Bombay Talkies Movie Review

Bombay Talkies (Hindi)

Release Date:
May 03, 2013

Bombay Talkies is an anthology film consisting of four short films, directed by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar.

Karan Johar Film: An urban couple is happily married or at least it seems so until the wife meets a new colleague at work which changes her life forever.

Dibakar Banerjee Film: A failed actor is struggling to make a living after his fathers death. In a turn of events he stumbles upon his last chance to prove himself to the world and more importantly, to his daughter.

Anurag Kashyap Film: A man from a small town in UP comes to Mumbai to fulfil his ailing fathers last wish which may also save his life.

Zoya Akhtar film: A 12-year-old boy from a middle class family is inspired by a film star. He breaks the conventions of the society and follows his dream come what may.

Bombay Talkies is an anthology film consisting of four short films, directed by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya... Show More

It's an evocative essay on our love affair with the movies.

Hindustan Times

Bombay Talkies is a breath of fresh air and reminds just how much the movies mean to us.

Bombay Talkies is an absorbing ode to the language of cinema that is part of our collective system.

Bombay Talkies is a film that gives you what all good films should: stories, emotion, drama and people you want to know.

Indian Express

It eulogizes Bollywood, but in a Bollywood-crazy nation it is like preaching to the converted. More short-lived aftertaste of a music video or a good commercial than gratification.

The film is impressive for the thought process gone behind each story in the anthology. It leaves a warm afterglow reminding us that cinema in India flourished thanks to its audience.

Johar, Banerjee and Akhtar make movie magic


One is left with the feeling that a once-in-a-century cinematic experiment should have had more heart and heft.

A good experiment, celebrating movies, mindsets and Mumbai's moods - but it isn't the coolest film doing so

Times of India

It celebrates the cinema frenzied fans of the nation in a befitting manner. With each story better than the other, Bombay Talkies is a sure shot watch.


One of those infrequent movies wherein you get to eyeball the superior efforts of four top notch film-makers in less than two hours. This reality alone makes the film a compelling watch