Bombay Talkies Reviews
Date: 2 May 2014
Time: 8.30 pm
With: No one
imho, story 4 was the best (especially the ending) and the lead actor in story 2 undoubtedly clincher of 'best performance'. story 1 and 3 were contrived : bollywood, you're a tad late jumping on the gay/girl-trapped-in-boy's-body bandwagon; they just felt very old.
Noteworthy things about each of the director's short film are as follows -
Karan's story takes a fresh call on gay culture. It's the first Indian depiction, wherein a gay character is shown in his natural being without making him comical or distinctively feminine or unnaturally physical. Hats off to Karan for taking this first forward step. Also, this must be the boldest movie of Randeep Hooda's career.
Dibakar's story is totally a one man show i.e. Nawazuddin from first frame to the last. He is simply amazing as an actor. Don't miss the facial twitching that he emotes to convey nervousness.
Zoya has managed to extract very good acting as well as dancing from child actor Naman Jain. The storyline is also very new i.e. of a male child aspiring to become an item girl upon growing up!
Anurag has tried to depict the God like status that some Bollywood superstars enjoy in the heart and families of so many Indians, especially amongst the non-urban population. He has also highlighted how fans like to brag about simple chance meetings with their idols.
In short the directors have tried to establish certain facts via their stories, that is, all said and done, the movies do form an integral part of an average Indian's life - our fantasies are associated with them, we aspire from them, we connect through them, there is a filmy song for each and every mood that we undergo, and last but not the least our movies do play an important part in creating the much required social awareness on various taboo topics and with time the filmmakers are actually experimenting with an assorted platter of new and revolutionary subjects.
In this movie, all the directors and actors have done a good job. Critics quotient of the movie is fine but the entertainment quotient could have been better.
Karan Johar's 'Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh' - Starts off powerfully, but lets down. As always, Karan Johar overdoes it, exaggerates the plot, and all that. This one's the weakest of the 4 movies if you'd ask me.
Dibakar Banerjee's 'Star' - WOW! Definitely the best of the 4 films, and in fact, probably one of the most beautiful works of Indian cinema that I have watched lately. Perfectly done, and so so simple, yet so beautifully touching!
Zoya Akthar's 'Sheila Ki Jawani' - Cute!
Anurag Kashyap's 'Murabba' - Interesting, powerful, and probably the one of the 4 that stays with you the longest! As always, Kashyap develops his characters beautifully, and Amit Trivedi's music raises the film a little higher!
On the whole, surprising to see such simple arthouse cinema as one of the most anticipated releases of the year, and if the aim was to set a milestone for the Hindi Film Industry introducing arthouse cinema into the mainstream, they did not fail!
Karan Johar & Dibakar Banerjee's short films are purely superb while Nawazuddin Siddiqui's performance is terrific. Must Watch.