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Featuring two thoughtful poems of Law Minister Kapil Sibal, read by himself on the screen both in the beginning and ending of the film, DILLI GANG is not actually a commercial venture made for some profit earning, as it seems. The project hasn’t got any visible cinematic features to write about. But despite the fact it strongly raises a very alarming and relevant social issue of the present times, wherein the old parents are left alone to spend their last years in a separate home (with all their expenses taken care off) without any emotional support or security.
Not following the usual mindset of making a typical Hindi film, actually DILLI GANG is more of a personal expression on the screen to raise this sick and debatable issue among the people. Based on the brutal murders of old age couples living alone in the metro cities, it doesn’t have any interesting story progression (script) or intense drama to keep you engaged. The director mainly stresses upon the emotional bonding between the old loving couple (with many long scenes) and through them wishes to convey his simple message related with the human elements of Trust (The Driver), Responsibility (The Son) and Greed (The Killers). However with a quite predictable & directionless culmination, the message fails to impress or even reach the limited viewers in its desired form.
Moreover, it’s a 100 minutes film made on a 30 minutes content, which has been purposefully titled DILLI GANG, just to bring in some young crowd into the theater. No doubt the intention is perfectly noble here, but the viewers are not going to find anything directly related to the title in the film, to be straight. The director doesn’t present the gang of four (making the attacks) in any thrilling or convincing manner and the same is the case with the representation of Police officers in the film, searching for the culprits so vaguely. In other words, such powerful subjects of social awareness have been more aptly handled in serials like CRIME PATROL and others on the TV Channels and DILLI GANG is not even close to them in terms of its execution and impact.
Having said that, one does find the emotions coming in rightly in few of its tense sequences, sincerely enacted by talented actors like Darshan Jariwala, Yashpal Sharma, Neena Kulkarni and to some extent Amir Dalvi. But due to a pretty lazy and uninspiring screenplay, there is nothing they can do to lift-up the film individually and one doesn’t find himself moved or touched by the overall depiction at all.
Nevertheless as mentioned before, it is not the film but the ‘social evil’ which has to be given more importance here in the review, which in my opinion was also the main motive behind the making of this film in all possibilities.
Interestingly the issue is not why the ‘old age couples’ are being targeted by the criminal minds in the metros. But the issue is that why these ‘old age couples’ are made to live their last years of life in such a lonely manner, away from their own kids, who are now grown up enough to take this ‘questionable’ or rather ‘shameful’ decision.
To be honest, here I would not like to go into the same old mold of AVTAAR (1983) or AMRIT (1986) wherein the young kids are not willing to take care of their old parents respectfully and are either interested in walking away or treat them like servants in their own homes. No doubt the shocking problem effectively portrayed in these films made in the 80s, still prevails among us in the year 2013 too. But somehow, this remains the earlier version of the big evil (the more ugly side of the coin) and the newer (21st century’s) upgrade version of the problem is something else, which needs to be studied with a different perspective related with the core issue.
Now today it can be widely seen that the young (well educated & socially aware) sons are not shying away from their family responsibilities, are duly ready to take care of their parents as they should by spending a good amount of money. Yet they are not willing to let them live along with them as a joint family and are more interested in living separately in two different houses (as in the west).
So in this newer version of the issue, now the ‘old age couple’ is being open heartedly given a good house, a fine standard of living with all their medical and daily expenses paid off, plus all extra amount spent on their leisure time activities too with a wider vision. But still the willingness to let them live along with their grand-kids is not seen and the couple is left alone in a separate house, to be visited only on the festivals. In other words, money is rightfully spent on the old couple fulfilling the moral duty, but the much desired ‘Time’ & ‘Togetherness’ is not provided and that ‘Ugly Traumatic Gap’ in this crucial time of life still exists, making the old couples more vulnerable to such planned heinous crimes in the metros.
In comparative terms, if earlier (before 2000) such educated but arrogant, spineless youngsters used to leave their parents orphaned on the mercy of their own fate, society and few old age houses. Now at present they are doing the same in a more sophisticated way, by funding an individual old age home for their ageing parents bought in a decent locality at a good price. Explaining it further with a clear example, now if the son is settled in a big flat of Gurgaon living a classy life, then his parents must be living in any old colony of Delhi. And if the old age couple is living in a fine flat of Gurgaon then their sons must be living in any foreign country sending them all the expenses every month, without any hassles.
The scenario is widely known to everybody in the locality including the watchman, maids, milkman, press-wala and more, who pass on this inviting information (about the elderly couple living alone) to the bad elements, knowingly or unknowingly. And that’s what leads to a well-planned attack, loot and cold blooded murders done so easily without fear of any resistance or problem.
