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May 25, 2017 Thursday     
ArrivalA science fiction revolving around alien invasion on the planet generally gives you an impression of another disaster movie with mass destruction of life and property on screen featuring some heroic figures saving the world, presented with the help of exceptional computer graphics.
Thankfully ARRIVAL doesn’t deal with any of such repetitive content and offers a completely fresh take on the subject focusing on communication with the visitors understanding their existence, language and vision instead of straight away destroying them all through some aerial explosions.
The film begins with 12 huge mysterious (vertically oval shaped) UFOs appearing at random locations all over the globe and a team headed by a linguistics expert (Amy Adams) along with a physicist (Jeremy Renner) being sent to communicate with the creatures knowing their real intent. So discarding the most obvious assumption about the genre, the film doesn’t feature any action packed destructive sequences at all and therefore turns out to be a pleasantly novel and completely ‘distinctive venture’ for a change, with a quite peaceful progression.
Based on a short story titled ‘Story of Your Life' by Ted Chiang, ARRIVAL has been directed by Denis Villeneuve who probably has formed a habit of delivering cinematic masterpieces in his career displaying an amazing consistency (do not miss his shocking INCENDIES (2010) at any cost!). Interestingly Villeneuve’s present film deals with no action as such despite being a science fiction. In fact the action here is more ‘intellectual’ in nature with some very fine ‘spiritual’ touches added beautifully. In other words here the destruction or explosions are more emotional and cerebral to be exact, bringing you on to the edge of your seats especially in the final hour.
The film begins on a touching note introducing us to Dr. Louis Banks and her kid daughter, later reappearing as flashes into the progression making a thoughtful connection. In the initial moments you got to see it with a lot of patience as its not a routine alien movie delivering the exciting moments at once. The narration takes time to sink in and then slowly comes to the jaw-dropping revelation of the two exceptionally created aliens communicating with Dr. Louis in particular.
She visits them along with the team more than once in the film and their interactions are thoroughly recorded for further studies and analysis. Each new interaction with the aliens gets the viewers involved and then they are slowly sucked in through the mesmerizing, breathtaking presentation post the initial 40 minutes.
Describing it differently it will be more appropriate to call ARRIVAL as a not to be missed ‘Audio-Visual masterpiece’ more than a film that essentially needs to be seen in a well-equipped theatre enjoying the outstanding visuals and sound designed by all true geniuses. The effective performances get supremely enhanced through the combined efforts of composer Johann Johansson, cinematographer Bradford Young, editor Joe Walker and the art department, together leaving a magical impact on the viewer lasting till several hours. Especially the sound literally transports you into a hypnotic trance with an amazing mix of tones giving many spiritual hints and unexpectedly timely scares too.
Though in the end, I did find the film to be much less descriptive than desired moving into a somehow predictable and dramatic zone getting more concerned about the entertainment factor. But still that doesn’t allow me to cut short the praises it truly deserves becoming one of the few unmissable films of the year 2016.
Concluding it on a more introspective note, as an intelligently crafted film ARRIVAL sincerely points towards the present scenario of our world too wherein we (the countries) are not interested in getting united even in such drastic times of a scary alien invasion over our blessed planet.
Besides, it can also be described as an important Anti-War film strongly trying to give the core message that where the aliens might be more interested in discussing humanity and peace; we the Earth-ians are strangely more inclined towards self-destruction and wars proving much backward and self-centered in comparison to those mysterious creatures.
In all ARRIVAL can easily be rated as a pleasantly different must watch ‘Audio-Visual Treat’ in the genre of science fiction that should also be shown in schools all over the globe in order to spread the message of Peace and Universal Harmonious Existence.
Rating : 4 / 5
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27 November 2016 / bobbysing /
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When you are making a crime-deceit drama in the year of 2016, then you obviously need to keep in mind the present technological and scientific developments in the field of investigations and then carefully pen down a script wherein a crime is planned taking good care of the same leaving the minimum loopholes.
