Bombay Talkies is a 128-minute film made to pay tribute to the
Indian film industry on its completing 100 years. The film tells
four stories directed by four filmmakers: Karan Johar, Dibakar
Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap. These are followed at
the end by the use of a montage created with the participation
by all the top artistes from past and present through a song.
18 Motion Pictures, Ashi Dua.
Director: Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar,
Cast: Rani Mukerji, Randeep Hooda, Saqib Saleem,
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vineet Kumar Singh, Sadashiv Amrapurkar,
Ranvir Shorey, Naman Jain, Sudhir Pandey, Khushi Dubey,
Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif incameo
first feature by Johar (27 minutes) is about a long-married couple,
both professionals in the media, Rani Mukerji and Randeep Hoooda,
and co-starring Saqib Saleem. Saleem is a fresh intern at the
newspaper where Mukerji is the associate editor. She prefers to
sit among her colleagues rather than boxed in a cabin and is an
amiable kind. Saleem befriends her instantly and informs her that
he is gay. He has a way with words and is full of wit. He is invited
over for dinner at Mukerji's for his birthday where Hooda is first
indifferent to him but later feels that there is more to Saleem
than his wisecracks. The story of a happily married couple and
their lives changes after that day.
is an interesting story thanks to its humour and with restrained
performances by Mukerji and Hooda and a sparkling one by Saleem.
feature by Banerjee (26 minutes) is about a failed Marathi stage
actor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, whose only connection now with acting
is telling his daughter film stories while enacting parts of them.
This one is based on a short story, Patol Babu, Film Star, by
Satyajit Ray. One day, Siddiqui is on his way for a job of a building
security man. He is late and the job has been taken. On his way
a film being shot on the streets. As he penetrates the crowd of
onlookers to come ahead for a better view, he is offered a passing
shot in the film. He has to pass the star and bang into him and
then react with 'Aeeeeeeee'. While imagining his dialogue to be
all the powerful ones from past films he has mouthed a hundred
times he has an encounter with the soul of his father, Sadashiv
Amrapurkar, and gets into a debate. He comes out enlightened,
suggests to the crew that it made no sense him walking straight
and banging into the star. Instead, it would make more sense if
he was reading a paper as he walked and banged. His suggestion
is welcomed. Shot is okay in one go. Excited that finally he has
a new story to tell his daughter that of his own success, he does
not even wait to collect his remuneration for that one shot and
one is a showcase of Nawazuddin's versatility as he shows his
comfort with the Marathi language as well as character.
the feature directed by Akhtar (24 minutes), 12-year-old Naman
Jain is out watching a movie with his parents and sister, Khushu
Dubey. There comes a song performed by Katina Kaif, 'Sheila ki
jawaani', and the boy is absorbed as he watches all the moves
made by Kaif. Back home, he gets into his sister's clothes and
starts to mimic the steps only to be caught by his father, Ranvir
Shorey. Shorey wants his son to play football and be athletic,
not dance in girls' clothes. Then Kaif is on TV telling her viewers
to be determined and keep one's desires to oneself. Shorey shows
a clear gender bias as he would rather pay Rs 3000 for his son's
football coaching which he hates than spend Rs 2000 on his daughter's
school picnic. Since Jain has shared his passion for dancing with
his sister, he decides to do something about her school trip.
After opening piggy banks, they are still Rs 250 short. A show
of Naman's dances is organised in the building backyard. 'Shiela
ki jawaani' saves the day.
eternal debate about parents forcing own aspirations on children
and their bias towards boy child.
last feature, directed by Kashyap (30 minutes) stars Sudhir Pande
and is about a dying man's last wish to have Amitabh Bachchan
taste a piece of murabba from his jar and return the rest so that
he may taste a bit everyday and have a longer life. The man's
father had desired Dilip Kumar to do the same with a jar of honey
which Pande was made to carry from Allahabad to Mumbai to meet
Dilip Kumar and ask him to do the needful. Pande's emotional and
obedient son, Vineet Kumar Singh, proceeds to Mumbai to meet Bachchan.
After days of trying, he finally meets Bachchan who obliges, no
purposeless story seems more about a tribute to Bachchan and his
montage tribute song that marks the end of the film is the most
Shootout At Wadala: A gory encounter
Shootout At Wadala is a chapter chronicled in S Husain Zaidi's
book on Mumbai underworld about the rise of Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.
However, the film is not really about Dawood Ibrahim as the book
is. Not only did Dawood neutralise many reigning dons like Haji
Mastan and Karim Lala on his way up, he also created some and
met some on the way. Two such people were Manohar Surve aka Manya
Surve. This film aspires to make a Deewaar out of Shootout At
Wadala using Manya Surve's story. But Manya Surve is just a chapter
in Dawood story and remains just that. Deewaar was a dramatised
version of the rise of Haji Mastan, who was a living mystery for
many at the time. He was linked to film stars as well as other
city elite and hence had his own glamour. In comparison, to today's
generation, Manya Surve comes out of the blue.
