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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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‘Murder mystery’ is a genre which has seen the least hits in Hindi Film Industry till date. But when a bankable veteran such as Aamir Khan, decides to feature in a movie based on a mysterious plot around a series of murders, then one is bound to expect something extraordinary from the project without any doubt. So I was all game to see this thankfully ‘out of the routine’ film and further got more excited reading some big names in its opening credits such as Javed Akhtar (Lyrics), Zoya Akhtar (Writer), Farhan Akhtar (Dialogues) and Anurag Kashyap (Additional Dialgoues).

But sadly after watching it, I didn’t feel like being served well as the movie lacked the expected fireworks in its less impressive conclusion which should have been the highlight of the film representing this particular genre. Nevertheless, since the review of such ‘Mystery movies’ should ideally not reveal any of the story developments in its script, so here I would like to restrict myself to a certain level and would only be sharing how I felt watching the film in its two halves.
As it begins TALAASH successfully manages to grab your attention from its well shot opening credits only and the viewer is all set to watch an engrossing crime thriller featuring the perfectionist. Very casually and calmly directed Reema Kagti, introduces all her characters on the screen and then the investigations begin within the first 15 minutes of the film itself. As the scripts starts unfolding its various chapters, TALAASH starts gripping the viewer and one finds himself becoming interested in its each new proceedings quite easily. So, despite of an avoidable song, the first half largely proves to be a winner giving you the taste of a fine mystery drama with many realistic performances directed well by Reema Kagti.
Post intermission, the problems begin with its slow narration mainly due to the elaborate depiction of the emotional plot added in the script related with Aamir and his family. The pace drops for a considerable period of time (including another deliberate song) and then it all goes down to the last half an hour of the film where the viewers await the big shock coming their way to amaze them. But unfortunately after some good chase sequences, when the finale is there, TALAASH fails to deliver and doesn’t make any solid impact on the viewers with its loose and unimpressive conclusion.
Hence against all promises made in its subtle promotion, TALAASH is not an edge of the seat, nail biting mysterious thriller as KAHAANI. It devotes too much time to its sub-plots introduced in the script and thus loses the focus on its main storyline revolving around a strange accident. In fact that was the reason why KAHAANI became an instant success at the box office due to its extremely focused direction without any avoidable insertions hampering the overall impact of the film. Now though comparatively Reema too keeps you guessing in TALAASH giving some vague hints about the killer at various intervals. But still when the actual secret gets unfold on the screen, it is not able to amaze you hugely, which should have been the major turning point of the film as per its theme.
Talking about performances, Aamir is fine as the tough inspector, but he also looks like trying too hard in few sequences. The perfectionist proves himself again in the emotional scenes of the climax when he begins to accept that there is a lot more in this world which cannot be seen but only felt. Yet I strongly felt as if Aamir was not there in the film completely. Rani Mukherjee is brilliant in her glamour-less mother act and Kareena is going to shock many in her bold & shocking avatar as the hooker. In the supporting cast, Nawazuddin Siddiqui gets the maximum marks along with Shernaz Patel but Raj Kumar Yadav remains wasted in a meaningless role of the assistant inspector.
Visually, TALAASH takes you into the dark world of Mumbai with a great art direction and cinematography. And the two actually contribute a lot in the basic structure of the film. As usual the not so memorable songs (Ram Sampath) work as an obstacle in its otherwise tense proceedings and without them it surely could have been a much crispier product as it seems. However the background score adds to the spirit of the movie as per the requirements.
To sum it all, if you look upon the film as a solo Aamir Khan project coming after the gap of 3 years, then it more or less fails to give you the desired results. But taking it as a Reema Kagti film made on an interesting script, it is still a one- time watch venture which might be liked by many.
Having said that, I would like to share my own viewpoint about “Great Murder Mysteries” here, which might have certain revealing spoilers about the film too.

