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This is an inspiring story reminding every one of us about the last work we had done in our professional lives before moving on to a new phase of our career. To be more specific it reminds us about the last assignment we did for a company before moving on to a better one or the last work we finished just before going on to a holiday leave or the last projects completed by a person in his career before retiring altogether.

Normally what majority of people do in all the above cases is that they just rush up the work in hands at a brisk speed and try to finish it up in a way which is much inferior, compared to their own set quality standards. And this story makes us remember all those poor projects which unintentionally may have got affected due to this short sightedness of human nature we all possess.
So here it is :
A famous elderly carpenter, known for his skill of making beautiful houses, was ready to retire. So he told his employer-contractor of his plan to leave the house-building business in order to live a more leisurely life with his wife and extended family. He really wanted to spend his last days along with his grand children and all the family members together.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go but politely asked that if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but over the time of building that last house, it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials leading to a below par kind of work without any of his famous finishing touches. And it was indeed an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career like this.
When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. He calmly visited every corner of the house and then with a smile handed over the main key of the house to the carpenter and said "This is your house.............my gift to you for all your services for me in the last decades”.
The carpenter was shocked !
What a shame! And What a Loss! The carpenter simply felt like losing all the reputation he had built in his entire career of a fine craft man. Had he known the real secret then he would have really done it all so differently and beautifully……..but now he had missed the bus. Only because he was retiring from his job after this, he had not put his whole body and soul in building the house, which came back to him as a good teaching slap from the existence.
And then the carpenter died with this only regret of not completing his last house, his own house in style. The regret, which could have been easily avoided by just finishing off the work with his total love and devotion as he always used to do it.
But, one cannot go back and we need to learn our lessons from such stories. We are our own carpenters in life and every small or big work done by us should have all our body, mind and soul put in it to the maximum.
That’s the way of enjoying your work and that’s how we would be able to enjoy every surprise gift of the existence without any guilt or regret.
Therefore make your choices carefully and BUILD YOUR HOUSE WISELY!
It’s time to Think!
(Story Contributed by Mr. Rafiq Javaed, Edited by Bobby Sing)
Thanks Rafiq Javaed for sharing it with us!
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31 July 2010 / bobbysing /
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Bollywood’s fascination with Hollywood movies continues taking into account the long English title of this latest Milan Luthria film called “Once Upon A Time in Mumbai”. Milan’s selection of the name is highly inspired from two cult Western movies of ace director Sergio Leone, known as “Once Upon A Time In The West” and “Once Upon A Time in America”. And both these movies are considered among the Masterpieces of Cinema, made all over the world till date. (Interestingly, this also reminds me the tag line of Aamir Khan’s “Lagaan” which was again “Once Upon a Time in India”.)

Apart from its catchy title, the makers were also successfully able to create a certain kind of hype around their project, relating it to the names of Haji Mastaan and Dawood Ibrahim. And yes the film heavily takes references from the real life of both the famous names of the Mumbai underworld, which was then called Bambai. (In case you want to know more about their relation with the movie then just check out the Wikipedia pages devoted to them.)  
Hence I was expecting a lot from OUATIM and its director Milan Luthria, who gave us two entertaining movies, “Taxi No. 9-2-11” and “Kachhe Dhaage” in the past. But all my excitement and expectations were only partly satisfied with few commendable performances in the movie and the rest was nothing great or exceptional as was being projected by the makers and the media. In reality, the movie has everything like seen before and has all easily predictable scenes incorporated in its old and overused storyline. In fact quite surprisingly I also found many sequences conceived and shot in a very childish way which was never expected in a project of this stature.
It right away starts with a very questionable smuggling sequence involving a rushing train and a truck crossing the railway lines. In order to hide the truck from the Police Checking, Ajay Devgan and his close associate decide to cross the railway track far away from the check post in a unique and funny style. They just remove two parallel panels of the railway lines taking off all its nut bolts with a simple tool, cross their truck and then easily put the big iron panels back in place for the train to move over them. I really didn’t know it was that easy to just rip off the railway lines with a simple tool and then put them back in few minutes. If it can really be done without a blast then its indeed a great and innovative tip from the writer-director for all the notorious people out there.
Till the intermission, the film moves at a very slow pace where an Inspector (Randeep Hooda), who has just recovered from a Suicide attempt is actually narrating the whole story of the relationship between the two smugglers. The only saving grace in the first half is Emraan Hashmi, who entertains with his well written one liners and expressive eyes. But again his sequences in the jewellery shop along with Prachi Desai are written very carelessly. Even when he is not related to the underworld at that moment, the Jewellery Shop Owner keeps ignoring or tolerating his unacceptable behaviour with the rich customers and also doesn’t take away Prachi’s job for having such kind of relationships with illegal elements. Emraan repeatedly keeps coming and romancing within the shop, even gives a stolen gold chain to Prachi, and the owner does nothing to him and remains silent. A sequence which at once made me search for the names of the writers.
Another important aspect of the movie which falls flat without any long lasting impression is the love angle between Ajay Devgan, a smuggler and Kangna Ranaut, a film actress. The on-location shooting scenes and references of Bollywood which could have been the highlight of the movie prove to be the weakest link in this gangster flick. Post Intermission the Bollywood angle takes a back seat and the story mainly moves into the revolt plot of Emraan Hashmi wherein you can easily predict every next scene and the climax without any extra efforts. There is no worth remembering sequence in the movie which makes you sit straight and the realistic saga simply ends without any strong build up or impact.
However, one great merit of the movie remains its Background Score which has the required punch and melody, suiting its gangster background like a “T”. In other technical departments the Art director tries to replicate the 70s-80s ambience on the screen and does a good job. Along with the Cinematographer, using only a few things such as the get-ups, cars and currency notes, he manages well to create the magic of that old Bombay. Pritam once again comes with a winning track in “Pee Loon” but his adaptation of two R.D. Burman tracks in a song isn’t that enjoyable.
Ajay Devgan, though excels as the Big Don but his performance is just a repeated polished act of what he had already done in COMPANY. Emraan Hashmi is the actual winner here with a brilliant performance presented in style, especially in the first half. Kangna Ranaut looks gorgeous and acts well but I felt like she had recently gone through some lips enhancement surgery, which was clearly visible in her close ups. Prachi Desai tries hard, but doesn’t get any author backed role to prove herself. So she remains there in the movie as an unused asset. Randeep Hooda is competent, but again he gets an unexplained kind of role of an Inspector who attempts suicide feeling guilty, after decades of his professional relationship with the gangster. Avtar Gill as the minister is fine but Gauhar Khan goes over the top with her whitish make up and wastes a good opportunity to catch some eye balls.
As a conclusion, Yash Chopra’s DEEWAR still remains the most impressive film inspired from the happening life of Haaji Mastaan. Incidentally, “Deewar” also finds a mention in OUATIM itself when Kangna shares an idea with Ajay and says “Let’s make a movie on your life with a new actor who is making waves called Amit.” It seems like director Milan Luthria sincerely wanted to pay his tribute to the great legend and his DEEWAR with these few lines.
Summing up, you can watch ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI only for its good performances and great background score. But as far as its overall movie experience is concerned, it has nothing exceptional or fresh to offer in the gangster movie genre.
Ratings : 2.5 / 5
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30 July 2010 / bobbysing /
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Ankahee - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

