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July 26, 2014 Saturday     
KickBefore KICK’s mega release once again planned close to Idd, the buzz was quite less due to the unfavourable content of Salman’s recent films, the songs were not able to make an instant connect and the promos largely became impressive only due to few exceptionally written dialogues & two unconventional names in the cast i.e. of Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in all reality. So many (both among the viewers as well as the critics) were all set to ridicule another Salman movie finding its visible loopholes justifying their individual preset notions without any doubt. But fortunately where the film does come up with its usual shortcomings as expected, it still remains one of the better attempts of the star since his DABANGG in 2010.
So first addressing the people interested in slamming it down due to its avoidable minuses, yes the film defies all logics as always seen in a typical Hindi film aiming at entertaining its larger section of our viewers, ignoring the others. It doesn’t offer any fresh or unpredictable storyline taking the easy path. Has a longer length with few unwanted scenes and mediocre songs thrown in uselessly hindering its otherwise likable progression. Takes too long to come to its actual story plot, has few close resemblances to films like KRISHH and DHOOM, whereas is yet another remake of a South hit with the same title KICK (Telugu) released in 2009. And needless to say has Salman Khan in almost every frame of the film right till its last minute as desired by his die-hard fans who have fondly given him the title of BHAI.
But having said that, KICK still cannot be rated as anything bad or ridiculous despite having all the above mentioned hiccups in its around 145 minutes of duration. And the reason behind this contradiction is that the film does have a breezy entertaining feel maintained till its impressive climax, has few enjoyable sequences coming in at regular intervals performed well by all the known faces and it holds you on firmly through some superbly written dialogues by Rajat Aroraa.
To give you a fair idea, KICK has no cheap sequences, objectionable lines or cheeky avoidable humour as seen in many of Salman’s recent films including JAI HO. It doesn’t drag after a while and keeps progressing at a brisk pace, though having all those unwanted songs and sequences adding to its extra length. It doesn’t go into that silly & boring ‘Love Angle’ mode as the latest sequels of KRRISH and DHOOM do. Keeps the much needed fun element intact even till its finale leaving you with all positive vibes. And more importantly this is one of those rare films where Salman Khan doesn’t take off his shirt in any of his last minute fights breaking his own set norm religiously followed in the last few years.
Besides where Salman successfully manages to keep you hooked in the first half along with Randeep Hooda & Jacquelin, there Nawazzudin Siddiqui comes in to provide his big noteworthy support post intermission keeping the energy going. And saying the bitter truth, both Randeep and Nawazuddin frankly can be called the second source of oxygen to this latest Salman Khan movie made on a weak premise. In addition, KICK also gets some valuable strength from its entertaining supporting acts led by Sanjay Mishra in his only scene at the Police Station, Mithun Chakraborty as the spirited father, Saurabh Shukla as the girl’s pa, Archana Puransingh in her one scene playing the loud mother, Kavin Dave-Sumona in the film’s opening chase sequence and Vipin Sharma as the enjoyable, annoyed minister towards the end.
Plus two other thankful saviors of KICK are that this time the lead actress doesn’t tease you at all due to her calm & pleasing appearance (though her diction still needs to be worked upon) and the lead actor i.e. Salman doesn’t look like an arrogant, over confident star performing the role at his own will, ignoring any specific demand of his actual character written in the script. In other words KICK has the Salman Khan we saw in WANTED & DABANGG, but not the one witnessed in READY, BODYGUARD, EK THA TIGER or DABANGG 2 to be precise.
Moreover it’s the unexpectedly surprising debut achievement by the director-producer Sajid Nadiadwala which simply makes you think that why Sajid didn’t opt for direction in all these years for any of Salman’s film, since he has actually managed to deliver a much better product than many renowned directors of the industry, unarguably. Anyway a good start has been made with a bang and I hope he will give us much better films in the future which would ideally be based on some original scripts and not just be the routine remakes of the south following the easier path. Interestingly one fight sequence in its first half has been straight away taken from Prakash Mehra - Amitabh Bachchan’s SHARAABI released in 1984. And I would really like to know that whether it was unintentional or Sajid actually wished to pay a tribute to the master film-maker in his very first venture.
