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As an entertaining Gujarati family satire, KEVI RITE JAISH (meaning How Will I Go?) is a film made on the ages old mad-craze in the youngsters of going abroad and getting settled there earning loads of money. Interestingly this obsession of flying to the foreign land has been a key feature associated with Punjab and its people too since the 80s. And that is the reason, why even in the recent years many Punjabi films still have the same plot somewhere running in their side-stories, following the decades old trend that probably began with films like MAUJAN DUBAI DIYAN (1985).
As a matter of fact this enlightening subject best suits both these communities in particular since they have made their own name in the west in various regions such as England, America and Canada. However it’s a different story altogether that any such kind of success achieved has its own hidden cost paid in terms of pain, suffering, hard work and family sacrifice, not really visible to the present generation. Thankfully KEVI RITE JAISH tries to convey the same bitter truth in an entertaining manner to its target audience and in the end turns out to be an impressive film with an important message for the youth delivered well.
Making a new breakthrough in Gujarati cinema in terms of box office success, the film directed by Abhishek Jain begins with a scene of few young boys heading towards the airport in a car teasing each other and then the story takes you back into a flashback explaining the series of incidents happening just before that. In its opening 20-25 minutes, the film seems to be a spirited first time effort by most of its young key faces. But as the characters reveal more about them with a simple, realistic portrayal, the film slowly starts growing on you and then makes a decent emotional impact through an enlightening climax.
Revolving around a Patel family and its circle of close friends, KEVI RITE JAISH has many mature performances from Kenneth Desai, Anang Desai and Deepti Joshi playing the elders along with Divyang Thakker and Veronica Kalpana-Gautam as the lead couple. It also gives you a feeling of watching something related with Bollywood when you find names such as Rakesh Bedi and Tom Alter playing the visa agent and an American embassy person respectively. Its crisp edit doesn’t let the emotions hinder its brisk pace and then a fine camerawork and good music helps a lot in making a personal connect with the youngsters very much interested in its basic subject.
In all, despite having a predictable story progression and conclusion, KEVIN RITE JAISH will still be loved by anyone watching it whether he is a Gujarati or not, since it has characters with similar ambitions like yourself or one of your dear friends who simply dreams of boarding a flight to the foreign land at the earliest either by hook or crook.
But as they say, the grass always look greener on the other side, the film makes you understand this decisive fact beautifully and guides you to rectify your thought process on an urgent basis before it gets too late and you find that there is no returning back getting illegally trapped in a foreign land forever. A young feel good film with a worth sharing message, you will not regret the decision of watching KEVIN RITE JAISH at all, so do go for it irrespective of the language barrier and have a good enjoyable time with the Gujarati family.
Rating : 3.5 / 5 (Including additional 0.5 for its inspirational theme targeting the youngsters)
Tags : Kevi Rite Jaish Review By Bobby Sing, Regional Films Review by Bobby Sing, Regional Films made on soical issues, Appreciable films being made in Regional Cinema of India, Enjoyable regional cinema of india, Gujarati Blockbuster, Films made on Foreing obsession in India
29 April 2015 / bobbysing /
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Spirit - Malayalam

The reason I could easily relate to the basic theme of the film was that the region of Punjab is also known to be severely affected by the problem of alcoholism since decades as depicted in SPIRIT with reference to the south.
Taking you into the world of a well read, intelligent loner who despite being much aware, still becomes a victim of this addiction, SPIRIT may not be a perfect film, but it does successfully brings forward an important evil of our society in a noticeable manner. It might not bowl you over completely but does have many sincere performances pointing towards a self destructive addiction that is largely being considered as ‘upbeat’, ‘modern’ or ‘just necessary’ for the sake of reputation or timely pleasure by the youngsters.
Directed by Ranjith, SPIRIT has Mohanlal in the lead role of an addict (enacting it superbly) with Kaniha, Shankar Ramakrishnan, Thilakan, Nandu, Madhu and more playing the key roles. The film does have a slower pace and a few side stories resulting in an avoidable distraction from the basic subject. Yet, the references of a hit revolutionary TV show, the music, an emotional depiction of a broken family and the noteworthy character of the plumber Mani, brings the film back on track talking about the core issue making a decent impact on the viewers in the end. Moreover Mohan Lal did remind me of another adorable Sharaabi act lived by Amitabh Bachchan in the mid-80s, simply indicating towards the perfection achieved by one of the most respected actors of South Cinema. 
In short, SPIRIT has got emotions, impressive performances and visible noble intentions of presenting an alarming social problem of the region that is not being discussed as per the urgency both within the people and the government. Because in reality just like ‘Smoking’, the issue of ‘Alcoholism’ too is directly related with a state or country’s economics becoming a major source of its earning that cannot be ignored. And therefore you seldom see commercial films made entirely with a purpose, focusing any of these social evils featuring the iconic stars. Or even if they are then the content has to be delivered with ample dosages of entertainment in order to woo the general audience.
