Mixed Reviews for “Bombay Talkies” at Cannes

By NewsDesk • Published on May 23, 2013

Bombay Talkies PosterBombay Talkies, an omnibus film directed by Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap has received mixed reviews after its gala screening at Cannes.

Screen International’s Tim Grierson writes, “A consistent charmer, the Indian omnibus Bombay Talkies is vibrant and colourful, that rare portmanteau film where the whole is more than the sum of its likeable parts.”

On the other hand, The Hollywood Reporter’s Deborah Young writes, “Maybe the most impressive thing about this uneven film is its interminable end credits, which give audiences a clue about the manpower that goes into making Hindi films today.”

An excerpt from Screen Review:

Arguably, Bombay Talkies’ strongest international value will be in showing outsiders that contemporary Indian cinema doesn’t entirely consist of song-and-dance musicals. While there are fun pop tunes included on the soundtrack, only the first short feels overly dependent on music to enhance its story. (Akhtar’s short also incorporates music, but in a really fun way.) And there are several fine performances, especially Siddiqui as the father thrust into the spotlight and Jain as the boy longing to become a dancer. To be sure, Bombay Talkies is a breezy, unsubstantial work. But when a film is this effervescent, who needs all that stuffy substance?

An excerpt from Hollywood Reporter Review:

Launched at a gala red carpet screening at Cannes, the four stories of Bombay Talkies are meant to celebrate the one hundred years of Indian cinema but do very little to further its reputation….They are of varying interest, but the overall impression they leave is watching a Bollywood sampler without the song and dance, a committee project with an impressive budget but little heart.


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2 Responses to “Mixed Reviews for “Bombay Talkies” at Cannes”

  1. Sohil Nikam says:

    How would they understand the incomprehensible impact that cinema has had on us throughout these hundred years? Just doesn't matter what they think.

  2. I think Indian popular cinema is so dependent on one of those: vulgar item songs '

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