A warm welcome to all friends visiting the site with a loving invitation to read my personal expressions on movies, music, poetry and life.

Music and Movies are like Ears and Eyes to me and if you also feel the same, then you are going to enjoy every moment spent on my works here, for sure.

Do send in your valuable comments and suggestions as they would be my guide for all the future works.

ENJOY!

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 29, 2017 Wednesday     

From Letters to Gifs

Before the 80s, we used to write truly personal letters with special wishes expressed in length full of loving warmth and feelings, reaching the recipient after days or weeks (keeping them waiting for the same).

Before the 90s, there were greeting cards, having nothing written in the inside but a designer message flashed on the front. We still used to write a few lines on the inner blank space as our personal message for the recipients expressed from the deepest core of our heart.

In the 90s, the greeting cards companies also thought of getting over with the blank insides, and they started printing a nice, poetic message in the inner pages. So, we stopped thinking about those few lines too and started writing just the name with our own hands before sending them to our friends or relatives.

In the new millennium, mobiles got introduced and message-exchange was here between the exclusive mobile owners. A few wrote them by themselves and others forwarded them ahead, finding it more easy and convenient.

Post 2005, even the messages were being created by the network companies themselves initiating the festive celebrations (in text format) and everyone started forwarding them adding one or two personal lines on their own as per the ongoing festival season.

Post 2010, social networking gained much momentum and with introduction of Android phones, picture messages started getting circulated or forwarded without any personal warmth.

And now since 2014, animated Gif images are here and we are just forwarding them with a movement of our thumb at Whats App, Messenger and more without even thinking for a second before collectively sending them to hundreds of friends at one go as some kind of painful ritual to be followed.

No doubt that makes us all well connected with each other like living in a ‘Global Mohalla’ instead of a ‘Global Village’. But what we have really lost in the process is that personal warmth, the lovable personal touch, the heartfelt personal expressions and the fragrance of the beloved found in those letters or hand written cards coming from the post reaching after a few days.

No doubt we are now living a much better standard of living with loads of gadgets making life much easier and comfortable than ever before. But in this process, we have certainly surrendered and converted ourselves into mere robots willfully avoiding and forgetting the art of writing a few heartfelt lines of love and affection for our close beloveds.

So next time a festival comes, may be through phones only, but do try to write a few lines of your own for your beloveds, instead of just copying and pasting someone else’s forwarded message in a split of a second.

With warm wishes for the coming new year to all,
Keep cherishing music, movies, poetry and art along bobbytalkscinema.com
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Tags : From hand written letters to Gif images, The way we have lost that personal touch, The chaning human mindset, Articles on Life by Bobby Sing, Articles on Music, Poetry and Life by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Life Teaching Articles by Bobby Sing, Few Life Inspiring Words by Bobby Sing
 
 
31 December 2016 / bobbysing /
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2016 was no doubt a highly disappointing year in terms of Hindi film music despite much awaited projects coming from the reputed composers and major production houses.  Thankfully we still had some worth watching films releasing in the year with two particular ones also moving into the ‘Movies To See Before You Die’ list at BTC.

Here are the top ten films that received the highest ratings (above 3 stars) in the year 2016 (in order of their release).

1.  Neerja – 4/5
2.  Aligarh – 4/5
3.  Kapoor & Sons – 3.5/5
4.  Laal Rang – 3.5/5
5.  Udta Punjab – 3.5/5
6.  Waiting – 3.5/5
7.  Budhia Singh - Born To Win
(Enters the reputed list of must watch films due to its shockingly shameful biographical subject and a powerful execution.)
8.  Pink – 4/5
9.  Island City
(Enters the reputed must watch list due to its exceptional, innovative content and a futuristic way of execution showing us the alarming reality.)
10.  Dangal - 4/5

In addition, following are the other worth watching films receiving 3 stars ratings by BTC due to either their exclusive subject, execution, a few rare tracks or the entertainment factor.

