Top B-Town directors’ joint venture, ‘Bombay Talkies’ unveiled to celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema.


Eminent directors of Hindi Cinema fraternity on Monday unveiled the first look of their upcoming flick, ‘Bombay Talkies’ which is a series of four short stories culminated into a movie directed by Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap to commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema. It is an anthological film- a kind of which had been witnessed in the year 2007- the film titled ‘Dus Kahaniyaan’. This time a bouquet of four short stories is portrayed to tell about moviegoers and impact of cinema on lives of Indian fans.

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, passionate Rani Mukherjee, scintillating Katrina Kaif, bold Randeep Hooda, Intelligent Nawazuddin Siddique and many more are going to add their individual flair to the History of Indian cinema. Mesmerising as well as inspiring music is created by Amit Trivedi. Produced and distributed by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Flying Unicorn, this ode to Hindi film industry will be released on May 3, 2013—release date of first feature length Indian film 100 years ago in 1913. The film was titled ‘Raja Harishchandra’ produced and directed by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke, Father of Indian cinema. ‘Bombay Talkies’ is also the name of a famous film studio that was established in 1934 where films were shot in the early days of the Hindi Cinema.

Karan Johar directed segment of ‘Bombay Talkies’- titled ‘Ajab Daastan Hai Yeh’-which is about music and emotions. After ‘No One Killed Jessica’, Rani yet again plays the role of a journalist who is a sexually repressed wife of Randeep Hooda. The new talent Saquib Saleem from ‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti’ is also a part of this venture that is far sexier, bolder, raunchier, edgier and more suited to 18+ viewers.

Karan Johar seems to be quite ‘traumatic’ to make a 20 min film instead of his big-bannered, multi-starred, 100 crore business-oriented movies. Infact, he says, “I am not sure of what the theme was and what it has become. The spirit of coming together is what should resonate”.

The ‘new age’ geniuses known for their ‘path breaking’ success in Hindi film industry have tried to deliver their best to this magnificent concept.

Zoya Akhtar’s segment- titled ‘ Sheila Ki Jawani’ and is about creative freedom. Katrina will be seen playing her glamourised self in the movie along with two child actors. This time Zoya wants to hold her own even firmer than before.

Dibakar Banerjee, known for his off-beat movies like ‘Shanghai’ and ‘Love Sex Aur Dhoka’ said that he wanted to do something which he had never done before. His segment-titled ‘Star’will show angst. He went to Kolkata to purchase the rights for the adaptation. He says,”This one has very little social subtext unlike my other movies. It is about a failed actor, Nawazuddin Siddique, who also ends up feeling like a failed human being”.

And the last but certainly not the least, segment directed by Anurag Kashyap- titled ‘Murabba’. It is about madness and insanity that films give to the stars. He was the first one to sign this project and says,”This is the first time I have not used a single abuse in this film.” Well that’s something unusual on Anurag’s part. He also  says, “My film which is about Amitabh Bachchan and his house Prateeksha was written in 1995 & today finally I made it”.

This collage of inspiring stories will be presented to the fans on May 3,2013 and from now onwards it has started beating its dhol to attract the audiences. After all, the movie centres round the influence of Indian films on Indian fans and thus it can be proclaimed as Cinema Of the Fans, For the Fans, By the Fans…

Author: Reshmi Goon Saha

Editor: A. Patel


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