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"Tere Bachpan Ko Jawani Ki Dua Deti Hun" - An emotional, insightful and immortal gem from the gifted team led by Sahir Ludhianvi. (An overview by Bobby Sing).

HAPPY ENDING - Another boringly confused attempt, trying to impress viewers within the country & abroad, wasting Govinda yet again. (Review By Bobby Sing).

CHAAR SAHIBZAADE (Punjabi - Animation) - Do watch this finely balanced & well written attempt with your kids and do not consider it as an animation film on Sikhism, since it is not only about Religion or Sikh history but Indian history to be precise. (Review by Bobby Sing).

KILL DIL - It's like GUNDAY's script rewritten with few new characters & released as a fresh film to fool the audience yet again. (Review By Bobby Sing).

THE SHAUKEENS - A below expectations, one time watch remake with its basic theme mostly hijacked by Akshay Kumar. (Review By Bobby Sing).

RANG RASIYA (2008-2014) (Movies To See Before You Die - Biographical).

ROAR - Its not a great film but a unique, novel & tough attempt for sure with the most extensive use of Tigers in an Indian film till date. (Review By Bobby Sing).

SUPER NANI - Makes you remember those life-teaching family dramas of 80s featuring Kader Khan, Govinda and more. (Review By Bobby Sing).

BALAK PALAK (2013 - Marathi) (Movies To See Before You Die - Drama/Comedy).

HAPPY NEW YEAR - Shahrukh certainly deserves much better projects, directors & concepts matching his current status & simply doesn't need to do such poor, repetitive films. (Review by Bobby Sing).

 
 
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November 26, 2014 Wednesday     
Tere Bachpan Ko - Bobby Talks CinemaTo begin with, its not easy to pen a situational song for a Hindi film made on a difficult subject such as MUJHE JEENE DO (1963) based on the life of a revolutionary dacoit and his surrender post an emotional twist. Plus it becomes even tougher when that twist has to be the song itself sung by the dacoit’s wife and a thoughtful mother predicting the probable future of their child who will never be accepted by the society as a fellow human, being the son of a known and wanted criminal.
However, the way Sahir Ludhianvi expresses the fearful mother’s emotional dilemma through his simple yet introspective words, composed in a haunting melody by Jaidev and flawlessly sung by Lata Mangeshkar as a perfect rendition certainly makes the track as one of the most exceptionally written, composed and sung lyrical gems from a Hindi film soundtrack unarguably. Moreover with the onscreen contribution of Waheeda Rehman, Sunil Dutt and their director Moni Bhattacharjee, it becomes even more precious treasure of our Hindi film music not to be missed at any cost.
Coming at the most crucial stage of the film, the song has a mother thinking about the future life of her child, who yet doesn’t know about the family he has born in and how that is going to affect his entire life adversely in the coming years. And such is the power in those poetic lines penned by Sahir, that the child’s father, a known dacoit has to take the major decision of surrender with a heavy heart going through a major transformation.
Tere Bachpan Ko - Bobby Talks CinemaSharing my personal experience, years back when I first heard this unforgettable creation watching the film on DVD, I couldn’t move ahead the song for at least an hour and kept on watching it in a repeat mode with twinkles in the eyes and a lump in the throat. The song gives me goosebumps even today whenever it is played and I am sure many of my friends here would be feeling the same while watching it even in this new millennium.
Talking about its worth-praising execution on the screen in those times of no computer graphics and technological advancements, just notice the way the director begins the song after a tragic moment with a meditative couplet.
Witness the way a mother forcefully has to express these scary thoughts with tears in her eyes for her own son.
The transformation of the child from a toddler to a 6-7 years old kid living in those rough conditions with his ‘wanted’ parents.
The pensive look at the face of Sunil Dutt throughout the song along with his silent group members.
The way, the director uses the studio sets with paintings, religious symbols, their shadows and other props so beautifully through innovative camera angles.
Tere Bachpan Ko - Bobby Talks CinemaIn short, just stop and contemplate after each new couplet of the song and experience the depth in the poet’s heart wrenching thoughts predicting the future of such child waiting for the tragedy to happen any time, any moment in his uncertain life ahead.
To end on a thankful note, I am grateful that I could witness this kind of simplicity, truthfulness and brilliance on screen before it all went out to the fakeness facilitated by the graphics and advanced technologies of the present times. I consider myself lucky to be able to feel the magic in these black and white figures expressing many life enriching moments on the screen with such purity, ease and elegance. And sharing the immortal gem with a hope that the song reaches the heart of every friend of mine too reading this honest piece with HIS BLESSINGS!
Video Link for the precious song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECphye5BvqY

