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October 31, 2014 Friday     

With his debut film SEHAR in 2005, director Kabeer Kaushik made a fine start as it was indeed a promising thriller revolving around the police officials. Though he didn’t come out with anything great in his next ventures but still I was excited to see his MAXIMUM since the director had once again chosen the same genre of a Crime Thriller similar to his debut film supported by an interesting talented star cast.

However after watching it, I was once again disappointed as the film couldn’t deliver what it promised through its promos and publicity campaign. MAXIMUM fails to make a solid impact mainly because it keeps revolving around the same overused plot of Encounter Specialists & their two way links with the criminals and the politicians. Hindi Cinema has already seen a pure masterpiece made on the same subject directed by Shimit Amin with the title “Ab Tak Chhappan” featuring Nana Patekar. Now if compared to this famous gem, MAXIMUM falters at many places in its uninspiring screenplay despite of having some commendable performances from the cast.
Admittedly the basic theme of the film is marginally different from the usual as here we get to see the professional rivalry between two encounter specialists only fighting with each other while being in the same department. So the tension is not really between the police and the underworld, but its actually between the two police officials themselves. Besides the title MAXIMUM rightly point outs towards the unbelievable kind of POWER enjoyed by the people sitting at the top. It’s a symbolic kind of title trying to say that everyone is just willing to get the maximum power in his hands to rule on others. And that’s what makes the whole game ugly, brutal and deadly.
The story of the film travels from 2003 to 2008 also covering the 26/11 Mumbai Attack. But it never tends to hit hard, engross or surprise the viewer with any sharp twist in its few well shot sequences. It starts calmly and maintains the same pace throughout without any great build up in its script to reach the climax. As a result, one only feels having watched some decent performances in a non-entertaining film made on a potential plot but nothing more than that. It has characters based on few real life personalities but doesn’t have a well written screenplay with enough content to keep the viewer absorbed.
Sonu Sood visibly tries hard but he is too smart (looks wise) to play a cunning encounter specialist. No doubt he gives a fine performance as the tough cop but Nasseruddin Shah as his rival certainly leaves a stronger impact. Surprisingly Nasser gets only few scenes in the script and those too without any clap worthy dialogues as such. So against all indications given by its promos, the film doesn’t have any great confronting scenes between the two actors ignited with some fiery lines. In the supporting cast, Vinay Pathak (thankfully not in a comic role), Mohan Agashe and Amit Sadh are fine in their respective portrayals. Ujjwal Chopra, Swanand Kirkire & Rajendra Gupta (with his delightful insights on life) could have delivered much more with some extra focus whereas Arya Babbar continues trying to overplay in his cameo. In the female team, Anjana Sukhani has nothing to do in the script or probably her role was simply chopped off (as it seems) since there were reports of her character being inspired from a known actress. Conversely Neha Dhupia once again is a revelation in her subtle, sober and deglamorised role of a housewife and she perfectly looks the same.
Musically the subject had no scope of any songs, still we have the usual item number inserted here ‘Aa Ante Amlapuram”, which has successfully managed to grab some attention on the channels. Plus the background score continues to impress throughout, with soft piano notes superbly incorporated in the arrangement without any extra noisy insertions. So the few well shot sequences of the film (like the climax) get perfectly supported by the Cinematography and Background Music department, which surely should be considered as an achievement by the team.
Overall MAXIMUM doesn’t really give you the content promised by its promotional campaign. It does have some good performances and few well directed sequences depicting a slightly different plot. But with an uninteresting script lacking the much required pace, one majorly feels like being “Not Served” in the end while walking out of the theater.
Rating : 2 / 5
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29 June 2012 / bobbysing /
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If a film talks about a character who is physically disabled and not able to move any part of his body other than his face or neck then you ought to have all your sympathy and wishes for the poor chap and may like to skip watching it due to its serious theme. But if further it is revealed that despite of being in this terrible physical state the man still feels ‘Dancing from the Inside’ then you will surely be little confused as we don’t normally associate terms like Joy, Fun and Dance with characters as such.

