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August 02, 2014 Saturday     
‘Humans only make 10% use of their brain and what if there is a drug which can trigger it to 100% usage in just a few hours?’ - That’s the basic thought behind this science fiction cum action thriller cum philosophical film incorporating many vague metaphors at times conveying nothing.
Revealing is basic plot, LUCY is about a beautiful girl, who unintentionally gets caught in the international mafia trap and is given an unsafe drug which in turn enhances her body function drastically. The drug starts increasing her brain power in an unusual manner and she soon explores some exceptional super-powers much beyond the known capabilities of a normal human being, which in turn help her to break through the mysterious nexus of underworld, drug mafia, police and more. Her brain usage keeps on increasing as the film progresses further and it all ends when she eventually reaches to the maximum level of 100%.
Now the short synopsis shared above sure sounds pretty interesting but I wish the film was equally engaging too justifying its novel concept. It has a promising start featuring a betraying friend and the Chinese don but soon starts giving away due to a weak script and too much focus kept on its style and presentation. The film actually doesn’t work because of its thin storyline stretched for long and an unconvincing narration, despite having some excellent production values and superb graphics.
With an otherwise fine performance by Scarlett Johansson, who later fails to leave an impact due to the ineffective culmination of a great plot, LUCY also wastes Morgan Freeman as the professor/researcher working on the brain concept. The film doesn’t explode later as per the expectations raised in the first ten minutes and hence can easily be rated as a flat science fiction which keeps on giving some forced philosophical lessons at regular intervals in vain. In fact LIMITLESS (2011) made on a similar concept was a far better entertainer comparatively.
In short, LUCY’s brain might have reached its 100% in the script, but the film couldn’t even reach 50% in terms of satisfaction offered, honestly. So you can opt for it only in case you don’t mind watching Scarlett alone for those 90 minutes.
Rating : 2 / 5
Tags : LUCY Review by Bobby Sing, English Movies Reviews By Bobby Sing, New Films Reviews by Bobby Sing, Scarlett Hohonsson and Morgan Freeman, Hollywood Films Reviews by Bobby Sing
 
 
01 August 2014 / bobbysing /
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Cross on IncestSince the beginning of the last century, Hindi cinema has mostly been about pretty routine & comfortable subjects with quite rare exceptions to the rule and that too more towards the last few decades post the 90s. But surprisingly one of the most controversial and shocking subject of INCEST (objectionable relationship between close relatives, also considered as a serious crime) was adapted in an indicative way even before the independence in the early 40s and since then has been a part of few mainstream projects too mentioned below.
1. BAHEN (1941) - Directed by one of the best directors of Indian Cinema Mehboob Khan, the film is about an obsessive brother who doesn’t wish his sister to leave him even after her marriage. Though the film didn’t deal with the subject being discussed here directly (as my personal conception). Still it is considered to be one of the first films indicating towards the same by many. However its quite possible that the reference of 'Incest' might have surfaced in the later decades with the so called development of our questionable social structure.