So looking from that angle, SPIRIT does have many well-conceived and thoughtfully written sequences intelligently incorporated into the film to address that important cause of ‘Alcoholism’. Besides it also infuses the much needed hope in the people who are willing to come out of it in order to live a better and respected life, turning the film into a significant one, talking about the right things at the right time through the powerful medium of cinema.
And I hope a film tackling this extremely damaging social problem ruining families, also gets made in Punjab soon, before it’s too late.
Rating : 3.5 / 5 (Including additional 0.5 for its extremely important theme of alcohol addiction in our society ruining many lives and families)
Tags : Spirit (Malayalam) Review by Bobby Sing, Regional Films Review by Bobby Sing, Mohan Lal as Alcoholic, Regional Films made on soical issues, Spirit by Ranjith, Appreciable films being made in Regional Cinema of India.
28 April 2015 / bobbysing /
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A new Maniratnam film always gives you goosebumps as it begins, since you expect something extraordinary coming from the maestro yet again as per his reputed career giving many trendsetting films in the past. And when the experienced film-maker is returning with a love story based on new-age relationships mainly catering to the urban regions, the expectations got to increase further to many folds without any doubt.
Thankfully this time Maniratnam delivers the goods if considered in terms of a youthful treatment, realistic dialogues, artistic vision, catchy music and emotions dealt as they tend to be in the modern world. But taking into account the subject and its basic storyline, the film mostly offers predictable content heading towards a usual culmination of a love story, with nothing surprising or innovative tried, probably fearing the risk of rejection.
Talking about two young independent individuals, O KADHAL KANMANI (meaning Oh Darling, my love, apple of my eye) also popularly called as OK Kanmani, is just a perfect film for the multiplexes with a fine mix of romance, comedy, emotions and music leaving a feel good impact on the viewers as desired. However it actually makes that favourable impression because of two major strengths mentioned below, pointing towards the perfect casting done by the maestro.
Firstly it’s the immensely likable and infectious performance of its leading lady Nitya Menen, who carries the complete film on her shoulders with an innocent ease and conviction. The girl instantly makes a loving connection with her audiences and keeps them entertained right till the end leading from the front.
Secondly it’s the adorable characterisation of the lovable elderly couple played by Prakash Raj and Leela Samson just perfectly. And one can easily learn a valuable lesson of life from the couple, teaching you how to be patient, calm and together in those tough final years dealing with many physical ailments.
In other words you just cannot imagine O KADHAL KANMANI without these three characters providing the much required support to its otherwise ‘seen before’ subject matter to be honest. Yes, Dulquer no doubt delivers an enjoyable, natural act as the lead hero with an impressive screen presence winning many hearts. But the soul of OKK remains Nitya Menen alone, contributing much more into the film’s overall look and feel in comparison to anyone else in the cast.
Moving ahead, OKK’s realistically written script full of simple and relatable dialogues along with a well conceived art direction and cinematography plays a major role in maintaining that young feel throughout. Moreover its seriously amazing to realise that a man in his late 50s has made this with an all mature team perfectly portraying the mindsets of the youngsters and their common problems dealing with a new-age lifestyle and love-hate relationships.
Once again getting a big support from the music & background score composed by A. R. Rahman, the film gets lifted just at the right moments with a (long due) fine soundtrack from the genius featuring songs such as Mental Manadhil, Aye Sinamika and Kaara. Plus I really loved and enjoyed the interesting arrangement & treatment of tracks Parandhu Sella Vaa, Malargal Kaettaen, Naane Varugiraen and the calm, soothing feel of Maula Wa Sallim, though a few could have been avoided keeping in mind the dropping pace post intermission.
         (Note : The views on music here are given keeping the lyrics apart as I couldn’t get them completely due to the language limitations)
So if you are looking for a light, refreshing, rom-com that doesn’t make you cry and keeps delivering cute sequences with an enjoyable chemistry both between the young and the elderly couple played brilliantly, then OKK should be a perfect choice for you as a youthful entertaining film. But in case you are expecting an intense romantic drama with all those real life conflicts and emotions that once happened to be the forte of our master film-maker, then OKK might turn out to be a film from a different and new Maniratnam willing to explore the youth in a much lighter mood.
Perhaps a changed Maniratnam with the changing times, who is simply more interested in making a light romantic, musical with a comic touch, solely made to give its viewers a good enjoyable time in the theaters. And that’s exactly the reason, I personally found the film to be progressing too easily with no tension of any sort, making it shallow at times moving away from the actual life that faces a lot of adversities when it comes to ‘Live In Relationships’, ‘Risky Career Choices’ and ‘Family Conflicts’.
