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NOOR - What a confused and lazy way to make a crime investigative thriller with neither thrills nor any investigations ending on a weird note. (Review By Bobby Sing).

This Friday's One Line Reviews by Bobby Sing for making your movie plans..

When my Career Consultancy didn't work for a few strangely concerned parents. - by Bobby Sing (Few Life Inspiring Words - 23).

FAST & FURIOUS 8 (English/Hindi) - Partially enjoyable, but strictly for the fans loving the action genre. [TTP (To The Point) Review By Bobby Sing].

MANJE BISTRE (Punjabi) - It seems Punjabi Cinema is now stuck with period dramas focusing on a 'Vyah Wala Ghar' as their latest repetitive obsession. (Review By Bobby Sing).

BEGUM JAAN (Hindi) / RAJKAHINI (Bengali) - Benegal's MANDI meets Manto's TOBA TEK SINGH and Mehta's MIRCH MASALA in this bold but over dramatic effort, sadly remaining too bland to be called an epic despite its noble intentions. (An overview by Bobby Sing).

The last 2 shows at REGAL and the one man behind the event, nobody knows about. (A detailed emotional and technical description by Bobby Sing).

MUKTI BHAWAN (Hotel Salvation) - Could have been a classic, but surely deserves to be seen for its subject, performances and Varanasi in particular. (Review by Bobby Sing).

LAALI KI SHAADI MEIN LAADDOO DEEWANA - Stay away from this marriage and its tiring absurdity. [TTP (To The Point) Review By Bobby Sing].

MIRZA JUULIET - One of those strictly avoidable films that make you wonder why they got made and for whom? (Review By Bobby Sing).

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April 28, 2017 Friday     

There is an exciting and inviting news for all book lovers here as The Times of India, one of the top newspapers of the nation, celebrates its 175th year of publication by releasing two precious collector’s delight books related with Indian History, Politics and Film Industry. The fabulous releases bring out memorable pages from TOI’s archives featuring many major events, articles, reviews, trendsetter happenings, controversies and rare, unseen photographs remembering the last two centuries, compiled in two well-designed Coffee Table books concisely reviewed below.

