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Its indeed great and also an appreciable act to go for something different and fresh in the present routine structure of our Hindi Films. But on the other hand, it’s equally or even more important to ensure that the plot which looks like a winner on the paper, also gets transformed and executed on the screen in the best possible manner, providing a good return to the viewer for both his money and time spent.

Unfortunately, Shirish Kunder’s JOKER fulfils the first requirement reasonably but makes a complete mess in its second, involving the execution, presentation and overall impact of the movie which was rightly predicted by majority of people after watching its uninteresting & patchy promos. In fact JOKER is one of those big movies which clearly reveal their weak points in the first few reels itself and then you exactly know that its not going to work in its subsequent reels too.
The film starts from abroad in the SWADES mode, wherein Akshay is forced to make a decision to visit India along with his live-in girlfriend Sonakshi. Now the moment they enter the zone of Pagalpur, you get served with some hard humor which starts falling flat with its each new gag delivered boringly. There are people falling from the trees, a man who thinks he is a lamp (reminding you of a teeth whitener advert), a teacher with a pretty bad English who believes that the IInd World War is still going on, a person who speaks gibberish (like Tushar in the GOLMAAl series) which eventually becomes the language of real aliens too and 3 clown like politicians who daringly ask for their cut sitting in their government offices only.
In straight words, after just 30 minutes into the film and an item song served in that duration only, one starts thinking about all the resources, efforts and hard work gone into its making just for nothing. Further it is also quite shocking to see that the film which had its whole promotion planned around the so called Aliens, does not have even a single scene or mention of them before the intermission and they actually reveal themselves in its second hour. Frankly that tells you a lot about the illogical and errant planning behind the making of this serious mistake aptly called JOKER.
Post intermission, the disaster continues in a much bigger magnitude when the fake aliens are made with some vegetables, fruits and LEDs considering that there are fools sitting in the theater ready to accept anything. The whole screenplay post interval is simply pathetic making a mockery of almost everything around ranging from news channels, their reporters, government and military forces to the foreign officials investigating the aliens and the crop circles inspired from Manoj Shyamalan’s SIGNS (2002). Moreover various scenes in the movie make you recall so many films together like SWADES, KOI MIL GAYA, LAGAAN, PEEPLI LIVE and even Spielberg’s ET. Plus, the whole setting around some innocent (yet eccentric) villagers also reminds you of Akshay Kumar’s earlier flop, TEES MAAR KHAN directed by Shirin’s better half Farah Khan.
In the performance department only one person is able to make you laugh at times and he is Shreyas Talpade as Babban. But otherwise JOKER has its entire cast (with many known names in stupid minuscule roles), performing half-heartedly including the lead couple Akshay & Sonakshi, as if they all perfectly knew that its not going to work in any case. And probably that was the reason Akshay was literally absent from its entire promotional campaign before its release.
Musically it gives you nothing to write about as the soundtrack neither has any melody nor any good lyrics to win over the audience. Personally I even didn’t like the heavily promoted item song ‘Kafirana’ since it didn’t fit on Chitrangda’s persona at all. The songs honestly work as several loo-breaks which had to be included in the film because without them, it would be a 100 minutes venture only in totality. Background score fails to register in all those weird comic sequences and Cinematography remains helpless with such lackluster characters emoting on the screen. Also it was a pity to see that in such a big banner film, talking about aliens (the real ones too), the Computer Graphics were really below the mark like a low budget venture in its last sequence which even had the alien dancing along with Shreyas. Now did the makers really expect the viewers to laugh out loud on that silly alien dance without any sense?
Anyway, in all JOKER can easily be termed as a poor or bizarre film made on an interestingly fresh plot which had enough space for a good comedy and many innovative enjoyable sequences in its storyline. The film majorly is a disappointment due to its mediocre and awful treatment (including the script, execution or direction) which takes the plot too lightly in an over-confident manner and fails to deliver in the end. As a matter of fact, JOKER can be perfectly used to prove these Cinematic Truths that ‘The Director is always the real captain of the ship undeniably’ and ‘What seems to be good on the paper might not be equally good or entertaining on the screen’.