2. BAMBAI KA BABU (1960)
 - Written by Rajinder Singh Bedi, this had a storyline similar to O’ Henry’s short story “A Double-Dyed Deceiver” having an imposter living with a family posing as their son. But as an added plot the musical masterpiece had Dev Anand romancing the gorgeous Suchitra Sen desperately, who otherwise supposed to be his sister being the daughter of the same family.
3. PREM SHASTRA (1974) - Dealing with the theme of incest in a much bold and at the face manner, PREM SHASTRA once again had Dev Anand having physical relationship with Zeenat Aman who later turns out to be the daughter of his cunning wife, but from a different person who is none other than his own elder brother.
4. MAUSAM (1975) - Had only a subtle indication towards the subject when Sanjeev Kumar finds his young daughter working at a brother having a face exactly similar to her dead mother. And now he is in dilemma about how to deal with this disturbing fact and bring her back to his house saving her from that ugly hell.
5. ZAMEER (1975) - Based on an almost identical storyline of the above mentioned BAMBAI KA Babu (1960), ZAMEER had Amitabh Bachchan playing the imposter son in a rich businessman’s (Shammi Kapoor) house. But reaching there he is introduced to Saira Banu as his sister, with whom he was earlier having a romantic relationship in the film’s first hour.
6. MANDI (1983) – Based on a classic Urdu short story 'Anandi' by Ghulam Abbas, MANDI is about the life lived by several women in a brothel running in the center of a small city. Interestingly the young boy of a local politician falls in love with a beautiful girl of the brothel (Smita Patil), who in reality is her own sister as the father of that girl is the politician himself.
7. EK NAI PAHELI (1984) – Talking about love between different age groups, this is a complex tale of few unusual relationships formed when the hero (Kamal Hassan) leaves the house (after an argument with his father) to live with a beautiful middle aged lady (a singer). And the young rebellion daughter of that singer lady accidently starts having a live-in affair with the hero’s father only at the other end, heading towards a marriage. No doubt, complex enough to understand in just a few lines!
8. TRIYACHARITRA (1994) – In this offbeat venture based on Shiv Murti’s novel with the same title, a poor & innocent girl is not only raped by her cunning father-in-law but also blamed for the shameful act by the village Panchayat ignorantly, proving the sad state of women in the rural areas.
9. FIRE (1996) - Deepa Mehta's famous upsetting movie which was widely opposed in India at the time of its initial release, had lonely wives of two brothers living in the same house, moving into lesbian relationship without feeling any kind of regret whatsoever breaking the society’s norms. 
10. HUM DEEWANE PYAR KE (2001) – A confused mother cannot approve the girl selected by her young son as she doubts that the father of that girl might be her husband only whom she assumed to be dead many years ago in the havoc witnessed during a political upset.
11. EVERYBODY SAYS I’M FINE (2001)A young man running a unisexual parlour accidently gets the power of listening his client’s thoughts running in their minds. And during one of his sessions comes to know about a beautiful girl having an incestuous relationship with her sick father.
12. MATRUBHOOMI (2003) – One of best realistic films from Indian cinema, focusing on the alarmingly serious problem of ‘Girl Foeticide’, this award winning gem sarcastically portrayed the issue talking about a sick family. A family of all men (five brothers and their father) who mutually decide to share the wife of their elder brother, taking turns assigning each day of the week to an individual member……….shockingly also including their father. A film, which can easily make the sick Indian mindset feel the disgusting shame like never before.  
13. JANANI (2006) – A young boy is denied the approval of marrying a middle class girl because in reality she is his sister. Reason being, the girl’s mother had served as the surrogate mother for the young boy’s family and it was him only, getting birth from the girl’s mother in the past.
14. UNDERTRIAL (2007) – Reportedly based on a true incident, it revolves around a poor man who was accused of raping his three young daughters with the charges filed by his wife only. A debut attempt by the director, the film did manage to raise many eye brows but couldn’t reach majority of audience due to its quite dark & sadist theme.
15. THANKS MAA (2009) – A worth watching thoughtful film about an infant child left alone by his mother, who is later found and taken care of by a group of street kids. But when the leader of that street boys gang somehow finds the real mother then he comes to know that the girl had left the child to die, since he was the result of the sick & helpless relationship with her own father.
16. THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW BOOTS (2010) – A bold film revealing the shocking truth found by a girl, who was desperately searching for her father since long. A father, who was a sex maniac abusing his daughters in their early childhood and now looking for some kind of spiritual solace in various cities, ashrams and even a massage parlour, where incidentally his daughter only was working as the masseuse.
Now expectedly none of the above mentioned films could witness any kind of success at the box office due to their unpleasant and dark themes showing the society its real face, often put under the carpet out of shame, disgust and regret. May be that is the reason, a few films in the above mentioned list tried to justify the weird storyline making some sane adjustments in the end to make it more acceptable for the Indian audiences.
But still, it was indeed a daring act by their respective makers to go ahead with such experimental projects showing their guts, which were bound to meet a negative fate at the ticket window due to many obvious reasons.
(Bobby Sing)
Tags : Bold Hindi films on the theme of INCEST, Did You Know Facts about Hindi Cinema by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Conrversial & Bold Hindi Films talking about unsual and sick relationships, Amazing unknown facts about Hindi Films by Bobby Sing
 
