10 Reasons To Watch Bombay Talkies


Our grand Bollywood industry has recently completed a century and entire country has been celebrating in some way or the other. So how can Bollywood itself stay behind in celebrating? Celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema, Bombay Talkies, an anthology of 4 short films made by 4 directors, has hit the screens this Friday. The best part of this film is that it’s heavily promoted on the strength of its directors and not of the star cast. Well, that’s something which we’ve almost never seen happening in Bollywood before. Usually the main attraction is always the cast. But with Bombay Talkies, things are really different. How? Well, let me help you with that.  I’ll give not one, not two, but 10 reasons to watch this one.

1. 4 films at the cost of one

Well, this sounds quite cheap, but yes, when you have 4 films made by 4 current iconic names of Indian Cinema- Karan Johar, Dibakar Bannerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap, at the price of one ticket, you really don’t need any reason at first place, do you?

2. The fun to compete and compare

Whose film is the best? Whose story is the best? Who is the best director of them all? There’s whole lot of fun in it to discuss all these things after having watched a film like this. And let me tell you, the comparison game has already begun and it’s all over the social media. Aren’t you excited to join it?

3. Beyond the ‘100 years of Indian Cinema’ celebration and all that…

This film is mainly intended to celebrate the centenary of Indian cinema. The first ever film, Raja Harishchandra, was produced from Bombay; hence “Bombay Talkies”. But more than anything related to the culture of Bombay Cinema, this film celebrates us, the audience. It will talk to you. It did talk to me. So, more than anything, watch this for yourself.

4. The brand new Karan Johar

Karan Johar’s filmography is infamous for subvert amount of melodrama in it. Here, with his stark and subtle short film “Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh”, he has left all the other directors of the film far behind in terms of storytelling. If this is the real Karan Johar, we would love to see only short films by him!

5. Dibakar Bannerjee is the best filmmaker in India

There’s no denying to it. His part “Star” is an adaptation of Satyajit Ray’s short story “Patol Babu, Film Star”. It stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sadashiv Amrapurkar whom you may remember from the ‘90s. Get yourself intrigued with the detailing in each single frame of this one. Think what was the Emu all about? Actually, this one alone should be the reason to watch Bombay Talkies twice!

6. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the best acting talent in India. Period.

7. Siblings and childhood dreams

Zoya Akhtar’s “Sheila Ki Jawaani” brings to us a lovable kid character of Vicky (played by Naman Jain). Katrina Kaif  becomes his Goddess after watching her dance as Sheila, and to become like her is now his dream. The moment you think the story to explore the sexuality of the kid, it tells you another compassionate tale of siblings. Go, live your childhood days with this one.

8. Deliciously heart-aching “Murabba”

The scene in Anurag Kashyap’s short film “Murabba”, when Vijay from Allahabad enters Amitabh Bachchan’s house with his half  bitten murabba, all of  Bachchan’s iconic dialogues play in the background, or probably in Vijay’s head, and images of those scenes will run through your mind too. That’s the impact this will have on you.

9. The final song

A 4 minute version, which is the latter half of this star-studded song, can be seen here:

The first 4 minutes are even more heartwarming with all the stars of the yesteryears lip-syncing to the song. The boy, in the song, sitting in the theater watching them, feels honored, reveres them and cinema, just the way you may end up after the film.

10. To be assured of the next 100 years

Should we look at these short films as trailers of the directors’ future career ambitions? I think, yes. With such bold and thematic film, we are into witnessing the new age of Indian Cinema. We are assured that we are coming of age from item songs and masala potboilers, and our cinema is in safe hands. Watch out for the next century, folks!

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