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May 25, 2017 Thursday     

“Jab We Met” came in the year 2007 and conquered hearts all over with its impressive content and execution. Kareena Kapoor as the bubbly Punjabi girl was simply loved by everyone unanimously and Shahid Kapoor as the mature man was appreciated all over. The film was an instant success at the box office also due to its superb music and melodious songs, which are still lovingly played to pump up the party spirits even today.

Reportedly this time the success of the film reached the other part of the world too and the western film-makers decided to make a similar kind of film for their own audiences. Suiting their requirement the film was named “LEAP YEAR’ - reminding an old folklore tradition in which no proposal by a lady gets denied in a Leap Year.
The IMDB page of the film clearly says that “LEAP YEAR” is an inspired version of “JAB WE MET” and the web is also full of references and articles saying the same. But still somehow I couldn’t find any official declaration or collaboration kind of news written anywhere on the Official Sites related to any of the movies or their production houses.
Anyhow for Bollywood and our Indian Film-makers it’s no doubt and encouraging news which should ideally infuse new spirits in our new age directors and producers.
But on a personal note, I consider it as a very lucky or even funny kind of connection since “JAB WE MET” itself had glimpses of many other movies such as “A Walk In The Clouds” (1995) and “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge” (1995). In other words the film had a storyline which had nothing new but it was the execution by its director Imitiaz Ali and its impressive performances, which actually did the trick.
Yet if the west gets inspired from any of our movies and its execution, then its indeed a welcome change to be celebrated by all.
Tags : Jab We Met (2007) inspires Leap Year (2010), Hollywood Gets Inspired, Indian Movie Inspired a Western Film at bobbytalkscinema.com, Imitaz Ali, Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Hollywood Copies Ideas from others, Bollywood inspires Hollywood.
30 May 2011 / bobbysing /
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Dilp Kumar with his Mogoose - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

There are many famous Hindi movies (which you may easily recall) having a specific role given to a special animal friend of their lead Hero. And we can easily remember films such as “Haathi Mere Saathi”, “Teri Meharbaniyan”, “Mard”, “Coolie”, “Maine Pyar Kiya”, “Parivaar” and many more.
In all these movies, we have seen various animal friends of our Heroes ranging from a Dog, Horse, Elephant, Pigeon, Parrot, Monkey, Mouse and even Eagle. But in the Black & White film “KOHINOOR” released in 1960, the veteran DILIP KUMAR had a very strange, shocking and weird kind of animal friend who was a MONGOOSE (known as Nevala in Hindi). And I really found it both novel as well as strange when I saw Dilip Kumar making his entry in the film along with his MONGOOSE on his shoulders tied from the neck with a string.

If you can’t believe this, then just have a look at the pictures here to feel the weird kind of scene. More interestingly, later in the film, the MONGOOSE also saves his master’s life by killing a snake which is sent to bite Dilip Kumar. But nevertheless it was indeed a brave and interesting choice made by the director S. U. Sunny in a period film.

(The film has Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari in the lead along with Jeevan as the Villain.)
Tags : A shockingly strange animal friend of Dilip Kumar in Kohinoor, Animal Friend Mongoose, Did You Know Facts about Bollywood, Hindi Films Unknown Facts, Bollywood Trivia, Hindi Films Rare Trivia at bobbytalkscinema.com
29 May 2011 / bobbysing /
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Seeing the First Look trailer of this film a few weeks before, I thought it might be a small gem featuring Rahul Bose in a similar kind of role as he had earlier done in CHAMELI and MR & MRS IYER. The film looked like made on the identical plot of Rahul meeting a completely stranger girl one fine day and they spending few hours together with her as a new experience of his life.

