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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).

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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     

Following the recent trend of films being made around Sikh characters, director Puneet Issar comes up with a project which heavily takes the support of Sikh religious beliefs to get noticed. In order to get some instant attention, particularly from the “Punjabi belt” in the North and in abroad, he even calls it I AM SINGH, poorly meddling with Sikh sentiments in an unqualified way, which cannot be applauded for many valid reasons (given later in the review).

As I feel its indeed a welcome change where films are being made on some sensitive issues related with Sikhs, moving ahead from just using them in some comic references. But at the same time it is not required to turn these films into Religious projects trying to en-cash the soft sacred side of the viewers forcing them to watch it with some different reasons. Unfortunately I AM SINGH tries the same throughout its 2 hours and in turn fails to either entertain or enlighten the viewers in any form.
The film is based on an important theme of Racial Discrimination and Hate Crimes seen in the West against Muslims and Sikhs due to their resembling attires. It’s a delicate issue which demanded a responsible depiction from the director and his actors. But IAS portrays the subject in such a manner that one simply feels like watching an aimless angered agitation on the screen and nothing else. The main protagonists of the movie shout more and act less in their respective roles which even crosses the line of hamming at several instances. Hence there is nothing appreciable in the film from the content, execution, acting or music point of view since it represents a hugely important issue in a very childish manner.
For instance the directorial level of the film can easily be judged looking at the way Puneet Issar conceives and shoots the scenes at the Police Station involving only 3-4 foreign officials. The editing further messes it all by confusing interchanging shots of both India and abroad. Actually it seems, that the only mission of the makers is to loudly announce that “We are proud to be a Sikh” taking names of all the Divine Sikh Gurus in its lengthy and unimpressive dialogues. And that’s where I strongly disagree with its viewpoint because it never portrays the actual Sikh Ideologies in the right way. And here are my reasons for the same.

Its good to feel proud of your origin, culture and religion but the proud needs to be shown in a decent way. In a multi-religion country like India, If Sikhs are proud to be Sikhs, then Hindus are also proud to be Hindus and Muslims are proud to be Muslims too. So everyone is proud on his religion but that doesn’t mean that the same proud should lead to fights showing disrespect towards each other’s existence. The basic principle of Sikhism is to Accept, Respect and Protect the identity of others with conviction. And that conviction is completely missing in this project called I AM SINGH.

Secondly, at one end, the whole film keeps on screaming the message that “We are all equal humans without any caste or creed” by making the reference of the sacred text “Maanas ki Jaat Sabhe Eke Pehchanbo” (Consider all human race as one) by Guru Gobind Singh. Yet all the producers in a very questionable way, openly write their third title, i.e. their CASTES in their names as “Thind” which is strictly against the same message of SIKHSIM mentioned above.
Thirdly and most importantly, what can be said about the film called I AM SINGH and its writer-actor-director Puneet Issar, who is intelligent enough to make a project with this title, featuring himself as a tough Sikh policeman in it. But at the same time, is also so unwise that he goes on to promote the film in all channels and interviews in his original appearance of a BALD, which in a clear way is a Big Insult to his own film called I AM SINGH based on a specific religion as per its title. After so many years in the industry, at least one should be professional enough to promote a project keeping in mind its basic requirements. And that I think should say it all about his understanding of the project itself.

To sum up, a 2004 release "I Proud To Be An Indian" still remains a much better film made on this subject till date.

Rating : 1 / 5 (Only for its well designed publicity material.)
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If one considers the promotional campaign of the film with its strangely designed posters and mediocre promos having many loud dialogues then there are very remote chances of anyone getting excited to see it in the theater. Besides, the overall look of the movie clearly gives you an idea that it has not been made by professionals of the field in any case. Still, one name in its credits grabs your attention and forces you to think that Why this person is making such a movie himself and How he wants to portray the real truth after being a part of the game personally? And to be precise that’s what makes this project more important, not as a film but as an effort alone by a person from the inner circle.