So please read further only after watching the film or if you are ok with dealing with Spoilers.
As per my opinion, a great murder mystery is the one which unfolds all the cards in front of you and then the viewers are free to guess the culprit out of them. In other words if there are 10 characters on the screen then the murderer has to be one out of them which keeps the guess work going and the fun intact. But in case the writer or director suddenly brings in an 11th character in the last 10 minutes of the story and declares him the main culprit then honestly the whole charm of the mystery is lost because there is no way anyone can guess that 11th person as the main culprit. Plus all that fun of guessing the 1 out of those 10, seems to be a time-waste and funny all together.
And that’s exactly what spoils the game in TALAASH too when all of a sudden, writer-director Reema Kagti plays the supernatural card in the end and puts all the blame of those strange murders on the spirit itself. Now where for few it might be fine but for an avid lover of “Whodunit” and “Intelligent Murder Mysteries” it comes out to be as hugely disappointing.
To be straight, had it not been an Aamir Khan film, many would have rated it as a fine interesting attempt but nothing more than that.
Ratings : 2.5 / 5
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30 November 2012 / bobbysing /
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Runa Laila, a famous playback singer in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India was active in the decades of 70s and 80s in the past. Amongst her immensely popular numbers in India remain “Dama Dam Mast Qalander” and “Mera Babu Chhail Chhabila Main To Nachungi”.

She made an exciting debut in Hindi films in the early 70s and then worked with many renowned music directors such as Jaidev, Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant Pyarelal and Bappi Lahiri. Her most famous Hindi film songs included “Do Dewaane Shehar Mein” (Gharonda), “Alibaba Mil Gaya Chaalis Choron Se” (Agneepath) and more.
In 1982, Runa Laila released a private Pop Album “SUPERUNA” which was presented by Bappi Lahiri as the music director of the project having 10 tracks. Now one of the songs in this album was “De De Pyar De" which also started from “Hum Bande Hain Pyar Ke, Maange Sabki Khair” (penned by Anjaan) and had exactly the same composition and music as later used in Prakash Mehra’s SHARAABI released in 1984.
Interestingly SHARAABI also had Bappi Lahiri as its music director and reportedly the song “De De Pyar De” was initially supposed to be sung by Runa Laila herself as informed to the singer then. But later for some unknown reasons it came out as a Asha Bhosle number in the film’s original soundtrack and went on to become a major hit of that year with another bigger hit version of the same sung by Kishore Kumar in the film.
Hence this famous song which eventually went into the HIT kitty of Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar was actually a Runa Laila's song from her private pop album in reality. (Probabily Bappi Da had the original copyrights of the song with himself as it seems, since the album SUPERUNA was presented by Bappi Lahiri only which is boldly mentioned on its cover inlay.)
But that is not all, as the basic composition of the song has a strong Bangla folk origin which also gave rise to the famous song in GUIDE (1965), “Allah Megh De”.

And here is the link to listen to the original Bangla Folk composition also sung as “Allah Megh De”

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29 November 2012 / bobbysing /
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Guru Nanak - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

