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BAHUBALI 2 - It delivers larger than life cinema as a solid prequel & conclusion but the excellence seen in the final hour of its original remains missing. (Review by Bobby Sing).

NOOR - What a confused and lazy way to make a crime investigative thriller with neither thrills nor any investigations ending on a weird note. (Review By Bobby Sing).

This Friday's One Line Reviews by Bobby Sing for making your movie plans..

When my Career Consultancy didn't work for a few strangely concerned parents. - by Bobby Sing (Few Life Inspiring Words - 23).

FAST & FURIOUS 8 (English/Hindi) - Partially enjoyable, but strictly for the fans loving the action genre. [TTP (To The Point) Review By Bobby Sing].

MANJE BISTRE (Punjabi) - It seems Punjabi Cinema is now stuck with period dramas focusing on a 'Vyah Wala Ghar' as their latest repetitive obsession. (Review By Bobby Sing).

BEGUM JAAN (Hindi) / RAJKAHINI (Bengali) - Benegal's MANDI meets Manto's TOBA TEK SINGH and Mehta's MIRCH MASALA in this bold but over dramatic effort, sadly remaining too bland to be called an epic despite its noble intentions. (An overview by Bobby Sing).

The last 2 shows at REGAL and the one man behind the event, nobody knows about. (A detailed emotional and technical description by Bobby Sing).

MUKTI BHAWAN (Hotel Salvation) - Could have been a classic, but surely deserves to be seen for its subject, performances and Varanasi in particular. (Review by Bobby Sing).

LAALI KI SHAADI MEIN LAADDOO DEEWANA - Stay away from this marriage and its tiring absurdity. [TTP (To The Point) Review By Bobby Sing].

 
 
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April 29, 2017 Saturday     
World acclaimed director Akira Kurosawa’s thought provoking & extra ordinary movie revolving around a rape victim, RASHOMON is considered among the Top 100 movies made all over the world without an exception. And the film surely deserves its respected place in the rating as it both entertains as well as enlightens the viewer about the cunning human mind and its wicked thought process in a splendid manner.
Admittedly, the classic would not be a normal movie watching experience for many as it has its own silent moments and slow proceedings disturbing a few. But if you are really interested in studying it as a text book material on film-making excelling in its various departments, then there is lot to learn and follow demanding some essential repeated viewings by the keen viewers.
The story is woven around a murder and rape case brought for a trial. But the same incident is being reported through the revealing perspective of three different people associated with the shameful episode individually. Each testimony in the court gives a new angle to the story leading to fresh conclusions and the overall impact of various viewpoints presented compels the viewer to re-think about them all more than once. In other words, the new truths unfolded give you an opportunity to see deep into the realms of human psyche and the thoughtful narration slowly takes you in, post the initial build-up beautifully executed by the maestro director.

Simply put, if you can get through its old world feel, slow pace and meaningful silences, looking into each and every character involved in the case introspectively, then watching this Kurosawa Classic is certainly going to be a great learning experience without any slightest of doubt. And the film itself will prove why its widely considered as one of the best and most influential cinematic expressions made all over the world till date…… unanimously.  
Directed By Akira Kurosawa
Starring : Toshiro Miffune, Takashi Shimura & More
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Tags : Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Miffune, Takashi Shimura, Top 100 movies, Top 10 All Time Movies, Japanese Classic, Movies to See Before You Die, Must See Movies List By Bobby Sing, World Cinema, Drama, Court Room Drama, Rape Vicitm, Rashomon effect, Kurosawa Classic
 
 
23 September 2008 / bobbysing /
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Shyam Benegal, one of the key names, who represent our Indian Cinema in the world. The man responsible for number of award winning meaningful films tries a different genre this time which is a very simple, easy going and fresh attempt. But it may be too straight and slow for the fast paced young audiences.

