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ANAARKALI OF AARAH - You praised Amitabh teaching the meaning of a woman's NO in the court, now praise Swara doing the same in a differently authentic manner. (Review By Bobby Sing).

PHILLAURI - It's a confusingly conceived Punjabi film made in Hindi, based on an interesting but inspired idea with the only merit being its emotional climax. (Review By Bobby Sing).

TRAPPED - Post an unconvincing start, it fairly keeps you engaged as a praise-worthy off-beat attempt featuring an impressive solo act and some notable merits. (Review By Bobby Sing).

This Friday's One Line Reviews by Bobby Sing for making your weekend movie plans..

KONG SKULL ISLAND (English) - Though lacks an emotional pull and the original charm, it's still an incredibly made entertaining comic-book adventure to be experienced in a well-equipped theater. (Review by Bobby Sing).

BADRINATH KI DULHANIA - A unique case of the makers returning with the same lead pair, a similar title, identical looks and the same old premise of a wedding, mocking at the viewers patience & choice. (Review by Bobby Sing).

LION (English/2016) - An emotionally uplifting film which once again depicts INDIA in a bad light and we know the westerners do have a fascination for such dark representation of our country since decades. (Review by Bobby Sing).

ANUPAMA (1967) - Its touching emotional climax and DDLJ - By Bobby Sing.

COMMANDO 2 - Focusing on suspense instead of action, Vidyut gets no support in this poor and so casually conceived film unfortunately. (Review By Bobby Sing).

LOGAN (English/Hindi) - You will make faces, tighten your fists and do several things going through this brutal, cold blooded must watch thriller for sure. (Review by Bobby Sing).

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March 30, 2017 Thursday     

Movies based on ‘Sports’ generally have a set format and a predictable story progression featuring an underdog winner, a problematic coach, a non-cooperative head of the department playing dirty politics, corruption, exploitation and a lot of positive supporting characters backing the lead hero or heroine. Hence whenever a new sports movie is there, one expects at least something novel in its presentation bringing fresh insights into the genre heading towards a predictable climax. However when nothing of that sort is offered in a strictly routine film despite having the name of Raj Kumar Hirani in its credits (supporting the project) then it certainly becomes a big disappointment for the viewers unarguably.

