Bombay Talkies – Movie Review

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Bombay Talkies .. I watched this movie like four days back and I am still wondering whether it is a good movie or a bad movie and hence it took time for me to write the review. May be because it is four different short stories and I am not sure which one to choose as good and bad. Yes, it is four different short stories from four different directors. The film was apparently released to celebrate 100yrs of Indian Cinema. Apart from Rani Mukherjee, at least I did not know most of the actors but each one draws the attention towards them with their wonderful acting!
The first story is from Karan Johar. One of the best or the best among the four stories. The heavy scenes have very little dialogue and are narrated through emotions! Actors have made use of this opportunity and so has Karan Johar brought the best out of them. Unlike Karan Johar’s movie there isn’t any sad violins as bgms, no tears, no aahhaahhaahhaa songs.. There is sweet ajeeb daastan hain yeh song, sang so sweetly by a kid and it comes in bits and pieces in a timely manner in the movie which was brilliant. The story opens with a homosexual guy moving out of the house because his father does not understand him and calls him not a man! The relief the guy shows on his face once he revolts at his father and walks out of the house and from then on people just speak to you through emotions.. Then there is Rani Mukherjee and her husband living in a sophisticated apartment. Rani meets Avinash who is gay. Rani brings Avinash home for his birthday and scenes turn different. Their seemingly surviving marriage takes a turn when Rani gets to know the truth about her husband. It is still a new topic for India and Indians. What was more surprising was when people were laughing as ‘yeh banda kya kar raha hai yaar’!! Honestly, I felt that these guys were scared that their partner might get doubts on them if they do not laugh at such scenes.. Whether we like it or not, the truth is what was always behind closed doors is now gaining voice. The movie also portrays the same, one guy is scared to admit and face the society so he marries a girl and the other guy who wants some recognition from the society declares it. Well we can go on talking about it. But this was one strong movie. But all credits to Karan Johar for the way he has directed it and to convey strong story in a short time powerfully. The last scene where Rani gets ready as usual but with a relief, feeling more liberated and without her mangalsutra conveys the end.
The second story was from Dibankar Banerjee. What was good about this movie was the portrayal of simple life of people. The jam packed houses with just a room and a kitchen and families living in it. The poor struggling to earn and believing in all the gimmicks people throw at them! The hero Purandar played by Siddiqui buys an emu hoping that he would make money out of it one day! The movie is about a failed actor who is not able to prove himself to the world, who does not have a good job and who is not able to prove himself even to his daughter.  He spends sleepless nights and blames on the destiny for his state. One day he stumbles into a shooting spot and he is asked to perform a small character. He realizes that he has not been pitching in effort and was waiting for things to walk his way, he rushes home and proves himself to his daughter and sleeps peacefully. What is not very clear is how he gets this realization by stumbling into the shooting spot. Though there is humor here and there and the simple details of life have been carved out, the story line has not been very well carved. So..
The third story was from Zoya akhtar. A kid who wants to pursue his passion to dance and he draws the inspiration from Katrina Kaif. The theme may not be new to cinema, to let the kids pursue their dreams. What I did not understand though was why the kid wanted to dress up like girl and dance like Shiela. At one point in the movie, I thought the theme of this movie is on transgenders. But it is not that. The father wants to make his boy play football like a man and the kid want to dress up like girl and dance like Shiela. Keeping away the confusion, the performance of the kids is notable. The sweet kids as siblings, how they help out each other, how they compromise for each other are all so very heart warming. The story is cute and sweet and warm and innocent.
The fourth story is from Anurag Kashyap.. A simple man Vijay travels from Allahabad to Bombay to fulfill the last wish of his dad. Actually the last wish sounded stupid to me. The man’s father wanted Amitabh Bhachan to eat half of murraba and he should eat the rest half. Tears pour down Vijay’s face when he hears that and I start to wonder if he is crying at his dad’s stupidity. Well God knows, maybe people do exists like that really. And by the time he struggles and begs and gets to meet Amitabh Bhachan, we get slightly irritated. The story ends on a lighter note, so when it ends bit funnily we forgive the stupidity and feel glad that the movie is over..
Well that is what to sum up about Bombay Talkies. And you can decide which story is good. It is not a must watch, movie of the century or four star rating worth but it is a good moive/moives.

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