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May 06, 2016 Friday     

Traffic-Malayalam-2011

It’s said that life itself gives you enough exciting plots to be portrayed in stories, novels or films if one has got ‘the eye’ to look at the happenings and people around. The fact gets rightly proved by this terrific Malayalam film TRAFFIC, reportedly based on a real life mission successfully carried out by Tamil Nadu Police through the much more crowded roads and complex situations in the city of Chennai.
The incident inspired writer duo Bobby-Sanjay to come up with a tight, spellbinding script adding many realistic characters into the actual event. And director (Late) Rajesh Pillai transformed it into a well-crafted big screen experience with a genuinely raw feel getting the much needed support from his talented cast led by an amazingly subtle yet highly effective lead performance from Sreenivasan. One of the first experimental movies incorporating multi-narratives interlinked with each other in Indian regional cinema, TRAFFIC is also considered as the film initiating the “New Age Cinema Wave” in Malayalam Film Industry in the year 2011.
Following no set formulas of storytelling, it simply narrates the series of events leading to a shocking tragedy, linking four distinctive families through an unexpected coincidence.  An honest narration sticking to its core subject revolving around a brutal accident and heart transplant scheduled within a fixed time frame, TRAFFIC is the story of a single day and few particular hours wherein ‘A Live Heart’ should reach from one hospital to the other by road in a record timing, that realistically looks like impossible keeping in mind the maddening traffic on the streets.
With many brutal and unpredictable twists and turns intelligently incorporated in the script, the film is a largely satisfying experience with enough emotional as well as thrilling memorable moments that leave a lasting impact on the viewers after it’s all over. It begins calmly building the connections between its unrelated characters, but then makes every minute count once the operation begins with Sreenivasan raising his hand in the important emergency meeting. Following a sincere approach right from its opening sequence to the last, TRAFFIC is certainly one of those genuinely path breaking projects converting a newspaper headline into an exciting cinematic thriller, smartly overcoming the issue of a predictable climax.
Having said that, the film does have some weak characterizations and unconvincing twists in its particular sub-plot of ‘love-betrayal-revenge’ getting sorted quite easily without any proper justifications. But the visual tension, superbly created in its second hour by the energetic cinematography (Shyju Khalid), water-tight editing (Mahesh Narayanan) and a highly pulsating background score (Mejo Joseph), do not let you think about anything else (at least while watching the film, remaining more interested in the result of its life-saving expedition).
(Spoliers Ahead)
Another worth mentioning merit of TRAFFIC is the inclusion of few well-written ‘eye opener’ sequences in its thoughtful script that bluntly reveals the real face of our society clearly functioning under the influence of all rich and the powerful. For instance, the heart wrenching scene where a father is being requested to let his young son die and even the politicians of the city are making a call for the same, just because it’s the case related to a movie superstar. Also the whole city’s traffic getting manipulated by the authorities themselves, forces you to think that would they have all reacted in the same manner if there was a poor person’s daughter lying in the ICU waiting for ‘The Heart Transplant’?
Anyway, keeping this scary social paradox aside (capable of sending you into a thinking mode), TRAFFIC needs to be seen as an entertaining as well as enlightening, inspiring film talking about the power of coincidence in our unpredictable lives. Offering an exciting roller coaster ride in its final hour, the film can easily be rated as one of the best fast paced thrillers in Indian cinema with an unusual realistic backdrop inspired from a true incident.
Rating : 3.5 + 0.5 / 5 (with an additional 0.5 for the excellent background score and much appreciable social theme sarcastically looking upon the ‘Power of being a Celebrity’)
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04 May 2016 / bobbysing /
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Prominently promoted as a typical Hindi film love story completely dependent upon its action sequences and songs following the set routine of the ‘80s, BAAGHI delivers exactly what was promised, offering nothing novel or highly entertaining in terms of storyline, screenplay, performances or even presentation.
In fact, giving Tiger Shroff his deserving due for all the hard work and extensive training gone through, the truth remains that BAAGHI also doesn’t offer any highly impressive or jaw-dropping action in comparison to what we earlier saw in extremely focused and well-conceived (prolonged) sequences in Vidyut Jamwal’s COMMANDO (2013). And hence the film will only be able to impress the viewers who haven’t seen Vidyut performing much better in his 2013 film promoted with a similar projection. (Also because Vidyut is not any star-son like Tiger, who is bound to get much more attention and mileage due to the obvious reasons.)