Interestingly same is the case with most of the films today, clearly revealing their reservations in showing the ‘Sadness’ on screen resulting in a one side depiction of life making it completely off balance. Because, till you are not willing to talk about the two sides of the coin equally, you are not going to find much depth in your presentation be it a film, book, poem or any creative expression, whatsoever.
Summing up, O KADHAL KANMANI is a MANIRATNAM film that has been solely made to be a success story, targeting the young viewers simply willing to enjoy their movie outings together avoiding any kind of serious emotional stuff. It has freshness, it has love, it has music, it has chemistry and it has Nitya Menen too, but the drama we always expect from a MANIRATNAM film has been sadly sacrificed in the name of box office performance.
Rating : 3 / 5
Tags : O Kadhal Kanmani (Tamil) Review By Bobby Sing, OKK Review by Bobby Sing, Regional Movies Reviews by Bobby Sing, Tamil Movies Reviews at bobbytalkscinema.com, Maniratnam latest Tamil flick about new age couples, Couples confused over the concept of Marriage, A, R, Rahman's music for Maniratnam films.
26 April 2015 / bobbysing /
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Keeping in mind the film’s title, posters, promos and various quotations displayed in the beginning on the concept of Democracy, a viewer perfectly gets the message that this is sure going to be a good-intentioned, insightful satire mocking at the present political scenario of our country in a hilarious manner. However, what eventually turns out to be in the next 96 minutes is a mixed bag of theatrical show with many long sequences and loud, over the top performances coming from all reputed names.
As an enjoyable satire, JAI HO DEMOCRACY successfully manages to engage the viewer with an interesting comical start, when an Indian jawaan accidently finds himself standing on a landmine hidden in the ‘No man’s land’ between the borders of India and Pakistan. And the sequence straight away reminds you of the Bosnian language OSCAR winner NO MAN’s LAND (2001). The entertainment continues further when the focus shifts on ‘a hen’ wandering between the two borders with both the sides trying to catch her as a matter of ‘national pride’. But here the insertion, once again is inspired from another similar classic short story from MANTO titled TETWAL KA KUTTA revolving around a stray dog moving between the borders of two neighbouring countries.
As the ‘hen story’ goes into the stretching mode, the engaging moments do not last for long and next we have a painfully lengthy sequence of a crucial political meeting being held within a closed room. And from here onwards one feels like watching a play instead of a film, with some pretty loud theatrical acts presented by the veterans, not delivering the content promised in the beginning. The over lengthy discussions keep killing the momentum badly and post intermission it even tends to become annoying, heading towards nothing great or innovative related with the core subject. But then the concluding moments with a fine ‘Qawaali’ by Wadaali brothers and some emotional outbursts at the borders, marginally save the film from being a completely avoidable venture or a forgettable dud.
Giving its fair due, JAI HO DEMOCRACY has got a few enjoyable moments to offer, but the film overall fails to make any solid impact trying to follow the entertaining path shown by the master film-maker Stanley Kubrick (when it comes to political satires), through his cult classic DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB released in 1964.
Directed by Ranjit Kapoor (with Bikramjeet Singh Bhullar) the man who wrote the dialogues of many known films like JAANE BHI DO YAARO, KHAMOSH, BANDIT QUEEN, LAJJA, HALLA BOL and more, the film is unable to deliver as per the expectations raised in the beginning due to some poor writing, hamming acts and laughable proceedings shown defying the simple logic. Interestingly Ranjit’s first venture CHINTU JI (2009) was also a below average social satire made on a potential entertaining plot revolving around a small town and its people.
In its technical department, JHD does get some good support from its music composers (background score and one song) but its average cinematography; editing and unimpressive writing is not able to maintain the interest alive throughout. Admitting the fact that veterans such as Om Puri, Satish Kaushik, Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain and Aamir Bashir were all intentionally trying to portray the funny caricatures of some real life politicians, their respective acts still tend to become a bit loud and irritating too towards the end. Whereas Annu Kapoor emerges as a winner playing a south Indian Minister superbly along with Grusha Kapoor as the Home Minister and Mukesh Tiwari as the confused Army Officer at the border.
In all, JAI HO DEMOCRACY might be an engaging watch for a few interested in political satires in particular when its aired on one of television channels in the coming months. But for majority of viewers it’s going to be a loud comedy that unfortunately gets caught in its own well-intentioned but over-ambitious trap of mocking at the present political scenario.
Rating : 2 / 5
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25 April 2015 / bobbysing /
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