FLASHBACK - Review By Bobby Sing

Briefly commencing from the pre-film entertainment & early film shows from 1849-1910s, the book has news clippings and articles published on Dadasaheb Phalke, his ‘Raja Harishchandra’ followed by Bombay’s silent and early talkie studios in the subsequent pages.
Moving ahead, it takes you on to an immensely delightful journey of our Indian Film Industry from 1930s to the new millennium through many insightfully compiled and superbly designed quality pages full of quite unique information, news, reviews and many unseen pictures of all the reigning creative masters of 100 years of our Indian Cinema. 
Its each turning of the page transports you back into that memorable era and looking at all those invaluable documents one strongly feels like thanking its publishers for giving us this rare chance to witness these historical pages once again. Following the ten decades of growth of our Indian Film Industry, though it majorly focusing on Hindi films and its related issues in most of its pages but still it gives enough attention to the regional cinema too as required, making it a must buy for every Indian movie-freak for his personal home library without any doubt.
Researched & Conceived by : Sharmishtha Gooptu, Avijit Ghish and Srijana Mitra Das.
Momentous Times - Review By Bobby SingMOMENTOUS TIMES
Taking into account the last two centuries, this nostalgic book brings together 175 landmark events of pre and post independent India, from 1838 to the present times. And it is quite an amazing experience to re-visit those different times through the individual pages dedicated to every major event selected carefully. The book begins with the news on Indian Penal Code in 1838 and ends with the Nirbhaya’s Martyrdom in December 2012 devoting each page to a memorable event with some exceptional news clips and photographs. Particularly its truly like being in a time machine reading the news reports around the Indian Independence in the mid-40s, about the wars with our neighboring countries post the 60s, the politically tense 70s with the reference of emergency and even the release of SHOLAY and articles written on the epic given the deserving space.
In short if you are interested in Indian politics and its progress over the last two centuries then this is certainly a not to be missed chronicle by all means and it needs to be there in your private collection as a must.
Compiled by : Sandipan Deb
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30 November 2013 / bobbysing /
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When a director like Tigmanshu Dhulia makes his first film, he follows his own vision, guts and dream coming up with a real gem as HAASIL (2003). With the next few films he continues the same path featuring some talented actors as in CHARAS (2004) & SHAGIRD (2011) till success comes knocking at his doors with many awards and recognition post the realistic gem PAAN SINGH TOMAR (2012). The good times continue with an average grosser series of SAHIB BIWI AUR GANGSTER and another award winning performance in GANGS OF WASSEYPUR series makes many heads turn with the changing times. Now in this new phase of success, the name of this talented director makes a way and reaches big production houses and the big stars, who then call him to direct a specific project for them as per their own requirements. And this is exactly where the problem begins, when the so called ‘Star-System’ enters into the game, clearly visible in Tigmanshu’s latest flick BULLETT RAJA which happens to be the weakest film from the director unexpectedly.
BR begins on a very uninspiring note unlike director’s previous films and when one gets to see an item song within the first 10 minutes only all of a sudden, it becomes pretty clear that this has not been made as per the exact vision of the person behind films like HAASIL, CHARAS, SHAGIRD and PAAN SINGH TOMAR. Yes, BULLETT RAJA too has got a part of that raw, unforgiving and realistic Tigmanshu feel in its initial moments using the local dialect and settings. But an all predictable screenplay & sloppy editing actually plays the main spoilt sport here wherein things keep happening too easily for the main lead and therefore their journey of becoming ‘Political Commandos” from the common man largely remains less impressive and unconvincing.
Still the film does have some irregular engaging moments arising out of its well written enjoyable dialogues in the first half, along with few poor songs. But once many of its notable characters vanish altogether as per the story progression, it all becomes quite dull and the film falls drastically post intermission having nothing new to serve other than the usual revenge drama. To save it from sinking further, the writers bring in a fresh character of Vidyut Jammwal in the last 40 minutes of the film playing the tough inspector with some new twists and turns. But the move fails to provide any major lift and it all ends with an open climax as we have already seen several times before in the recent times.  
In few words, the director who is known for coming up with some fresh films following his own unique way of execution surprisingly chooses a very poor story idea for his first mainstream project made with a big name. Plus throughout the film his famous touch is visible only in some characters in the beginning or in few scenes later on with some notable dialogues well rendered by the supporting cast. Further a few insertions are incorporated in a quite unintelligent way (unlike a Dhulia film), like the use of Skype in a confidential meeting straight connecting to the jail, the extreme facilities enjoyed by the power broker within the jail premises and particularly the dialogue mentioning Rani Laxmi Bai in the hotel room (What was it really??). Moreover the intense emotional feel, visible in the director’s previous films is completely missing in this and the viewers never feel connected to the ongoing affair between the lead pair not even once.
Now whether this was a result of the director’s sincere attempt to enter the commercial zone for the first time or the outcome of some external interference in his directorial vision cannot be said. But whatever the reason might be, the truth remains that this happens to be the weakest film of Tigmanshu Dhulia till date unarguably.
Apart from its feeble story plot, the other major disappointment of BULLETT RAJA is its poor soundtrack and over use of songs unnecessarily. The background score too sounds both good and average at different places following an uneven path and cinematography could have made a stronger impact with a better editing. Promoted as an action film, the fight sequences do have a realistic feel but the action actually could really have been the key player here with Vidyut coming in earlier since he is the best one to display the art specifically.
Regarding its performances, the film is solely made for Saif alone and he tries hard to fit into the character doing all the home work. Yet, I found a lot missing in his honest portrayal of Raja Misra in terms of energy and that rustic feel, so couldn’t relate to his onscreen character frankly. On the other side, Jimmy Sheirgill once again displays his best in a Tigmanshu Dhulia project and holds the film strongly till he is there on the screen forming a fine team with Saif. Here I must add that the actor is a completely different person (arrogant and with a lot of attitude) when it comes to Punjabi films in particular. And Jimmy really needs to see into this difference of attitude at the earliest.
Playing the female lead, I wonder how on earth Sonakshi manages to act and enjoy the same kind of performance in almost every film of hers in a repetitive mode (except LOOTERA). Perhaps she is more interested in only quantity and not quality. Gulshan Grover & Raj Babbar are fine as usual but both Vipin Sharma and Shart Saxena leave a solid impact in their short roles. Chunky Pandey and Mahile Gill are there for only few scenes in the beginning. However to say the truth, BULLET RAJA would have been an entirely different film altogether with Vidyut Jammwal and Ravi Kissen having more lengthy roles in the script. Particularly Ravi Kissen whose highly interesting character of a cross-dressing man, remains wasted without given much to do.
Ending on a sour note, BULLETT RAJA doesn’t have that thrill, excitement, freshness and honesty associated with the films made by one of the most promising director of our times, Tigmanshu Dhulia. Perhaps this is the cost a visionary director has to pay while working with big production houses and STARS following their specific instructions. So assuming that the makers would learn from their mistake made, I hope Tigmanshu returns back to his own school of film-making soon following his inner urge and gives us another gem in the future, taking BULLETT RAJA out of his system at the earliest.
Ratings : 2 / 5
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29 November 2013 / bobbysing /
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Breaking Bad - The Best TV Series Till Date

