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May 25, 2017 Thursday     
Maestro director Manmohan Desai truly knew the art of how to convincingly entertain his audience with a pleasant mix of emotions, drama, action and comedy. His most successful films always had a ‘Feel Good’ element associated with them and he often added a lovable surprise too in his major ventures.
One of such great but hard to execute surprises was there in his film NASEEB released in 1981, wherein he filmed a party sequence and got many big reputed film personalities of those times, together on one platform in an amazing manner for the first time. The party was filmed on a song “John Johny Janardan” which had Amitabh Bachchan playing the entertaining singer-waiter serving to actors such as Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Dharmendra, Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha, Simi Grewal, Indrani Mukherjee, Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Prem Chopra, Shakti Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Rakesh Roshan, Bindu, Simple Kapadia, Prema Narayan and Vijay Arora. In fact the song also had Raj Kapoor playing the accordion in his own famous style quite sportingly.
Naseeb-Dharam-Veer - Bobby Talks Cinema.comNow the interesting link is that the party which is being celebrated within the song is actually the Golden Jubilee (50 weeks) Celebration party of film DHARAM VEER, which was also the directorial venture of Manmohan Desai released 4 years back in early 1977. And in the song you can clearly see the Backdrop saying DHARAM VEER Golden Jubilee along with standing cut outs of both Dharmendra and Jeetendra at the two sides of the main gate.
Taking a clear inspiration from this party scene, director-choreographer Farah Khan inserted a similar party sequence in her film OM SHANTI OM after more than 25 years in 2007. And it had Shahrukh Khan (playing the role of a successful actor) celebrating his film party in the song “Deewangi Deewangi” and all present film celebrities enter the premises exactly in the same style as in the song “John Johny Janardan” with a particular signature tune.
However one major quality difference between the two songs is that where in NASEEB, all the veterans are standing together in the same frame and dancing with each other (i.e. shooting together). There in OM SHANTI OM song we have mostly individual entries, intelligently edited into a final version wherein it seems they are all together but actually they are not and have given their individual shots only as per their available time. Probably that is how both the era and time has changed, clearly visible in this thoughtful comparison.
Interestingly the only common person in both the songs is the He-man Dharmendra dancing along with his son Bobby Deol in the OSO track. Also in this new age version Jeetendra makes his presence felt too with his son Tushar Kapoor, who was the missing main lead in that Golden Jubilee party of DHARAM VEER. Plus here you can spot another star-son Saif Ali Khan, representing his mother who featured in the NASEEB song along with Rajesh Khanna.
Hence as I see, this can be easily considered as an amusing (screen) account of change of generations & relationships in the last few decades of our Hindi film industry, when we compare these two film songs both conceived & executed superbly (but shot differently) by their respective directors.
(Bobby Sing)
Tags : The link between NASEEB (1981), DHARAM VEER (1977) and OM SHANTI OM (2007), Did You Know Facts about Bollywood by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Unknown Facts about Bollywood, Interesting Trivia about Hindi Films,
31 December 2013 / bobbysing /
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If you are a fan of intense, investigative crime thrillers, teasing your thinking (grey) cells of mind in a serious mode, then you essentially got to see this thoughtful masterpiece by director Joon-Ho Bong at the earliest. And the reason for this urgency remains in the fact that this is not just another interesting or engaging probe into the criminal mind, but has something unique to offer with a different perspective explored in this tense genre like never before. It’s a film revolving around a serial killer, which instead of following a routine pattern, takes you into the emotionally devastating world of the police officers investigating the rare case using all their learned skills & training in a quite helpless mode.
Reportedly inspired from South Korea's first recorded serial killer case in the late 1980's, it’s about a sick sex-maniac who targeted rural community's women and used to strangle them with their own undergarments, leaving no clue of any sort for the police looking into the crimes. The case is investigated by two unusual detectives without any basic technique or specific outcome. As a result another competent detective is called in to take forward the investigations who declares that its actually a serial-killer operating in the region. The 'no clue' progress in the case creates a sort of desperation in the entire department leading to public humiliation and then they get hold of a suspect who seems to be the man they are looking for.
Actually the above description needs to be considered just as the tip of the real iceberg, since the film has much more deep and disturbing content to offer, crux of which should not be ideally revealed here to maintain its mystery intact. Progressing at a slow pace (in a docu-drama style) the movie transports you into the real world of some cruel investigations being performed by the assigned detectives and presents a fine blend of drama, thrill and comedy too incorporated in its brilliant script. The detailed characterization grows on you calmly along with a superb cinematography and haunting background score which intensely builds up the entire crescendo towards its shocking climax. And when the classic reaches it final moments, it makes you witness one the most intriguing, realistic and maddening finale, leaving you with numerous distinctive thoughts crowding your mind in a disturbing mode. The film raises a valid question on all the unsolved cases lying in the forgotten files of Police records and therefore can easily be rated as one the most thought provoking thrillers made till date revolving around the cases of serial killing.
In all MEMORIES OF MURDER is an exceptionally directed film, with worth praising performances by its entire team collectively, showcasing a different perspective of investigation in a highly realistic mode. Presented with few tense disclosures and a shockingly true climax, its undoubtedly a not to be missed, fascinating watch, especially for all friends interested in detective dramas searching for a cunning, ruthless serial killer operating freely.

Directed by Joon-Ho Bong
Starring : Kang-Ho Song, Sang-Kyung Kim, Roe-Ha Kim and more.
For more on the film visit : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0353969/
Tags : Memories of Murder, Salinui Chueok (2003 - Korean), Movies To See Before You Die Suspense Thriller, Must Watch Movies List By Bobby Sing, Not To Be Missed Films, World Cinema Classics, Movies on Serial Killers, Crime Thrillers on Real Life Events, Must Watch Investigative Crime Dramas.