Rating : 1 / 5 (Including 0.5 only for at least trying something new)

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31 August 2012 / bobbysing /
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Popularly remembered and loved all over the world for its great comedy, performances and direction, SOME LIKE IT HOT is considered as one of the Greatest American Comedy of all times by the American Film Institute and many other reputed critics. Nominated in 6 categories in the Academy Awards, the film also won an OSCAR for Best Costume Design and the reason for this recognition was right there in its hilarious plot which had two male actors dressed as young ladies for the major part of the film.

Directed by the maestro Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and George Raft in the key roles, the film has a great script with many entertaining & funny sequences coming one after another to keep you glued to the screen throughout. Though, it actually starts with a crime-thriller kind of sequence where the two boys accidentally witness a gang-war killing and then run away from there. But just after 20 minutes of its proceedings, it gets transformed into a funny one, once the boys get into their girly getups and then start shifting between their dual personalities perfectly.

Having a completely balanced script, it lovingly features the friendly romance between Curtis & Marilyn, as well as the humorous attempted affair between Lemmon and Joe E. Brown flirting with each other. And with all its lead actors performing their characters splendidly the film becomes a great enjoyable journey right till the end when the gangsters unexpectedly reach the same place where everyone is staying. But here another important point praising the movie is that despite of revolving around a plot which had enough space for sex and vulgarity, the director Billy Wider keeps it pretty clean and decently entertaining without going into that avoidable zone of being offensive. In few words, SOME LIKE IT HOT is certainly one of those top 3 movies dealing in mistaken identities where the well known male characters remain in female getups for a major part of the film and still successfully entertain the viewers without being vulgar.
Due to its huge success and popularity, the basic plot of the film was also adapted in Hindi Cinema by director Narendra Bedi in his RAFOO CHAKKAR made in 1975. The film had Rishi Kapoor & Paintal playing the boys dressed as girls and Neetu Singh as Rishi’s lady love. So if you enjoyed watching Rafoo Chakkar then you will surely love watching SOME LIKE IT HOT  too as it does have the qualities to be called A Complete Classic Entertainer of all times.

Directed by Billy Wilder
Starring : Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, George Raft and more.
Tags : Some Like It Hot (1959), Movies To See Before You Die Comedy, Billy Wilder, World's Best Comedy Movies, Must See List by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Must Watch Movies List By Bobby Sing, Not To Be Missed Movies by Bobby Sing
29 August 2012 / bobbysing /
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Sharing this one of the most simple yet hugely insightful and worth remembering short story with all friends here, which I recently heard in a spiritual discourse given by Late SANT MASKIN JI on a Punjabi channel, who was & still is one of the most original and impactful spiritual orators till date.

A teacher always used to say or teach his students that, GOD is everywhere......in everything........and GOD is omnipresent.
He used to say this every morning like a daily ritual or prayer in his class.
But one day he hurriedly entered the class and suddenly asked a question that "Which is that place where GOD is not present?"
Now the students were pretty confused and couldn’t find any answer as they were not expecting or ever heard of such a question before.
Still after few seconds one student from the back raised hands.....to answer it.
And now it was the teacher's turn to be confused because he had just asked the question to check their attentiveness in the class and it was not at all a valid question to ask.
So he questioned with a strange look at his face to that bright student, "How can you answer this, because it is not a logical question at all......and I just asked to check the whole class and that's it."
To this the humble & intelligent student replied, "No Sir, Sorry for my misbehavior but this is A Very Valid Question as I see it and I do have an answer with me which I would like to share with your kind permission.”
"OK.....then Please tell me fast, as I would love to know that place where GOD is not present" asked the Teacher.
And the student said these few lines which made both the Teacher and me (listening to it) cry with twinkles in the eyes feeling HIS presence around us……………….......and he said,
"Sir, As I have felt and realised looking around the world we are living in.......there are not one but two places where GOD is not present...!
One HE is not there in our SAMAJH, in our understanding...
& TWO he is not there in our YAAD, in our remembrance....
So these are the two places where GOD is not present"
And I would love to remember that till the LAST.
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28 August 2012 / bobbysing /
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Om Darbadar - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