Before watching this incredibly terrific & thrilling show, I only had the famous “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” series in my mind, as the Best Television program ever happening on the small screen, running for several years. However post experiencing the complete seasons of this extremely well written, superbly enacted and brilliantly directed crime series called “Breaking Bad”, I can easily rate it as the ‘Best Television Series” of this new millennium unarguably and one of the “Top 3 Television Series Ever” till date since the black & white era.
In fact, the reason why “Breaking Bad” can even be rated as “The BEST TV Series ever” is, that neither it is a collection of different engaging stories told in its various episodes nor it has too many distinctive angles or characters taking the plot into diverse directions in order to give you a variety of content. The series revolves around only few fixed characters and majorly focuses on a single plot throughout, without getting confused, scattered or lost. Yet it amazingly keeps you engaged for more than 60 episodes in its 5 seasons aired in the time span of 5 years (with the ratings witnessing an increase with its each new season like a dream run). And for anyone understanding the medium, keeping you glued to the seats, working on the same storyline & few characters for more than 45 long hours till 5 years, is certainly nothing short of “An Unbelievable Magical Spell” and not an easy target to achieve by any means undoubtedly.
Based on a highly engrossing plot woven around the lead character of Walter White, a highly qualified chemistry teacher, the series begins when he is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and hasn’t got much time left to live before the final good-bye. Now instead of making a “Bucket-List’ mentioning many things to do, Walt decides to earn big amount of money for his family before he is gone and thus begins creating the purest form of drug teaming up with his former student Jesse Pinkman. Now due to the rare and superb quality of their product reaching 99% of purity, the partners-in-crime start earning loads of money in a real quick time and their journey begins in the underground world of drugs, mafia and chasing police without any visible warnings.
And from here on, you get to see a beautiful piece of art with a splendid writing, brilliant characterization, incredible acting, amazing cinematography, impressive art direction, pulsating background score and completely original story progression right till the end, never makes you realize that you are actually watching a TV series (and not a big budget movie) running for more than 60 episodes. A masterfully visualized series directed by various contributors, it basically remains the brainchild of Vince Gilligan the creator, who takes you onto a highly thrilling, energized and magnetic journey revolving around his dark, grey and brutal characters dealing with their own issues of life individually. It has an intelligently written multi-layered script dealing with every single detail around its few characters, reminding you of the works of maestros such as Quentin Tarantino, The Cohen Brothers, Guy Ritchie and more.
As it rightly deserved, BREAKING BAD received a widespread acclaim both from the viewers as well as the critics unanimously during its entire 5 series and many have also rated it as ‘The Greatest Television Drama of All Time” too repeatedly. It has a very rare 9.5 rating at its IMDBpage and that should say it all indicating towards the excellence achieved by its makers and performers in this exceptional TV epic. The series was regularly nominated for various awards from the year 2008 to 2013 and it deservingly won many of them for its different departments ranging from writing, direction, cinematography and performances. In fact such was the favourable impact of the series on the actors fraternity too that (as per IMDB) once the famous Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson simply walked on to the sets of BB, completely unannounced and wished to do a cameo appearance in an episode, admitting that he was a huge fan of BREAKING BAD since the beginning.
Also in its Season 5, an episode was dedicated to Kevin Cordasco, a teenager cancer patient, who was a super-fan of the show and also met the key members of the BREAKING BAD team before his death. The boy was even offered to read the final script of the series so that he gets to know about the climax before it’s too late. But Kevin declined the offer, as he didn't think that he would be able to keep the secret. The boy died in March 2013 and they respectfully dedicated an episode to his name, remembering the true fan of the series.
Coming to my personal experience, after receiving a friendly suggestion to see BB, I just began watching its very first episode of the opening series quite casually without expecting anything exceptional. But within the next 50 minutes, I was forced to accept my underestimated mistake as this was nothing less than a visual treat experienced after a long time. The execution was way beyond my assumption and I frankly couldn’t stop myself and had to watch its entire 5 seasons at a stretch in the next 20 days, postponing everything else which could be pushed ahead easily. And believe me, I had a real great time watching Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Jonathan Banks, Giancarlo Esposito and more constantly for more than 60 hours without feeling stressed, bored or over-served even once. Particularly Giancarlo Esposito was a real treat to watch as Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring along with the lead pair of Bryan-Aaron and their acts together are sure going to stay in my mind for a long time.
