 instead u gave 4 out of 5,i think u r as worst as taran adarsh is....keep up ur bad work 4 future...and make ppl a big fool.but next time i wont be......................ppl if u want to save time and money as well as ur brain,pls dont dare to watch it.....its my earnest request to you all... as i have suffered a lot to see this,i dont want ppl to suffer as i felt...pppl do take care of ur health,money and ur good time with ur frnds,family and relatives/////pls avoid watching it...bye

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    1. lol......samjhne jaisa akal hai kaha tujhme.....sallu fan......ye film tujh jaise chutiya k liye nhi hai...tu ja ke ready,bodyguard dekh....aud tu hota kaun hai logo ko rokne wala....public tujh jaise gandu nhi hai...samjha?.....bhaiyo film bhut accha hai.....is gaandu k baato me mat aao aur ja k film dekhlo......

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    2. wow,chutiya and gandu,ye sab kuch tum logoke mukh mein shova dete hai,wohi karo na rasta mein jaake....jaisa smartness dikha rahe ho,gali dekke,usse tumahra apna jo rank hai,woh down hota hai,apna nhi.... :) aur gali mere ko jo aata hai,o agar hum kuch bhi bol bhi de,to raat ko dream dekhna pare ga...par mein tumhra jaisa nahi hoon, to always language ko cantrol karo yaar.... byee... :)

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    3. Hahaha....hum jaise logo ko gaali kaha aata hai....wo to tum jaise nalayoko koi haq nhi banta aisa film ko inslt krne jo tumhaare soch k bahar hai...aur by the way aapne khud admit kiya k aap gaali dene me humse bhut aage hai....hahaha...ab samajh me aa jata hai k aapka rank down hai ya up hai.....byee :)

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    4. much better... :) thanks... :)

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  15. GAURAV RAI,another thing i would like to add,that i have send u frnd request in fb before i watched this movie,but after watching the movie,i have cancelled it....do keep long distance from me

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    1. and to add to this, i didn't accept your friend request. so, stop pretending that you have all the rights to like-dislike a person. i am more than happy if you are not around.

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    2. thank you...

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  16. Bombay Talkies gives excellent tribute to cinema which completed 100 years . Through 4 different beautiful stories it is shown how cinema & common people are related to each other truly. Movie is not outstanding but defiantly more than just good. Watch it friends , its different & deserves applaud! 3.5/5

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    1. Nice review........THE FILM ROCKZZZZZZZ

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  17. Arty movie and over indulgent would not recommend for anyone seeking entertainment

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  18. i think taran adarsh rating starts with 4.....i think he should be in india POLITICS as he is d most corrupt critics of all time...:p:p

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  19. it's a gay movie for gay people

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  20. I don’t exactly remember when was the last time I came back with a smile after watching a hindi movie (perhaps it was Barfi). After a very long time, I witnessed some meaningful stories on the screen which were indeed a pleasure to watch. And the biggest reason for that smile in the end was Anurag Kashyap’s story. Yes, I am talking about Bombay Talkies, a tribute to the glorious 100 years of hindi cinema.

    Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akthar and Anurag Kashyap (in order of their stories), a few of the industries’ finest directors bringing to you stories on some very brave topics! Topics which are never touched or discussed or stories never told. And that is what makes Bombay Talkies a great cinematic experience.

    A homosexual (Saqeeb Salib) struggling to get the acceptance in the society (supported by Randeep Hooda and Rani Mukherjee) - Karan Johar

    A father (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) doing every possible to thing to keep his daughter entertained (supported by Sadashiv Amrapurkar) – Dibakar Banerjee

    A young boy (Naman Jain) who wants to dance like Sheila (supported by Ranvir Shorey) - Zoya Akthar

    A guy (Vineet Kumar Singh) who wants Amitabh Bachchan to taste his mother’s murabba just to fulfill his father’s dream (supported by Sudhir Pandey) – Anurag Kashyap

    Some of the moments in Bombay Talkies touch you so deeply. You feel that you seriously need to change your perception towards some things. The good thing with Bombay Talkies is the length of all 4 stories i.e. hardly 25 minutes each. Such good topics presented so well in that time limit. You would seriously want to salute the directors if you have a taste for such films.

    The first and the last of Bombay Talkies is the best (Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap’s stories).Watching Karan Johar coming out his stereotyped image of making only Masala movies was just so admirable. Dibakar Banerjee had his own sweet style of telling story while Zoya Akthar delivered her good skills of direction. Though, Anurag Kashyap steels the show with his humorous climax in the end.

    Definitely spare some time for Bombay Talkies. You would love this one if you really admire good stories. This one is a true gem and you hardly witness those in Bollywood.
    Double Thumbs up!

    Rating- 4/5

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  21. This taran adarsh is just giving 4 stars for every movie....then what is the point in this rating???bombay talkies is far better movie than shootout and he is giving same rating for both

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  22. 3rd class movie

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  23. A movie made with passion by passionate directors for the Indian cinema. Nice movie. Saw this movie at wave cinema since it was easy to book tickets there.

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