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#BombayTalkies is fantastic, each short film masterfully crafted. Expectedly, though, the Dibakar-Nawazuddin combo wins by a margin.
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And that's the idea behind Bombay Talkies, a cinema anthology,
directed by Karan Johar [ Images ], Dibakar Banerjee [ Images ], Zoya Akhtar [ Images ] and Anurag
It's not a comprehensive probe into the nearly-religious fervour for the movies or the innermost workings of showbiz. Instead what play out are four individualistic, intimate tributes by contemporary directors with a distinct approach to filmmaking.
If Johar is known for glaze, Akhtar brings perspective; Banerjee's narrative breaks new grounds whereas Kashyap scores in nuanced writing. Their skill set varies from another.
To be willingly adjudged for their combined creativity, fully aware comparisons lie ahead, regardless of the fact that all four films are completely dissimilar in content, tone and texture reflects inspiring maturity, faith in one's self and a sense of, well, sportsmanship.
Having said that, there's a refreshing consistency in the intellectual aesthetics of all four shorts, it's like a visual proof to the phrase 'on the same page' and it's not something frequent. One could complain, where's the signature touch? But in collaboration, the closer they merge, the stronger they emerge.
It certainly holds true for Karan Johar who begins with his offering, Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh. It's not so much about moving away from one's comfort zone as it is about testing one's potential. It's fabulous to witness him open up behind the camera like never before.
There's an exchange between two characters wherein one says, 'You wanna come in?' To this the other responds, 'You wanna come out?' This scene, for me, defines the first segment of the story. What is it about? Let's just say it's an exploration into the anxiety, politics and provocations of urban relationships.
Where does the movie connect come? It's subtle.
Bollywood, here, is part of small talk, zany humour, sacrosanct ambiance or a fodder for amusing theories. A kid on the bridge sings Ajeeb dastan hai yeh (Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayee) and Lag ja gale (Woh Kaun Thi?).
A music enthusiast's study is filled with rare records and movie memorabilia. Or picking a favourite between Sridevi [ Images ] and Madhuri Dixit [ Images ] determines, er, you'll have to book a ticket to find out.
While a reserved Randeep Hooda [ Images ] and impudent Saqib Saleem articulate different kinds of intense, it's Rani Mukerji [ Images ]'s flawless artistry as an imprisoned soul wearing a mark of normalcy, (even if you see those lovely freckles in all their splendour), which elevates the emotional core of Johar's story, is its dignity and strength.
Speaking of strength, there's tons of it on display in Dibakar Banerjee's Star, which follows immediately after. Based on Satyajit Ray [ Images ]'s short story -- Patol Babu, Film Star, Star features Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a struggling actor residing in a rundown chawl who wants to soar in the eyes of his daughter more than anything else.
Star, which celebrates the ties between opportunity and spirit, features an Emu, a supporting cast of ladies with melting smiles, some sprightly assistant directors and a masterfully utilised Sadashiv Amrapurkar.
And the camerawork by Nikos Andritsakis is simply brilliant in putting all of it across. Just that standalone moment with real cars rushing past a remote-controlled toy vehicle, their co-existence on an active street is so mesmerising.
Soon after the focus shifts on the figure controlling the remote, 'Hum
sirf bhai ko dekhta hai,' he dismissively responds when informed of a movie
star shooting nearby. And in one brief moment, Banerjee conveys the veneration
reserved for the superstar of the masses --Salman Khan.
It's tricky to discuss my favourite segment in Bombay Talkies without revealing too much. So I'll just say this, even a 25-minute film can change the way you look at, the additions not extras, who fills the frames. Siddiqui's rehearsal scene and the actual filming are moments that inspire, motivate and create a cinema worth paying tribute to whether 100 or 10 years old. His Marathi is slightly rusty but when he excitedly divulges, 'Tula mahiti hai papa ne aaj kai kela?' against the stirring score of Rabindranath Tagore [ Images ]'s song ---Tobu mone rekho, an accent seems too trivial a technicality to pit against his day's achievement.
After the feel-good Star, it's Zoya Akhtar's turn to enchant with Sheila Ki Jawani. When I saw the promos, I thought her portions resembled Sudipto Chattopadhyay's Pankh but I couldn't be more wrong.
As children, watching your mother get dressed up, especially the delicate art of applying lipstick intrigues most of us. The only thing unusual here is that instead of a girl, it's a little boy (Naman Jain) who shares this fascination.
Pressurised by his well-meaning but stern father (Ranvir Shorey [ Images ]), he doesn't care for football and harbours Katrina-Kaif inspired dreams. One might try to read more than there is in this premise but there's just no need. Kids indulge in all sorts of silliness. Not every action needs to be rummaged for deeper undertones.