Reviewing KYSH as a movie technically is quite easy since it just remains an incompetent attempt made with some noble intentions by an honest person. In fact I strongly feel that though its makers had a very clear and specific motive behind making this film but in the process they made a very wrong choice of their technical crew and creative team, who was not experienced enough to deliver anything close to a quality product. And due to this major factor, the project fails to qualify as a film to be seen in multiplexes or single screen theaters if you take into account its performances, shot-taking, direction, cinematography, music and other related departments. In straight words, it gives you such lengthy, uninteresting and below average sequences right from the start that you might like to quit watching it much earlier than it ends. BUT despite of all these big drawbacks, I still cannot go on thrashing the movie just for its technical faults as it does has something to say which is of utmost importance for the entire nation and its younger generation.
Its a film based on a book with the title “Carnage by Angels” by an I.P.S. Officer Mr. Y. P. Singh. Now after revealing it all in his book, Mr. Singh decided to go for the best medium of expression to make his voice reach a wider audience which resulted in this movie called KYA YAHI SACH HAI. Revolving around the shameful & regretful experiences of an IPS Officer working under corrupt seniors and politicians, it is directed by Mr. Y. P. Singh himself, having the first hand experiences of the events happening behind the closed doors. And that is the reason why this film is of great importance for our nation as a whole being an unadulterated version of all the actual happenings.
Coming from a Senior Police official himself, KYSH has some severely shocking scenes which are a big disgrace for our nation’s constitution and government. In fact its quite surprising how the Censors agreed to release the film without cutting all those objectionable scenes. May be because it was made by one of the officers only. To name a few, it has a Commissioner of Police behaving like a trembling bonded labour, a DGP standing with folded hands and an aged IAS Officer bending down at the feet of a corrupt Home Minister just to save his name and job. On top of this, the officer even gives a new full form to the abbreviation IAS, explaining it as “I AM SLAVE” quite disgustingly. The film also bravely exposes the way influential people of the society get their work done through illegal money transactions and prostitution. It openly brings forward the ugly side of our corrupt system which doesn’t allow any honest person to stay there amongst them for long.
And if this is what an IPS officer has to tell us about his own department and other higher government administrators, then its indeed gravely serious and dangerous not only for us at present but for our entire future generations. If this is what happens behind all those mysterious political curtains then our nation really needs a revolution from the common man himself, where he has to essentially and urgently realize the importance of that one single vote in his own hands.
So, yes KYA YAHI SACH HAI is a pretty weak and mediocre project technically but it needs to be seen not as a film but as a visual documentation by an I.P.S officer, who dares to bare it all in front of the Indian audience. Hence, don’t switch it off whenever it is shown on TV in the next few months since it is a bold, honest and serious confession by a responsible officer himself which deserves to be seen by one and all to feel the heat.
Rating : 1 / 5 (Just for the sincere effort)
(But it doesn’t deserve to be rated this low as per routine since its not a film but an honest documentation.)
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30 December 2011 / bobbysing /
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A film directed by Nishikant Kamat revolving around a frustrated honest man who takes on to the path of violence against the corrupt people around him is a fine attempt by the makers made a few years back. As their contribution towards forming a better society, the team surely comes up with a film which rightly portrays the sad state of the nation where the powerful keeps exploiting the silent public and no one even cares to raise a voice.

In its powerful screenplay, the central character Madhav Apte (played by Sandeep Kulkarni), after getting depressed by all the wrong things happening around him, starts his own violent campaign against corruption, despite of having a small family at home waiting for him. The film also won several prestigious awards including The NATIONAL AWARD for the BEST MARTHI FILM in 1996 because of its relevant subject, brilliant treatment and great performances.
So, as I finished watching the movie, I was pretty much impressed by the film as well its director for its well balanced take on the questionable society around. But the impression was really ruined over when I came to know about another movie made in 1993 called FALLING DOWN directed by Joel Schumacher in which Michael Douglas plays a similar character revolting against the society around him after getting betrayed from all sides. Both the films also have a sincere Police angle too in which the officials keep following the man and then reach the same conclusion in the end.
Hence once again it was just a good inspired version with us called DOMBIVILI FAST (2005) which went on to win several awards for its well thought of, fabulous content which in fact was all taken from a foreign film FALLING DOWN (1993). No doubt, the Marathi version is a well made film which can even be termed as a Better Inspired take from the Original. But still by only changing a Base-Ball bat with a Cricket one doesn’t give you the freedom to call it your own.
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27 December 2011 / bobbysing /
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In our part of the world, particularly in Bollywood, films are majorly made & seen just because of the STARS featuring in it and very few actually care about, who is the director and writer of any project. Though it has to be the other way round, but that’s how it happens here in Bollywood and DON-2 along with many recent films is just another perfect example of the fact. Walking on the same set parameters, DON-2 also remains a film specially written and conceived only for Shahrukh Khan alone in company with some excellent technical crew to bring it closer to the international standards.

