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Karan Johar's obsessions, his sexier, bolder & raunchier short in BOMBAY TALKIES

March 26, 2013 11:17:32 AM IST
updated March 26, 2013 12:57:11 PM IST
By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Glamsham Editorial
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The multifaceted and hugely successful director-producer-TV host-dress designer and top line Bollywood celebrity and icon Karan Johar is very open about his obsessions and minces no words and sentiments while talking about them, for example, his obsession and liking for everything that is 'long'. He makes long films, shoots them in long extended schedules, and generally goes long on budget. It was quite 'traumatic' for him when he was called upon to make a twenty minute short film, in fact 'tiny' by his opulent standards, that was to be part of BOMBAY TALKIES, a compendium of four short films centered around a common theme - contemporary Hindi cinema and the way it impacts lay people. He also had to make do with a tiny and tight budget like 1.5 crores to produce the film that stars Rani Mukerji and Randeep Hooda.


He also had to compete with Indian filmmakers like Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, and Anurag Kahyap who were making the three other short films of twenty minutes each. Obviously, being new to the short film format was not the only challenge he was facing. He had to establish his credentials as a serious filmmaker and auteur and this made him quite obsessive about knowing what the other three were up to, and the kind of money and effort they were spending on their films. He was driven by his ever-competitive spirit and desire to succeed and thus was curious about the work of these 'new-age' geniuses known for their 'path-breaking' oeuvre.

He certainly has succeeded in getting the best star-cast among all the three and if we go by the trailer of the film that was unveiled on 25th March, 2013, at a suburban multiplex of Mumbai, his segment is far sexier, bolder, raunchier, edgier, and more suited to 18+ audience than the other three. Though it does not have a separate title than the film's, given a chance he would call it AJEEB DASTAN HAI YEH. While Zoya would call her segment as SHEILA KI JAWAANI, Dibakar and Kashyap will call theirs as STAR, and MURABBA respectively.

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When asked about his obsession for box office success, Karan said he was not too obsessive about the box office figures of this kind of cinema. He feels BOMBAY TALKIES has to be judged on a different yardstick than its box office collections on the first weekend of release. He would like it to be watched and relished by as many people as possible and he, along with the other three directors, will do his utmost to make that happen through its intensive and extensive publicity and promotion, beating dhols to attract audiences.

Asked by the media if BOMBAY TALKIES is about the Indian Cinema of the past 100 years, the filmmakers clarified that the film is not about the past and it is made to be released on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Indian Cinema. It is based on individual stories set in contemporary times, and written by the four directors who readily agreed to become part of the project.

BOMBAY TALKIES is produced and distributed by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and ShowMaker Pictures, and will be releasing on 3rd May, 2013, the release date of the first feature length Indian film 100 years ago in 1913. The film was titled RAJA HARISHCHANDRA and was produced and directed by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke and as the Father of Indian Cinema. Interestingly, this first Indian 'feature-length' film was of 40 minute duration, a short-film by today's standards.

(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)


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