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May 25, 2017 Thursday     
There are certain films that need to be released despite being a bad product, just to get rid of them by their makers as they themselves clearly know about the mess but can do nothing about it quite helplessly. ZID is another of those ill-fated projects which though had a fairly interesting plot of becoming an engaging thriller but turns out to be so amateurishly presented and enacted film that one really feels annoyed thinking about the fact that it was supposedly the launch vehicle of another good looking girl from the Chopra family with an inspired foreign angle too.
Loosely adapted from a German film, UNTER NACHBARN/THE GOOD NEIGHBOUR (2011) and re-scripted again with typical Bollywood kind of insertions, it’s a perfect case wherein a fine plot gets ruined by the re-writers focusing more on erotica than the mystery element.
ZID is the debut film of Mannara (earlier known with a different name), who is another cousin of Priyanka Chopra post Parineeti making her own reputed place in the industry. And it is said that the movie was approved by Priyanka only to go ahead. God knows what she saw in the project/script to recommend!
Reportedly director Vivek Agnihotri prepared Mannara for her strange/difficult kind of role, completed more than half of the film and then walked away due to some undisclosed differences, which rightly explains its directionless proceedings post intermission like a lost wandering child.
The film has more than 5-6 songs and a quite deliberate and at your face kind of skin show, probably added later to make it commercially viable catering a particular section of viewers in the smaller centers. However, surprisingly the songs are not that bad in comparison to many other big films but fail to make an impact along with an average cinematography and background score due to all mediocre & uninteresting sequences on the screen generating no interest whatsoever.
In short, if you wish to learn how acting can be interpreted as screaming, emoting weirdly, showing cleavages, kissing wildly and more, then you should ideally see ZID, which is an excellent example of how even a suspense murder mystery can turn out to be so boring and irritating watch at times. Having a pretty confused script, strangely adapted from a foreign film with fine ratings, it simply tests the patience of the viewers and is strongly not recommended, particularly to the fans of this exciting genre. You would not be able to bear it for more than two hours.
Rating : 1 / 5 (including an additional 0.5 just giving it a benefit of doubt of being a disputed project.)
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30 November 2014 / bobbysing /
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The first reaction one has in mind after watching UNGLI is that the film must have been in the making for a long time with certain production issues, as it talks about an already overused theme quite shabbily and has a very uninterestingly executed progression without any great involvement of its writer and director. Moreover it has all cameo kind of appearances of many known names who have nothing great to do in their limited scenes and thus make no impact whatsoever on the viewers in less than two hours of duration including few mediocre songs.
Stating its only merits, UNGLI begins well with a hard hitting realistic scene and then has an innovative animated title sequence featuring a song calling for social awakening through 'A Respected Aadarniye Ungli'. It comes to the point in the first 10 minutes only and therefore raises your expectations with such quick developments on the screen wasting no time on introductions. However a poor item song with a guest appearance of Shraddha Kapoor pulls the film down and then it fails to pick up any further in the subsequent reels offering a pretty stale, outdated and illogical project taking a lot for granted. A love angle (with Neha Dhupia) is inserted in its storyline just for the sake of it as usual and nothing works in the favour of this weak attempt made despite all the good intentions of its socially relevant subject suggesting a revolutionary solution taking the law in hands to fight with corruption.
With an interval at just 55 minutes and a laughable sequence in its climax along with few unwanted songs, UNGLI gives you nothing as compared to the expectations raised in the beginning and one keeps wondering why actors such as Emraan Hashmi, Randeep Hooda, Kangna Ranaut, Mahesh Manjrekar and Sanjay Dutt said yes to the film to play all under-developed characters in only few scenes appearances full of many clichéd moments. The background score & editing tries its best to give the movie some pace. But nothing is successful in hiding the truth that the film had been in the making for the last two years and most probably had gone through many changes and re-touchings too, resulting in a complete ‘no-show’ in the end to say it all.
So try to avoid UNGLI this week since its nothing but another of those mistakes of a big production house made out of their sheer over-confidence using an in-house team/director trying to take advantage of the present questionable social conditions prevalent in the country.
Rating : 1 / 5
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29 November 2014 / bobbysing /
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As a pleasantly surprising, light entertainer coming from Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi, the insightful director of CHANAKYA (TV Series), PINJAR and the recent UPANISHAD GANGA (TV Series), ZED PLUS can easily be rated as one of the best political satires in the recent times supported by some exceptional dialogues & performances without shouting it loud or going overboard in its more than two hours of duration.
Yes, it reminds you of a few films based on somehow similar concepts and is not a perfect classic as I felt towards the end. But still would like you to watch it considering a refreshing change from the typical romantic comedies and action movies thrown one after another promoted by few big names. Especially for its worth praising writing and dialogues conveying many seriously concerning issues with a great entertaining ease by all talented performers.