Tere Bachpan Ko Jawaani Ki Dua Deti Hun
Aur Dua Deke Pareshan Si Ho Jaati Hun
Mere Munne Mere Gulzaar Ke Nanhe Paudhey
Tujhko Haalaat Ki Aandhi Se Bachaane Ke Liye
Aaj Main Pyaar Ke Aanchal Mein Chhupa Leti Hoon
Kal Yeh Kamzor Sahara Bhi Na Haasil Hoga
Kal Yeh Kamzor Sahara Bhi Na Haasil Hoga
Kal Tujhe Kanton Bhari Raah Pe Chalna Hoga
Zindagani Ki Kadi Dhoop Mein Jalna Hoga

Tere Bachpan Ko Jawaani Ki Dua Deti Hoon
Aur Dua Deke Pareshan Si Ho Jaati Hoon
Tere Mathey Pe Sharaafat Ki Koi Mohar Nahin
Chand Bosey Hain Mohabbat Ke So Woh Bhi Kya Hain
Mujhsi Maaon Ki Mohabbat Ka Koi Mol Nahin
Mujhsi Maaon Ki Mohabbat Ka Koi Mol Nahin,
Mere Masoom Farishtey Tu Abhi Kya Jaane
Tujh Ko Kis Kis Ke Gunahon Ki Saza Milni Hai
Deen Aur Dharm Ke Maare Hue Insaano Ki
Jo Nazar Milni Hai Tujh Ko Woh Khafa Milni Hai
Tere Bachpan Ko Jawaani Ki Dua Deti Hoon
Aur Dua Deke Pareshan Si Ho Jaati Hoon
Berhiyan Leke Lapakta Hua Kanoon Ka Haath
Tere Maa Baap Se Jab Tujh Ko Mili Yeh Saughat
Kaun Laayega Tere Vaaste Khushiyon Ki Baraat

Kaun Laayega Tere Vaaste Khushiyon Ki Baraat,
Mere Bachey Tere Anjaam Se Ji Darta Hai
Teri Dushman Hi Na Saabit Ho Jawani Teri
Kaanp Jaati Hai Jise Soch Ke Mamta Meri
Usi Anjaam Ko Pahunchey Na Kahaani Teri
Tere Bachpan Ko Jawani Ki Dua Deti Hoon
Aur Dua Deke Pareshan Si Ho Jati Hoon
(Salute to Sahir Ludhianvi for writing it and to Jaidev, Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, Waheeda Rehman and Moni Bhattachjee for adding more meaning to it with their valuable contributions.)
Cheers!

(Note :
The film MUJHE JEENE DO (1963) also features in the "Movies To See Before You Die" List at BTC.)
Tags : Tere Bachpan Ko Jawani Ki Dua Deti Hun, Mujhe Jeene Do Immortal Songs, An emotional gem by Sahir Ludhianvi, An overview by Bobby Sing, Jaidev Gems, History of Hindi Film Music, Hindi films from the Dacoit Era, Must Watch Gems of Hindi Cinema.
 
