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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     
Director Ayan Mukherjee played it safe in his first venture WAKE UP SID with a youthful routine plot wrapped in a glossy package. The film had Ranbir in it to pull that off, along with some good songs and an execution appealing to the young. So, after establishing himself as a director, I was expecting something great and novel in his second venture YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI which unfortunately has been made exactly on the same formula like his first. The film has a big star-cast lead by Ranbir-Deepika along with the current heartthrob Aditya Roy Kapur post his AASHIQUI 2 success story. Plus it also has a big production house and a hit musical score by Pritam to add to its credits. But strangely despite having such great support from both the actors and the producers, Ayan again opts for the same old wine in a new bottle kind of storyline, with nothing fresh in the name of content in his second film. Hence the result remains the same i.e. just average.
But more importantly, it was really strange to accept it as a Ranbir Kapoor film, as after ROCKSTAR and BARFI, the talented boy was reportedly reading only innovative and fresh scripts for his next films quite intelligently. Now what did he see in the script of YJHD as novel or fresh, remains out of my understanding and the actor must have done it just for the sake of his relations with the director and the production house, as it seems. Because in reality, if anyone else (with not a known name) would have gone to him with such a routine script, hugely dependent upon its youthful gags and sequences only, then he would have rejected it right away, without giving it any second thoughts. So that should say it all as per the plotline of the film is concerned.
YJHD begins on a good note and then offers you nothing in terms of story-progression in its first half. Further, post intermission it continues delivering everything predictable and never comes up with something exceptionally different or unique till the ineffective climax. The at your face promotions of brands like “Make My Trip”, “Appy” and more turn it into a sub-standard product and the additional ‘Madhuri’s item number’ too fails to serve any desired purpose. It slows down repeatedly at many places in the second half and also remains a bit lengthy film for such kind of known plot where the viewer already knows what’s going to happen next.
The technical merits of YJHD include its witty one liners, catchy cinematography and enjoyable soundtrack from Pritam. Though the background score is strictly ok but it’s the songs which infuse new energy into the film, every 10-15 minutes as its big saving grace. Particularly the choreography in ‘Balam Pitchkari’ & ‘Badtameez Dil’ is hugely enjoyable, featuring some nonsense lyrics too which actually go un-noticed due to the catchy melody.
In the performance department, as expected, it’s a Ranbir Kapoor show all the way. To say the truth, minus Ranbir’s honest & visible efforts, the film falls flat since it has neither anything new nor any major unpredictable twists to keep you glued. Putting it more brutally, both WAKE UP SID as well as YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI couldn’t have made it to anywhere without Ranbir Kapoor. Deepika looks gorgeous in all her revealing dresses & acts well too, but her badly written role doesn’t let her make any huge impact right till the end. For example, after 8 years of college life (studying medicine), the girl must have reached a status (as a doctor), whereas the film makes no mention of it in any scene post intermission. Aditya Roy Kapoor impresses once again even when he doesn’t have a full length role here as Ranbir’s only friend. Kalki is just the same like in all her previous films and I didn’t find any change in her portrayal of the fourth friend. Both Kunal Roy Kapoor & Tanvi Azmi are good but Dolly Ahluwalia remains underutilized in her 2-3 scenes only. Similarly Evelyn Sharma looks sexy & appealing in her small role but Rana Daggubati just comes and goes without making his presence felt.
However, apart from everyone else in the film, the scenes I enjoyed the most were the ones between Ranbir Kapoor and Farooq Sheikh who is simply adorable as the loving father of his passionate son, eager to follow his dreams. Particularly their sequence towards the climax is truly moving, redefining the father-son relationship on the screen, in just few minutes.
Summing up, YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI is a perfectly packaged film for the youth, which is purely made to succeed in the first three days of its release and nothing more. Beyond that neither the makers are interested in re-creating any cinematic history, nor has the film got anything substantial to prove itself in the long run. In short, its just another big budget Bollywood film which relies majorly on its Star value, music and marketing gimmicks, more than the content.
So, if you just want to have a marginally good time in the theater, laughing occasionally and enjoying a few good songs thrown in at regular intervals to keep it going, then probably you may like it as an average entertainer. But in case you are expecting something great, inventive or unique from the actor of ROCKSTAR and BARFI then you are sure going to be disappointed a lot.
Rating : 2.5 / 5 (Including an additional 1 just for its music and Ranbir Kapoor alone.)
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31 May 2013 / bobbysing /
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Alcatraz Island in United States was used as a Federal Prison from 1933 to 1963 and has a deadly history of having the most notorious criminals and extremely strict & rude prison wardens to take care of them all. The Alcatraz Prison and its related stories have been used as the basic plot of many known films, but MURDER IN THE FIRST needs to be given its own space (amongst the best) since it talks about something unique and different about Alcatraz, unlike all other projects.
 