Moving ahead of the action, the other two features of BAAGHI that demand both your attention and praises together are the film’s background score (Julius Packiam) and cinematography (Binod Pradhan) giving you something to enjoy in its overstretched long duration of around 140 minutes. The sequences do offer some kind of freshness due to the young pair and picturesque locations along with the backdrop of martial-arts training in its first half. But the routine romantic plot of two boys falling for the same girl, with one being the gangster, narrated through a weak script and direction simply fails to lift up the film in its latter part with nothing new or different to say ruining the expectations raised.
Moreover the completely flat comedy plot featuring Sanjay Mishra, a young villain who is too smart to play the baddie and not so great scenes given to Shraddha Kapoor as the leading lady, remain the biggest drawbacks of BAAGHI post intermission. Plus, the lack of any genuinely appealing emotional feel (that is a must, even in such violent love stories in our Hindi cinema) becomes one of the key reasons of the film just appearing to be nothing more than an action-packed video game presented as a love story.
In the performance department, BAAGHI solely belongs and remains depended upon Tiger Shroff alone, who decently manages to make an impact right from his first introductory sequence of balancing on the index finger and thumb to his very last killing countless people. The talented boy strongly proves why he is being considered as a tough competition to his known contemporaries in the industry, having an edge that neither can be ignored nor easily beaten by any new entrant. But having said that, I also seriously wish director Sabbir Khan had made a better use of his visible skills on screen moving ahead of such cliched subject.
Shraddha Kapoor, as the leading lady, unfortunately doesn’t get much to do except looking pretty and dancing in the (rain) songs playing a caricature kind of badly written character. Besides, the fact that she isn’t doing any real fight in the film but only imitating the same playing ‘a film-actress on shoot’, is sure going to disappoint many fans expecting some authentic action performed by the lady herself.
In a subject particularly demanding a strong negative character, Sudheer Babu doesn’t fit in the role, looking more like a hero than some cunning, mad, insane villain. Sunil Grover playing Shraddha’s father is the second miscast in the project fighting too hard to look wicked or evil, hiding his famous comic expressions and Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj is just fine in the role of a trainer-Guru.
In its soundtrack, BAAGHI does have a soothing song as ‘Sab Tera’ and another catchy party track smartly tweaked from the famous ‘Tequila’ tune. ‘Chham Chham’ serves the purpose well as required with a nice beat, but ‘Agar Tu Hota’ and ‘Girl I Need You’ remain the average songs (with some typical insertions) completing the film’s musical score.   
Mentioning its inspirational sources, BAAGHI has a subject hugely similar to Telugu hit VARSHAM (2004) and it seems to be an undisclosed official remake (considering the exactly similar scenes). Apart from this, a training sequence in it reminds you of Jackie Chan's SNAKE IN THE EAGLE'S SHADOW (1978) and the kid makes you recall both Chan’s THE KARATE KID (2010) as well as Govinda’s HATYA (1988 - the moment he says ‘Ya Ya’). The second half of the film focusing on a particular building with several floors of security takes it all from THE RAID: REDEMPTION (2011 - with a similar Chinese fighter too), but obviously not in any manner that can even be compared with the much appreciated Indonesian film entirely focusing on the raid with an exceptional execution showcasing some outstanding encounters.
In nutshell, BAAGHI can only be seen if you are just interested in action and Tiger Shroff alone and nothing beyond that.
Rating : 1.5 / 5
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30 April 2016 / bobbysing /
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One of those outrageously inferior films served in the name of cinema, SANTA BANTA PVT. LTD. has nothing to do with either detectives, secret agents or comedy clearing the doubts if any. In fact it’s such a badly conceived film that one feels like seriously questioning the intelligence and sense of humour of not only its makers but the known onscreen performers too, who simply look dumb or brain-dead enacting the annoying, boring sequences in a completely unfunny manner. In more blunt words, even the famous ‘I love trashy Hindi movies’ group at Facebook will find it hard to mention or discuss it in their posts as any enjoyable Bollywood Trash.