The Off Beat or Art Cinema Wave of the 80s has certainly got more appreciators and fans in the present times of World Wide Web as compared to that tough decade of Hindi Cinema. And if you are one of the die-hard lovers of those brilliant Art House films then you got to know about OM DAR-BA-DAR as a must, since that particular genre of Indian Artistic movies remains incomplete without mentioning this one of its kind of attempt by director Kamal Swaroop.
But here the most interesting point to be understood is that this film is not referred to as a ‘not to be missed creation’ for any usual reason normally associated with this particular movement of Hindi cinema. In other words, Yes, it is one of the key films of that famous era of thoughtful films but still it cannot be kept in the same genre and deserves to be given its own special space in that long list of cult films, for a reason. To make it more clear, the famous 80s Art Wave movies are majorly remembered for their meaningful subjects, realistic story-plots, powerful natural performances, visionary direction and their sharp sarcasm targeting the unbalanced, questionable social structure of the country prevailing at that specific point of time.
And that’s where OM DAR-BA-DAR actually differs from them all as it doesn’t feature any of the usual characteristics mentioned above in an exact or routine manner. Though it has a basic storyline revolving around a young boy called Om, his failing beliefs in the adolescent years, his interactions with the close family members and his personal relationships with science, magic and religion. But despite of having this basic plot-structure, the film doesn’t deal with any of these elements in the usual expected manner at all. In fact, you may find the experience of watching it as the most unique, weird and unusual one ever, defying all the fundamental norms of our Hindi film industry strongly.
Explaining this rare experiment with reference to the WORLD CINEMA, this is probably the only Indian film which can be easily kept in the genre of Abstract or Unconventional Art Films, where it may not make any kind of sense to a common man in its first viewing. It may turn out to be an expressive amalgamation of some wacky scenes where you don’t know whether you are supposed to smile, laugh, think, cry or do anything else to reach the deeper or actual meaning of the sequence. In true words, OM DAR-BA-DAR might be like an exclusive modern art painting for many, where you don’t even know that whether you are holding it rightly or not, as it ought to be. But that’s exactly where the beauty lies in its abstract (wicked, nonsensical or confusing) expressions waiting to be explored by different viewers in their own exclusive & enlightening ways.
Supporting my above comment the director of the film, Kamal Swaroop also recalls in his interview, the time when the Censor Board refused to give him a certificate for around one long year and the reason they gave for their refusal was that, “The film has got some hidden meanings and the people may get some wrong messages from it”. (which might be against our own rotten social religious structure and they were not exactly sure of that.)
Further sharing his own memories of making the cult film, the director says,
“When I made Om Dar-Ba-Dar, it wasn’t to make a film, it was a kind of ritual. I wasn’t really making a film but going through a ritualistic process of film-making. It was almost like gathering my Samagari (material) and putting them together like an Alchemist. But what I wanted to change I didn’t know.
       I knew a bit what I was aspiring for, but it was almost like a spelling mistake between - Will it be Cannes or Will it be in the cans. So it stayed in the cans and didn’t go to the Cannes. And that time when it came into the market, people didn’t think that it was a film or it was anything.”
Later in the same interview, remembering an incident about a film festival, he recalls that they kept it in a special slot of experimental films at that time since, “The commercial guys didn’t think it was commercial enough and the Artistic people thought that it was not Art enough”.
Reading the above description of the movie, its pretty obvious that you might start thinking that What kind of film it is? Or What exactly it is all about and Is it really watchable?