 
26 November 2014 / bobbysing /
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Friends who have seen Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK’s (aka Raj and DK’s) earlier ventures such as 99, SHOR IN THE CITY or the recent GO GOA GONE, would readily agree that the director duo really showcased some exceptional talent in these three films, moving ahead than a routine Bollywood project made on the same old set routine patterns. Hence, watching the witty promos of HAPPY ENDING, well supported by a few peppy dance numbers and an interesting cast really made everyone expect a fairly enjoyable rom-com from the team once again.
But perhaps crime thrillers remain their proved forte and a romantic comedy is not exactly the genre Raj & DK are comfortable with. Because what they present in HAPPY ENDING is full of all been there-seen before sequences with nothing fresh except few occasional good dialogues or only four entertaining scenes of Govinda.
Taking its clear references for certain insertions (like the book reading one) from BEFORE SUNSET (2004) and more, HAPPY ENDING begins on a fairly interesting note and then goes on to become a boringly long ride with everything predictable till the end. The romance loses all its charm as it progresses and the writers remain confused between their target audience making a vain attempt to cater the viewers within the country as well as abroad. In fact this has been the dilemma or conflict seen in most of the projects today when they try to incorporate plots for both the diverse territories and in the effort make a complete mess out of the film deliberately.
With no impressive performances delivered by the lead pair, HAPPY ENDING once again wastes the gifted Govinda just like the last week’s KILL DIL. The veteran has only 4-5 scenes in the entire film, but still manages to give you at least something to cheer in those few minutes, especially in the song “Nacho Saare G Phaadke” offering his famous and immensely enjoyable dance moves. Saif Ali Khan continues his ‘no-show’ post BULLETT RAJA & HUMSHAKALS, plus Ileana D'Cruz gives another similar yet sweet kind of appearance as the fellow writer. Ranveer Shorey tries hard to contribute his bit & does bring some rare smiles with his witty dialogues but Kalki, Preity Zinta and Kareena Kapoor fail to add anything significant to this long, painful watch in their small cameos.
Music remains the only saving grace in the film (with few catchy dance tracks), which unfortunately doesn’t get the support it deserved from the script. On the other hand Cinematography as well as Background score do not come up with any extra ordinary feature to mention here.
In short, its really strange why the director duo chose this kind of stale and overdone subject for their next venture….. Or was this another case of the producer interfering into the script as per his own vision as always. In any case, HAPPY ENDING is not at all a HAPPY watch to recommend with nothing else to offer except Govinda. So you can easily give it a skip to be later watched at any Cable Channel or on Home Video when its official DVD gets released in the coming week.
Rating : 1.5 / 5
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23 November 2014 / bobbysing /
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Chaar Sahibzaadey

