Mumbai, May 3 (): In Bombay Talkies, four out of the most admired film makers of Bollywood have joined together to acknowledge 100 years of Indian Cinema.
Cast: Rani Mukherji, Randeep Hooda, Saqib Saleem, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Katrina Kaif
Director: Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap
Zeenews rating – 3 / 5
Gayatri Sankar of Zeenews says, “Kudos to Karan Johar film for pulling off a fine show along with actors par excellence- Rani Mukerji, Randeep Hooda and the very fresh Saqib Saleem. The dialogues are witty and very natural and so are the performances”.
“Dibakar Banerjee’s film unfolds all what an emotionally charged man can do to bring about a smile on the faces of his loved ones”.
“Zoya has done a commendable job and has been able to strike a deal with the virtual space a person travels in”.
“Anurag Kashyap is popular for producing realistic cinema and has succeeded yet again”.
Gayatri Sankar says all the four segments of the film are diverse in nature. Yet, there are certain junctures that could have been smoother and clearer.
NDTV Movies rating – 3 / 5
Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV Movies says, “Karan Johar, in the opening segment, stays put in his comfort zone.”
“In the fourth short film, Anurag Kashyap settles for a characteristically cheeky, earthy and breezy style in telling the story of an Allahabad man”.
“Two of the segments – Zoya Akhtar’s and Anurag Kashyap’s – are about the dynamics of movie stardom and how it exercises a hold on the lives of common people”.
Rediff rating – 3.5 / 5
Sukanya Verma of rediff says, “Anurag Kashyap’s tribute to cinema, Murraba is dedicated to Amitabh Bachchan. Personally, I found it weakest of all the four films because its movement gets a bit repetitive after a while”.
“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”.
DNA rating – 3.5 / 5
Tushar Joshi of DNA says, “Bombay Talkies is a format that needs to be praised for its concept. The sequencing of the stories works and the pace is swift, never showing signs of lethargy. If this was a tribute to 100 years of cinema, then we need to have an array of directors from different genres pay such homages more often”.
Times of India rating – 3.5 / 5
Srijana Mitra Das of Times of India says “BT’s a good experiment, celebrating movies, mindsets and Mumbai’s moods – but it isn’t the coolest film doing so”.
Nowrunning rating – 3.5 / 5
Mansha Rastogi says, “Bombay Talkies is not so much homage to 100 years completion of Indian cinema than the celebration of the varied genres of cinema”.
With each story better than the other, Bombay Talkies is a sure shot watch is the overall comment by the critics.