And that’s where this movie breaks all the usual norms of story-telling, focusing on its particular theme of disability. As the title suggests it does make you realize through its appreciable vision that even a person sitting on the wheelchair can feel “Inside I’m Dancing” (its official title) like a normal being. He also can be full of the same bubbling energy which enables all to enjoy music, love and life to the maximum. Also released as “Rory O’Shea Was Here” this is a rare masterpiece which talks about two physically disabled friends who try to find their own freedom, moving out of their ‘Help-Home’ and then go on to experience their new fresh life-force together.

Its an amazing gem because it never makes you feel pity for its helpless characters on the screen for a change and refuses to seek any kind of sympathy from the viewers. Based on a brilliantly written script, it takes you on to a great lively journey of around 100 minutes full of sharp wit, self pride, pace, anger, jealousy and fun. Featuring sparkling perfect performances from the entire cast it actually surprises you with its entertaining content woven around a serious plot. Without revealing the actual storyline I would only like to say that here the director through his superlative narration tries to make the viewers exactly feel like his characters, who are sitting on a wheel chair but “Dancing from the Inside”.

In short “Inside I’m Dancing” becomes a highly recommended must watch since the film simply is not interested in talking about its disabled characters with the same old sympathy or sorrow leading to tears. Instead it makes a strong breakthrough in moving away from the usual emotional treatment of such plot and comes out to be a clear winner with few highly amusing sequences which both entertain as well as inspire. So do go for it at the earliest to feel the difference.

Director :
Damien O'Donnell
Writers : Jeffrey Caine (Screenplay), Christian O'Reilly (Story)
Starring : James McAvoy, Romoa Garai and Steven Robertso
Tags : Inside I'm Dancing (2004), Movies To See Before You Die Drama, Movies on Disable Amazing Personalities, Must See Movies List by Bobby Sing, Not To Be Missed Films List By Bobby Sing
 
 
28 June 2012 / bobbysing /
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Mujhe Jeene Do - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

One of the key subjects where you can perfectly feel the enigma around Hindi Cinema, its larger than life drama, its thrill and the incomparable cinematic magic in its characters onscreen can be found in the “Dacoit movies” made in the 60s and 70s. And among the first few movies made in this genre was Sunil Dutt’s Mujhe Jeene Do (Black & White), which was directed by Moni Bhattacharaya and produced by Sunil Dutt himself.
Considered as one of the finest films of Hindi Cinema, the film beautifully touches the sensitive issue of a hardcore deadly dacoit of Chambal valley transforming into a kind hearted man. In fact this particular part of the film (its final hour) dealing with the transformation makes you notice all the finer details in its direction and forces you to see it once again from a different angle. Personally it made a stunning impact on me listening to its extraordinary song talking about a mother’s traumatic situation thinking about her son’s future……..saying,
“Tere Bachpan Ko Jawaani Ki Dua Deti Hun,
Aur Dua Deke Pareshan Si Ho Jaati Hun”
I would like to rate this track as one of the most precious songs of Hindi Cinema written for a given situation. It thoughtfully explains a mother’s emotions wherein she is wondering that how her son would suffer and what price he will have to pay for his father’s wrong deeds and brutal murders as a dacoit. What will happen to him in his youth as he seems like having no future at all being the son of a wanted criminal? The words not only make a strong impact on Sunil Dutt playing the dacoit in the film, but they also move the viewers like very few songs are able to do in the history of Hindi cinema. A perfect example of how a single track can make a difference enhancing the overall impact of a film alltogether.
Meaningfully penned by Sahir Ludhianvi and melodiously composed by Jaidev, the film has few other great musical gems too such as, Raat Bhi Hai Kuchh Bheegi Bheegi (with a fabulous choreography), Ab Koi Gulshan Na Ujdhe Ab Watan Azaad Hai, Maang Mein Bhar Le Rang Sakhi Ri and Nadi Naare Na Jao Shaam Paiyaan Padun, superbly sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and Mohd. Rafi.
Mujhe Jeene Do established Sunil Dutt as an actor, who simply looked perfect in the costume of a dacoit with a tilak on his forehead and a rifle in his hand. He brought such elegance to the character that despite of being a killer on the screen, people felt like sympathizing with him in the later part of the film. The reason being that Mujhe Jeene Do never glorifies or glamorises a dacoit’s life in its script but shows it as it is to the viewer with all its sufferings, fear, insecurity and struggle hidden under his loud voice raised against the social system.
The film actually becomes a gem in the second half with skillful performances from both Waheeda Rehman and Nirupa Roy who simply make you go numb in its concluding moments. Mujhe Jeene Do did well at the box office even when it didn’t have any usual entertainment elements in it to please the viewer. It had a very raw, dark and straight forward treatment given by the director Moni Bhattacharya and probably that was the reason it also got nominated in the CANNES Film Festival that year. Sunil Dutt won The Best Actor Filmfare award for it fabulous performance as Thakur Jarnail Singh and today many critics include this gem as one of the 100 best films made by Hindi Cinema in its 100 years of history. Reportedly its last scene in which Sunil Dutt is shot dead was even appreciated by Elia Kazan, the two times Oscar winner renowned director.
Hence if you really want to experience what Hindi Cinema used to be in its Golden Era then do watch this classic at the earliest and feel the magic in its characters, camera (shot at original locations) and dialogues. Particularly just watch it for that one song mentioned above which can be easily rated as one of the best written, composed and sung tracks in the 100 years history of Hindi Cinema.