The film has its own tall & distinctive status because its not about any routine, seen before plot in particular but talks about the emotional & tragic journey of a prisoner who gets brutally tortured and is made to live in some extremely tough and inhuman conditions by his wardens after an attempt to escape. Later, when he kills another inmate in that fuming state, his lawyer files the case on the Alcatraz prison & its wardens only for making his client insanely violent through their brutal tortures and thus forcing him to commit a heinous murder in that questionable state of mind, unknowingly. And then, the film turns into a highly engrossing court room drama which opens many dark secrets in front of the world about the prison authorities, quite shamelessly.

Reportedly based on a real life story of Henri Young, MURDER IN THE FIRST was also criticized for taking too many cinematic liberties and inaccurately portraying the historical facts of this case to make it emotionally moving and more impactful. But even after accepting this accused exaggeration, one should not miss the precious message of humanity in its impressive depiction of the story, forcing you to think about the treatment given to those prisoners without caring about the restrictive orders of the higher authorities by the prison wardens.

Besides, another shining merit of the film is that despite being based on such tense and sensitive subject, it still remains an engaging as well as entertaining film on the whole when it comes to the controversial trial in front of the jury. As the investigation progresses and the case becomes highly political and sensational, it gives you all those surprising & thrilling moments of a shocking court room drama and makes you feel in favour of the young prisoner strongly. Further, it also ends on a very positive note with the judgment being made in favour of the prisoner and then the news of several new implementations being made after this very case.
So, though it may not be an all true account of the real happenings, the film still remains a well crafted cinematic gem looking into the human psyche and deserves to be seen for sure. Based on a well written script, it has a great detailed art direction and a noteworthy cinematography as its two remaining aces along with the thoughtful direction. Plus it’s a fine example of exceptional performances coming from almost everyone in the cast lead by Kevin Bacon. Unarguably a career best act given by Kevin, its really a pity that the actor was not nominated in the Academy Awards for this greatly impressive and flawless performance of his which even demanded much physical hardships and efforts.
 
Anyway, the actor duly gets the deserved appreciation from everyone who sees the film till date and that’s surely a greater award for a performer, straight coming from his viewers themselves. In few words, don’t take this film as a depressing saga of a suffering prisoner at all, as it has much more to entertain, enlighten and share which you would only understand once you get to see it.
 
Directed by Marc Rocco
Starring : Kevin Bacon, Christian Slater, Gary Oldman and more.

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28 May 2013 / bobbysing /
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To begin with, this masterpiece may not be for all sections of viewers, since it certainly goes beyond the routine kind of film-making or execution along with being extremely dark, bloody and evil in its look and feel. But having said that, this also remains one of the most stylish & creatively conceived films till date, using the computer graphics & a selected colour palette on the screen in an amazingly outstanding manner, like never before. Moreover SIN CITY also happens to be the most stunning & artistic adaptation of the famous neo-noir comic series, which sets new high standards in the medium for such innovative ventures to be tried in the near future.
 
A very clever and novel interpretation of various Frank Miller stories happening in Basin City, it infuses a new, energetic life into its powerful, contrasting characters and does complete justice to their persona as required. Talking about four engrossing (interlinked) crime tales, SIN CITY features love, vengeance, injustice, morality, greed, blood, lust and brutality in an unusual manner which might be too heavy & unnerving for a few. But in cinematic terms this is nothing short of a trendsetting achievement in the world of cinema which needs to be applauded for sure.
 