Coming back to KICK, cinematography & action gives an international look to the film, especially post intermission in its actions sequences and background score keeps the tempo high as required. Sadly the soundtrack remains the weakest link of the film once again and one or two catchy hit songs could have easily taken the project to another level altogether. Here the point to be noted is that the original Telugu movie does have few melodious upbeat tracks composed well. So I wonder why they didn’t go for the official rights of those songs only, following the ROWDY RATHORE route playing it safe.
Now apart from the commercial aspect of the project, the one thing I would personally like to appreciate here is that since his last two attempts, Salman is trying to give a social message through his films fulfilling his moral responsibility towards the people being their loving celebrity. Unfortunately he failed to give that message in any impressive manner in JAI HO but has once again tried to do the same in KICK. And I hope this time the message reaches the maximum, encouraging them all to find their individual KICK of life……… before the time is over.
Summing up, I would like to rate KICK as a much better movie than KRRISH 3, DHOOM 3 or even EK THA TIGER in terms of entertainment. So Salman is definitely here to get a bigger Iddi this festive season along with Randeep and Nawazuddin loudly claiming their respective shares too. 
Rating : 3 / 5 (With a special mention of both Randeep Hooda & Nawazuddin Siddiqui)


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25 July 2014 / bobbysing /
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As I finished watching this highly realistic look into the future talking about our newly found friends in the world of electronics, there was all confusion in my mind to be honest. And the confusion was that whether to praise this well-made movie for its insightful projection of a lonely human mind satisfied living with his own set of machines all alone. Or should I take it as a concept making fun of we all who are readily giving away to these gadgets slowly and steadily missing the actual gifted life to be lived in a normal mode. So leaving the decision on every individual friend reading this with his own perception of the issue I would like to begin with a brief of the movie itself followed by few personal observations which might help you to take a wise decision in the end.
Revolving around a lonely man working in the cyber world as a letter writer, on the verge of taking a divorce, HER is about his strange virtual relationship formed with his newly bought operating system talking to him as a woman named Samantha. Backed by a powerful intelligent software, this non-existing friend gets closer & closer to the man through her sensual voice and immensely likable persona. And spending more & more time with Samantha he eventually falls in love with her, only to be left alone again as per the software’s pre-set programming designed cunningly. An extremely well-conceived concept by director Spike Jonze, the film basically works due to its lead performances by Joaquin Phoenix as the lonely man along with Scarlet Johansson as the sexy voice behind the computer generated woman without a face. And together they do give you a real feeling of a lively romance developing between the two in an inviting virtual ambience of computers.
So as a film, this can easily be rated as a great achievement in terms of futuristic story-telling, highly inventive yet realistic concept, commendable sound design, well composed musical score, brilliant camerawork, believable performances and an introspective direction by Jonze. The execution pulls you in right away and one can feel as if in a direct relation with its lead character completely in sync with his thoughts, emotions and actions. The extreme close ups make you understand the expressions more naturally and you simply have a novel experience watching this highly emotional science fiction winning the Best Original Screenplay award and four other major nominations at the OSCARS this year quite deservingly.
However the reason for including HER in the must watch movies list here is nothing related to its technical or thematic excellence. But it actually has been added as the film which might become a high alert alarm for many of us, fast heading towards becoming a person close to the film’s main protagonist to say the truth.
In other words, leaving the technical achievements apart, if one doesn’t appreciate this movie at all then I would like to call it a real bright positive indication, as it means that you couldn’t find any instant connect with its characters, which is in fact GOOD. But in case you loved the movie and could easily identify with its leading lonely character enjoying a virtual love, then in my opinion it raises a serious alarm and is quite dangerous too. Since it reveals that you are also somewhere feeling like him only from the inside, looking for that imaginary solace in the machines around taking most of your available time of the day in a questionable manner.
And that is the exact reason why HER has been included in the ‘must watch list’ here, as I wished this movie to become an instant WARNING for all my friends somehow falling into the same fictional trap as depicted in its script.
Putting it in more stronger words, I don’t want any of my friend living with this kind of silly ‘HER syndrome’ as I would like to call it. Because all kinds of technical developments in this new-age century are being made by us, to be used as a means to grow and live a better life ahead. But only dumb minds give away to technology in such a manner like the main protagonist of HER.
So I want all my friends to watch HER to learn the lesson of ‘what’s not to be done’ in all positivity and become beware of such idiotic virtual practices which can easily win us over taking much of our valuable time just for nothing.