Directed by Moni Bhattacharya
Produced by Sunil Dutt
Music by Jaidev    Lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi
Starring Sunil Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Nirupa Roy, Rajendra Nath, Anwar Hussain & more.
Tags : Mujhe Jeene Do (1963) (B&W), Movies To See Before You Die, Drama, Thriller, Sunil Dutt productions, One of the best of Hindi Cinema, Best Indian Films, Meaningful Cinema, Hindi Films at Cannes, Must See Movies list by Bobby sing at bobbytalkscinema.com,
 
 
27 June 2012 / bobbysing /
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There was a time in the past when well known exponents in the Creative Field (Films, Music, Poetry and Arts) were supposed to be people who had to leave their studies in between to pursue their passion. But by the end of the last century this misleading fact related with Performing Arts faded away as Education became the foremost priority for all the kids, even for those who did have some exceptional hidden talent in them to be adapted later as their career.
Unarguably this crucial step of quitting or continuing studies for a career in Creative Arts is a personal decision of an individual. But here the basic motive of this write up is to make the young boys & girls aware of this truth that it is not always necessary to leave your studies in an incomplete state to pursue a passion of yours. Its entirely a wrong notion to think that there is no need of the Basic Education if one is willing to make his or her career in the creative field. On the contrary, it’s always better to go for your basic studies first along with continuing the training for your inner creative passions as you grow up. Because it will surely help you to be a better person and a better human from the inside, which would in turn enhance your creative expressions in the future.
Yes, in the present era, we have many big names who are on the Top today but haven’t completed their studies due to the choice of the career made in those important teenage years. But here my basic purpose is to make all the youngsters see the brighter side of the picture and to inform them about the amazing educational qualifications of some well known names of the Entertainment Industry to be followed as their INSPIRATIONS.
So, just take a look at the names below (in alphabetical order) and their degrees listed in front of them and then decide on your own.