(Clear Spoilers Ahead)
However what can one say about a film releasing in the present era made on the decades old outdated plot of ‘his own death’ staged by a person in heavy debts for his insurance money. And further focuses on a supposedly clever hero too, who doesn’t even bother to find a person or body of his same blood group to be presented before the police and insurance agents as a proof of his own death. Also here is a film, where we don’t even have any official or detective interested in investigating the unusual death (involving a completely burnt body) coming from the insurance company and then such an intelligent hero who even casually goes to a mortuary asking for a body without hiding his own identity. Moreover the man dares to return to the town too visiting his own apartment (post the staged death) without any disguise whatsoever, probably considering himself as the invisible man coming straight from the novel of H. G. Wells.
Wasting its entire first half on the build-ups and detailed introductory sequences that could have been easily edited in the opening 20-25 minutes, MOH MAYA MONEY actually begins just before the interval and then simply fails to make an impact the moment you come to know what the mystery is actually all about.
No doubt we have some fine performances from the lead (Ranvir/Neha) and supporting cast in this song-less crime thriller that might appeal to the viewers who don’t really care for the clues left or are interested in solving the mystery themselves. But for the ones who are die-hard fans and regular readers or followers of this particular genre, the film is going to be nothing more than a kids play to be honest.
Praising the debutant director Munish Bhardwaj for building a realistic (Delhi) feel throughout extracting mostly natural performances following a non-linear narrative, it was really shocking to see how he carelessly handled the mystery and completely ignored the simple loopholes in a crime plan executed in such an amateurish manner.
Overall, you can surely go for MOH MAYA MONEY as a casual time pass watch catching it on a television channel, but its certainly not going to be any amusing film for the friends, seriously into this particular genre of crime and mystery thrillers. May be we will get to see a much better film from Munish as his next project specifically taking care of its writing department.
Rating : 1.5 / 5  
Note : The outdated subject strongly reminds you of hit films like Billy Wilder’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY that came more than seven decades back in the year 1944.
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26 November 2016 / bobbysing /
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Clearing the doubts first, this cannot be considered as a Shah Rukh Khan film to be honest as he has just two scenes before the intermission and then makes an extended cameo kind of appearance in the second half providing the much needed support. Playing a psychiatrist, he decently performs his assigned role (except a few hamming scenes) but the film entirely belongs to Alia Bhatt, who once again proves the fact that she is far ahead than her contemporaries when it comes to portray such difficult roles.
However what sadly doesn’t compliment the two lead performers is the film itself with a tediously repetitive writing, a surprisingly boring execution, uninspiring preaching, over the top supporting acts and lackluster music, unnecessarily promoting the film with two poor versions of an immortal cult song without any purpose as such.
In addition, where Alia strongly reminds you of her much superior performance in Imtiaz Ali’s HIGHWAY, writer-director Gauri Shinde also keeps trying to be in Imtiaz Ali’s shoes throughout, delivering an immature and wannabe kind of film shattering the big expectations. With a much appreciable film like ENGLISH VINGLISH to her credit, I personally didn’t expect her to imitate Imtiaz in such a hushed up and unripe manner. In fact DEAR ZINDAGI clearly reveals the huge difference in both the ‘vision & execution’ as where Imtiaz extracted a brilliant performance from Alia in a similar role in his HIGHWAY, Shinde simply fails to create any magic directing the same energetic girl even when she tries to deliver an earnest and highly spirited, sparkling performance to her level best.
With the writing proving as the biggest culprit once again, Alia doesn’t get any major help from her rest of the cast too with only Yashaswani & Ira Dubey coming up with their marginally noticeable acts. Otherwise the actors playing the family members remain far away from being natural (to the extent of irritating) and both Kunal Kapoor and Ali Zafar get nothing much to do in their few scenes. Frankly Ali Zafar’s songs with some catchy phrases turn out to be the only thing to be appreciated among these unimportant cameos.
In reality the main problem with DEAR ZINDAGI is that despite talking about everything right accompanied by a superfine leading act, it still fails to reach your heart like a technically well phrased poem without any touching and emotional soul. The writer-director remains confused throughout and so does her characters who keep contradicting themselves with each new story development. And I really cannot understand why ‘breakup’ is becoming the latest focus of Hindi film directors instead of the eternal love.
For instance, at one end Alia portrays herself as a confident free soul with no emotional baggage, but on the other she quickly gets serious with the same person with whom she had slept having a casual one night stand. Moreover, even after getting treated by a psychiatrist, she still acts the same meeting a new charming man complimenting her in the finale sequence, refusing to learn from her earlier experiences of life behaving like a kid. Besides falling back to the same old clichéd twist, she even falls for her charming doctor too which was the most predictable insertion amongst all, not really expected from the talented director of ENGLISH VINGLISH.
