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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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  1. thank you…

  2. 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

  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 🙂

  4. it's a gay movie for gay people

  5. much better… 🙂 thanks… 🙂

  6. Nice review……..THE FILM ROCKZZZZZZZ

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 3rd class movie

  10. 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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