Thankfully DILLI GANG brings forward this significant issue on the screen as an insightful attempt, but I only wish they had done it more professionally in a much impactful manner. Anyway, though it’s obvious that the film will fail to reach a wider audience spreading the much needed awareness but it is indeed great that someone has at least thought of making a project on this significant issue, without caring about any business prospect or profits.
Hence supporting the cause, I would like to end this write-up by giving the same urgent message to all the youngsters that our parents don’t need only facilities, money or a good house in their final years, in the name of moral duties fulfilled. But what they really need is their family, grand-kids, togetherness and love to be showered upon in their last phases of life undeniably. And one can see this satisfaction in their eyes at the time of festivals when everyone is there around them celebrating together, after a long gap.
Further taking into account the basic theme of the film talking about a son who fails to be there with his parents in their last days, I would like to share few enlightening lines of a renowned Punjabi poet Janaab Surjeet Paatar, in which he beautifully describes the consequences of this ‘sad but true’ distance between the families living separately……..…and he says,
“Jo Badeshan Ch Ruldey Ne Rozi Layi,
Oh Jadon Des Partange Yaaron Kadi,
Kujh Te Sekangey Maa De Sivey Di Agan,
Baaki Kabran De Rukh Heth Ja Behenge”
(When the people, who are living in foreign lands in order to earn some big money, would return to their homelands someday, then a few would be able to feel the love of their mother again but the rest would be sitting under the tree besides her grave.)
Rating : 1+1 / 5 (Including the additional 1 just for the insightful attempt made)
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29 October 2013 / bobbysing /
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It seems that since the rediscovery of Punjabi Cinema in the last few years, now everyone or anyone with loads of money considers himself, ready and capable of making a film project all of a sudden. In fact that exactly is the reason why the market has been recently flooded with so many poor, below average and mediocre products served in the name of comedy, a genre which is (mistakenly) taken to be a sure shot winner in Punjab. Now the recently released ISHQ GARAARI is also a similar project made with the same mindset without any basic storyline, concept or vision which confidently tries to fool the audience with almost nothing in its 2+ hours of duration, except few good songs.
The film begins vaguely and then goes on including too many sub-plots of aspiring singers, mad fans, kidnapping, mistaken identities and more without following any specific direction. And that is the reason why after a while it turns out to be nothing but a sum of below average writing, direction and acting despite presence of few known actors from Mumbai. Nevertheless to give you a precise idea about its absurdity, the following are some conclusions derived from my experience of watching ISHQ GARAARI and the points should say it all without any hiding.
1. Firstly Punjabi Cinema, at present is walking on a dicey path of featuring the renowned Punjabi singers only as the lead actors in all its major projects. But if one or two established singers have proved themselves in the acting field, it doesn’t mean that all other singers can also prove the same playing the lead roles. And you can easily experience this bitter truth by watching the below par performances in ISHQ GARAARI.
2. Secondly, it’s ok and interesting too if you see your film as an opportunity to play spoof on your personal business rivals and make fun of them. But that cannot and should not be done on the cost of interfering in the film forcibly. (IG has a clearly pointing spoof played on Punjab’s famous music company and its owners, which is also quite deliberate and irritating mostly.)
3. Sometimes even talented actors find themselves caught in a silly project, standing helplessly in the middle of a ridiculous scene. And you can feel the same watching Prabhleen Sandhu (of SHAHID fame) playing a small role in ISHQ GARAARI and to some extent Ranvijay too acting awkwardly in his pathetic scenes.
4. It has been repeatedly noted that the Background Score has always been the highly neglected or casually taken departments in Punjabi Cinema and one can easily notice the clear ignorance for the same in this recent release too.
5. One of the most difficult genres in movie world is Comedy as it is comparatively easier to make people cry but quite difficult to make them all laugh together on a particular sequence. Now though improvisation on the spot by some talented actors may work most of the times, still a complete script is ideally required even for a comedy, before commencing the shoot, properly read (& grasped) by the entire team.
However here it seems as if most of the scenes in IG have been written on the spot while the shoot is on, since they neither have any basic purpose nor finesse in their final placement in the end product. To say it all, the scenes are certainly good enough to make interesting 30 second teasers for promoting the film on various platforms. But putting them all together as a complete film (without any set vision), doesn’t work at all and falls flat.