As per my personal opinion, Shinde surely wanted to make a thought provoking film following the footsteps of Imtiaz Ali close to his HIGHWAY and TAMASHA. But at the same time didn’t wish to make it too heavy for the viewers, directing it with a clearly visible dilemma in many key sequences. As a result, a tiringly long DEAR ZINDAGI keeps hanging in the mid and delivers nothing close to what was being expected from the director and the unusual pairing of Shah Rukh and Alia. Moreover the last badly shot short film shown in the end truly didn’t look like anything related to a Gauri Shinde film at all.
The soundtrack once again has the same old issue featuring some fine lyrics but unappealing compositions and renditions not up to the mark. And it was really strange to find that Shinde recorded two lousy versions of the cult song 'Aye Zindagi Gale Laga Le’ too when she had no intentions to use it within the film itself. Perhaps it was only done to grab some instant attention in the media making an awful noise.
In the technical department, both cinematography and background score fail to catch any attention amongst the boring progression and I found the Censors posing as a funny incapable teacher too muting out the word ‘slut’, when almost everyone in theatre could easily make out what was being spoken in the gaps.
In all DEAR ZINDAGI is an overstretched, highly disappointing film from the director of ENGLISH VINGLISH which can only be seen for Alia alone and nothing else.
Rating : 2 / 5
Interestingly Demonetization in the country forced the multiplexes to lower their prices in the last two weeks, which they again shamefully increased with the release of DEAR ZINDAGI this Friday. But neither the stars nor the makers along with the public seem to be concerned over this visible loot being made by the multiplex mafia.
Anyway the film still deserves ‘a minus one’ for the unrequired, awful versions of the cult Illayaraja song “Aye Zindagi Gale Laga Le”, when the makers could have easily used the original avoiding the pathetic damage.
Final Ratings : 2-1 = 1 / 5
(Post Release it was reported that the entire theme and characters of the film had some big similarities with Canadian TV Series BEING ERICA)

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25 November 2016 / bobbysing /
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ShahjehanIt’s not an unknown fact that Kundan Lal Saigal was the inspiration for many renowned singers of Hindi film music including Mohd. Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. And the exceptional singer-actor is widely considered as the first superstar of Hindi films too, though the term later came into existence with the arrival of Rajesh Khanna.
Revealing his admiration for the blessed performer, Mohd. Rafi approached Naushad with the wish to sing with Saigal in the mid-40s and providing the dream opportunity to the then young singer, Naushad gave him two lines to sing in the song ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani, Ruhi, Ruhi, Ruhi” apart from performing in the chorus for film SHAHJEHAN (1946). One of the last films of the star, it also had one of his most famous tracks, ‘Jab Dil Hi Toot Gaya’ becoming the swan song of Saigal who died in January 1947 at the age of just 42. Incidentally the hit song, which he reportedly wished to be played on his funeral too!
So among all the true admirers of the singing legend, it was only Rafi who got the rare opportunity to sing just 2 lines in a song as ‘‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani, Ruhi, Ruhi, Ruhi” in the year 1946 that were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri who interestingly also made a debut as a lyricist with film SHAHJEHAN.
However the song still later found its connection with both Kishore Kumar and Anand Bakshi post two decades in ARADHANA released in 1969, when Bakshi wrote another hit with the same opening phrase ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani’ and Kishore Kumar made it a rage in the melodious composition by S. D. Burman.
AradhanaConcluding it in a musical manner, where the first “Mere Sapno Ki Rani” was sung by K. L. Saigal along with Mohd. Rafi in the composition of Naushad and lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri in the year 1946, the second ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani’ was sung by Saigal’s admirer Kishore Kumar under the music direction of S. D. Burman with the lyrics by Anand Bakshi in the year 1969.
But sadly where the first is included among the swan songs of the superstar leaving at such an early age, the second announced the arrival of another making a grand musical entry winning hearts all over as Rajesh Khanna.
(Thanks to Jupe Jones and Rakesh Anand Bakshi for giving the idea through their valuable comments and tweets)
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23 November 2016 / bobbysing /
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