The upcoming film, Bombay Talkies, has been quite the talk of town recently. The film incorporates four short-films and is a tribute to the 100 years of Hindi cinema. Bombay Talkies has segments directed by some of the country’s most prominent filmmakers including Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee. Each of these short films will run for 20 minutes and the format was indeed a challenge for these filmmakers, particularly the Dharma Productions chief, Karan Johar, who has previously unveiled films running well over 200 minutes each!
“We have our own style of film making but we didn’t have much budget. First of all nobody gives me a budget because I have always made larger than life films. This is for the first time I have to work under a budget and it was difficult to make a film under a budget. The budget was Rs 1.5 crore each. We consciously made an effort to make it in 1.5 crores… we did not cheat by putting our own money into it,” Karan Johar said.
Previously, Karan has spent lavishly on the films he directs and produces. The budget was indeed tight and the timeframe proved to make the creation of these short-films a little more than a piece of cake. Karan cast seasoned actors including Randeep Hooda and Rani Mukherjee in the film, with newcomer Saqib Saleem. When asked why he hadn’t cast his good friend Shah Rukh Khan in Bombay Talkies, Karan said, “I haven’t thought of Shah Rukh Khan because he is part of my life, part of my system. I look up to him and I didn’t think off casting him because there was no character for him in this film.”