 
31 July 2014 / bobbysing /
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Heer Ranjha

If you have read the timeless classic creation HEER by Punjabi Sufi poet of the eighteenth century Waris Shah and also heard any soulful rendition of the same in the melodious traditional composition famous since ages. Then you must be aware of the lyrical beauty, emotional depth & heavenly feel in its soulful words. And are sure going to cherish this unique & original attempt from the master film-makers of Hindi Cinema which till date remains the only film ‘completely made in verse’ like an unforgettable expressive poem written on the silver screen.
Conceived by one of the most under-rated director Chetan Anand along with another magician of words Kaifi Azmi (dialogues & lyrics), HEER RAANJHA remains the most exemplary visual interpretation of Waris Shah’s Heer and can easily inspire all the young viewers to explore the actual poetic creation by the Sufi poet, respectfully read and sung in the literary circles.  Based on the traditional/historical love story of Heer & Ranjha hugely famous in Punjab and its surroundings, the film transports you into an amazing world where characters converse with each other in rhyming verses offering an entirely novel or never seen before kind of experience to its viewers with a highly touching emotional appeal. And that is the reason its original publicity artwork says, “The Story of Heer Ranjha – Spoken & Sung” and the film thoughtfully begins with a poem having a couplet (probably in the voice-over of its director Chetan Anand) saying,
“Dard Punjab Ke Seeney Se Chura Laya Hun,
Chand Tukdey Dil-e-Waris Ke Utha Laya Hun,
Aag Meri Na Sahi, Iska Dhuan Mera Hai,
Heer Ranjha Ki Kahani Hai, Bayaan Mera Hai”
Its each and every sequence clearly shows the kind of effort put in by the entire creative team ranging from the writer, composer, art director, cinematographer and the captain of the ship, its director. Interestingly, even the colours of the costumes are carefully chosen according to the look & feel of their particular scenes. And its lead pair strongly gives you the impression as if you are watching the real Heer-Ranjha emoting on the screen with an immense depth and feel. Raj Kumar excels in an unusual role different from his actual reel-image, Priya Rajvansh looks stunningly beautiful as Heer (though many would find her as a straight faced beauty at few places to put it honestly) and Pran is simply unbeatable playing Kaido, the cunning uncle of Heer who plays the real villain in her eternal love story in the end. Also Prithviraj Kapoor, Jeevan, Ajit, Kamini Kaushal and more give their own contribution to the epic supporting the lead pair superbly.
A spectacular musical masterpiece, the film’s immortal music is unanimously considered as one of the best original soundtracks in the 100 years history of Hindi cinema, brilliantly composed by Madan Mohan with lyrics by Kaifi Azmi. And its various unforgettable songs remain among the most soulfully performed tracks by their renowned singers led by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd. Rafi. In fact even in this present net-age, no sad song compilation on ‘separation’ gets complete without two memorable songs, “Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil” and “Do Dil Toote, Do Dil Haarey” giving their much deserved due. The Punjabi flavor is brilliantly used in “Naache Ang Ve” & “Jo Mama Mera Aa Jayega”. Plus the traditional “Heer” truly is capable of bringing tears down your eyes undoubtedly.

To give you the truth, the theme of HEER RAANJHA was later adapted both in Hindi as well as in Punjabi featuring some of the leading stars of their respective era by two well-known directors. But such was the stature of this epic creation of Chetan Anand that the attempts could stand nowhere close to the original classic frankly and the 1970 gem still remains the only film one remembers the moment any discussion comes to the historical love saga of HEER RAANJHA.

So as a sincere suggestion, this film essentially needs to be seen by every serious fan of Indian cinema as it still doesn’t have any parallel of its kind till date. And no one can even dare to attempt such a loving project made straight from the heart ever again in the coming years, since crude commercialization has widely taken over the emotional involvement in our projects, unfortunately. Hence do yourself a favour and watch HEER RAANJHA at the earliest, to understand, feel and experience how movies used to be made by all our gifted masters in the past, rightly known as the ‘Golden Era of Hindi Films’.

Screenplay & Directed By Chetan Anand
Starring : Raj Kumar, Priya Rajvansh, Pran, Prithviraj Kapoor, Ajit, Jeevan, Kamini Kaushal and more.
Music By Madan Mohan     
Dialogues & Lyrics by Kaifi Azmi
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Tags : Heer Ranjha (1970), Movies To See Before You Die Love Theme, Not To Be Missed Movies List by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Worth Watching Films List by Bobby Sing, Must Watch Movies List by Bobby Sing.
 
 
29 July 2014 / bobbysing /
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