Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee who collaborated earlier on ‘Bombay Talkies’ in 2013 are coming back with their four short films to compose ‘Lust Stories’ which will be out on Netflix in June. ‘Bombay Talkies’ consists of four short films put one after the another to make an anthology with films that might or might not be thematically similar. In 2013 Hindi cinema completed it’s hundred years hence the celebration of which was a tribute called ‘Bombay Talkies’ that was released in theaters and got rave reviews from the critics.
Initially titled as ‘Bombay Talkies 2’, these four film makers began to compile their short films which had a common theme of lust in human beings running through the pulse of it. Since Viacom owned the rights tot he title and they are not a producer on this one, title was changed to ‘Lust Stories’. Instead of releasing it in cinemas, makers decided to give it an online release on a portal called Netflix which has more than 100 million subscribers and it gives the content a lot more international potential if it’s going in that direction.
Zoya Akhtar has ‘Toilet -ek prem katha’ famed Bhumi Padnekar in her film to showcase the emotion of lust while Anurag Kashyap is banking on Vicky Kaushal’s talent to emote it out. Bombay talkies is perhaps the most celebrated anthology in India after Dulquer Salman starrer Malayalam film ‘Solo’ directed by Bejoy Nambiar released in 2017. Not too many anthologies are made in the first place because an accomplished film makers would have to share his/her vision as well as audience with another and they might not coincide all the time. Release date to ‘lust Stories’ will be announced by Netflix rally soon as they are focusing on Indian content a lot especially with the release of ‘Scared Games’.