Moreover when a director chooses to reveal her entire script in the 3 minute trailer itself then that literally kills the excitement and can rarely impress the audience with everything monotonous happening on the screen in its short duration of less than 2 hours.
In few words, yes we have got strong, creditable performances in SAALA KHADOOS led by Madhavan and Ritika Singh, well supported by Mumtaz Sorcar, Zakir Hussain, Nasser and MK Raina. Also the film has a fine cinematography and background score particularly depicting the realistic living conditions in slums. In addition it also presents an interesting eye-opener picture of the south sports scenario and reveals the inner ugly truths of the ‘selection authorities and their heads’ raising many relevant questions (including an important one wherein students also join sports just to get into the government jobs).
But at the same time the makers unnecessarily add 5 average songs into the narration (of a 110 minutes film) with only ‘Pagli’ working to some extent. The aggression of both the ‘Khadoos’ characters seem to be without any reason at times with no solid individual back-story shared (of the girl specifically). There is no reference of the two young girls ongoing studies in a local school or college (becoming the basis of their state/national selection). And there is a big absurdity in characterization, according to which Madhavan respects females at one end, but kicks the girl hard on the other when she is lying on the ground after losing a match due to an undisclosed injury.
Above all SAALA KHADOOS doesn’t give you any adrenaline rush even in the concluding moments failing to fulfill the basic requirement of a sports movie. As a result it remains an average film offering nothing we haven’t seen before in similar better attempts made earlier.
In fact watching the film retelling a story that has already been told several times I kept wondering what exactly excited writer-director Sudha Kongara to go for this project giving such a strong feeling of Deja-Vu and what made Raj Kumar Hirani support it so prominently giving we the viewers a completely wrong impression of ‘something novel’.
May be they had their own reasons (keeping the South audience in mind), but I could find none missing that expected freshness and frankly enjoyed the performance of Nasser more than anyone else in the film including the lead couple.
Rating : 2 / 5
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30 January 2016 / bobbysing /
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There isn’t any objection to films made as ‘Sex-Comedies’ since that is a specific genre of cinema enjoyed by different age groups and the Censor Board is there to categorize such attempts with ‘Adult Ratings’. But the problem arises when the makers try to present stupid cinema in the name of sex-comedies with nothing beyond beautiful girls roaming around in minimum clothes, camera constantly focusing on cleavages, animals used in a pure silly manner and all pathetically written dialogues finding humour only in the double meaning phrases and songs.
To put it honestly, expecting a balanced ‘sex-comedy’ from Indian film-makers that can be enjoyed by both men and women together would be asking for too much knowing the one-sided social mindset followed since ages. But what is being served in last week’s KYA KOOL HAIN HUM 3 and now MASTIZAADE to the audience as so called ‘Porn-Coms’, clearly reveals the fact that these ‘visionless’ makers are simply assuming their audience to be all sex-starved, foolish people sitting in the theaters who are only interested in ogling at the bare body parts of a charming lady on screen, giving damn to whatever else is served in the name of content.
In short MASTIZAADE is quite unfunny, senseless film completely relying on the euphoria created by the name Sunny Leone that surprisingly turns out to be completely impotent in terms of delivering the expected fun projected in the bold promos. It’s entirely based on a brain-dead script without even one enjoyable sequence giving you the return of your money spent and the truth gets revealed in the opening 15 minutes of the film itself before the entry of Sunny in a double role.
To give you a fair idea of the stupidity displayed in its two hours of duration, MASTIZAADE revolves around two young boys attending a ‘sex-addiction care group’ run by twin sisters played by Sunny Leone, who introduce themselves and their ‘sex-addicted family’ by a disgraceful reference of Defence services of the nation. A song uses the Punjabi words “Hor Nach” (meaning ‘dance more’) – offensively trying to abuse Sunny dancing to it with the constant stress on the word ‘Hor’ (having a different meaning in English – for which Sunny should have objected). The director goes on a cruel display of product endorsing of brands such as LAWMAN jeans and more by even including advertisements into the film with the reference of an ad-agency. A sequence also uses a temple in the backdrop and names of “Karan-Arjun” for a sexual advert in an awful manner. The girl from KKHH3 is here too playing an erotic cameo and just like the last week dud - MASTIZAADE also has a donkey, horse & bananas used to generate some tasteless laughter.
Adding to the unexpected mess, we have all mediocre songs thrown at every 10 minutes into the film as usual. Plus cinematography, background score, art direction and locations of Pattaya Beach fail to generate any kind of interest in the highly amateurish presentation from the director Milap Zaveri and his team of writers.
