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May 25, 2017 Thursday     

I loved watching “Notting Hill” featuring the adorable Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. And it genuinely deserved all the praises & success it received at the time of its release. The movie obviously is there in my “Not to Be Missed” list, since it’s one of the most beautiful and expressive movies made on the theme of “Love at First Sight”.

Having said that, I also remember one old Bollywood movie called “Abhinetri” featuring Shashi Kapoor and Hema Malini, released in 1970. Here also a well known stage dancer/actress meets a simple person by chance and then falls in love with him ignoring her own career and passion. The only difference is that here they get married and the story talks more about the problems in their post marriage life.
Abhinetri - Bobby Talks Cinema.com“Notting Hill” is also based on a similar plot but without any reference to marriage between the characters. It surely expresses the story in a much superior and lovable manner than “Abhinetri”, but the fact remains that the plot does have some good similarities to think it over.
I could not find any reference to whether “Notting Hill” was based on a novel or a story written much earlier. But if it’s not, then here Bollywood becomes the first one to come up with the idea of an actress falling in love with a common man and the rest are simply second.

(Do let me know if you have any info of another movie made on a similar plot before these two)

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30 May 2009 / bobbysing /
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“Cast Away” is a different experience of its own kind, with a novel concept and an unique storyline. The movie is not an usual drama or love story as you may expect, but on the contrary it’s a film entirely based only on a single character. Hard to believe, but it’s true that in major part of the movie, Tom Hanks is there alone on the screen, talking with the nature and a ball.

The plot is about a young energetic person (Tom Hanks), living a happy life with his lady love (Helen Hunt). While flying for a professional tour, his aircraft meets an accident and gets crashed into the ocean. Being the only visible survivor, he reaches an abandoned island and now has to find a way to get out of the absurd situation. Sadly, he is not able to find a solution and has to live on the island alone for four long years. A real scary plot it is, acted superbly by Tom Hanks and directed intelligently by Robert Zemeckis.
It’s indeed tough to make an entertaining movie with only a single character there to play around. But here, both the actor and the director, break the normal mould of movie making and deliver a fine, polished, intellectual product for the lovers of cinema. The way, they have conceived the solitary moments lived by Tom Hanks on the island alone are worth watching for every single appreciator of the art. And the professional commitment of Tom Hanks, to play the character living 4 long years on an island alone is simply remarkable.
Realistically any person living alone on an island, surviving only on coconuts and fish is bound to have an extremely thin body in years. So, to give it an authentic feel, Tom Hanks took the challenge, worked hard for months and turned himself into an unrecognizable figure as seen in the picture on the left. The method acting art followed by the veteran in the movie is like an essential text book material for every student of film-making.
Cast Away, also scores on the emotional level as it has a philosophical climax, depicting the bitter truths of life when people tend to change with time and circumstances. The movie takes an unexpected turn when Tom gets rescued after four years, returns to his normal life and meets his lady love again. For his friends and relatives he was a dead person and now as he returns, he is made to witness some unpleasant changes in the characters of his loved ones, leaving him alone again in the crowded city.
But, instead of making it sad, the director keeps the spirit of life alive, with the small doses of humor incorporated smartly towards the end. For instance, when Tom returns to his old life, one of his friends says, “We had a funeral and a coffin for you”. And to this Tom laughs and replies, “What was in it?”……… A true masterpiece, representing commitment towards your passion, simply not to be missed.
Directed By Robert Zemeckis
Starring : Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt & more.
Tags : Cast Away, Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Experimental Movie, One Man Movie, Alone on an Island, Robert Zemeckis, Method Acting, Movies To See Before You Die, Must See Movies List By Bobby Sing
28 May 2009 / bobbysing /
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Another masterpiece from Tom Hanks, who surpassed his own set standards of acting and reached new greater heights in his inspiring career with “Forrest Gump”. The movie is about a loving personality with a low intelligence quotient but a heart full of emotions. The story talks about his journey from his childhood to his youth and how he faces all the complexities of life with his saintly smile and ease. He overcomes his fears, fights with his limitations and wins every heart on his way. He earns name, fame and glory with his inspirational and innovative acts and goes on to become a Hero in the eyes of a common man.

However the only thing he remembers in every phase of his life is his childhood love, Jenny. His emotions and expressions whenever he thinks or talks about Jenny are simply adorable.  Later in his life, as there are more great events happening around him, he still has Jenny in his mind, as always. It’s also fun to see the animated graphics where Forrest is there interacting with some great historical figures of the past with his lovable smile.
The director uses many novel sequences in the movie where Forrest Gump is shown creating history in his own style, which also becomes funny at times. For example, when Forrest just decides to run and run for several days without any motive or aim and people also start following him blindly…..it all seems to be funny and weird at the same time. But the exceptional act of Tom Hanks makes every single step of Forrest, believable as real. His inimitable and worth praising performance makes every single flaw in the movie simply vanish in the thin air. And there lies the beauty of this movie called “Forrest Gump”
In fact, the much appreciated act of Hrithik Roshan as a low I.Q. person in “Koi Mil Gaya” also seems to be inspired from the Academy Award Winner performance of Tom Hanks. If you haven’t seen this yet, then you are missing one of the most famous and highly admired acts in the world of cinema. And as Forrest’s mama used to say, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get”………So, it’s indeed worth trying.
Directed By Robert Zemeckis
Starring : Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright Penn, Gary Sinise.
Tags : Forest Gump, Tim Hanks, Academy Award Winner, OScar Award Winner, Sally Field, Chocolates, Inspiring Movie, Koi Mil Gaya, Hrithik Roshan, Movies To See Before You Die, Must See Movie List By Bobby Sing, Emotional Drama, Physically Challenged, Drama
25 May 2009 / bobbysing /
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North West FrontierRecently I got hold of an old English Classic NORTH WEST FRONTIER, directed By J. Lee. Thompson, released way back in 1959. And the main reason behind selecting this flick among many others was that it featured one of my favourite comedians I. S. Johar. Though he was not playing a comic character in the movie as usual, but his typical witty one-liners were still there and the film did turn out to be a pretty decent one time watch for sure.
Anyway while watching its climax I discovered another surprising point, that a train robbery sequence in the film was hugely similar to the famous train chase in our own masterpiece SHOLAY (1975). 
Now such was the unique similarity in that well shot scene that any Bollywood lover watching it would instantly get SHOLAY in his mind at once, without any doubt or confusion. Even the DVD artwork of the English film featured the train Sequence only on its front and the few screen shots shared here should be more than enough to give you the actual picture evidently.
Further since the English movie was partially shot in India and had Indian actors too featuring in various roles, its quite possible that director Ramesh Sippy saw the movie and had this particular sequence somewhere at the back of his mind while shooting a similar action packed train chase in “Sholay”. However nothing can be said about this inspirational source with certainty. Yet I am sure anyone watching the English film would readily agree with the viewpoint presented here and be amazed too.
Interestingly, a similar sequence in another western film HOW THE WEST WAS WON (1962) also reminds you of the same but the one seen in NORTH WEST FRONTIER definitely seems to be the more closer one, undoubtedly.
(For all like-minded friends interested in reading more unknown facts about SHOLAY, please click the following links to amaze yourself.)
Tags : Amitabh Bachhan, Amjad Khan, Dharmendera, Hema Malini, Inspired Hindi Movies, Inspired Movies, Interesting Fact File About Sholay, Jaya Bhaduri, Making OF a Classic Sholay, Sanjeev Kumar, Sholay and its making, Sholay was copied from, Sholay-Trivia, The Greatest Epic, The Greatest Movie From Bollywood
24 May 2009 / bobbysing /
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