Amitabh Bachchan– Graduated from Sherwood College in Nanital and later did his double major in Science and Arts from the Kirorimal College in Delhi. 
Amisha Patel - Graduation in Economics at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts with a Gold Medal.
Anurag Kashyap - Zoology (Hons.) from Hansraj College, Delhi.
Anushka Sharma - Graduated with specialization in Arts from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.
Arjun Rampal – Economics (Hons.) from Hindu College, Delhi.
Ayushman Khurana – Graduation in English Literature & also Masters in Mass Communication.
Genelia D’Souza – Bachelor's Degree of Management Studies.
Hrithik Roshan – Graduation in Commerce.
Imtiaz Ali - English (Hons.) from Hindu College, Delhi.
John Abraham - S
tudied economics at the Bombay Scottish School, Mahim in Mumbai and got his MBA from the Mumbai Educational Trust (MET).
Konkona Sen Sharma - English (Hons.) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
Madhavan - Graduated in Electronics from Rajaram College, Kolhapur. In his college days, was chosen to represent India as its cultural ambassador in Canada and was awarded the Maharashtra Best Cadet with a trip as NCC Cadet to England. He won the Indian Championship for Public Speaking and was selected to represent India at the Young Businessmen Conference in Tokyo, Japan in 1992.
Madhuri DixitBachelor’s Degree in Microbiology.
Manoj Bajpayee - History (Hons.) from Ramjas College, Delhi.
Minissha Lamba – English (Hons.) from Miranda House, Delhi.
Neha Dhupia - Graduated from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi, majoring in History.
Preity Zinta - Graduation in English (Hons.) and Psychology and even has a Post Graduate Degree in Criminal Psychology.
Pritam Chakraborty – B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology from Presidency College in Kolkata and Post-graduate diploma in sound recording and engineering from the Film and Television Institute Pune.
Ranvijay Singh – B. Com (Hons.) from Hansraj College, Delhi.
Rabbi Shergil – Graduate from Delhi University.
Shahrukh Khan - Economics (Hons.) from Hansraj College, Delhi.
Soha Ali Khan - A
ttended The British School in New Delhi and Balliol College, Oxford. After her graduation, got a Masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Shankar Mahadevan – Graduation in Computer Science Engineering.
Shabana Azmi - She completed a graduate degree in Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.
Shyam Benegal
 M.A. in Economics
Satyajit Ray - B.A. (Hons.) in Economics.
Sonu Sood - Graduate in Engineering.
Sonam Kapoor - Graduate in Political Science and Economics
.
Urmila Matondkar - Graduate in Psychology.
Vidya Balan -  Graduate in Sociology.
Zakhir Hussain (Tabla Maestro) - Graduated from
St Xaviers, Mumbai.

Now these are just the names I could recall from my limited memory and there are bound to be many more working in their respective creative fields, entertaining the world. So this list should surely convey loudly that its great to be blessed with a creative talent by the ALMIGHTY, but to pursue it as your career you don’t really have to start IGNORING or QUITTING your Basic Education & Studies.
Admittedly, it can be argued that one can develop his personality himself with the help of his family without going through the process of formal education. Yes it can be done and is not impossible. But for being such kind of person, you need to work even harder, much harder than a normal person blessed with the guidance of his educational institutions.
In support of my article, here is an interview excerpt where in Mr. Subhash K. Jha asks the same question to Amitabh Bachchan :
“Do you think formal education is a necessary qualification for an actor? You've been to college, Mr Dilip Kumar hasn't!
AB : I think a formal education is necessary for an individual pursuing any vocation. Formal education just does not bring in academic knowledge. It brings with it curriculum, discipline, forbearance, competitiveness, understanding, vision and so many other qualities that are so essential for everyday existence in a normal society. My days in college may not have a direct reflection on my present profession. But I cannot wish away the other aspects of its benefits to me as an individual. An actor's performance will always betray his inner build-up as a human. Dilip Saab may not have gone to college. But can you really doubt the reflection of the quality of his inner self in his performances? That he developed these qualities independently and not through an educational institution, gives so much more credence to his unassailable genius.”

I hope my young friends understand now that its not always necessary to quit studies to go for your dreams and passions. In fact, the truth is that your basic studies and the educational experience gained from it will immensely help in your creative career further in a big way without any doubt, unconditionally.

HIS BLESSINGS
(Note : Do let me know about any other names as I would love to add them in the list to make the article more impactful for all the youngsters)
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