Perhaps Rahul may also have realized the resemblance in the story plot himself while reading the script. But still for reasons unknown he said yes to it and therefore, here he is once again meeting an unknown attractive married woman, who has just decided to be herself for one whole day forgetting all about her husband and children. (For the records he earlier met a prostitute one night in CHAMELI and later had met a South Indian Brahmin married women travelling with her child in a bus in MR & MRS IYER.)
But contrary to all my minimal expectations, the film turned out to be pretty bad, which doesn’t even deserve to be compared with the gem called MR & MRS IYER. In fact it’s even far inferior than the dud CHAMELI too and can be simply included in the list of worst movies released this year. With a reputed off-beat cinema favourite, Rahul Bose paired against the competent Shifaali, KUCCH LUV JAISA could have been at least a fairly enjoyable ride for the audience. But unfortunately the film becomes quite bore and uninteresting right from the moment the two actors meet each other on the screen.
In other words, after the few initial good scenes indicating towards the ‘Seven Year Itch’ in the family, the script looks like completely outdated and un-happening in the literal sense. It is neither an entertaining thriller moving with a fast pace nor an enlightening one making you aware of your inner being. It neither gives you any enjoyable performance to compensate for its boring content (Rahul & Shifaali), nor does it offer any soothing music or songs to cool you off (Pritam). The director Barnali Ray Shukla has made the film as if it was a School Project of a student to be essentially completed and presented in front of the teacher in the given time frame.
Hence after watching it, I had only one thought in my mind that what could have been the purpose of making this film in such an irresponsible manner. There is so much effort, pain and hard work needed from so many people to make a project reach the screen, then why such kind of Sure Flop film was planned by the production house so confidently. But then suddenly I remembered the name of its producer Vipul Shah, (also husband of Shifaali) who has earlier produced huge hits such as SINGH IS KINNG, NAMASTE LONDON and more. 

So as a conclusion, either this film was made to satisfy the inner urge of Shifaali or it was made to show some extra expenses or losses in the account books as per the normal business procedure of a Big Production house. In any case the victim once again remains the poor viewer.
Ratings : 0.5 / 5
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27 May 2011 / bobbysing /
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If you loved watching Aamir Khan produced “Peepli Live”, directed by the duo Anusha Rizvi-Mahmood Farroqui and thought that it was a novel, unique idea presented by the makers for the first time, then you got to give it a second thought. Because the whole plot of a media circus planned around a dying man was not at all an original and it was all borrowed from the Billy Wilder’s dark comedy called “Ace In The Hole” which came around six decades back in the year 1951 and was a pure masterpiece as compared to the Indian version.

However, the director duo of PEEPLI LIVE did came up with their own comic inclusions along with all those highly avoidable abusive in their inspired version. But as written in my review of the movie (at the time of its release), I couldn’t appreciate a complete comedy being made around a dying person without any human touch thrown in throughout its narration. Moreover for me, PL was purely an objectionable kind of project taking advantage or making fun of a serious problem about the dying farmers in our country. (And post its release my concern was proved true because after a few weeks, nobody really cared about those suicidal farmers, neither the makers nor the viewers or its appreciators.)

On the contrary, the moment I saw Billy Wilder’s Classic “ACE IN THE HOLE”, all my complains and objections about wrongly exploiting the pain of a dying man in a hilarious manner were well taken care of. In fact the film forced me to realize that, “This is the way to make a movie balancing both HUMOR as well as the HUMAN factor involved in an interesting plot.”

So, if you really liked watching ‘PEEPLI LIVE’ then you got to see this original ‘ACE IN THE HOLE’ to actually feel that how exactly a realistic film should take into account the various aspects of human relationships evolving in such a tough situation. The film revolves around the plot of a desperate reporter who wants to make it big with some sensational news. And when he gets to know about a dying man trapped in a mountain cave-in then he suddenly converts that tragedy into a big media show around the place giving it a catchy headline in his newspaper.

Later, when he comes to know that the man can be easily be taken out in about 16 hours then he cunningly manipulates the entire process and forces the rescue party to stretch the whole thing for more than 5 days instead, leading to some deadly consequences in the end. Along with “Leo” the dying man trapped in the cave-in, the script of AITH has some exceptional characterizations written for the man’s worried father, his mean wife, the opportunistic sheriff, the double minded rescue instructor and the honest owner of a small newspaper who hires Kirk as his correspondent. The film is not only worth watching for its thoughtful direction by Billy Wilder, but it’s also one of the career best movies of Kirk Douglas who is simply outstanding playing the role of the ambitious reporter.

And after watching it you would surely admit the excellence achieved by this Black & White Classic in its emotional and sympathetic portrayal of the unique plot, which was evidently missing in its largely inspired Indian version made in 2010.
Directed by Billy Wilder
Starring : Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur and more.
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23 May 2011 / bobbysing /
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