I wish you all to see the film, as it will make you understand that how we ought to enjoy the weather going out in the nature feeling it on our own and not by reading the weather reports on our cellphones.
I would like to recommend HER since it may make you realize that its not fair to avoid your innocent kids just to get back to your work or to the kitchen by giving them a game to play on a tab, phone or laptop. In fact that remains the first stage of developing the typical ‘HER kind of generation’ in the coming future.
I wish everyone reading watches this because it might make you aware that its criminal to forget picking up a pen and paper to write and always do it on your digital screens. Yes, we ought to use these machines to save our time & energy both. But we are not supposed to allow them to take over us completely turning into some lifeless, action-less beings entirely dependent over them 24x7.
And in support of my above expressions, I would like to share a recent personal experience related to the heavy load-shedding seen in our area (in Delhi) in the last few months which you must have read or heard about in the news too.
Now its about a decent middle class locality I am referring to, wherein every household is fully equipped with cable TV, internet connectivity, high end mobile phones, tabs, laptops, digital games and much more in terms of electronic gadgets.
So it was around 7pm in the evening when the lights went off and there was a complete black out with the natural light fading out in the next few minutes only. As few people made some phone calls we got informed that it was a long load-shedding being done which might go to 6 to 8 hours to be exact. The first few hours didn’t make much difference as most of the houses had inverters installed and the impact was not much. The television sets were off but the people were still busy using their laptops, phones or tabs along with their kids and nobody was feeling the void since all their gadgets were calmly running on their available batteries as expected.
But things didn’t remain the same for long and post 3-4 hours around 11pm, the park in the middle of the area was full of clueless, restless, irritated, abusive ZOMBIES. Their computers, laptops, tabs, PSPs and phones had stopped working due to the drained out batteries, the inverters had gone off too and they had now got nothing to do at all as per their fixed routines. Many of them were just roaming around looking at their wrist watches repeatedly and many had opted to go for a car-ride taking their families along to make an immediate escape. The scenario became pretty tense towards the mid-night and one could easily see only disturbed faces all around looking for only one thing to get back on track so desperately.
However, there was one old aged sane person in this silly chaos, a learned man who very well knew how to use this time in the best possible manner and luckily I found him in the end of all parked cars sitting inside his Wagon-R with the cabin light on. The old man already knew me and my interests through my website, so the moment I hesitatingly knocked at his side of the window-glass, he rolled it down a little keeping away the book he was reading and said,
“If you have got something to read then bring it fast and get into the back seat…….., as I don’t want any of these mad creatures to waste my valuable time with their stupid gossips.”
Taking the clue like an obedient student, I ran towards the house, took out one of my ongoing books and in just 2 minutes was reading it sitting at the backseat of the car with the AC on at the minimum. And we kept reading for about two hours when he turned back and said,
“You know what we used to do 20 years back when load-shedding happened to be a routine part of our lives, especially at nights and we didn’t have any cars to spend the time in. We used to play carom board, cards or other children games like Ludo, Saanp Seerhi and more borrowing them for a night, in the light of few small candles. And I still cherish those nights as one of the most enjoyable times of my life spent with all the dear friends.”
I really loved listening to the old man’s unforgettable memories and could easily relate to them personally since we too had spent our childhood in the same manner, watching the adults enjoying our games borrowed for the night playing in any selected corner. But then remembering the good old times for a while, we both soon came back to the present returning to our individual books. And the moment light came back just before the sunrise, we had finished reading them all and had only smiles to exchange, shaking hands together saying “Thank you” to each other.  
Coming to the moral of the story, the old man righty knew how to use the available technology (the battery & petrol of his car) to his own benefit and was not distressed when all his gadgets were not available for more than 8 hours. Using the right words, he was not yet bitten by any ‘HER Syndrome’ at all whereas almost everyone else in the locality went through an extremely difficult phase in those long hours without the electricity.
So relating this enlightening experience with the movie here, I would really like you all to watch HER and try to learn ‘what not to do’ from it with a clear positive mindset, as I don’t want any of my friends or their kids living his or her life with such a silly ‘HER syndrome’ today, tomorrow or in the coming future.
Written & Directed by Spike Jonze
Starring : Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson and more.
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23 July 2014 / bobbysing /
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Subhash Ghai’s KARZ which was a mixture of more than one specific genres (namely a musical, murder-mystery, suspense or family drama), was declared a semi hit in certain regions as it was considered to be ahead of its times and unconventional too by many trade analyst of that era in 1980.