To put it honestly, it’s a rare gem wherein the execution and treatment deserves far more attention & appreciation than its story plots. A fine piece of art brilliantly visualized by talented co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, SIN CITY has also got a segment guest directed by Quentin Tarantino. And I found his strong influence on the other violent sections of the film too, quite frankly. The high dosage of blood, bullets, girls and crime in its well shot scenes has a peculiar Tarantino feel and that’s another reason why it has to be seen at the earliest by all QT fans.
 
Furthermore, it’s a totally different experience watching SIN CITY with its unparalleled use of just few colour tones in the film, (namely red and yellow) which stand out wonderfully in its impressive colourless (black & white) frames and have a lasting impact. The thoughtful use of these limited colours, surely enhance the overall effect of its gruesome sequences and you feel like having watched something unique and exceptional for the first time. Apart from the gripping direction and a compelling script, the film is a collective result of a splendid cinematography, intelligently path break editing and some striking graphics. Though it also features some career best performances which knock you down completely within its initial half an hour only, yet it’s actually the overall visual appearance of this experimental project which proves to be the ultimate winner in the end undoubtedly.

In all SIN CITY has got a strong content displayed in a remarkable style which spells magic on the screen literally. It’s clever, its stylish and its unexpectedly unique which may also turn out to be as sick or weird too for a certain section of viewers looking for the routine stuff. So if you are not the one, searching for those glossy films and willing enough to see something extraordinary tried on the silver screen with all its blood & evil, then go for it at the earliest and feel the magic of SIN CITY right away.
 
Directed by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino (as Guest Director)
Starring : Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Jason Douglas, Mickey Rourke, Josh Hartnett, Michael Clarke Duncan & more.
 
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27 May 2013 / bobbysing /
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One of the most famous films of Quentin Tarantino, this is not just another well made crime drama to be exact. It was rated to be amongst the most violent films ever made in the year of its release and was even condemned by many for its brutal treatment. No doubt, today we get to see much more blood & cruelty on the screen than before. But at that time of the decade RESERVOIR DOGS was not a normal film at all and it was really shocking as well as painful to watch such realistic, pure and truthful depiction of crime on the screen, brilliantly portrayed by its lead actors.  
 
An all men film, relying completely upon the mutual interactions between the characters, it actually revolves around a heist gone wrong and the developments post that unexpected failure. Six criminals, not knowing each other are brought together by a crime boss to do a diamond robbery. False names are given, the plan is laid down in details and nobody has any doubts of it becoming a success. But right on the spot, police is waiting to grab them red-handed and the group is attacked from all sides. As one of their members gets killed, there is panic among the team and they are all onto each other in order to spot that in-house mole who is an undercover cop standing right amongst them shamelessly. And the real film is all about these crucial moments of finding that one betrayer only, supported by some fabulous writing, witty dialogues and extremely believable performances.

Another worth mentioning point about this masterpiece is that though it talks about the detailed planning of a heist, yet the heist is never shown to the viewer and it always remains an off camera job followed by the extreme violence and tension (particularly in the ear cutting scene). It has a tight & completely focused screenplay which takes care of all the six characters in the team superbly. Nevertheless its quite possible that many viewers might not enjoy its first long talkative sequence and find it less intriguing too in the beginning. But once you start flowing with the effortless acting on the screen, the film starts growing and then ends on a solid impressive note which stays in your mind for long.
 
Tarantino also plays a significant role in this fascinating thriller but the veteran simply makes a kill as the writer-director of this tense crime drama without any doubts. Ironically at one end RESERVOIR DOGS is universally accepted as a cult film in the world of cinema, but on the other it has also been criticized for being inspired or copied from various sources including Ringo Lam’s CITY OF FIRE (1987) aka Lung Fu Fong Wan. Hence it is also one of those rare films which are both widely appreciated and accused of plagiarism together. Interestingly Bollywood too made a version of it called KAANTE in 2002 featuring Amitabh Bachchan & Sanjay Dutt in the lead and RD still continues to be an inspirational source for many crime thrillers till date. So if you are a die-hard lover of this particular genre then you got to see this cult-classic as a must since it rightly deserve the status its enjoys due to its novel, brutal yet highly realistic treatment of a gruesome tale. 
 
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring :  Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Quentin Tarantino and more.
 
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