Putting it more bluntly, it seems the moment Milap got the dates of Sunny finalized - he just started shooting the film without anything in mind focusing on her individual scenes alone. As a result everyone else in MASTIZAADE looks like an extra in front of Sunny Leone and the names include Tushar Kapoor, Vir Das, Ritesh Deshmukh (in a cameo), Suresh Menon (repeating his gay act once again), Sushmita Mukherjee and Asrani (wasted in an unimportant role).
On the other hand, despite given a badly written role by the over-enthusiastic writers & director, Sunny takes up the opportunity and actually displays some fine acting skills apart from the mastered art of Bollywood Dance or Item numbers. She looks gorgeous in her twin act wearing all short dresses and bikinis, but doesn’t have any explicit-sexual scene (not even a kiss), probably ruining the spirited expectations of many sitting in the theater just for her. In comparison terms, the lady looked much more sensual and erotic in her film EK PAHELI LEELA (2015) than this so called Sex-Comedy, and that should say it all about the director’s cinematic vision and presentation. In other words, what can be said about a team that miserably fails to make an enjoyable sex-comedy with not one but two Sunny Leone in the cast, willing to put up a great show. 
Studying the last week’s KYA KOOL HAIN HUM 3 and MASTIZAASE together, the two films actually reveal the misconception or lesser understanding of this particular genre in our present filmmakers unfortunately. With a similar outcome in both the cases, where KKHH3 had only Krishna coming up with some enjoyable moments occasionally, in MASTIZAADE we have Sunny Leone alone and that too just as a pretty face unable to save the film from becoming a pathetic disaster.
Taking the same thought forward, Hindi Cinema’s present ‘Sex-Comedies’ also force you to think that why we are not able to conceive projects on the lines of hugely famous Carry on Series or American Pie sequels in the west. Maybe the writer-directors of the gone era (70-80s) had much better understanding of the genre, coming up with films such as SABSE BADA SUKH (1972/Hrishikesh Mukherjee), SHAUKEEN (1982/Basu Chatterjee) and ANUBHAV (1986/Kashinath). However contradicting my own statement I did appreciate and liked many of the new-age ‘sex comedies’ too such as MIXED DOUBLES (2006), MIRCH (2010) and HUNTERRR (2015). In fact the first two are also included in BTC’s “Movies To See Before You Die” for all interested friends.
Rating : 0.5 / 5 (and that too just for the crew working hard behind the curtains.)
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29 January 2016 / bobbysing /
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Post the unexpectedly huge success of GRAND MASTI, it seems the makers are ready and willing to cross more bolder limits to earn some quick weekend returns, finding the courage to promote the latest part of KYAA KOOL HAIN HUM series as India’s first ever ‘Porn-Com’ or Porn Comedy in its promotional campaign.
However their ‘visionary’ plans are sure not going to work big time, since the film neither has anything enjoyable in terms of sex or comedy with everything simply falling flat without any likable mass appeal. Interestingly it all begins well with a bang, projecting that there’s lot more coming next in the subsequent hours providing the expected content. But strangely the film never takes any major leap in the later reels and remains entirely dependent upon all badly written double meaning dialogues, suggestive moanings, cheap dragging-in of reputed names such as Karjatya (mocking The Badjatyas) and unengaging sequences presenting the same old plot of presenting a group of friends as members of one ‘Sanskari family’ in front of a visiting relative.
As a matter of fact, the word ‘porn’ is used in the tagline, since one of its lead actor Krishna is into making porn films in Bangkok as spoofs of the hit Hindi films like LICK instead of KICK, KHOLEY instead of SHOLAY and more bringing in the only few entertaining moments in the entire film. Apart from that KKHH3 doesn’t have anything in either the screenplay, gags, dialogues or individual (erotic) performances wherein the director and his writer even use a rat, dog, horse and a macaw too (a long-tailed colourful parrot) in desperation to bring in the desired humour, which actually turns the film into a silly mess post intermission.
In the performances, continuing his mastery achieved in such silly portrayals Tushar Kapoor irritates instead of entertaining, whereas Aftab Shivdasani remains okay as his close friend. Krishna as their common buddy once again becomes a victim of a bad script that fails to exploit his known talent on the bigger screen. Plus in the female cast there are girls willing to shed off their clothes as per the requirement, who just wished to be the heroine of a Hindi film, even if it is a ‘porn-com’ not in any way concerned about their acting talents. So we have Gizela Thakral and Claudia Ciesla trying to titillate the viewers through their repetitive ‘suggestive moanings’ and ‘dropping pallus’, along with the beautiful Mandana who also gets simply used as a leading glamour doll and nothing else. In addition the film also features Shakti Kapoor, Meghna Naidu, Darshan Zariwala and few forgettable cameos too that fail to lift up the proceedings in many manner.
