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COURT (Marathi) - A must watch fearful depiction of our police and judicial system that luckily got a national award instead of getting banned. (Review By Bobby Sing) (Movies To See Before You Die - Court Room Drama).

MARGARITA WITH A STRAW - Hindi cinema takes a big progressive leap with Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar and Kalki Koechlin, the QUEEN of 2015. (Review by Bobby Sing).

MR. X - How could they even enjoy writing & making such a childish take on the exciting theme? (Review By Bobby Sing).

The link between Guru Nanak's divine AARTI, Jagannath Puri, Rabindranath Tagore and World Anthem. (An insight by Bobby Sing).

BROKEN HORSES (English) - After 25 years all VVC could think of was remaking PARINDA only while moving on to Hollywood. (Review By Bobby Sing).

EK PAHELI LEELA - A well shot, visually appealing, seductive, musical show that doesn't let you call it a trash. (Review By Bobby Sing).

DHARAM SANKAT MEIN - Begins superbly & bravely with Anu-Paresh but turns into another routine sequel of OMG towards the end ruining it all. (Review By Bobby Sing).

When SAHIR LUDHIANVI answered KAVI PRADEEP & MUHAMMAD IQBAL with his thoughtful parody-lyrics using the same poetic phrases. (Did You Know - 84).

"From Ibne Safi to Surender Mohan Pathak" - The hugely famous Urdu/Hindi pulp fiction writers and their fictional detectives widely ignored by the filmmakers since decades. (An overview by Bobby Sing).

DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY - Dibakar delivers a SHANGHAI again and the charisma of Saradindu, Basu and Rajit's lovable 'Bakshi' remains untouched. (Review By Bobby Sing).

 
 