Sanjay Gupta, Anuradha Gupta, Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor.
Director: Sanjay Gupta.
Cast: John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor,
Kangna Ranaut, Manoj Bajpai, Sonu Sood, Ronit Roy, Mahesh
Manjrekar, Ranjeet with cameos by Jackie Shroff, Akbar Khan
and item numbers by Sunny Leone, Priyanka Chopra and Sophie
Abraham (Manya Surve), a Mumbai youth and diligent student, is
honest to the core and with only one aim: to graduate and bring
his mother, Soni Razdan, out of the misery his stepfather has
put her through all her life. He has a steady girlfriend, Kangna
Ranaut, whom he refuses to help during exams as he does not want
to get caught doing any wrong which may derail his plan. Abraham's
step-brother, though debarred from the city, lands up at home.
His enemies soon follow him and are about to kill him. Abraham,
a simple, non-violent lad, intervenes on the goading of Ranaut
and during that time his brother grabs the opportunity and stabs
the last of his enemies attacking him.
is the day of the result and Abraham is on the way to check how
he did via his mandatory visit to the temple when the police too
reach his college. After being beaten in front of the entire college
crowd, he is taken in custody for the murder his brother committed.
That there is a conspiracy to frame Abraham is revealed only much
later. Abraham's life does a cartwheel. His future plans of a
secure job, marriage and happy life for his mother all end as
he is sentenced to life imprisonment along with his brother. The
brothers are attacked in jail and while his brother is killed,
Abraham is saved by Tusshar Kapoor. Abraham knows there is no
turning back now but to rise on the path he has been forced on,
that of crime.
bond is formed between Abraham and Kapoor and both escape from
jail. It has been nine years and that time has taught the duo
all the tricks of the crime world and of survival. They need to
join some group and decide on Kaskar brothers, Manoj Bajpai and
Sonu Sood, though here they are referred to as different names
instead of Sabir and Dawood. But instead of joining them, they
come back as enemies of these brothers who lead the most dreaded
gang in South Bombay at the time because of which no other gang
will accept them anymore.
decides to form his own gang with the ultimate aim of ruling Bombay,
becoming 'Bambai ka Baap'. Soon a gang is formed, adding some
expert criminals on its roster, like Siddhant Kapoor, a sharpshooter
etc. Meanwhile, Ranaut has also returned to his life, duly widowed.
As the Surve saga unfolds and meets its inevitable end, there
is gore, violence, bullets flying, use of foul words, some sex
and item numbers. There are also known faces for cameos like Akbar
Khan playing Haji Mastan, Ranjeet as a dada whose conspiracy it
was to frame Abraham and Jackie Shroff playing the commissioner
of police. His gang members are either killed by the Kaskars or
taken in by the police. Left alone, Abraham is holed up at a safe
location. But he is bored and wants to break out and leave the
city with Ranaut. Ranaut is deceived into believing that police
wanted to save Abraham's life from the Kaskar gang. Anil Kapoor,
the cop chasing Abraham learns about his plan to meet her at Wadala
College the next day. A posse of policemen led by Anil Kapoor,
Ronit Roy and Mahesh Manjrekar rains bullets on Abraham to carry
out the first acknowledged encounter by Mumbai police.
narration of Shootout At Wadala is in flashbacks. Abraham is shot
fatally and in the pretext of taking him to hospital, Anil Kapoor
whiles away time as he dies while listening to the story of Manya
Surve. Thus the story proceeds in a number of flashbacks, often
confusing the viewer about the time factor. Also, though it may
be the first encounter, it is not the first gang world film and
hence no novelty including the deception of Ranaut which is similar
to a recent film. This also makes the flow of the film suffer.
Sanjay Gupta shows some enterprise in shot taking. While the Sunny
Leone item number is good, the one on Priyanka Chopra has no appeal
and Ala re ala
. is good for front bench masses. Attempts
at creating claptrap dialogue have worked a few times but often
the result is a blunt nothing. Photography is good. Despite a
crowded screen, it is John Abraham's show all the way and he does
justice to the character of Manya Surve. Tusshar Kapoor is an
excellent foil to the protagonist. Ranaut is incidental to the
story. Anil Kapoor, Manoj Bajpai, Sonu Sood, Ronit Roy, Mahesh
Manjrekar are good in support.
At Wadala has its best prospects in the Bombay circuit, especially
the Maharashtra belt and its single screens are expected to do
better than multiplexes.