30 December 2013 / bobbysing /
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One of the most famous and widely appreciated movies of director Govind Nihalani, ARDH SATYA was probably the first path breaking Hindi film featuring a revolting Police Inspector as its main protagonist fighting against the corrupt system. So where the present generation might have seen many similar films made on this powerful subject such as SHOOL, GANGAJAL and more, ARDH SATYA was the original trend-setter of this particular theme made way back in 1983.
A hard hitting, realistic thriller based on a thoughtful screenplay written by the renowned Vijay Tendulkar, the film came up with a pretty bold, blunt and revolutionary execution in those years like a shocking social exposer. As a result it received a unanimous positive response both from the critics as well as the masses enjoying the exciting drama enacted by some exceptional actors. The film had an authentic portrayal of an honest Police Officer caught in his moral dilemma brilliantly performed by Om Puri. And further had some outstanding supporting performances by Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Shafi Inamdaar, Naseeruddin Shah and Sadashiv Amrapurkar making a solid impact in his debut venture. Personally, I found the individual sequences of Om Puri with Smita Patil and Amrish Puri, as the most intriguing ones in the film, taking it to much greater heights with a remarkable insight into the frustrating and torn life of an honest officer caught in the cunning web of corruption.
Superbly directed by Govind Nihalani, ARDH SATYA has a convincing Art Direction, credible Cinematography, a crisp Edit and many worth praising, effective dialogues which eventually earned it 5 Filmfare and 1 National Award quite deservingly. To name them all, the film won Filmfare’s Best Movie, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Sadashiv), Best Screenplay and Best Story Award (S.D. Panwalker) along with the National Award of Best Actor for Om Puri in the year 1984.
It is said the film was initially offered to Amitabh Bachchan who declined the offer and the gem came into the lap of Om Puri as planned by the destiny. Also reportedly Govind Nihalani shot a different version of its climax (than what was initially written in the script), which was later show to Vijay Tendulkar for his approval. The veteran readily agreed for the change as it was indeed amended to make a better impact on the viewer as desired. So if you really wish to re-visit one of the first revolutionary movies of Hindi Cinema then do watch ARDH SATYA as a must and witness the rebellious mood of our film-makers in those changing times.
Directed by Govind Nihalani
Starring : Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Sadashiv Amrapurkar and more.
Music By Ajit Verman
Tags : Ardh Satya (1983), Movies To See Before You Die Thriller, Must Watch Hindi Films, Not To Be Missed Films List by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Govind Nihalani Path Breaking Film, Om Puri's Award Winning Performance in Ardh Satya, Sadashiv Debut Film
24 December 2013 / bobbysing /
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(Spoiler : Its suggested that you read the article only after watching the film.)
Various blog-posts, discussions and reviews have quoted Christopher Nolan’s THE PRESTIGE (2006) and Louis Leterrier’s NOW YOU SEE ME (2013) as the inspirational sources of Yash Raj film’s DHOOM 3 in particular. Now no doubt the traces of both these films can easily be found in various sequences and storyline of DHOOM 3, since the magic and magician’s trick plot reminds you of Christopher Nolan’s famous classic and the raining dollars, hatred with the bank (Insurance Co.) & revenge angle make you remember the recent Leterrier’s film talking about four young magicians.
But actually the major twist of DHOOM 3 dealing with the hidden character of Aamir Khan has taken its inspiration from one of our own Hindi films featuring Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role of a Police Inspector, released decades before both the above mentioned English flicks in the year 1991. The movie is AKAYLA, directed by Ramesh Sippy which introduced Keith Stevenson as the main villain in a double role where one of the brothers was a mentally challenged one too posing as the alibi.
Now where in DHOOM 3 the plot has not been used as extensively as it should have been, in AKAYLA the two cunning brothers start teasing Amitabh right from the beginning and he gets fooled repeatedly as there is always an alibi present with the main culprit, of being somewhere else, far away from the crime scene. At the time of its release though many thought that Keith played that role a bit over the top as Tony & Jojo Braganza, but for me he was quite cunning to make you feel the irritation too and I actually still remember enjoying his performance a lot more than all the forced acts in this new age version of 2013. To add further the film was not a box office success featuring a highly famous insertion of a car named as “Ram Pyari”, but it is still rated as one of the most under-rated failures of Amitabh Bachchan from those indecisive years of his career.
Interestingly in AKAYLA, Amitabh cracks this mystery of two brothers, while watching another hindi film SEETA AUR GEETA (1972) in a scene, which was also a Ramesh Sippy directed movie having the dream girl Hema Malini in the double role.
Later there came another Hindi movie MUQABLA using the same plot in 1993 directed by Rama Rao Tatineni, wherein again two evil twin brothers were used by Shakti Kapoor to commit all his crimes, fooling both Govinda and Aditya Pancholi playing two honest Police constables fighting with each other on this very confusion.
So in reality DHOOM 3 is more a re-worked version from our own old duds of the early 90s than being another inspired big budget venture taking it mostly from the west and the film has Abhishek playing exactly the same character as his father played in AKAYLA.
(Note : Though Amitabh’s AKAYLA too had references of Sylvester Stallone’s COBRA (1986) and Clint Eastwood DIRTY HARRY Series, but I am still searching if the twin brother plot was also taken from some other film or not. So if you do have any clue about the same, then please let me know through comments, mail or FB and I would be glad to update the article with your valuable input provided at the earliest.)
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22 December 2013 / bobbysing /
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