In the musical section, a catchy song among all mediocre ones is unable to make any impact due to the otherwise silly story progression. And the same can be said about the background score, editing and cinematography too trying hard to deliver individually. Actually being the major culprit behind this poor dud, director Umesh Ghadge tried to make a project assuming that the Hindi film viewers are ready to accept anything and everything in the name of sex, without caring about any enjoyable content in terms of funny sequences, witty dialogues or comic performances.
In short, it’s a film that has been blindly made to encash the controversial genre in a quick span of time with all available actors, shot in probably one schedule (with the location/bunglow also looking the same as last seen in Akshay’s ITS ENTERTAINMENT). Hence you can watch it at your own risk if you must or in case you have become a big fan of Mandana post the latest season of Big Boss and wish to watch her on the bigger screen in much lesser clothes.
Rating : 0.5 / 5
(Note : Addressing people supporting or filing petition against 'SIKH JOKES' morally or legally as reported in the last few months. There is a clear comedy sequence making fun of a Sikh couple in this latest film KYAA KOOL HAIN HUM 3, that is in no way related to the film or its basic storyline.
Now if these petitions against 'Sikh Jokes' are REAL, then this information should be valuable for anyone related with the movement initiated. But in case this is irrelevant and one doesn’t care about how Sikhs are being projected in the widely watched Hindi films all over INDIA, then this movement against 'SIKH JOKES' is just fake and has no strength in it in any serious terms.)
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24 January 2016 / bobbysing /
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It’s often seen in our Hindi cinema that even when a film has a quite familiar tale to tell, it still largely works because of its likeable treatment, fresh faces and good music. The most recent example of this is the new release JUGNI that apart from having the above mentioned merits has also got an unexpectedly mature ending too, that is actually more authentic in comparison to any previous film made on a similar concept.
In fact the best part of the film is unarguably its brave culmination which neither offers a happy or sad ending, but unapologetically remains much closer to the reality, as it mostly happens in life in such relationships formed. Based on the plot of a music composer finding and then (positively) exploiting a raw talent tapped from the interiors of Punjab, the second mature feature of the film is how it so sensibly presents the ‘unintentional sexual relationship’ between the couple from the girl’s perspective in particular, representing the changing mindsets of the generation living in metro cities.
The third merit of JUGNI lies in its genuine performances led by the sweet Sugandha Garg along with Sadhana Singh, Siddhant Behl and Anirutta K Jha. Plus its the natural feel of the beautiful locations and spoken local language (Punjabi) that successfully creates a special mood in the film as required. The songs as its fourth worth-mentioning feature add a lot to the musical base of the subject sounding extremely fresh and great weaved into the fast paced narration. Still it’s a kind of soundtrack that might turn out be more enjoyable as an individual creation, not related to the film as I strongly felt.
Having mentioned the merits, JUGNI yet cannot be termed as any path-breaking, novel attempt basically because of its routine subject that doesn’t provide the film an exceptional edge (apart from its climax) in absence of any big known name adding a commercial value. Secondly though debutant director Shefali Bhushan does a worth noticing job in her first attempt in terms of treatment and extracting lovable performances from the talented cast getting the perfect feel, still the film lacks that authentic Punjabi touch which might not be an issue for the non-Punjabi viewers watching it in the different states.
For instance, Siddhant Behl tries his best playing the local Punjabi singer, but at times he tends to go overboard too, turning it all into a forced act. The humour looks like intentionally added in some sequences not generating the expected response. Plus in a music based film, it isn’t expected that the sound comes of a piano when the guitar strings are being played by a character on screen.
In addition, in every Hindi film featuring Punjab and Punjabi characters, a special care needs to be taken in pronunciation of words having letters like ‘Jha’, ‘Dha’ or ‘Bha’. Because just the spoken way of these letters clearly reveals that the actor or the writers do not actually know the exact sound of these words in Punjabi and they have simply added them on the basis of how they have been earlier used in other Hindi films in the same wrong manner.
In all, JUGNI is a fine musical attempt with a bold, mature end and a likeable lead performance by Sugandha Garg. But I wish they had chosen a completely different novel storyline using the same premises of the local Punjabi music scenario and the realistically raw characters.
Rating : 3 / 5
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