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April 25, 2015 Saturday     
Court (Marath)An avid Hindi film lover has a quite interesting but unreal picture of an Indian courtroom in his mind full of phrases such as My Lord, Judge Sahib, Objection sustained, Objection Overruled, Order Order, Mere Kaabil Dost, Mr. Public Prosecutor, Case Ki Agli Sunvaayi, Tareekh Pe Tareekh and many more. Almost similar is the case when it comes to the depiction of Police Stations and the investigation process followed by the officers in charge too in our Hindi film scripts mainly looking for some fast paced, exciting entertainment for its paying audience.
However the truth remains shockingly contradicting to the onscreen presentation and that’s exactly what you get to witness in Chaitanya Tamhane's exceptional directorial debut in Marathi Cinema having an interesting cast ensemble and an explosive subject. Based on a completely unbelievable case filed by the State against an old age artist, admittedly the film takes its own times to influence the viewers with a slow paced story progression, resembling the way court cases keep crawling in India till years or even decades. But remaining within this off-beat framework, COURT also makes you feel many painful blows one after another while watching the case proceedings in a strange state of amazement. And further paints a hugely upsetting picture of our present Police and Judicial system forcing you to wonder that how come this brutally honest film was awarded a National recognition by the Government of India itself…..instead of getting banned.
Now being a regional project having a limited release in only a few selected theatres in major metro cities, it’s an acceptable truth that not many would be willing to make an effort to go and watch this outstanding Marathi film while its still being played in the theaters (with English subtitles). Hence to make your realize the mistake you would be committing by missing it on the bigger screen, here are its major exceptional features that might influence you to change your mind and watch it at the earliest in the coming days.
1. You must have seen many films revolving around a false case being filed by the Police officials against an innocent person. But can you believe the height of absurdity when an investigating officer files a case against a 65 years old revolutionary social activist/artist/writer/singer, with a charge that one of his songs talking about suicide, provoked a poor sewage worker to kill himself by getting drowned in the gutter full of hazardous gases.
2. The case not only gets duly filed by presenting more than one witnesses, but it also gets extensively discussed within the court with the lady lawyer reading out many long pages full of false accusations ranging from influencing young minds to terrorism and even making explosives, adding a fine touch of black humour that instantly makes you laugh at the absurdity being practiced within the court itself.
3. The sequences bravely expose the flaws in our police and judiciary system when the police officer has no clues about a letter and existence of one crucial witness but still tries to defend his irresponsible actions so casually. Besides one feels disgustingly surprised when the honourable judge refuses to hear the next case as the lady coming forward is wearing a sleeveless dress that is considered to be disrespectful attire in a court room.
4. Through its various references of the weird case and personal lives of both the lawyers fighting it spiritedly, COURT also mocks at the widely prevalent class divide in our society and issues such as freedom of expression, fake arrests and exploitation of laws by the lawyers themselves ignoring the innocent lives and families being affected severely.
5. The language is a mix of Marathi, English, Hindi and Gujarati too, exactly like you find in the region of Mumbai .
Court (Marathi)Reading the above features, you can easily guess that COURT is not a film for the viewers only interested in their 2-3 hours of carefree weekend entertainment. It’s a rare thought provoking treat coming from our Regional Indian Cinema more interested in presenting its case in front of the thinking viewers. And if you are among those passionate movie-freaks interested in catching all the partially visible meaningful references added in the backdrop then just go for it at the earliest and don’t miss many small but important real life insertions in its brilliant onscreen execution such as:
A. The way the lawyer’s parents treat a stranger visiting their house, who happens to be their son’s client and how the scene eventually turns into a comic one with the reference of lawyer’s marriage.
B. The strange, unconcerned kind of attitude in the answers given by the dead worker’s widow in the court, who later refuses to take any money as help but asks for some work from the lawyer dropping her home.
C. The particular shot of a printing press, where the police officer arrives to arrest the artist checking his new book being printed, but the press worker sitting just a few feet away continues with his work of compiling a magazine pages showing no concern at all.
D. Just study the way, most of the film has been shot with all still frames with the camera placed in a single position making it more real as if one is sitting right there in the theater witnessing the court’s proceedings.
E. And then, many shots continuing to a much longer duration than required with nothing happening on the screen, results in the viewer feeling more involved with the characters and their helpless plight.
In the performances, all inspiring actors (non-professionals mostly) provide a big support to the film led by Vivek Gomber as the defence attorney (also the film's producer), Geetanjali Kulkarni as the public prosecutor, Vira Sathidar as the accused artist/social activist and Pradeep Joshi as the judge. But the choice of other non-actors appearing in very short roles throughout the film could have been better.
Anyhow coming to the most important merit of this well-crafted work focusing on the position of a judge calmly listening to a clearly made-up case by the police, COURT puts forward few extremely significant questions that have never been asked before in the history of Indian Cinema about our Judicial system. And they go as:
Why our judicial system still takes into account the laws enforced way back in the 19th & 20th century before independence when Indians were arguably treated as slaves?
What about the Court’s valuable time wasted on many petty theft cases like the one featured in the film about a lost imported watch allegedly stolen by the neighbour?
What about the time spent on the cases, even the judge clearly knows have been fabricated by the police on some randomly caught person to save their own reputation?
Decency is certainly what needs to be followed while being in a courtroom, but can a judge really refuse to hear a case due to a sleeveless dress worn by the lady coming forward?
Should a particular academic qualification & experience in the field be the only requirement for a person sitting on the honorable position of a judge (deciding upon the lives of hundreds of people) with no consideration of his other personal biases or religious, spiritual and political interests that might influence his decision?
Can the honorable court also go on long summer vacations putting lives of many on hold for a month or so which might find a few accused even dying without seeing the justice being served?
What about the decision in cases dealing with superstition and such questionable practices in our society, if the judge listening to the arguments, himself believes in them personally? (COURT shows the judge to be highly influenced from numerology and use of gem stones  recommending them to one of his close friend/relative too as a solution.)
The film ends with the final 10 minutes revolving around the judge alone and the stress he feels, leaving the viewers with many uncomfortable and horrifying questions about the court-procedures running in their minds. And perhaps the climax (showing him enjoying a picnic with his family, slapping one of the kids for disturbing his sleep), also wishes to present a possible conclusion that after all even a judge is a human too who does have his own personal life, choices and limitations.
In fact that’s exactly what makes COURT a highly recommended movie for all thinking minds. So whatever language or region you belong to, shed all your reservations of watching a regional movie with English subtitles and do yourself a favour witnessing COURT in the theatre at the earliest.
Because knowing the business of entertainment in our country, the film is certainly not going to be there waiting for its audiences in the coming weeks. But it’s indeed yet another important benchmark set by the Marathi film-makers in our rich Indian cinema undoubtedly.
Rating : It right away goes into the MOVIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE list at BTC.
(Note: Just take a look at the film’s brilliantly designed poster having a courtroom with few mainholes and the accused coming out of one with mike placed in front of him depicting the film’s main theme.)
Tags : Court (Marathi) Film Review by Bobby Sing, Movies To See Before You Die List, Must Watch Indian Regional Films, National Award Winner COURT Review at bobbytalkscinema.com, Meaningful Indian Films, Socially Relevant Regional Indian Films, Marthi Cinema pathbreaking attempt, Internationa Awards Winner Court (Marathi), Must Watch Regional Indian Films, Not To Be Missed Cinema made within India.
 