One of the most recent “New Religions” witnessed all over the world is SIKHISM, with only a 500 years old history of 10 living Gurus and the 11th Shabad Guru, Guru Granth Sahib which includes the divine poetic expressions of 35 different contributors including 6 Sikh Gurus lead by GURU NANAK.
And today on the occasion of GURU NANAK Sahib’s birth anniversary, I was just made to think about this question when one of my learned friends said that, “How beautiful and meaningful are the divine words of the Master even in the present times, after more than 500 years of their actual origin……, how truthful they are even in this fast moving world of technology today…..and how amazingly futuristic the vision of GURU NANAK must have been to recite these verses centuries back!”
Now many of the friends reading this must have heard these words (or this emotional expression) too often. But the way my friend said this with a great religious spirit and a big proud on his face, it forced me to think that do we actually realize “What it really means to say that teachings of Divine Masters like GURU NANAK are relevant even today?”
Unfortunately the answer is…No….We don’t!
Because this statement in reality is not just about the futuristic vision of any Master alone, but it in disguise reveals the stubborn, ignorant and unreceptive nature of this human race which has not changed even slightly or has in fact gone worse in the last 500 years.
Now keeping the verses related to the praises of Almighty apart, If the life teaching words of a revolutionary spiritual teacher like GURU NANAK, KABIR or FARID are relevant even today after more than 5 centuries then this is not at all a positive statement to be honest. Since it truthfully means that ‘WE Humans’ have not learned anything from all those MASTERS who came to awaken us in this long period since 15th century.
If all the lessons related to 'How to live a truthful life' given by these honorable GURUs are still applicable on our society even today then it simply means that we have done nothing as per their teachings in all these years and our social structure is still walking on the same rotten path strongly condemned by these Masters only in the past.
In straight words, If a Shabad (spiritual poetic verse) of GURU NANAK talking about the hidden evils of a person and society, proves to be perfectly true even in the present times then it obviously states that We have not worked on those inner evils at all and still remain the same sick people as we were in the 15th century when GURU NANAK was alive.
Hence for me, it really gives a feeling of GUILT to admit that the words of a great rebellious master like GURU NANAK, said in the 15th century are relevant even today in the 21st.
For me it admittedly means that we have not followed those spiritual teachings at all………,
It strictly reveals that we have failed in all our previous chances given and now on the verge of wasting another precious one due to our own ages old ignorant and unlearning nature………! And probably all these Masters perfectly knew this truth that The Human Race is not going to change for his own good ever and their teaching would remain applicable in the future too.
So today on the birth anniversary of beloved GURU NANAK, who did not just belong to a single community, I would like to begin to work on the same and wish that all friends reading this honest write-up would give it a thought too.
And it is not just about SIKHS or any particular religion alone, but its about every single individual from any religion who firmly believes in the teachings of his own loving Masters and also in the ONE SUPREME POWER above all.
Because if we cannot work upon all the spiritual lessons given to us by all those Blessed Ones then there is no use reading, respecting or worshipping them as a mere ritual alone.

Remembering the rebellion Master Guru Nanak with
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28 November 2012 / bobbysing /
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This is one of those shocking movies made on a real life story which reveals the hidden ugly face of our society lead by the questionable media. It shows us the mirror, when we unknowingly or unconsciously start enjoying the pain felt by the others and love to talk about the people at the suffering end behind their back. Though the film (as per the real incident), doesn’t give you any straight or decisive conclusion about the shocking happening in the end. Still “Cry In The Dark” is a mysterious eye-opener especially targeting the people who are a part of today’s media circus or the ones who strongly start believing in whatever is fed to them through various mediums and platforms in a highly irresponsible manner.

Based on the true story of Lindy Chamberlain and Michael Chamberlain, this is filmed in a documentary style featuring one of the most mysterious court cases in the history of Australia. It gives you the account of that sad night when Lindy Chamberlain witnesses or claims witnessing a Dingo (an Australian dog) carrying away her 10 months old daughter from a camp tent. The baby was never found again but the case turned into a national drama when the Police discovered some peculiar developments on the site resulting in Lindy being charged for murdering her own daughter.

As the plot suggests, this was one of those most difficult acts to portray on the screen, challengingly accepted by Meryl Streep to give one of her career best performances as Lindy. And Meryl also got a Best Actress Nomination in the Academy Awards for the same quite deservingly. She truly gets into the skin of her character ‘Lindy' and through her flawless act never reveals that whether the lady actually did it or was just an unfortunate victim of the misguiding media reports in front of the jury. Director Fred Schepisi extracts a commendable performance not only from Meryl Streep but also from Sam Neill, playing the stumbling husband, who just finds himself caught between his family, cruel media persons and the court proceedings.
In all, A CRY IN THE DARK is one of those intense films which take you into the inner psyche of a victim whose small kid gets taken away by a wild animal, never to be found again. And on top of that the whole society, media and the court thinks that this cannot happen naturally and the mother herself must have killed the baby following an undisclosed sick ritual. It is also one of those films which insightfully reveal that at times, the irresponsible media might become a culprit too by entirely changing the attitude of people in a case through its questionable and biased reporting.

So if you can feel the importance of the subject here and also love to watch exciting, court room dramas with new turning points coming one after another then do watch A CRY IN THE DARK as a must and give a serious thought to the role of media in its complex as well as shocking conclusion.
Directed By Fred Schepisi
Starring : Meryl Streep, Sam Neil, Dale Reeves and more.
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