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Bombay Talkies is an anthology of four short films, each enticing you into their own magical world, taking the viewer through a gamut of entertainment and emotions. While Karan Johar's unofficially titled 'Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh' is a tale of angst and love, Zoya Akhtar's 'Sheila Ki Jawaani' is sweetly innocent. Anurag Kashyap's 'Murabba' is a story of hope being eternal while Dibakar Banerjee's 'Star' is beautifully poignant. Apart from sharing its name with one of India's oldest and most prestigious film studios, Bombay Talkies also shares the values that are essential to good filmmaking like love, laughter, sorrow and joy. So we may have four very different directors helming the project but they maintain a consistent tone as their tales of dreams, aspirations, love and hope collide against a common backdrop leaving you oscillating between illusion and reality, a wish to find out more about their stories. The icing on the cake is the cast of all four stories, which only adds to the sense of realism and fantasy, both, at the same time. To name any one actor who has excelled more than the other would be unfair to the others as all performances are brilliant. Dialogues, camerawork, editing in fact every department seems to have worked in perfect synchronization. Directed by totally different minded filmmakers each short film leaves a distinct mark on the viewers mind and heart. We have to admit Zoya does let you down a bit but as expected Anurag and Dibakar do not disappoint. However, it is Karan Johar who is the surprise, he has delivered fine cinema that is obviously out of his comfort zone. Bombay Talkies is no doubt a superlative and innovative piece of cinema that has been made as a tribute by these four filmmakers to commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema but does it really capture the true essence of this industry and can it be called a celebration? Of that we are not too sure. Bombay Talkies releases today, on 3rd May, 2013, the same day India's first feature film, Raja Harishchandra was released 100 years ago and as it marks the start of another century of wonderful movies to come, we at Films Of India congratulate and wish the Indian film industry many more decades of entertainment, entertainment and some more entertainment, magic and dreams. -- Published on May 4, 2013

Bombay Talkies - Film Review

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