 
21 April 2015 / bobbysing /
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Margarita With A Straw

Praising the big progressive leap taken by Hindi Cinema with MARGARITA WITH A STRAW, we first need to thank the entire talented team behind its making and then the Censor Board too for being understanding & kind enough to allow such honest depiction on screen, that is certainly bold enough for a Hindi film made on the life events of a differently abled young girl ready to discover herself.
Elaborating on the theme further, there have been few Hindi films in the past based on related subjects like BARFI, PAA, TAARE ZAMEEN PAR, LAFANGE PARINDEY, MY NAME IS KHAN, EESHWAR, SADMA and more. But there never has been a film dealing with the emotional and sexual desires of a confident, young, college going girl suffering from 'Cerebral palsy', featuring few amazingly truthful intimate scenes shot sincerely.
In more appreciative words, MARGARITA WITH A STRAW is one of those rarest Hindi films (probably the only one), that effectively portrays the passionate (sexual) conflicts faced by its lead (differently abled) female character with a remarkable simplicity, at your face honesty and no hiding attitude at all, not looking for any kind of pity or sympathy from the audience. The film is indeed a triumph achieved by Shonali Bose and her co-director Nilesh Maniyar, as another adorable project (post her AMU in 2005) for which she can truly feel proud along with her dear cousin, who happens to be the basic inspiration behind Laila.
Revolving around Laila’s courageous journey to know more about herself and her bisexual identity, the complex character has been perfectly lived by Kalki Koechlin on screen with an astonishing authenticity in her disability in speech, awkward hand movements and tilting of the head, easily slipping into the body of her given character so amazingly. Kalki certainly needs to be applauded for choosing such a difficult role at this stage of her career and then delivering the unexpected too with sheer perfection that is sure to give sleepless nights to many known names of the industry. Her chemistry with Sayani Gupta is again engaging (though not having the much needed depth) and they both do come up as complete natural even in those tense, sensual scenes exploring the other.
The supporting cast calmly led by Kuljeet Singh beautifully supports Kalki throughout including Malhar Khushu, Hussain Dalal, Tenzing Dalha, William Moseley and others. But the second towering performance that holds the film together is of Revathy playing the adorable mother, individually fighting with her own ‘undisclosed’ ailments. The lady is so believable as the mother in all those homely clothes and sequences that one can easily relate to her as someone closely known like a family member. Particularly I loved watching her in the scene where she doesn’t like the way lady attendant ties the hair of Kalki so casually and hence gets up and ties them again after properly combing as soon as the attendant moves out of the room. In fact, remembering her early films, its really wonderful to witness that the girl who looked so cute in LOVE romancing with Salman Khan in the early nineties, is even more graceful now as the mother in 2015making an equally impressive impact on the viewers.
The film’s soundtrack and background score do play a crucial role in its various sequences, especially the catchy tracks “Koi Shaque” and “Foreign Balamwa”. Still, I personally missed a slow, soothing number a lot expressing Kalki’s personal feelings fighting with her visible loneliness. Cinematography captures both the light and emotional moments of the script beautifully and thus is able to make an instant connection with the viewers through all its realistically chosen frames and soft lights.
Tackling a ‘never discussed before’ kind of subject about the natural sexual desires in differently abled people, Shonali Bose once again forces us to think that why no one dared to bring out this theme from the closet till now? OR is it the case that we simply like to assume that those friends do not tend to have any such natural bodily feelings due to their physical disabilities. The fact really gives us enough food for thought in respect of subjects still lying untouched when it comes to the world of our differently abled friends. But maybe we don’t have much time to think about that seriously or don’t really wish to witness the sadness, the sorrow or the pain in those 3 hours of entertainment bought for a price.
Probably that is the reason, Shonali also keeps the film completely light and even comic for most of the times to make it more appealing to the audience mainly coming into the theaters for getting entertained. However, that’s what I exactly look upon as a flaw in its execution frankly, since the film doesn’t have any place for sadness at all which actually makes it look more superficial or even unbelievable at times as per my personal opinion.
In other words, any kind of liveliness turns out to be shallow without the depth of sorrow felt just before that in equal dosages. And the more deep you feel that sadness, more healthier and stronger will be your happiness as a basic rule of existence.
