Movie Review

Movie Review: Touring Talkies

Touring Talkies is one of the best films I have seen in recent times and an excellent tribute to Indian Cinema that celebrates its centenary year in 2013.
Since this is a special film I would like to review it by using some quotes on cinema.
Cinema in India is like brushing your teeth in the morning. You can’t escape it. – Shahrukh Khan 
In a country where cinema is such an integral part of our lives it’s disheartening to see the kind of response Bollywood has given to this special centenary year of Indian Cinema. I have to thank producer/actor Trupti Bhoir and director Gajendra Ahire for offering their wonderful tribute in the form of Touring Talkies. Touring Talkies is a film that has the dying tradition of screening films in tents as its backdrop.  And it was such a delight to watch this film sitting inside a real tent (tamboo) erected on the banks of a river in Pune.
I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas. – Jean-Luc Godard
Replace French with Marathi and American with Hindi and you’d probably understand what point I am trying to make. Marathi Cinema is way ahead of its Hindi counterpart when it comes to new ideas and themes. Touring Talkies is an interesting film with a simple yet unique story. It appeals to you largely because it’s not the usual fare you are served.
I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians. – Francis Ford Coppola
I have always found cinema very magical and when you see actors like Trupti Bhoir perform you know it’s the magician within them that makes us connect with the characters they portray. Trupti Bhoir plays Chandi – the central character and is the life of this film. It’s not easy to play a de-glamourized role, look like a boy and still be convincing. She is well supported by Subodh Bhave and an ensemble cast that does justice to their roles.
Cinema should always be in touch with the soil of the country. My films celebrate the heartland of India. – Salman Khan
We can debate what Salman says and actually does some other time but for now it’s important to note that films like Touring Talkies are being made that truly celebrate the “heartland of India” and embrace its culture. The movie is technically brilliant with good editing and cinematography and the way it’s shot in a very earthy color touch makes the film seem very real. At times you feel you are watching a documentary. Music and background score by Illaiyaraja is haunting and lively and adds a distinct flavor to this film.
The select group of people who do make realistic cinema, who do make cinema perhaps a little more acceptable to the Western audience, is a very small.percentage  – Amitabh Bachchan
Touring Talkies is indeed a film that can be described as “realistic cinema” but it has a universal appeal. I am glad that at least a few film makers are making good films and I hope this tribe increases. Perhaps a lot of cinema goers would give this film a miss because it’s a regional language film with no big stars. But if you love cinema don’t miss Touring Talkies. The film deserves to be watched specially in a cinema hall or a tent  .
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