In other words, if you wish to witness a film that can simply be called a director’s project from start to finish then ZED PLUS is the one to go for. Performed well by many underrated actors in full control of their director, it’s based on a very carefully written script which is in fact a delight to watch for most of its time and doesn’t disappoint hugely post its intermission too. Beginning with some superb sarcastic comments on the governing people, it takes a good 15-20 minutes for the introductions and then begins the fun quickly maintaining the pace throughout till those (sadly) predictable concluding moments which could have been given a different turn. So its only the final 30 minutes of the film that make you feel watching something obvious and seen before diluting the overall impact of the movie putting it honestly. But as a whole it certainly comes as a much needed relief among the silly crap regularly being offered by Bollywood makers with an amazing consistency.
Actually the best part of ZED PLUS that makes it worth recommending is its story telling, particularly the dialogues full of many brilliant witty remarks, idioms and representation of many recent developments in the country discussed all over. For instance watch out the way it portrays the confusion or debate over the use of Hindi and English in our government matters, VIP culture getting an added advantage disturbing the everyday life of a common man, the media playing a big role in the country’s active politics, terrorism used as a triumph card by the shrewd leaders of all parties and how corruption and sudden easy money pollutes a simple, honest mind too without taking much time in just a few weeks. Personally I loved the ringtone insertion of Vande Matram and the look alike prime minister used very subtly by the thinking director so well in its key sequences.
The script intelligently crafts a fine buildup after the initial introductions and then the superb performers take over from there, impressing you gradually as the story progresses. Adil Hussain as the puncturewala, takes time to grow on the viewers. But once he does, the actor proves his hidden caliber that made Dr. Dwivedi select him among many other known names that could have helped the movie commercially in pure business terms. Adil beautifully portrays the role of a simple man who at first could even allow a passenger to walk away without paying and then later becomes a greedy, selfish man looking at the opportunities coming his way in the film’s second half.
Mukesh Tiwari as Adil’s childhood friend delivers another polished performance showing his already proven versatility yet again. Kulbhushan Kharbanda as the Prime Minister is a perfect choice resembling our current Prime Minister of the country and he is a treat to watch. K. K. Raina, another under-rated actor of our industry plays the PM's personal assistant to perfection. Rahul Singh as the security in-charge, Shivani Tanksale as Fauziya & Ekavali Khanna as Saeeda prove their talent quite boldly, whereas Sanjay Mishra once again becomes the cause of laughter heard in the theater with his repetitive yet superb act of an unknown terrorist looking for his chance to make a big name in the news media. Plus it was great to see Liliput on the screen after a long time as the petty thief among many other familiar talented faces in the supporting cast.
However, the surprising fact remains that Mona Singh turns out to be the second best performer after Adil in the film playing the homely, lovable, honest wife witnessing the change coming in his husband’s persona with the changing times. And she truly nails it enacting her given character wonderfully and you are sure going to see a different Mona here than all her previous performances till date.
Musically, Dr. Dwivedi uses only a few songs and that too as “Sutradhar” tracks sung by Sukhwinder making an enjoyable screen appearance too along with Hrishitaa Bhatt with her well-choreographed dance moves. The songs set the mood right and so does the cinematography and background music of the film taking you into the ambience of a small town with all realistic likable character as seen around us in our daily lives.
Summing up, admittedly many might find it based on a wafer thin & unconvincing plot taking time to grow on the viewer in its initial hour having some underdeveloped side tracks too such as the Sanjay Mishra one. Moreover where the first half can easily be drawn parallels with films like PEEPLI LIVE, the latter makes you recall some earlier much famous political satires such as KISSA KURSI KA, AAJ KA M.L.A RAM AVTAR and more. Yet, I would like to rate ZED PLUS as an attempt above them all due to its simplicity, truthfulness and a well written authentic portrayal of all real life characters capable of transporting you into a different world altogether in its two hours.
So do give it a chance and try not to miss watching this fairly enjoyable, well intentioned comical, political satire in the theaters as the latest pleasant offering from Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi.
Rating : 3 + 0.5 / 5 (with the additional 0.5 for Dr. Dwivedi, for pleasantly coming out of his own set pattern of more serious works)
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28 November 2014 / bobbysing /
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Tere Bachpan Ko - Bobby Talks CinemaTo begin with, its not easy to pen a situational song for a Hindi film made on a difficult subject such as MUJHE JEENE DO (1963) based on the life of a revolutionary dacoit and his surrender post an emotional twist. Plus it becomes even tougher when that twist has to be the song itself sung by the dacoit’s wife and a thoughtful mother predicting the probable future of their child who will never be accepted by the society as a fellow human, being the son of a known and wanted criminal.
However, the way Sahir Ludhianvi expresses the fearful mother’s emotional dilemma through his simple yet introspective words, composed in a haunting melody by Jaidev and flawlessly sung by Lata Mangeshkar as a perfect rendition certainly makes the track as one of the most exceptionally written, composed and sung lyrical gems from a Hindi film soundtrack unarguably. Moreover with the onscreen contribution of Waheeda Rehman, Sunil Dutt and their director Moni Bhattacharjee, it becomes even more precious treasure of our Hindi film music not to be missed at any cost.