This is a rare and rather unknown classic from the well known actor director Amol Palekar. A film which talks about an extremely important and interesting topic of Jyotish, Astrology and future gazing, in a simple yet highly effective style. Amol truly deserves all the praises for raising such a relevant issue in his movie, which can really make or break anyone’s life so easily.
Astrology, Palmistry or Jyotish are no doubt part of a deep study and the research does have many valid favourable points to prove its truthful applicability in real life. But here veteran Amol Palekar, very intelligently asks a question that what will happen to the confidence of a common man if he is straight away told something negative about his future which cannot be averted. And moreover what is the use of telling him all about it when it has to happen and we cannot avoid it in any condition.
The opening sequence of the movie itself raises this debatable question in a well written sequence of a hospital. Vinod Mehra is a doctor who is going to do a delivery operation of a lady. But just before he is going to operate, Dr. Shri Ram Lagoo who plays a well known astrologer in the movie, tells him that the lady is not going to survive as written in her Kundali. Ignoring his prediction, the doctor performs his duty skillfully but unfortunately the lady dies. And then comes a short but impactful confrontation scene between Vinod Mehra & Dr. Lagoo which can easily disturb any person’s views about the topic, putting him in a dilemma.
In real life, whenever we are facing a tough time, we all tend to bow down in search of some alternative solutions to our problems provided by Astrology, Gemology or Numerology. But “Ankahee” comes up with a simple question that if everything is written in our destiny to happen as planned without any exception, then firstly what’s the use of trying to know it and further what’s the use of even trying to avert it or change it.
Supported by Deepti Naval with her superb performance the film is a must watch for all who are interested in watching Hindi films made on some new and unexplored subjects. It’s a well directed film based on a brilliant script revolving around an untouched issue. And as an added merit it also has some soulful classical songs rendered by Pt. Bhimsen Joshi. So if you want to experience something completely out of the box and yet relevant, then just search for its DVD at the earliest and serve your thinking minds with this worth watching film from Amol Palekar.

Directed By Amol Palekar
Starring : Amol Palekar, Deepti Naval, Dr. Shree Ram Lagoo and more.
Music : Jaidev Verma (featuring Pt. Bhimsen Joshi)
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27 July 2010 / bobbysing /
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A fellow reader visiting the site informed me about an amazing fact about the fame, impact and magic of Hindi Film Music spread all over the globe.
The fact relates to a Manmohan Desai Hit film released in 1973 with the title “Aa Gale Lag Ja” which had Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Shatrughan Sinha and Om Prakash in the lead roles. The movie is reportedly very famous in the region of Algeria since 1975 and shown on Algerian TV more than once in a year. And out of their pure love for the film the people of Algeria have also renamed it as “Janitou”. 
Just search at Youtube with this name or click the following link to know the truth where a person is singing the song from the movie in his own regional style,
“Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle Ka Naata Koi, Yun Hi Nahin Dil Lubhaata Koi, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na” 

The video rightly proves the Power of Bollywood Music hugely famous all over the globe.

And thanks Fatiha for sharing this valuable info with us.
Tags : Experience the Power of Bollywood Music in the World, DJanitou, Aa Gale Lag JA, Hindi Movies in Algeria, Manmohan Desai, Articles on Cinema, Articles on Music, Poetry and Life at www.bobbytalkscinema.com
26 July 2010 / bobbysing /
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