Bombay Talkies

Bombay Talkies

Rating: 4/5 stars (Four Stars)

Star cast: Rani Mukerji, Randeep Hooda, Saqeeb Salim, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vineet Singh

Director: Karan Johar, Dibakar Bannerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap

What’s Good:  First of its kind four well known directors directing a single movie with full of their potential.

What’s Bad: The film talks about celebrating 100 years of cinema but four different stories doesn’t quite reflect that!

Loo break: None

Watch or Not?: Must Watch

Paisa Wasool: Definitely yes! Finally a movie which deserves applauds from audience.

Four stories directed by four contemporary Bollywood directors emerge and merge with seamless splendor into a brilliant art of pain and pleasure. Like four scoops of ice cream, one yummier than the other, “Bombay Talkies” serves up a flavorful quartet of delights that leave us craving for more. It’s like that song written by the immortal Sahir Ludhianvi – “Abhi na jao chhod kar ke dil abhi bhara nahin”.

t’s delightful to see Karan Johar recognize that his core strength is relationships and not mush. KJo steps away from his usually voluptuous colours and glossy sets to tell a very real story about a married couple which stumbles upon the realization that they have actually been living a lie. Each actor Rani Mukerji, Randeep Hooda and Saqib Saleem essay understated performances with flair and sincerity. Randeep’s arrogance conceals a raw vulnerability while Saqib’s brash and presumptuous personality has a certain inherent charm. Rani is subtle and effective. For once it’s admirable how Karan Johar deftly handles his gay characters, successfully steering clear of a stereotypical portrayal.

Dibakar Bannerjee’s story about a failed actor who gets a chance opportunity to do a bit role in a Bollywood film is a captivating tale. Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s sheer brilliance in the hands of an adept director wipes out disappointing memories of his last film (Aatma). Two remarkable scenes that stand out; first, where Nawaz practices Big B’s famous dialogues before he realizes that his little role hardly has any lines to mouth and second, the last scene where he doesn’t have a single dialogue but his histrionics speak louder than any other line in the whole film. Siddiqui’s face conveys myriad emotions as he runs home to his daughter after his performance.

Zoya Akhtar’s little child star is pushed by his ambitious father to learn football because that’s what boys should be doing. Our 12-year-old however aspires to become a dancer like Sheila (Katrina Kaif in ‘Tees Maar Khan). It’s a heartwarming story as an indulgent elder sister understands her kid brother’s dreams and they are oblivious of the implications that this unusual choice of vocation might have.

Anurag Kashyap’s protagonist travels all the way from Allahabad to meet Amitabh Bachchan in Mumbai because his ailing father believes that will save his life. Vineet Singh is spot on as the fan desperate for a glimpse of the superstar. He gets even the little nuances right like, calling Big B, “Amita Bachchan” instead of “Amitabh Bachchan”. Kashyap’s story is an honest tribute to the Shahenshah of Bollywood.

“Bombay Talkies” is segmented and layered, yet cohesive and compelling from the first frame to the last. While unravelling the magic of cinema and its impact on the minds of audiences, “Bombay Talkies” also displays how much cinema has evolved over the generations.

 

 

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Akkad Bakkad – Bombay Talkies

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Akkad Bakkad Lyrics

Lo aaya aaya aaya main hoon movie madaari
Laya chalti firti tasveeron ki kyaari
Har kahaani, ek kahaani nayi si pyaari
Arre kissa hai cinema ke jaadu ka..

Hmm…
Lo aaya aaya aaya main hoon movie madaari
Khatte meethe kisson ki laya fulwaari
Kaise sabke sar pe chadhi yeh khumaari
Arre kissa hai cinema ke jaadu ka..

Akkad bakkad bombay bo
Assi nabbe poore sau
Sau sau baras ka hua
Yeh khiladi na boodha hua..