On a concluding note, the above mentioned observations should clearly reveal the basic framework of ISHQ GARAARI, which can be easily called as 'Intolerable' even if you are a big fan of any one of the ‘Singing Stars’ featuring in it. And I don’t think anything else needs to be stated here to define this (another) forgettable attempt from Punjabi cinema, which is fast becoming the victim of its own pool of talent, willing to en-cash the ongoing trend blindly, instead of making worth watching films for its energetic audience.
Rating : 1 / 5 (and that too strictly for its few good tracks providing the much needed relief moments.)
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27 October 2013 / bobbysing /
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Hindi Film Industry is certainly looking for new plots to offer something fresh to its starving audience. But working on this encouraging vision, many a times, scripts get approved which do sound interesting in narration or on paper but don’t really turn up as even average entertainers on the screen. SOOPER SE OOPER is also one of those shaky projects, unable to make any kind of favorable impact on the viewers in its two hours of duration.
Based on an interesting plot of the hero’s journey to bring his Mama (Mother’s elder brother) back to Mumbai from Rajasthan to get his property’s claim papers signed, the film is loaded with almost everything required to make a good project. It has Vir Das (GO GOA GONE fame) who plays the person caught between his villager relatives and a cunning builder eager to take over his property. There is Gulshan Grover playing the Oxford returned learned Mama, Yashpal Sharma as Mama’s devoted follower, Deepak Dobriyal & Tinnu Anand playing the builder mafia dons, Kirti as the pretty face and the team of Sonu Nigam-Bickram Ghosh making the soundtrack of the film probably for the first time.
Further SSP has a decent cinematography, fine art direction and the vision of making a clean comedy (Shekhar Ghosh), clearly visible in few of its comic scenes too. Yet, nothing works in the desired manner throughout the film and it turns out to be neither a comedy nor a complete social drama in the end. The film is never able to grab your complete attention or make you laugh as the projected comedy and even the actors seem to be losing their interests at times. Particularly it looks like quite a below average, mediocre product, watching Kirti’s weird dance sequences, poorly conceived in the competition scenes.
In all this is nothing you can enjoy in the theaters but may be a certain section of viewers can do so while watching it on the channels in the comfort of their homes.
Rating : 1.5 / 5
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26 October 2013 / bobbysing /
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A project completely dependent upon the already famous comic persona of TV actor-anchor, Manish Paul, MICKEY VIRUS is a fairly entertaining film if we keep aside its awkward and unconvincing climax ruining the fine build-up. It has an enjoyable first half, mostly providing the funny moments through its Computer-ish dialogues, having a strong youth appeal using the Delhi ambience, which also lacks the perfection as seen in VICKY DONOR). Yes, the humour element in it takes a back seat since the film turns into a thrilling crime mystery post interval, still the racy pace doesn’t let you feel the missing factor and the new twists in the storyline keep the interest alive. However as the secret is revealed, it doesn’t turn out to be that convincing or hard hitting at all, hampering the overall impact of an engrossing watch as it ends.
Thankfully made on a fresh subject, the film begins on a shaky note but then goes on to deliver the promised humor constantly, mainly through its well written lines. Revolving around a computer hacker caught in a messy trap, it has some cool graphics, better than many other films of the past using the same element. At times romance disturbs the progression but the justification arrives later as the con begins and there are very few drops in its narration before the long climax. Both the background score & cinematography keep the energy going along with a few above average songs including “Sajna Ve”.
As expected, Manish Paul impressively is the part of almost all the entertaining sequences of the film and he once again proves his excellent comic timing in its debut film too. Elli Avram looks stunning but doesn’t get much to do as per the script (except serving the glamour quotient of the film, as required). Out of the friendly group, Puja Gupta gets the maximum scenes and she is fine, whereas Raghave Kakkar, Vikesh Kumar and Nitesh Pandey (Professor) are just all right. Manish Chaudhari repeatedly delivers a similar kind of act as seen in his previous films but the one actor who comes up as a clear winner among the supporting cast is Varun Badola, who is simply lovable as the assisting inspector.
As the first notable attempt from director Saurabh Varma, MICKEY VIRUS mainly scores for its novel subject, well worked upon lingo, entertaining first half and Manish Paul. However with a different & severely edited climax it could have been a much better venture for sure. Also with a subject majorly dealing with the city culture (hugely dependent on gadgets), it is going to find fewer takers in the interiors and smaller centers. So keeping this fact and the film’s fresh, out of the routine subject in mind, I would like to rate it as a nice, well attempted metro entertainer, just missing the target due to its final reels.
Rating : 3 / 5 (With a hope that it doesn't turn out to be an inspired version of a foreign flick later.)
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25 October 2013 / bobbysing /
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