Yes the writer-director does try to bring in those introspective moments in the concluding half an hour with a tragedy happening all of a sudden resulting in a deafening silence all around. But then again soon returns to the same lively mood in the climax, ending it all on an extremely positive note with the cheerful Laila holding her margarita with a straw.
Summing it all, I did love the film a lot from heart for all its delightful moments focusing on the ever smiling Laila. But perhaps since I sincerely wished to cry with the lady too feeling her inner conflicts fighting with the able world around, I found that much needed sorrow simply missing in the daringly made film putting it honestly.
Anyway, ignoring this personal opinion of mine, do visit the theaters to enjoy the lively world of LAILA and her creative abilities, becoming a part of this new-age cinematic revolution tried by the exceptional creators. And welcome the QUEEN act of 2015 by Kalki Koechlin, eyeing at many of those big award ceremonies held towards the end of the year.
Rating : 4 / 5 (Including the big additional 1 for Kalki alone.)
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19 April 2015 / bobbysing /
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If one is looking for an example how a completely nonsensical execution can ruin an exciting plot considering the viewers all brainless creatures sitting in the theater, then MR. X would be the perfect film to be quoted even ahead of the recent dud ROY. But in case the statement doesn’t deliver the message clearly then supporting it further, MR. X is just another lazily made, outrageously silly project coming from the Bhatt camp, who once used to make CINEMA but are now only interested in doing BUSINESS with lackluster, poor films being regularly offered as products just like soaps or detergents sold in the general supermarket.
For friends who still are willing to read the review, it’s a typical Bhatt camp formula movie beginning with a clichéd sequence making no impression whatsoever in its first 40 minutes despite the love songs and infamous ‘Hashmi kisses’ as always. It has a weird casting choice wherein the young, well-built Arunoday Singh is presented as a middle aged, grey haired, hamming chief of police force who suddenly turns into the baddie in the very next scene. And then despite having all deliberately added bedroom and pool sequences there is zero chemistry to be found between the sleep walking Emraan and the beautiful Amyra, who looked much better in her first film ISSAK. At times beginning of few songs in the background turn out to be surprisingly funny instead of emotional. Plus when the game of invisibility begins then the explanations given, graphics used and the way Emraan goes on and off at his own will without any kind of engaging logic given, simply makes you go ROFL in the new-age net language, meaning ‘Rolling on floor laughing” 
Inspired from many entertaining films made on the similar concepts in the past (both in English and Hindi), it would be in fact insulting naming a few in this review to be straight. But ignoring any such ‘creative crime’ committed, the makers even dare to end their film with an open climax hinting towards a sequel raising a valid question that,
‘How dumb they actually assume their viewers to be?”
With no justification of why the film was made in 3D, MR. X neither has any of those good trademark love songs in a Bhatt camp film nor it has some enjoyable graphics that ought to be the backbone of a project revolving around ‘The Invisible Man’. Completing the circle, repeating both the title & the subject used by Nanabhai Bhatt (in his 1957) directed film MR. X featuring Ashok Kumar in the lead role, the present version falls way short of even that black and white film made more than half a century back in terms of entertainment.
In short, the experience of watching MR. X is exactly like watching a POGO channel comedy serial made for the kids that even the kids would surely reject as non-entertaining. Interestingly the film also features the now famous comedian Tanmay Bhat (of AIB fame) and it would be great to see how he presents a spoof on his own film in one of the next episodes of AIB.
However ending on a serious note (as mentioned earlier in one of my reviews), films like MR.X are actually ‘feeder movies’, that these multiplexes desperately need to display every week as ‘new releases’ in order to keep them running. In reality, these are the projects made in between ‘the major’ ones to keep the business going, otherwise how will the multiplexes earn if there would be only one or two movies releasing in one month? In fact that will totally crush their ‘weekend business strategy’ highly dependent upon new releases alone, coming every week irrespective of their content or quality.
Hence it doesn’t matter whether they are enjoying or not the process of writing and making these films, the production houses are bound to keep supplying such kind of hurriedly made business products to the multiplexes in the name of cinema. And the plan will keep on working till ‘the consumer or the viewer’ wakes up from his sleep in the coming future.
So the slogan is “Jaago Grahak Jaago” and stop playing in the hands of this silly ‘weekend business model’ of the entertainment world at the earliest.
Rating : 0.5 / 5 (and that too for the innocent technicians working for the project.)
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