Beginning on a personal note, I am not into praising any kind of religious act/creation which tries to prove its supremacy over the others sects with a forceful one sided mindset. And therefore do not support any such projects made with a hidden agenda of proving a particular religion superior than the others or with a motive of spreading a specific cult by over-praising it deliberately with a confronting attitude.
So that is the reason I didn’t write about many recent Punjabi (religiously inclined) films conceived with the same outlook. But as a pleasant, surprising exception would certainly like to praise this well conceived, well written and finely balanced depiction of one of the most tragic events of Indian history titled CHAAR SAHIBZAADEY, which neither goes over the top while representing a particular cult nor disrespects the other religions despite the huge clashes between them witnessed by the history in those specific centuries.
Getting over its minor & ignorable shortcomings first, yes its an animation film (which a larger section of viewers doesn’t opt for), but it never makes you feel so after few initial moments once its lead characters get established on the screen conveying the basic storyline. An otherwise fine attempt in getting the animated figures right, it does give you a feeling of something missing in the graphical execution (particularly looking at the clothes), but overall successfully delivers the message in a much better way than any of the earlier attempts made undoubtedly. The music is used well in its specific sequences along with some superbly written meaningful lyrics, but honestly I really wished there was a great heart touching composition too expressing the sensitive verses in its soundtrack making it more memorable. Plus released in both 2D & 3D format, the latter has nothing much in it as per 3D effects and hence its recommended to watch it in 2D only to get a more brighter vision without any forced discomfort of wearing the dark glasses.
Talking about the emotional quotient, it doesn’t move into any sad mode ever and therefore remains a straight forward and fast paced historical account of a rare sacrifice by four young souls bravely contributing in their father’s fight for justice. And due to this specific factor where at one end it will certainly reach the hearts of Sikhs in a much bigger way, there on the other will more importantly enlighten everyone else about what exactly happened with the four brave kids of Guru Gobind Singh and his entire family in those few intense months fighting with the Mughals.
In short, as an animation film made on a ‘must know’ chapter of our history, CHAAR SAHBIZAADEY is a fine attempt, executed well on the screen with a clear vision by its makers (as also conveyed in its insightful end). But here I would like to praise and highly rate the effort for some different reasons which you might not find in any other write-up on the film and which actually also happens to be an excerpt from my ongoing book on SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB, the sacred divine scripture that actually belongs to whole humanity altogether and not only the Sikhs.
A. Beginning with the film’s most important merit, CHAAR SAHIBZAADEY is a perfectly balanced venture, which in fact is a quite unusual or rare feature in today’s time, when every (religious) medium of expression is being mostly used to spread hatred and division among various sects…..unfortunately.
B. It tells the world very clearly that SIKHISHM or any of the 10 Gurus of Sikhs were never against any other religion prevailing in the country particularly ISLAM. There was no revolt made by the Gurus against ISLAM ever, since their fight was all against Injustice of the Mughal rulers of those times treating the people cruelly forcing them to get converted. And the term ‘People’ here means everyone living in that region irrespective of their followed ‘ism’. In addition, it brilliantly portrays the disagreement amongst the Muslim section too opposing this inhuman way of killing two innocent souls by the then barbaric rulers.
C. The film also strongly points out with its well written script, that there was never any conflict of Sikh Gurus even with the larger population of Hindus, giving the right picture. So if there was a Gangu who betrayed the family unexpectedly passing the information to the officials, then there was a Moti & his wife too who sacrificed their everything (including their lives later) for secretly serving milk to the two kids and their grandmother living in the Mughal custody.
D. Another great achievement of its superbly written script and dialogues is that the writing never tends to make it anything related to HATRED or REVENGE ever. The film begins with the four sons and remains focused at them only without going into any other unwanted direction of becoming preachy or attacking (the other sects) at all. Such is the focus mentioned above that they even present Guru Gobind Singh more as a courageous father than the last living Guru of Sikhs sacrificing his complete family for the cause. And that’s indeed a great feat deserving a big appreciation since mostly the makers are not able to find such a balance in their films, when talking about any religion or a religious historical chapter in specific.
E. In Sikhism code of conduct, its not allowed to portray the Gurus by enacting their roles ‘Live’ by any artists or showing them in moving animations. The film takes an extra care of that and very intelligently shows the tenth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh in just still images incorporated excellently. In fact the pictures do not look like simple stills to the viewer due to the innovative camera angles used and even the dialogues of the Guru Sahib are rendered in third person by a voiceover. Particularly watch out for the sequence when The Guru is looking at all his men and four kids sleeping around him in the night before the big battle. Brilliant indeed!
F. Enlightening the viewer about the difference between a TALWAAR (Sword) used in the battle and a KIRPAAN kept by a baptized Sikh, the film thankfully teaches the crucial lesson clearing all misconceptions that,
A TALWAAR is used to defeat the other, to throw him down, to prove your supremacy over the opponent. That is the reason it is called TAL (Bottom) + WAAR (Blow/Strike), meaning a strong blow made to bring down the other.
Whereas,
A KIRPAAN means a weapon particularly kept for two purposes, one as The ALMIGHTY’s blessing for humanely saving the other who needs help or for raising a voice against injustice and two for safeguarding one’s own self-respect or dignity, which actually defines the word as KIRPAA (Blessed Kindness) + AAN (Self Respect/Dignity).
G. Addressing the kids below 15, CHAAR SAHIBZAADEY tells them that superheroes are not just the ones having some kind of powers to fly, jump or do few magical acts. Superpower can also be in your skills and attitude towards life too as displayed by the four young warriors standing tall against their strong opponents so fearlessly.
H. Lastly, never in its more than two hours of duration, one feels that the film has been made to spread Sikhism or to rope in more followers all over the world with some deliberate insertions. It neither talks about any sacred baptism nor about any biased provocation to join in. No, the director and his writers are simply not interested in that, breaking the set norms. Instead they are just willing to educate and remind the world about this lesser known chapter of Indian history and the unheard of sacrifices made in the fight against the merciless rulers of that era.
And please note that I have not written Sikh history but Indian history here because its utterly wrong to consider and write about this as something only related to Sikhs and their history alone.
In clear words, all the sacrifices made and battles fought by Guru Gobind Singh along with his Khalsa army and four young sons,
were not against any religion,
were not against any person in specific,
were not planned as an attack to acquire more power or for any expansion of their ruling territories,
were not fought to spread Sikhism and increase its followers,
were not to save Sikhs alone from the unkind Mughals,
BUT
were for the pride and self-respect of the entire population of that region in INDIA including every single Indian irrespective of his followed cult or religion.
Hence as per my opinion CHAAR SAHIBZAADEY is not a film talking about Sikh history specifically but Indian history to say the truth, that needs to be seen by every Indian who really wishes to understand his or her country’s untold history with a better vision. It’s an extremely well written and perfectly balanced project which inspires the viewers to know more about the characters on the screen searching further………and thats exactly what a good historical film should do spreading the right kind of awareness in the general public.
Rating : 3.5 + 0.5 / 5 (with the additional 0.5 for the perfect unbiased balance in its writing without any hatred, hidden agenda or revenge angle incorporated ………... following a clear, blessed vision)

(Note : Unfortunately I found a group selling few products related to the film like children swords, USB drives, display products, magnet stickers and more in association with SNAP DEAL at a stall inside the WAVE CINEMAS of West Delhi………which in my opinion was really an ‘awful’ move and should have been avoided.)
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