Hey hey khiladi, hey hey khiladi
Hey.. Akkad bakkad bombay bo
Assi nabbe poore sau
Sau sau baras ka hua
Yeh khiladi na boodha hua..

Arre kisse to hain..
Thode awesome awesome
Awesome awesome awesome
Yahaan sukh dukh ke hain..
Saare mausam mausam
Mausam mausam mausam
Saare mausam, saare mausam.. ho..
Saare mausam..
[Awesome Awesome Awesome] Background
[Mausam Mausam Mausam] Background

Arre lakhon rangon se hai bhari apni pitaari
Gaon gaon shehar fire apni sawaari
Pal mein door hogi udaasi ki bimaari
Arre kissa hai cinema ke jaadu ka..

Hey akkad bakkad bombay bo
Assi nabbe poore sau
Sau sau baras ka hua
Yeh khiladi na boodha hua..

Hey hey khiladi, hey hey khiladi
Hey.. Akkad bakkad bombay bo
Assi nabbe poore sau
Sau sau baras ka hua
Yeh khiladi na boodha hua..

Arre naghme bhi hain..
Akkad Bakkad lyrics on LyricsOff.com
Chadhe A-one A-one
A-one A-one A-one
Aur sur bhi lage
Poore seven seven
Seven seven seven
Poore seven, Poore seven.. ho..
Poore seven..
[Seven Seven Seven]
[Seven Seven Seven]

Arre Salsa, Disco, Bhangra, Kathak ki adaakaari
Dance vance karne ki kar lo taiyyari
Sasta hai yeh khel nahi jeb pe bhaari
Arre kissa hai cinema ke jaadu ka..

Hey akkad bakkad bombay bo
Assi nabbe poore sau
Sau sau baras ka hua
Yeh khiladi na boodha hua..

Hey hey khiladi, hey hey khiladi
Hey.. Akkad bakkad bombay bo
Assi nabbe poore sau
Sau sau baras ka hua
Yeh khiladi na boodha hua..

Aatma review

aatma

 

Rating: 2.5/5 stars (Two-and-half-Star)

Star cast: Bipasha Basu, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Doyel Dhawan, Shernaz Patel, Jaideep Ahlawat

Director: Suparn Verma

What’s Good: Underrated actor of 2012 Nawazuddin’s acting, some scary scenes.

What’s Bad: The unnatural reactions, Undue dramatizing during vital scenes

Loo break: If you get scared, and then it’s recommended

Watch or Not?: For those who like thrillers, like Indian scary movies and enjoy fear no matter what. We categorize it as One time Watch  movie

Suparn Verma’a Aatma, a horror film about an overbearing father who comes back from the dead to claim ownership of his only daughter from his estranged wife, comes across as an attempt to bring some credibility to the genre

Maya (Bipasha Basu) is a single mother, just divorced from her abusive husband Abhay (Nawazuddin Siddique). Abhay dies in an accident and his ghost is haunting Maya because he wants his daughter Nia (Doyel Dhawan) back. What follows is a very obvious series of events where anyone who offends the daughter meets a gruesome end. Maya has to battle with not only the cruel intentions of her dead husband but she also has to fight for her daughter’s life.

Horror is a difficult genre to get right but we can’t expect special effects to compensate for the lack of a good script. The story progresses with very little thought to character development, actors are introduced so that they can conveniently be disposed off. The film is frustrating in parts because there’s a psychiatrist, there’s a priest, there’s a police officer but none of them can do anything substantial to help Maya in her ordeal. You know every possible victim and each murder sequence plays out without any suspense or build-up to the crime.

Bipasha and Nawazuddin put in an honest effort but are saddled with sad dialogue and a script that’s difficult to rise above. Bipasha tries, with all her might, to deliver a restrained performance with little success. Nawaz, however, owns all the scenes he is in. The custody hearing scene stands out because of his very real and ominous outburst. Moreover, everything pretty much blends in the background when Nawaz holds court, which is not to say that his is a flawless performance.