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NOOR - What a confused and lazy way to make a crime investigative thriller with neither thrills nor any investigations ending on a weird note. (Review By Bobby Sing).

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

When my Career Consultancy didn't work for a few strangely concerned parents. - by Bobby Sing (Few Life Inspiring Words - 23).

FAST & FURIOUS 8 (English/Hindi) - Partially enjoyable, but strictly for the fans loving the action genre. [TTP (To The Point) Review By Bobby Sing].

MANJE BISTRE (Punjabi) - It seems Punjabi Cinema is now stuck with period dramas focusing on a 'Vyah Wala Ghar' as their latest repetitive obsession. (Review By Bobby Sing).

BEGUM JAAN (Hindi) / RAJKAHINI (Bengali) - Benegal's MANDI meets Manto's TOBA TEK SINGH and Mehta's MIRCH MASALA in this bold but over dramatic effort, sadly remaining too bland to be called an epic despite its noble intentions. (An overview by Bobby Sing).

The last 2 shows at REGAL and the one man behind the event, nobody knows about. (A detailed emotional and technical description by Bobby Sing).

MUKTI BHAWAN (Hotel Salvation) - Could have been a classic, but surely deserves to be seen for its subject, performances and Varanasi in particular. (Review by Bobby Sing).

LAALI KI SHAADI MEIN LAADDOO DEEWANA - Stay away from this marriage and its tiring absurdity. [TTP (To The Point) Review By Bobby Sing].

MIRZA JUULIET - One of those strictly avoidable films that make you wonder why they got made and for whom? (Review By Bobby Sing).

 
 
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Black Friday - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

The title refers to the deadly Friday which witnessed the most lethal series of bomb blasts in India (Mumbai) in the year 1993 leading to severe loss of the life and property. The incident is said to be responsible for changing the life styles, relationships and daily pattern of living in the business center of India, then called Bombay.
 
The movie is a true to life account of sequences before and after the blasts, boldly taking actual names of the accused as per the records. It’s just like watching something straight from the Police records with very authentic portrayals of raids, interrogations and arrests made by the Police in those years. Hence it may not be a normal film experience for many viewers since it requires a completely different kind of mind-set to watch it in absence of any default settings of a Bollywood movie.
 
Incidentally “Black Friday” actually took a few years to reach the silver screen with a proper release due to its very realistic filming of the incident. The authorities feared that it really had the power to trigger on something deadly again in the society, if it was publicly shown before the result of the ongoing trial in the court. After its release, though the film was not a runaway box office success, but it was rightly accepted as a pure masterpiece of the Indian Cinema directed by Anurag Kashyap, the famous new-age film makers of the current times. 

If you really love meaningful cinema and don’t mind watching extremely disturbing films based on real life inhuman tragedies around us, then give yourself a treat and watch “Black Friday” at the earliest. The movie holds three aces in its sleeve in the form of its highly impressive direction, explosive and realistic performances and the haunting background music which makes you feel the blood splashed on the screen. The words sung by “Indian Ocean” would definitely stay in your minds for long after your have watched this true to life gem. And they go as,

“Arey Ruk Ja O Bande, Arey Tham Ja O Bande, Ke Kudrat Has Padhegi……Ho…”

Directed by Anurag Kashyap
Starring : K.K., Pawan Malhotra, Aditya Srivastava and more.
Music by Indian Ocean – The Rock Band.
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“Prince” released in early 2010 was a sci-fi thriller which remained in the making for a considerable period of time. Though the project got started a few years back, still surprisingly it has very acute similarities with “Hardwired” which came in 2009, directed by Ernie Barbarash, featuring Cuba Gooding Jr. in the lead.

On the same lines of PRINCE, HARDWIRED also revolves around a character who after meeting an accident wakes up with a zero memory of the past. Actually his memory has been erased by a Corporate Group for testing one of their latest inventions. The doctors, on the instructions of the Group secretly erase all the previous memories of the person and implant a unique chip in his mind, converting him to a different identity altogether.