Recall a similar plot in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna where Shah Rukh Khan [ Images ] disparages his son for picking music over sport. Akhtar, however, concentrates on the simple conflicts of childhood with dialogues that reflect their age, instead of the maker. So when one says, 'Do you want to be an air hostess?' The profundity in the other's reply is as straightforward as, 'No I want to be a passenger.'
The eventual pay off is reminiscent to Shashi Kapoor's Bilva Mangal moment in Aag. Both the young members of the cast -- Naman Jain and Khushi Dubey do really well as a pair of siblings looking out for each other. Jain gets extra brownie points for those terrific moves in the segment's spectacular even if simplistic climax.
Anurag Kashyap's tribute to cinema, Murraba is dedicated to Amitabh Bachchan [ Images ]. Personally, I found it weakest of all the four film because its movement gets a bit repetitive after a while. Moreover, an overzealous Vineet Kumar as the Allahabad native fails to endear himself or gain sympathy in his fervent pursuit of Big B [ Images ].
Also his fixation is indirect so the hysterics don't register convincingly.
There are some fine moments too. Despite all that build up, Kashyap doesn't compromise and turn the superstar into an accessible entity. He is used like an apparition, a believable, tangible apparition and he lets that aura remain. What I liked most was how he uses Mumbai [ Images ], its people and how they survive on spunk and sense of humour without darkness taking over their being or livelihoods.
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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When four of Hindi Film Industry's most distinctive directors come together to celeberate 100 years of Indian cinema and make 4 short films you know there's something special about it. The four films do not come together linearly and form a bigger story. All of these 4 films are as different as chalk and cheese and have completely different storylines. Let's discuss all these four films chronologically.
Karan Johar – Ajeeb Daastan Hai Yeh
Karan Johar finally makes you stand up and notice his talent. Where was this side of KJo all these years? He tackles the story of a gay man with utmost sincerity, aching honesty and humour. This results in a fine, crisp story of a married couple whose lives change forever when this particular gay man enters their lives. Karan goes out of his terrain and delves into an unexpected urban psyche and does it oh so well.
Rani Mukerji has always been a delight in serious roles and here she does her role full justice. Randeep Hooda does tremendously well too. He never goes out of character. But someone who makes you applaud his talent is Saqib Saleem who plays the bold role of a gay man convincingly. He needs to be applauded for signing on to do such a film so early in his career.
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Dibakar Banerjee – Star
Dibakar teams up with Nawazuddin Siddiqui to adapt Satyajit Ray's short story 'Patol Babu, Film Star' into a lower middle class Mumbaiyya setting and delivers what is the best short film among the four. This is the most subtle and least biographical, yet it tugs at your heart unlike most films we see these days. Watch the talented powerhouse of talent, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, as he mimes into his daughter's and the viewers' hearts! A splendid effort indeed
The story takes place in one single day and finds Nawazuddin's character land up on a film set by pure luck. The fact that inspite of unfulfilled dreams and unrealized ambitions, he doesn't lose hope and tries to stay happy, is what makes this film so genuinely upbeat. Sadashiv Amarpukar delivers the best performance of all the 4 films. I am gladly he is finally getting his due!
Zoya Akhtar – Sheila Ki Jawaani
Zoya's story seems autobiographical because of the lovely sibling relationship portrayed in this film. This film is about a boy being obsessed with Katrina Kaif and wanting to be just like her! Of course, the father sees this as extremely unusual behaviour and tries to do everything he can to stop his son from cross-dressing. To make things magical, Katrina Kaif appears in a pleasing cameo.
The little boy who is the universe of the film is simply amazing. He goes about his acting duties with a genuine spunk and never misses a beat. Ranvir Shorey plays the mortified father. And what a brilliant performance by this very talented actor! The girl who plays the sister is very good and the sibling chemistry between the two kids is something to behold. This year has seen very good performances by child actors (Ek Thi Daayan mainly) and the two kids here do even better.
Anurag Kashyap – Murabba
Anurag Kashyap's involvement with Bombay Talkies got the other 3 directors on board. This story is partly autobiographical, as he traces the story of a man who comes to Mumbai from Allahabad just to meet Amitabh Bachchan. This was his father's last wish. This film tells the story of this man's struggles to meet Amitabh Bachchan when he finally arrives in Mumbai. It's filled with humorous anectodes and you root for him to meet the BIG B!
Vineet Singh gets the nuances just right and plays an Allahabadi with the correct tone throughout. Anurag needs to be given a pat on the back for entrusting the film on Vineet's capable shoulders. Vineet's presence makes the film so much better than the wafer thin story had you believe. Amitabh Bachchan makes a guest appearance and it's highly satisfying.
Conclusion: Catch this film because the 4 stories take you into their respective worlds, and they make you laugh, chuckle, ache, cry, anguish. This film shows how far India Cinema has come in these 100 years. It makes you and the Indian Film Industry proud. Behold as the magic unfolds on screen. Don't miss this film at any cost!
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