Bombay Talkies Music Review
Viacom Motion Pictures' bring together four top directors- Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee- for BOMBAY TALKIES, a movie that celebrates hundred years of Indian cinema, and each of them come up with a short film each. The audio too is a brief one, composed by the immensely talented Amit Trivedi with lyrics by Swanand Kirkire and Amitabh Bhattacharya. Let's check out what they have to offer in this ode to Indian cinema, which is certainly a novel effort that needs all the appreciation and encouragement.
The song, ''Bachchan'' or ''Give It Up For Bachchan'', which is an ode to the super star of the millennium, Amitabh Bachchan, sung superbly by Sukhwinder. Kudos to Amit Trivedi and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya for coming up with just the right combo of retro 80s style rhythmic music ('rubab' and 'ektara') and right words (eg. 'Sitaron ki shaan', 'Cinema ka imaan') that bring out or sketch the huge persona of the megastar. Bachchan's popular dialogues like ''Aaj khush to bahut hoge tum'' and ''Rishtey mein to hum tumhare baap lagte hain'' have been incorporated well.
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Another number that celebrates the completion of 100 years of Hindi cinema to its fullest with just the right words and soft and flowing melody is ''Akkad Bakkad''. Rendered by Mohit Chauhan one has to listen to the song to appreciate it, and only then one can raise a toast to Amit and Swanand Kirkire. ''Akkad bakkad bumbe bo, Assi nabbe pure sau, Sau sau baras ka hua, Yeh khiladi na boodha hua!'' Yes, it's the cinema that is being talked about here, absolutely superb!
''Murabba (Duet)'', a situational, delectable, philosophical number that compares life to a 'murabba' (preserved fruit in sugar syrup). A slow drawl number using a train based rhythm that thrives on the strong vocals of Kavita Seth, and Amit Trivedi himself provides able back up support. The USP is however Amitabh Bhattacharya lyrics, which are just apt.
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Having said that, there's not much to savor except the brilliance of Nawazuddin Siddiqui. If only for his performance and a brief cameo in the same frame by Sadashiv Amrapurkar, you will not mind walking in.
Karan Johar's Short: Happy and Gay
Rani Mukerji and Randeep Hooda are happily married. While Hooda is a television journalist, Rani is in the print media. An intern, Saqib Saleem, walks into the office for a three-month internship and befriends Rani. He discusses everything with her including her sex life. Now this here is a kid half her age (on screen of course). Strange relationship. She invites him over to her house one day and from there on things get progressively worse for her marriage. Does she two-time her husband? Find out.
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Saqib is turning out to be a talent. In just his third outing, he hammers out his role with flair. Rani and Randeep as the 'married couple' go through the monotony of a supposedly happy marriage with practiced ease. Full marks to Randeep and Saqib for pulling off a scene that will have you cringing in your seats for its sheer audacity.
What makes this a weak plot is the fact that Johar has not dwelt on Saqib's intentions and hurries to tell his story without sparing a thought for the viewer.
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Dibakar Banerjee's Short: Nawazuddin's brilliance
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You look for violence of another kind in a Dibakar Banerjee film. But the director surprises here with a subject as hatke as it is brilliantly executed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. A failed actor (who has worked with his father in plays), he is struggling to make a living after his father's death. One day, he is pulled up to play a bit role alongside Ranbir Kapoor as he stops to view a film shoot.
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For those in love with cinema, there is a full five-minute solo treat by Nawazuddin as he breaks to practice his dialogue. What strikes you hard apart from Nawazuddin is the wide camera angle Dibakar has used that puts everything into perspective.
A stroke of genius that gives this scene maximum impact. Amrapurkar's bit role is a lesson in acting! Just how one ''Aah!'' has to be said is explained in different ways.
Zoya Akhtar's Short: Praying to Kartina
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This one is about believing in your dreams. Even if it means you want to be a gay when you grow up! Or rather, want to do a drag act. A father pushes his son to play soccer but the eight-year-old is happy wearing his sister's dress and mother's lipstick and prancing around. He even prays to Katrina Kaif (who he worships) in one scene to help his sister get Rs 250 for an excursion trip!
Anurag Kashyap's Short: Bachahan Darshan
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A father from Allahabad sends his son to meet Bachchan with a jar which has just one Murabba. He wants his son to have Amitabh Bachchan take a bite of it and get the other half back to his village. Fans do strange things to meet Bachchan and the scene outside his house with people wanting to meet him is well captured. For days, this lad stays put outside his bungalow in the hope of getting a meeting with him. Finally, he gets his wish and Mr. Bachchan does what he wants.
Apart from wanting to meet Bachchan, what Kashyap does well is capture the life of Mumbai in its raw appeal. Crowded rooms at night, reference to having to pay Rs 2 for a visit to the loo and the hunt for an odd job to keep the stomach full are just bit parts that sum up the city life for those who come in hordes from villages with stars in their eyes.
- Actor: Rani Mukerji, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda, Saqib Saleem, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Aamir Khan, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Naeazuddin Siddiqui, Vineet Kumar, Sadashiv Amrapurkar and Saqib Saleem
- Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya and Swanand Kirkire
- Director: Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar
- Music Director: Amit Trivedi