So as an answer to such questions, I would bluntly like to say that if you do consider yourself a true student of cinema then you got to watch this as a must but it’s surely not just for everyone quite honestly. The film could easily be nothing for many and valuable for a few as it is strictly not made as per any fixed pattern of film-making you might be habitual of. And it is bound to have many diverse meanings and interpretations by its different viewers watching it from their own distinctive perspectives arguably.
Where for some keen viewers it might be a winning, memorable Indian masterpiece, yet for the others it can only be a meaningless collection of randomly shot sequences put together. For a few it might be the pioneer example of Abstract Art Movies made in India, but for others it simply can be a forceful attempt of making a satire of almost everything. Where some may find deep hidden meanings in its unrelated dialogues spoken carelessly, there for others the same words may simply sound like Gibberish. And where for some friends it might be a film which is irritating, annoying, confusing and disturbing like anything, there for the rest it may turn out to be an immensely hilarious take on various social issues of our daily life.
Now if a single film can be seen from such diverse angles and perceptions then that itself proves the importance of an exceptional creative work without any doubt. 
But in case you are still in double mind about watching it then the following facts about the movie may inspire you to do so at the earliest.
1. OM DAR-BA-DAR was the actual inspiration behind all those Brass Band based scenes and songs such as “Emotional Atyachaar” in Anurag Kashyap’s DEV-D and the recent GANGS OF WASSEYPUR series too. And this was revealed by Anurag himself in one of his online write-ups.
2. I also found a double meaning one liner in the film using the name “Roz Merry” which was recently adapted in one of the scenes of 2012 sexy comedy KYA SUPER KOOL HAIN HUM too.
3. Recognizing the film as a masterpiece made much ahead of its times, it was awarded the Filmfare Critics Award for the Best Film in the year 1989.
4. The script of the movie has few dialogues which you might be hearing for the first time in an Indian film like when a lady asks a question, “Can women really climb Mount Everest without the help of men? Then she gets the answer, “Why not? Our Goddess Parvati did it centuries back.” Or when Om innocently says, “Jab Main Padhta Hun, Naak Akshar Kha Jaati Hai”.
5. Its peculiar background score, the inventive use of sound and the ‘beyond normal’ songs deserve a special mention here as they superbly use some illogical verses and English references depicting the comical relationship people had with the language at that time. Like the Brass Band song with the lyrics, Meri Jaan A…Meri Jaan B coming right in the start of the film.
6. The now accepted cult classic has also got some absurd and at-your-face scenes (including the sexual one) which surely make you wonder upon the truth that the film was actually made way back in the late 80s when we were in fact quite over conservative in our cinematic expressions in particular (as proved by the mention of Sleeveless dresses in one of its dialogues too).
7. Admittedly OM DAR-BA-DAR has not got any collective meaning or purpose to serve (as mentioned by the director) in particular. Instead it can be called an intelligent blend of various symbols, indications or themes which might become more verbal (or clear) when you watch them individually, bisecting the film in parts. For instance when you carefully study only the reference of “First Man Landing on the Moon” being announced in the backdrop on the radio, along with the dialogues in front, then you may find the sequence more amusing and entertaining in its own individuality than as a part of the film collectively.

8. Another interesting fact about this landmark achievement is that it was never released on the Home video market in all these years. And as told by the director, it first got circulated in the industry circle through the copies made from a VHS tape master, which in reality was made for submitting to the censors. Later after the digital revolution in the country the same copy was transferred on to the Discs (VCDs and DVDs) by few friends, which kept circulating from one hand to another as recommended. Plus more recently someone shared the same files on the Torrents platform over the net which enabled many enthusiastic youngsters to watch it without being officially released by any company. And that was indeed a splendid underground journey of the movie in the last 24 years of its existence. 
9. Lastly, since I cannot recall any other Indian film literally following the Abstract, Innovative and Experimental Art of filmmaking in such a style, OM DAR-BA-DAR perhaps is the only representative of that particular genre in India till date.
Nevertheless, its quite possible that you might not like it at all or don’t find it that important part of our Hindi Cinema as projected above. But the fact remains that if you haven’t watched it yet, then you obviously are missing one of the rarest or rather lesser known, out of the box attempts made by one of our own talented film-makers, which still doesn’t have any comparable parallel in the entire repertoire of Hindi Films. Therefore, OM DAR-BA-DAR needs to be watched like a mandatory clause in the study of Hindi cinema, at least to taste the unique experience by a true movie buff, who is always ready to feel the shock and surprise provided by some scattered images running on the screen.
So just find it and watch it to amaze yourself like never before.
Directed By Kamal Swaroop
Starring : Anita Kanwar, Gopi Desai, Lalit Tiwari, Aditya Lakhia and more
Dialogues, Lyrics & Art Direction : Kuku
Music : Rajat Dholakiya
(Note : The Interview references and quotes in the write up are taken from Tehleka Channel’s official interview with the director Kamal Swaroop and you can watch the complete interview at this link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtxboGynvhM)
(UPDATE - JAN. 2014 - The film got re-released after Digital Restoration in only selected theaters and its official DVD are also releasing soon.)
Tags : Om Dar-ba-dar (1988), Movies To See Before You Die Drama, Experimental Comedy, Unconventional Indian Art Movies, Must See List by Bobby Sing, Kamal Swaroop, 80s Art Movies Wave, Innovative Indian Artistic Movies
26 August 2012 / bobbysing /
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