Bombay Talkies

Bombay Talkies: 4 stories by different director
Language: Hindi

Running Time: 127 minutes

Released: 2013

Cast: Rani Mukherjee, Randeep Hooda, Saqib Saleem, Vineet Kumar Singh, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Naman Jain, Ranvir Singh
Directed by: Karan Johan, Dibarkar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap

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I watched this movie two weeks ago at the Mantri Mall after having read a lot of praise on the newspaper. The movie has 4 short films, each by different director.

Story 1: Ajeeb Dastaan Hain Yeh by Karan Johar

The story is about a married couple, Rani Mukherjee and Rajdeep Hooda; Rani's new colleague, a gay. Rani is unhappy with her marriage with her husband being a workaholic and shows no interest in her. Her colleague brings out the truth and she discovers the truth.

Story 2: Star by Dibakar Banerjee

A drama actor from childhood, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, is struggling to make a living and has a wife and a daughter to support. His alter ego wants others to come to him and offer him a job. He struggles doing odd jobs after his father's demise. One fine day, he is offered a small role unexpectedly and he does it. He is so proud and happy that he forgets to collect the payment for his work.
Returning home, he now has a story to narrate to his daughter.

Story 3: Sheila Ki Jawaani by Zoya Akhtar

A little boy from a middle class family is forced to practice football after school though the boy is interested in dance. He skips the football coaching and secretly watches the girls practising Kathak. His parents take him to cinema and he is impressed watching Katrina Kaif's Sheila ki Jawani. In his parents absence, he dresses like a girl, wearing his sister's jewellery and mother's makeup. He manages to fuffill his sisters dream of going to a trip which costs Rs 2,000 by raising fund from his new found passion.

Story 4: Murabba by Anurag Kashyap
Vijay from Allahabad, which is Amitabh Bachchan's hometown, comes all the way to Mumbai to fulfill his ailing father's only wish, that Amitabh ji has to eat Murabba half and he would eat the remaining half. Vijay waits in front of the great actors house day and night and finally, manages to meet Amitabh ji who ate the Murabba before him. He manages to take the Murabba to his father... whats will be his fathers reaction?

There are guest appearances by Katrina Kaif, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Karisma Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Juhi Chawla, Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Sridevi, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Imran Khan, Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Anil Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan.
I felt the stories were bragging and better stories could've been chosen. Out of the four, I liked only the first, Ajeeb Dastaan Hain Yeh. Other ones should have been focussed better on the script.
If you are going with high expectation to watch this movie, then you will be disappointed for sure.

My rating: 2.5/5

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