Coming at the most crucial stage of the film, the song has a mother thinking about the future life of her child, who yet doesn’t know about the family he has born in and how that is going to affect his entire life adversely in the coming years. And such is the power in those poetic lines penned by Sahir, that the child’s father, a known dacoit has to take the major decision of surrender with a heavy heart going through a major transformation.
Tere Bachpan Ko - Bobby Talks CinemaSharing my personal experience, years back when I first heard this unforgettable creation watching the film on DVD, I couldn’t move ahead the song for at least an hour and kept on watching it in a repeat mode with twinkles in the eyes and a lump in the throat. The song gives me goosebumps even today whenever it is played and I am sure many of my friends here would be feeling the same while watching it even in this new millennium.
Talking about its worth-praising execution on the screen in those times of no computer graphics and technological advancements, just notice the way the director begins the song after a tragic moment with a meditative couplet.
Witness the way a mother forcefully has to express these scary thoughts with tears in her eyes for her own son.
The transformation of the child from a toddler to a 6-7 years old kid living in those rough conditions with his ‘wanted’ parents.
The pensive look at the face of Sunil Dutt throughout the song along with his silent group members.
The way, the director uses the studio sets with paintings, religious symbols, their shadows and other props so beautifully through innovative camera angles.
Tere Bachpan Ko - Bobby Talks CinemaIn short, just stop and contemplate after each new couplet of the song and experience the depth in the poet’s heart wrenching thoughts predicting the future of such child waiting for the tragedy to happen any time, any moment in his uncertain life ahead.
To end on a thankful note, I am grateful that I could witness this kind of simplicity, truthfulness and brilliance on screen before it all went out to the fakeness facilitated by the graphics and advanced technologies of the present times. I consider myself lucky to be able to feel the magic in these black and white figures expressing many life enriching moments on the screen with such purity, ease and elegance. And sharing the immortal gem with a hope that the song reaches the heart of every friend of mine too reading this honest piece with HIS BLESSINGS!
Video Link for the precious song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECphye5BvqY

Tere Bachpan Ko Jawaani Ki Dua Deti Hun
Aur Dua Deke Pareshan Si Ho Jaati Hun
Mere Munne Mere Gulzaar Ke Nanhe Paudhey
Tujhko Haalaat Ki Aandhi Se Bachaane Ke Liye
Aaj Main Pyaar Ke Aanchal Mein Chhupa Leti Hoon
Kal Yeh Kamzor Sahara Bhi Na Haasil Hoga
Kal Yeh Kamzor Sahara Bhi Na Haasil Hoga
Kal Tujhe Kanton Bhari Raah Pe Chalna Hoga
Zindagani Ki Kadi Dhoop Mein Jalna Hoga

Tere Bachpan Ko Jawaani Ki Dua Deti Hoon
Aur Dua Deke Pareshan Si Ho Jaati Hoon
Tere Mathey Pe Sharaafat Ki Koi Mohar Nahin
Chand Bosey Hain Mohabbat Ke So Woh Bhi Kya Hain
Mujhsi Maaon Ki Mohabbat Ka Koi Mol Nahin
Mujhsi Maaon Ki Mohabbat Ka Koi Mol Nahin,
Mere Masoom Farishtey Tu Abhi Kya Jaane
Tujh Ko Kis Kis Ke Gunahon Ki Saza Milni Hai
Deen Aur Dharm Ke Maare Hue Insaano Ki
Jo Nazar Milni Hai Tujh Ko Woh Khafa Milni Hai
Tere Bachpan Ko Jawaani Ki Dua Deti Hoon
Aur Dua Deke Pareshan Si Ho Jaati Hoon
Berhiyan Leke Lapakta Hua Kanoon Ka Haath
Tere Maa Baap Se Jab Tujh Ko Mili Yeh Saughat
Kaun Laayega Tere Vaaste Khushiyon Ki Baraat

Kaun Laayega Tere Vaaste Khushiyon Ki Baraat,
Mere Bachey Tere Anjaam Se Ji Darta Hai
Teri Dushman Hi Na Saabit Ho Jawani Teri
Kaanp Jaati Hai Jise Soch Ke Mamta Meri
Usi Anjaam Ko Pahunchey Na Kahaani Teri
Tere Bachpan Ko Jawani Ki Dua Deti Hoon
Aur Dua Deke Pareshan Si Ho Jati Hoon
(Salute to Sahir Ludhianvi for writing it and to Jaidev, Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, Waheeda Rehman and Moni Bhattachjee for adding more meaning to it with their valuable contributions.)
Cheers!

(Note :
The film MUJHE JEENE DO (1963) also features in the "Movies To See Before You Die" List at BTC.)
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