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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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March 30, 2017 Thursday     
1. 36 Ghante (1974) - Inspired from “The Desperate Hours” (1955) and from James Hadley Chase novel “One Bright Summer Morning”
2. Ghunghroo Ki Aawaaz (1981) – Close to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” (1958)
3. Gumraah (1993) – Inspired by “Bangkok Hilton” (1989)
4. Gudgudee (1997) – The Seven Year Itch (1955)
5. Gambler (1997) - Short Time (1990) & some sequences from Umar Sharif’s Play.
6. Ghulam (1998) - On The Waterfront (1954)
7. Gadar (2001)Based on the same plot of "Shaheed-e-Mohabbat Buta Singh' (1999) (Punjabi)
8. Gunaah (2002)Shares similarities with the main plot of “Out Of Sight” (1998)
9. Gayab
(2004) – A latest version of the famous H. G. Wells story “The Invisible Man”
10. Girlfriend (2004) – Has resemblances to the main plot of “The Children's Hour” (1961)
11. Good Luck (2008) – Based on “Just My Luck” (2006)
12. Gandhi To Hitler (2011) – Based on Hitler’s end and his last day marriage with the mysterious lady Eva Braun.
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Kunal Kohli, the director of TPTM, follows his own passion of influences from the west. This time his movie has a hangover of “Marry Poppins” (1964) & “The Sound Of Music” (1965). The climax also seems to be inspired from “City Of Angels” (1998), where an angle is allowed to settle in the human world to live with her lover.