So if you are true fan of crime-thrillers genre and love to watch new pulsating thrillers offering some mind-blowing content in a completely fresh form, then do find the five seasons of BREAKING BAD urgently and then simply dive into the world of Walter White to have a novel cinematic experience of your life right away. And I am sure a lot of mad movie lovers like myself are going to take many offs in the next weeks due to this addictive series lying unwatched in their possession titled BREAKING BAD.
Creator : Vince Gilligan
Starring : Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks, Dean Norris, Anna Gunn, Giancarlo Esposito
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24 November 2013 / bobbysing /
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Certain films raise not one or two but several questions in your mind about the team behind its making and their basic thought structure before going ahead with such tasteless, ridiculous and uninspiring kind of script without giving it a second thought. So instead of writing a usual review, here I would like to share my conclusions after watching this ‘quite hard to see’ romantic comedy, wherein I neither found the romance nor any comedy as calmly promoted by its makers with a pretty bad song.
1. “You are a born film-maker!”
Now this phrase can be interpreted in two ways.
One when a person has a great, gifted talent of film-making in him, which he has developed through his own efforts and hard work, working in the field for years before being called a Film-maker.
And Two, when a person has simply got born in the family related to film business or movie-making and therefore obviously becomes a Film-maker by default.
(And the same theory goes for the actors too in many cases)
2. Sometimes a project just gets all the needed approvals from a corporate house without any objections raised, simply because of the big names backing it from the front, even when there is no script, storyline or an idea shared about what actually they are approving and putting their money in.
3. In such ventures, even the actors don’t know what they are actually being signed for, since the script is yet to be given a thought after finalizing the entire schedule and dates.
4. And when the need of the script arises, they just mix and match few of their senior’s famous films hurriedly, as if there are only fools coming to the theater and they can be served anything in the name of a film with some glossy faces and songs.
5. Such projects try to incorporate everything which is trending around without any set vision. So if Punjabi is the in-thing, they get a completely insane and horrible song written around a Punjabi word used for the ‘Bums’ and just don’t care to enquire about its actual use in the language at all! (And it was this song, questionably written as “Tooh”, which simply left me with jaws open in disbelief and disgust like never before in all these recent decades honestly. In fact I cannot remember a Hindi film song falling to this sick and ridiculous level ever to say the least.)
6. Normally in the first day shows of a film, all the theater attendants, caretakers and torch-men are also very much interested in watching the new film, standing quietly along the wall with their eyes on the screen. But in a film such as GORI TERE PYAAR MEIN, even they walk out of theaters after an hour or so and never return back even post intervals.
7. When film-makers who perhaps have never been to any real village or remote areas, try to show a village in their film as per their forced-in script demand. Then it’s pretty obvious that it turns out to be completely artificial, senseless and fake, since they haven’t got the vision to portray such earthy elements on the screen in reality. And that is possibly the reason why GTPM truly becomes unbearable in its second half as it shifts into a fake village wherein a bridge is to be built in a pure LAGAAN or SWADES style by the star architect.
8. A film like GTPM does teach you a valuable lesson of life too, that sometimes even when there is everything available on the table to make a delicious dish, the cook still may make a silly mess out of it due to his over-confidence or no fear of a failure at all (read no-work) in the near future.
9. Lastly, GTPM strongly makes you wonder that did its makers really knew that for whom or for which target audience they were actually making this film and Why?
To end with, if a newcomer (or a struggler writer) would have gone to any of the production houses related with the film, with this SCRIPT in hand to make a movie on. Then either he would have got the rejection right away in hours or the script would have been thrown in the bin as soon as he has gone out of the office after reading only its few opening pages.
Anyway, searching for the only silver lining in this black cloud, there are 10 odd minutes of beautiful Shraddha Kapoor in the film, which are watchable. And in case you are too serious to watch her on the screen post AASHIQUI 2, then just see the film at a lower cost ticket before the intermission and simply walk away.
Rating : 0.5 / 5 (And too just for Shraddha Kapoor’s 10 odd minutes in the film.)
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