Straight from the hospital, the victim is taken by a girl to a house which is introduced to be his own. But suspecting the surroundings, he runs out of it on the road and suddenly starts feeling a severe pain in his brain which automatically stops after few seconds. This pain is felt by him repeatedly at regular intervals, which in reality is being controlled by the Corporate Group itself. PRINCE also starts exactly in the same manner where Vivek Oberoi is the person, waking up without any memory of the past. He too suffers similar pains in his brain due to a micro-chip installed by the villians. Moreover, both HARDWIRED and PRINCE are full of MATRIX kind of graphics and colour tones showcasing the futuristic set-ups used by the evil forces.
Though no doubt, PRINCE moves on to a completely different path in its later reels with references to a valuable coin and much more. But quite evidently most of its initial sequences of the first half sure seem to be inspired from HARDWIRED.
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Featuring the talented Farhan Khan as a person in conflict with his own identity, “Karthik Calling Karthik” was a good attempt ruined by its not so convincing climax. The subject was no doubt new for Indian Cinema but it also raised doubts of some not so sure western influence on its main storyline.

However, It may or may not be directly inspired by some foreign work, but its theme based on a person receiving calls from his own voice was quite similar to one of the episodes of the Television Series “The New Twilight Zone” with the title “Shatterday” telecast in the year 1985-86.
 
The episode had Bruce Willis featuring as Peter Jay Novins, who once accidentally calls his own home number by mistake from a bar and then gets greeted by himself speaking on the other side. Here the basic theme revolved around an Alter Ego kind of thing, which later creates many difficulties for the main character. The episode was based on the short story by Harlan Ellison.

Interestingly, there are some other works too mentioned below, quite similar to the subject of a character meeting his own self as the second person.
 
The original Twilight Series episode “Mirror Image” and “Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room” also revolved around a similar theme.
 
“The Man Who Haunted Himself” (1970), starring Roger Moore, which was based on the novel “The Strange Case of Mr. Pelham” by Anthony Armstrong, also had a comparable storyline. The story of this novel was adapted for one of the episodes of famous “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” Television Series too.
 
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Before writing about the movie itself, I would like to raise a few questions for my fellow readers here……

Do you sometimes think about why we are living this routine life going no-where? Do you sometimes feel lost like a wandering soul in search of the unknown? Have you ever tasted the difference between the state of Loneliness and Aloneness? Can you easily sit down in a comfortable posture doing just nothing for a few minutes, simply enjoying your being? Have you ever thought about the only certainty of life….which is DEATH or Does the word DEATH makes you nervous and fills you with a shivering fear of losing all the loved ones around you?

If the majority of the answers to the above questions are NO, then please don’t even try to see this movie as it has nothing in the name of entertainment but has got everything in the name of enlightenment. If you haven’t ever thought of all the above things in your life for a single moment then it’s of no use spending your precious two hours on this unexplainable phenomenon which goes beyond the normal thought process of a human mind. And if you still go on to try this rare gem……then in all possibilities, it will be like watching a regional flick whose language you don’t understand in the first place.
BUT if you have YES to most of the questions asked here then this remarkable gem of Cinema will be like a precious discourse of your Loving Spiritual MASTER which may bring about new changes in your life and your thinking patterns.
In clear words “My Dinner With Andre” is not a movie at all. It’s entirely a new and unusual experience to have which may or may not strike you on the positive side. It has dialogues like a sharp knife piercing down your soul resulting in deep wounds. And at the same time it has such calm and soothing lines which may work like an effective medicine for your open scars.
The movie revolves around only two characters chatting with each other on a dinner and the third one is only the waiter serving them the dinner at regular intervals. Throughout the two hours the two persons on the table are just talking about their strange but important experiences of life without any attempt of reaching at any conclusion. Their valuable, explosive and enlightening discussion is left with an open end by the director, leaving the viewer to have his own interpretations of the talks. Hence it is not an easy task watching and understanding “My Dinner With Andre”. It may make your restless, it may be hugely disturbing and it may even bore you for a few moments in the mid. But at the end, if you are able to stick with those two old persons talking on the screen for about two hours, then the movie will surely be like a refreshing & rejuvenating shower after a tiring day.
Frankly speaking, if you have ever experienced the presence of an enlightened master in your life and have also tasted the fruits of the calm meditations then “My Dinner With Andre” will be exactly like meditating with an open mind. As I see it, it’s an important movie, which should essentially be watched by everyone who is walking on his own spiritual path of life towards an unknown goal.
In the end, I would seriously like to request to find it, borrow it, buy it or rent it, but grab it somehow and watch it in the dark along with your lovable companion holding your arm. Watching movies could never be more meaningful with flicks such as “My Dinner with Andre”.
Directed by Louis Malle
Writers and Actors : Wallace Shawn & Andre Gregory
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