Coming straight to the point, in true words the film has nothing to do with the cult name DON and its legacy. The writers deliberately link it to the previous remake of the original Don in the start and then later on move on to a completely different path of a planned crime. As a result, all that fun, masti and entertainment associated with the name DON goes simply missing.
In real terms, DON 2 is a heist film, in which the whole effort is made towards stealing some precious things from a safe vault. The brand of DON is forcibly included to add some extra zing to the project in commercial terms otherwise it could have been easily called anything close to Mission Impossible or other famous heist films. In fact, that seems to be the sole purpose of Farhan Akhtar to make an Indian film, similar to these world famous series in which a team goes on a mission like MI 1-4, Ocean Series, Bourne Series and more. So the name of DON has only been used to get some easy publicity without any expenditure and I do have my issues with the practice of these re-makes and sequels, explained later in the review.
Now coming to the film itself, it has only one merit to mention and that is its excellent production value which is hugely impressive and leaves a mark. Actions sequences like the opening one and the car-chase on the foreign roads are filmed brilliantly. Cinematography by Jason West is outstanding taking you on to a visually stunning tour of Germany, Switzerland, Malaysia and Thailand. And altogether we get a technically polished product competing with the world cinema films made in the similar genre.
But unfortunately content wise the film fails to make any kind of impact on the viewer in its more than 2 hours of duration. And the major blame goes to its first half which is too simple with nothing exciting or spellbinding happening on the screen against all expectations. Till intermission the film lacks hugely in the entertainment quotient and gives you nothing to cheer or enjoy. Wonder why they didn’t punch in some tightly written sequences in this first half or maybe they were too confident about their stuff shown in the second.
Post interval, its purely the execution of the planned heist which takes too much time to unfold leading to restlessness in the theater. As a typical Hindi film everything keeps happening so easily and nothing ever goes wrong. The codes are broken like a child’s play, the guards are fooled like mannequins standing on their duty and the bombs keep exploding perfectly right on their timings. Now its not that something should have happened wrong essentially but the missing point here is that one doesn’t feel any excitement and thrill while the team is working on their heist, which in fact has to be a key feature of any movie made in this particular genre.
Further, the most painful period of DON 2 comes in its final half an hour, where various un-required sequences keep following one after another as a never ending race and the viewer starts asking, When they are going to end it? In simple words, the concluding (dragging) part of DON 2 is sure going to hammer hard on its box office prospects severely. Such is the drastic impact of its final moments that one is bound to forget anything good watched before in the same movie. And this was really not expected from Farhan, a director, who is an actor, singer and writer himself known for his contribution in many recent famous movies hitting jackpot on the box-office.
So as it seems, DON-2 has been written and made only for one man and he is Shahrukh Khan. Truly speaking, I didn’t find Farhan Akhtar, the director anywhere in the entire movie and its just a Shahrukh’s product all the way which keeps focusing on him alone ignoring all the other important ingredients of a good movie. Shahrukh enters the film with an action sequence (which he does well) wearing a weird kind of getup which doesn’t match his own physical appearance. And then he goes on to deliver a worked upon but also an over the top performance trying to impress with some good one liners which even become repetitive after a point. Here I would like to mention that a well written script gives good one-liners to many of its characters to present a balance act, just like the recent “The Dirty Picture”. But here in DON 2 all the well written lines are exclusively kept for Shahrukh alone which does create a clearly visible imbalance among the performances.
Priyanka Chopra continues with her character of DON and tries her best to deliver something better than the first. But the writers do not give her anything more than the usual. Lara Dutta on the other hand looks gorgeous and happy too being used as a show-piece. Kunal Kapoor plays it cool as a hacker but his character is more confused than confident. Both Boman Irani and Om Puri are simply wasted, but Nawab Shah emerges as a fine performer among these veterans. Hrithik Roshan makes a special appearance fulfilling his duty of a family friend of the producers and he is just ok in absence of any great build up. Besides the soundtrack of the movie is a big disappointment from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and may be that is the reason, Farhan has used only one song in the film. However he could have easily dropped that too.

In nutshell, DON 2 is a movie definitely written after finalizing its cast, keeping in mind all the inputs primarily needed in a STAR’s movie. Its not a meaningless film with many silly sequences. But the script could have been much enjoyable if added with more fun, entertainment and thrill. It is a heist movie in disguise, which sadly doesn’t fulfill the major requirements of the genre. For me it was more a Farhan movie than a Shahrukh film, so maybe I was expecting a lot from the director. But the final outcome is sadly not even close to my expectations from the actor-director-singer-writer. Taking too much time on un-necessary things (like the sky jump without any purpose) is not a feature of a Farhan film. So I have my doubts of DON 2 being his film completely.
Further, I am really not in favour of making Re-makes and then even making a Sequel of a Re-make quite shamelessly. And here are my views on the subject:
As I see it, a Re-make of a HIT Classic Cult film with a Big Star of the current times is the easiest way of writing your name in the History Books of Cinema. It not only gives you a ready-made idea, an already Hit script and everything on the table to enhance, but at the same time it also associates you with one of the biggest Hit of Hindi Cinema just for only attempting a re-make. Because now whenever someone would say that Amitabh’s DON was a big hit and a great entertainer of the seventies, at the same time another person is sure going to add that this DON was also remade by Farhan Akhtar with Shahrukh in 2006, who then also made a sequel DON 2 in 2011. So, that simply gives you an easy entry into the History Books of Cinema without making any huge effort.

Now coming to making a sequel of a re-make. For me, its not only unethical but also a kind of theft of someone else’s creative property. In other words,
“A Re-make is like asking permission from a Land lord of a solid house to live there for a while on rent. Now that’s very fine if the owner gives anybody his permission readily.
But making a Sequel of that Re-make is like building a second floor on that rented house only, without even asking the actual landlord, which in one way is not only funny but can also be called creatively unethical theft.”
Its fine that you are making a Re-make after taking due permissions, but how can you go on making a sequel of that re-make claiming it to be your own creative property. Now for DON 2, I hope Farhan must have taken the same permission again from the Producer & Director of the original DON to make a sequel of their Cult film (or he may have got it at the time of making the re-make only). If yes then Farhan is a true flag bearer of experimental new-age cinema. But if he didn’t then I would like to call DON 2 – an illegal second floor made on a rented house by the tenant himself.
Ratings : 2 / 5
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