The film begins with an animation praising the Sikh community playing it safe (that might have been added later after the strong opposition) and then goes on to present a ‘so called story’ that hardly has something entertaining as rightly indicated by its lackluster promos and publicity material. The writing is simply flat with neither anything funny or engaging in terms of even individual sequences and one begins sensing the mess, right from the opening five minutes itself regretting the choice made to watch it in a costly multiplex. Full of dated jokes, dull performances and amateurish execution, it’s actually a film that everyone associated with, would love to give a miss in his or her career profile or show-reel to be sent for the future projects.
Having said that, I honestly didn’t feel irritated or angry while watching the film, but felt really sad witnessing two highly talented actors Boman Irani and Vir Das playing such sluggishly written lifeless characters on screen, who otherwise are quite known for their fun loving, witty nature in real life. Plus here we also have the underrated Sanjay Mishra, Vijay Raaz and the veteran Johny Lever too trying their level best to entertain in absence of any supporting material provided by the poor writing department. Adding their own ‘nothingness’ into the project Ram Kapoor, Neha Dhupia and Lisa Haydon keep participating in the awful proceedings professionally and the disinterest can clearly be spotted on their expression-less plain faces right through the unbearable film. Deserving a special mention here we also get to see Sonu Nigam singing and dancing in a song with ‘some great’ lyrics as ‘Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai, Aji Daaru Ke Sang Khaani Hai’.
Need to say anything more?
Accused of hurting the sentiments of Sikh community (with its lead characters modeled on the infamous Santa-Banta jokes series against which a moral fight has already begun), the makers as well as the actors have strongly denied any such intention in their recent interviews and press statements. But ironically that doesn’t seem to be the case as far as the title and appearances are concerned in particular.
Looking at the matter with an unbiased vision, Yes, the film doesn’t try to insult any particular community intentionally in its written sequences or dialogues. But its actually the title that does the damage much more than the ‘unseen content’ portraying two Sikhs as mere comedians with a clear motive. And the motive here is to encash the already known names gaining some instant attention that certainly would not have been possible with some Cheeku-Meeku, Ajay-Vijay or Albert-Pinto Pvt. Ltd kind of comic titles.
Further, this also looks like intentional since the entertainment industry had already witnessed a similar case back in the 90s and it’s not possible that the big corporate house and their sharp legal department might not be aware of this major fact. So sighting a sure shot news-making publicity campaign on the cards, the title seems to be purposefully kept as SANTA BANTA PVT. LTD., knowingly inviting the opposition of all Sikh organizations.
Informing the readers about the famous similar case of the 90s, it was related with a musical countdown show called “Zee’s Philips Top Ten” aired around 1994-95. The series became immensely popular due to its well written and entertaining immature conversation between the two lead Punjabi characters superbly played by the gifted artists Pankaj Kapur and Satish Kaushik as two loving brothers. A particular way of interaction among these two Punjabis became the talks of the town in those days and everyone from kids to college going youngsters could be seen imitating the same as,
“Wadda Kaun”
‘Tussi’
“Samajhdar Kaun’
‘Tussi’
and more.
In the beginning of this show both Pankaj and Satish were portrayed as Sikh characters wearing readymade turbans and talking in typical Punjabi tone (knowing it well). But later as the particular program became one of the top 3 TV shows of that time, a complaint was filed against the questionable Sikh portrayal in the series resulting in a break.
Later when it revived after a few weeks, both Pankaj and Satish were given caps instead of turbans but their way of conversing with each other remained more or less the same. At present the episodes available at Youtube are from the second version of the show with the first probably lost in the Beta tapes lying in some stores of a forgotten production house.
Coming back to the review, I think there is nothing left to say about this stale and avoidable film, so just forget about it.
Rating : 0.5 / 5 (And that too for the hard working technical crew giving their best as required)
[Note : Addressing the opposition, there was a Punjabi DVD film made within Punjab, with the title having the names SANTA BANTA in it, featuring two Sikh actors only playing the lead roles, released by a well-known audio-video company in the year 2011. When I first saw that product in the market back in 2012, I wondered why it wasn’t being opposed by the people and why they are not feeling upset by such prominent release also being publicized at the leading Punjabi TV channels? Anyway the movie is still there uploaded at Youtube at the time of writing this review and can easily be searched by the name of ‘Ghasita Hawaldar Santa Banta Frar’ also featuring one of the most famous actors of Punjabi cinema, Gurpreet Ghuggi.]
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