Kunal Kohli’s “Hum-Tum” (2004) was also influenced by “When Harry Met Sally” (1989) and interestingly a poster of this English flick can be spotted in one scene when Rishi Kapoor is talking to Rani in the climax. May be it was deliberately done by Kunal as a gimmick.
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Nayakan / Nayagan (The Hero) is included among the top five films of both its director’s Mani Ratnam and actor Kamal Hassan’s illustrious career of more than three decades. An intense crime based thrilling drama, it is reportedly based on the life of Bombay’s don Varada aka Varadarajan Mudaliar, but at the same time is also a kind of director’s tribute to the west’s cult movie series GODFATHER.
However despite being inspired from the world famous series and few realistic instances, the extremely well made film has the power and guts to grab you from your collars and impress you by its path breaking execution boldly. And that is the reason why it gets unanimously included in any kind of Best 100 or Top 50 or even the Best 25 Indian movies made till date.
Revolving around the underworld and life of a child, who is forced to become the biggest gangster of the city as he reaches his golden youth, NAYAKAN has Kamal Hassan playing the lead character with some exceptional display of mannerisms suiting his given character like a ‘T’. Depicting the struggle of South Indians living in Mumbai (then Bombay) its really a treat to watch him in this particular film, especially when along with the toughness of a big don, he also shows the sentiments of a human soul with an amusing ease, making an instant connect with the audience quite comfortably. His brilliant act and the dialect leaves an everlasting impact on the viewer and for that both the actor and his director truly deserve all the appreciation they have been showered upon for creating this highly recommended masterpiece, also featuring a worth noticing musical score from the maestro Illayaraja. In other words, such is the collective result of its outstanding art direction, visual quality and splendid shot taking that even the makers of the original GODFATHER series are sure going to like this worth praising adaptation a lot, unarguably.
Dubbed in Telugu as NAYAKUDU, its Hindi dubbed version was also released later titled VELU NAYAKAN. But before that, Feroz Khan made an official remake of the film as DAYAVAN with Vinod Khanna playing the lead role in the year 1988, which is unfortunately more famous for its bold kiss than the adapted content or performances. Winning three National Film Awards in 1988 for Best Actor - Kamal Haasan, Best Cinematography - P. C. Sriram and Best Art Direction - Thotta Tharani, NAYAKAN was also India's official entry for the OSCARS that year, but couldn’t reach the final stage due to various reasons. Later after almost two decades it was included in the reputed TIME Magazine’s “All-Time 100 Best Films List” in the year 2005.
So if you have still haven’t seen it, then you got to watch it essentially since one cannot call himself a die-hard Indian movie buff at all, without watching NAYAKAN (preferably in its original form and not any dubbed or remade version as such.)
Directed By Maniratnam
Starring : Kamal Hassan, Saranya Ponvannan, Janagaraj and more.
Music : Illayaraja
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If its Aamir, then it has to be big and something first of its own kind. It’s really commendable how Aamir has emerged as an icon synonym with quality and success in the last decade. There is a huge gigantic difference in his initial movies and the current world famous epics namely, ‘Lagaan’ & ‘Taare Zameen Par’. His latest offering “Ghajini” is also as expected based on a novel theme, which is a first in Hindi Cinema.
I called it a first as in the opening few minutes only you are introduced to a disturbed hero who is a hardcore killer. He is shown brutally killing a person and just after his cruel Kill-act he goes still and stands wondering why the person lying on the floor is killed and who killed him. Certainly the Indian (Hindi) viewers have never witnessed this kind of sequence before, so the audiences are simply awestruck looking at the proceedings on the screen. And with a rock solid performance by Aamir, the film starts impressing you as it moves ahead.
“Ghajini” is said to be a remake of a South Movie with a similar name, but I was a little disappointed as I found it all inspired and quite similar to the original English Flick, “Memento”.  Though it’s not entirely a lift but no doubt certain sequences got their inspiration from the original and there should be no denial to that. The basic plot is surely inspired with some Indian elements and sentiments added to the recipe. In fact I was expecting Aamir to declare this himself with dignity and honesty but he chose to take the other way instead.
“Ghajini” is a well crafted product technically and holds you tight in the first half hour. But as the love angle of Aamir and Asin is introduced, movie becomes light and usual. The songs in this part work as a drawback and could have been avoided. The grip returns whenever the evil persona of Aamir is on the screen and that is the strongest merit of the movie. Looking at Aamir, you can feel that he has gone deep inside the character and is truly living the role with all his efforts. That’s why he is called a perfectionist. It is purely due to Aamir’s passionate performance that “Ghajini” becomes a worth watching flick.   
The movie is simply a revenge thriller with the hero killing the villain and his associates. The turning point is that the hero has a short term memory loss problem due to his head injury caused by the villain. Interestingly, he can only remember the last 15 minutes of his life and has to be reminded again of his friends and enemies. He is a millionaire owner of a cell phone company but poses to be a simple man in front of his love Asin. Asin looks fresh and provides the required emotional depth to the screenplay. Unfortunately she is killed by the villain “Ghajini” in front of Aamir and in the incident he also gets a serious head injury leading to the memory loss. A college student, played confidently by Jia Khan, helps him in his revenge, knowing his mental condition.
Apart from the lead characters, all the supporting cast entertains in the right dosage but the choice of villain could have been better as he was not able to generate the right amount of terror on the screen. His language and way of rendering the dialogues also were not that impactful. I remember how intensely the villain was introduced in the movie “Gardish” featuring Jackie Shroff. Something of that sort was needed here.    
Musically I found only two songs equivalent to the name of A. R. Rahman. Rest all songs were not enjoyable at all. Moreover in my opinion such an intense movie should be a songless one, because songs work more as an obstacle in the otherwise tense and gripping screenplay.  Another strong point of the movie is its background music and sound effects which add another dimension to the thrilling sequences.
This time there are some flaws in this Aamir movie which was hard to digest because Aamir is known for his detailed work on every element of the script.
Firstly, why and how Aamir simply vanishes from a moving bus when the Inspector was chasing him?
Secondly, why the movie has been titled with the name of its villain “Ghajini” and why there is no explanation given for this particular name or title chosen.
Thirdly, how Aamir manages to escape the Law after making so many killings? He is not caught even when many know that he was the killer. Was this possible because he was a rich person having private planes and a huge status in the society.  
If you can just ignore these flaws and want to watch an intense, gripping, violent and hard hitting revenge thriller then “Ghajini” will not disappoint you. You may have seen umpteen revenge thrillers before but “Ghajini” has certain new elements which will keep you glued to your seats. The first one is no doubt the amazing body work done by Aamir and second is the truthful dedication with which he enacts his part in the movie. He simply looks engrossed in the movie from head to toe and that makes the performance superlative than all others in the business.
Most of the film-makers make movies to please the viewers and earn money but Aamir is more interested in amazing his viewers and enjoys making movies to satisfy his inner urge. That’s what gives him a cutting edge over and above his contemporaries.
Summing up, “Ghajini” is not a regular stuff for all and some may love to dislike it. But there is only one thing you will remember after watching it and that is “Aamir Khan” and his love for the craft. Period.       

Ratings : 3.5 / 5

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