Four directors from different genres of Indian cinema have collaborated for an 80 minute film titled Bombay Talkies. Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap direct one 20-minute film each in the collection which celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema.
"Bombay Talkies is to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema. It has four directors - Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee and myself. We are all making a 20-minute short film each. It is a different film and definitely what holds all these four films together is the passion for Indian cinema," said Karan Johar, whose film deals with the lives of three individuals played by Rani Mukherji, Randeep Hooda and Saqib Saleem.
Director Zoya Akhtar whose film features Katrina Kaif and two child actors, said, "We (the four directors) had a lot of fun together. They're all my friends and though it was a nerve-wrecking process, the competition was healthy."
Shanghai director Dibakar Banerjee says unlike his previous films, the movie for Bombay Talkies will be a little different. "This one has very little social subtext unlike my other films," said the director whose film deals with failed actor, played by National Award-winner Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Amitabh Bachchan throws open his home, Prateeksha, for Anurag Kashyap's short film which is also partly shot at the Kumbh Mela using hidden cameras.
About his film, Anurag says that since his story deals with the life of a common man from Allahabad who comes to Mumbai, these visuals will add a real feel to the movie. The director has also shot portion of the film at the Kumbh Mela with hidden cameras.
Bombay Talkies is slated to release on May 3, 2013, which happens to be the anniversary date of Indian cinema as Raja Harishchandra, the country's first full-length feature film, is said to have been shown for the first time on this date in 1913.