Anupama Chopra's review: Bombay Talkies

By HT

Direction: Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap
Actors: Farhan Akhtar, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda, Saqib Saleem, Rani Mukerji
Rating: ****

Bombay Talkies begins with a young man pushing his father against a wall and angrily declaring that he is a homosexual and not a eunuch. From that moment on, you know that this isn't going to be your regular Hindi movie. The anthology of four short films by Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap and Zoya Akhtar is a celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema. But this is no vacuous song-and-dance party. It's an evocative essay on our love affair with the movies.

The four shorts in Bombay Talkies depict the degree to which movies permeate our lives; how a film song becomes a melancholy lame