1.  Chalk-N-Duster
2.  Airlift
3.  Nil Battey Sannata
4.  Phobia
5.  Sultan
6.  Madaari
7.  Kaafiron Ki Namaaz (Released straight on Youtube)
8.  Parched
9.  Fan
10.  Raman Raghav 2.0
11.  Dhanak
12.  Jugni
13.  Saat Uchakkey
14.  M. S. Dhoni

Hope next year we get to see many more films entering into the lists giving us much less to complain.

Cheers!

Tags : Top Ten Hindi Films Released in 2016 at BTC, Top 10 films with the highest star ratings at BTC, The best films to be seen in 2016, More than 3 star ratings films of year 2016, Not to missed movies in the year 2016.
 
 
30 December 2016 / bobbysing /
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One of the most brutal and unforgettable chapters of the (recent) Sikh history is the massacre of Nankana Sahib (birthplace of Guru Nanak now in Pakistan) that took place in February 1921 when more than 150 Sikhs were killed in their peaceful revolt against the Mahants (Chiefs) who had complete control over the Gurdwara and its daily proceedings. The massacre which became a major turning point for the Sikh community and the management of various historical Gurdwaras all over the country is widely quoted as “Saka Nankana Sahib” in the history books.

Now making a complete film on such significant historical event is a huge responsibility and should only be considered when one has got the required time, budget and an extremely bold vision doing complete justice with the subject and its emotional as well as religious aspect.

Unfortunately the present project made on the theme is nothing but a quite feeble and visionless attempt which only seems to be interested in en-cashing the opportunity of being the first film to deal with the subject on the bigger screen. The narration is close to amateurish and performances are all theatrical going over the top even in the most crucial sequences dealing with the Sikhs merciless murders. In fact the writers even dare to bring in a love-angle in their script which simply should have been avoided for such serious and sensitive subjects representing the ugly history.

In short, whatever noble intentions might have been there behind the making of this epic disaster, the fact remains that the makers have made a big mistake of toning down and misrepresenting the magnitude and impact of the actual shocking event with such a mediocre adaptation.

Giving you the right perspective, since films made on history are later considered as a reference material by both the students and the general public in the future decades, I seriously wish SAKA wasn’t made at all…... because at times,
“NOTHING is much better and powerful than something so poor and mediocre”.
Hope that conveys it all to the interested viewers.

Rating : 1 / 5 (And too just for the effort made by the team and all the technicians involved.)

Tags : Saka The Martyrs of Nankana Sahib Film Review by Bobby Sing, Saka Punjabi Movie Review by Bobby Sing, New Punjabi Films Review by Bobby Sing, Saka Nankana Sahib Punjabi Film Review at bobbytalkscinema.com, New Punjabi films based on Sikh history.
 
 
29 December 2016 / bobbysing /
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Holding BackThis real life inspired short film titled HOLDING BACK strongly points towards the one subject people are even scared of discussing and talking about, the only undeniable truth, the certain reality of our lives…… i.e. DEATH.

Directed by Wilson Louis, its indeed a worth praising effort inspired from an actual incident of 1999 and its really good to see the writer-director choosing this thoughtful, emotional subject moving much ahead than the usual ‘attention-seeking’ plots often seen in the world of short films.

Getting an appreciable support from the veteran actors and technicians, HOLDING BACK has Seema Biswas and Ananth Mahadevan playing the parents and Kunal Kumar, Raj Arjun and Aditya Lakhia as the other key characters. But without disclosing anything about its basic storyline (keeping the shock-value intact), the film revolves around a mother and the trauma she courageously goes through in an unexpected situation arising during their journey together in a train.

The true story strongly makes you think about the value of each and every second lived unconsciously, assuming that there is still a lot of time left in our given days….. whereas in reality we might not be able to see the next beautiful morning and even the present day’s evening.

Personally it reminded me of a particular phrase of Guru Nanak in Sri Guru Granth Sahib where he says,
“Hum Aadmi Haan Ik Dami”.
Meaning, we all are actually dependent upon the existence of only one breath.

Do watch it as a must along with the end credits and at the time of writing this article the film could be seen at the following link (as a finalist in the Filmfare short film awards):
http://www.filmfare.com/awards/short-films-2017/finalists/holding-back/722

Cheers!
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28 December 2016 / bobbysing /
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