But interestingly if we look back then KARZ enjoys a rare two way inspirational status like very few films do wherein at one end it is supposed to have a hugely inspired script as well as an identical soundtrack borrowed from the west. There on the other the film went on to inspire more than 10 Hindi and regional films in the country itself taking evident clues from its storyline, execution and lyrics quite frequently.
Talking about the borrowed concepts first, though Hindi Cinema had already made successful films on the subject of reincarnation like MADHUMATI way back in 1958 but still KARZ was supposed to be heavily inspired from the English flick THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD released in 1975. But anyone who has seen this English original would readily agree that Ghai’s version was a much more polished and entertaining film for sure if compared to its source material. Apart from the basic plot its melodious soundtrack composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal, had a highly identical number “Ek Hasina Thi” (including its famous signature tune) straight away taken from George Benson’s “We as Love” which was a part of his album “Weekend in LA”. Besides the track “Om Shanti Om” was again a quite intelligent rehashed work of Lord Shorty’s “Shanti Om” released in his 1974 album “Endless Vibrations”.
Now conversely coming to the films inspired by Subhash Ghai’s KARZ itself, firstly it was officially remade as YUGA PURUSHA (1989) in Kannada, ENAKKUL ORUVAN (1984) in Tamil and AATMA BALAM (1985) in Telugu along with the most recent adaptation being the Hindi film KARZZZZ (2008) starring Himesh Reshammiya & Urmila in the lead. However before Himesh, Farah Khan also came up with her own re-worked version of the same theme in OM SHANTI OM (2006) and for that she even planned a respectable tribute by beginning the film with a restored song footage of original KARZ featuring both Rishi Kapoor and Subhash Ghai dancing along (made possible through the digital revolution & computer graphics). Plus she also got a new track specially arranged by Pyarelal to honour his majestic contribution to Hindi cinema as an appreciable nice gesture indeed.
Later the film’s name and few key phrases of its various songs inspired seven films in all. Including ‘KARZ- The Burden of Truth' (2002) re-using the same title with a new tag line and "Ek Hasina Thi" (2004), "Aashiq Banaya Aapne" (2005), "Dard-e-Dil" (1983), "Om Shanti Om" (2007), “Main Solha Baras Ki" (1998) and "Paisa Yeh Paisa" (1985) borrowing their titles from its various song’s mukhdas or lyrics.
But other than this rare two way inspirational status, KARZ had some unique special points in its execution too as mentioned below:
1. It was a project based on upbeat, trendy Disco music which was the forte of then immensely popular R. D. Burman. So many were shockingly surprised when Ghai chose Laxmikant Pyarelal as his music directors who were more known as the masters of Indian musical arrangements and instruments. However what LP did for KARZ proved Subhash Ghai right strongly without any doubt.
2. Similar to his odd choice for the music directors, another unusual casting option made by Ghai was of roping in Simi Garewal in the major role and that too of a killer woman or a deadly vamp which she had never played before.
3. Despite given a powerful persona as the Villain, Prem Nath didn’t have a single dialogue in the film and he only conveyed through a tapping sound made on various things like a glass, phone receiver and more.
4. With KARZ, Subhash Ghai also introduced a pretty useful concept of brand promotion on the screen and promoted the music company HMV boldly by some innovative stage designs. For instance just watch the whole dance sequence of Rishi Kapoor in his opening song wherein he is dancing on a giant record and the music company’s name is written in big letters all over in the background.
5. The soundtrack had its all songs sung by Kishore Kumar as he was a perfect choice for the particular genre suiting Rishi Kapoor. But Laxmikant-Pyarelal were too keen for using the voice of Mohd. Rafi for one soulful ghazal “Dard-e-Dil” in the film. And later both Kishore Kumar’s “Om Shanti Om” and Mohd. Rafi’s “Dard-e-Dil” got nominated for Best Male Singer and Best Lyrics category in the Filmfare awards of 1981. However Kishore Kumar won the award that year for “Hazaar Rahein” from THODI SI BEWAFAI.
Hence though KARZ did manage to achieve only moderate success at the box office in its year of initial release, yet the film rightly deserves to be rated as a cult path-breaking entertainer of the 80s and a must watch film too unarguably.
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22 July 2014 / bobbysing /
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