For his fans (including myself), this is a welcome change from the master of the medium and the maestro seems to be in a completely different mood this time. As a sincere fan, “Welcome To Sajjanpur” is not among best of his works, but it’s entirely a different kind of attempt from him which surely has moments of his golden touch.
The story is about a letter writer in a village, who writes letters for all the villagers and tries to put their feelings in his words. And at times this also leads to interfering in the personal lives of people. The plot is very thin and there are too many characters roped in. So as a result no particular character comes out shining except the letter writer himself. The film starts off easily with a much laid back pace and moves on as each character is introduced. It is more like the good old “Malgudi Days” and impresses as it unfolds stories about each one of them. But some sequences are pretty predictable such as the village elections and the rivalry among the contestants. 
First half is too simple and slow, whereas the second half picks up and generates more interest. The last 40 minutes of the movie are more entertaining and engrossing and the climax reminds you of Hrishikesh Mukherjee kind of cinema. At first it may seem that this is not a movie matching today’s fast pace of life, but as it moves on, it takes you in and after the last few minutes you feel that you liked it.    
Performances wise each and every character shines like a star in the sky and “Shreyas Talpade” is like the moon with the stars. Undoubtedly, this is his best performance after “Iqbal” and “Dor”. Amrita Rao, though has acted well but deliberately speaks like a village girl, where she gets caught. Rest all have done a fine job but since no other character has an upper edge provided by the writer so everyone is at par with each other. Musically, the title song is good but all the other songs should have been avoided.
In few words, it’s a simple and sweet movie, to enjoy as the gold old cinema from the golden era of Indian Movies. It may not be liked by the youth as it has nothing to offer to the Rock Generation. But it has the values which we find missing in the current times.
One Request for the viewers who are new to Shyam Benegal Cinema :
If you are watching this as your first Shyam Benegal flick then Please don’t make any viewpoint about the master from this movie. This a different genre tried by the master and it’s like he is chilling out after making some very intense and meaningful movies. I insist and request you to watch his “Suraj Ka Satwan Ghoda”, “Hari Bhari”, “Mammo”, “Mandi”, “Bhumika”, “Ankur” before reaching to any unjustified conclusion about Shyam Benegal.
Particularly a must see is “Suraj Ka Satwan Ghoda” where you will find most of the cast of “Welcome To Sajjanpur” doing a completely different act with the utmost conviction.
In the current trend of loud comedies, “WTS” might be too simple and slow for the young viewers but it has its moments to enjoy.
Rating : 2.5 / 5
Tags : Amrita Rao, Divya Dutta, New Films Reviews, New Hindi Films Reviews, New Hindi Movies Reviews, Shreyas Talpade, Shyam Benegal, Welcome To Sajjanpur Review, Welcome To Sajjanpur Review by Bobby Sing, Movie Reviews By Bobby Sing, Bollywood Movies Reviews, Hindi Films Reviews, New Hindi Releases
 
 
21 September 2008 / bobbysing /
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It was only due to the brilliance of a master film maker, Alfred Hitckcock, which made this film possible even when there were no computers and no graphical options available for special effects in the movies. It was really a brave attempt on Hitchcock’s part to opt for such kind of subject and that is the reason, why he is one of the most loved film makers all over the world.

The film revolves around the incidents of strange and horrifying attacks by birds on the humans in a specific city. There is no particular reason shown for their attacks but it seems that they are taking some sort of revenge from the people. The sight of hundreds of black birds (crows) sitting outside a house waiting for a victim generates a different kind of fear in the mind of the viewer. Usually horror, is synonym with spirits, ghosts and scary faces but here, horror created by the ugly black birds is surely a new experience on its own.
 
The master director is in true form, from the first attack sequence itself. And then he makes you sit straight waiting for some extraordinary and unexpected scenes to follow. Few sequences in the movie are quite brutal and bold in execution, which are strictly not recommended for minors. But at the same time, the narration and ambience created by the director is highly entertaining too. The most innovative and well written scene of the movie is its climax, which is worth watching, leaving an open end for the viewers to think it over. Though there are mixed responses towards its experimental end but the movie still remains a real masterpiece by Alfred Hitchcock, definitely finding its place among his Top 5 Films.
 
Directed By Alfred Hitchcock
Starring : Rod Taylor, Tippy Hedren & Jessica Tendy
Tags : The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Taylor, Tippy Hedren, Jessica Tendy, Thriller, Attacking Birds, Black Birds, Dangerous Animals, Movies to See Before You Die, Must See Movies List By Bobby Sing
 
 
20 September 2008 / bobbysing /
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While watching this all time classic I was amazed to see the grandeur and huge canvas on the screen, visualized by its makers at that time of the century. It really must have taken a lot of courage to even think of making such a spectacular movie in 1941. No doubt, that is the reason for its being there in the Top 10 All Time Great Movies list by all critics and lovers of world cinema.

A well conceived movie with majestic touch. It revolves around the life span of a self made business personality and about his journey in the financial world. The huge sets in the climax were really unimaginable and a true experience to watch. Frankly speaking, I was more convinced by its direction and magnificent treatment of the movie than its content and storyline. It’s not a thorough entertaining stuff for the normal cine lover, but technically it has all the qualities of a great movie if viewed from the eyes of a film-maker. Hence go for it if you are keen on studying the art of film-making in a grand style.
 
Directed By Orson Welles
Starring : Joseph Cotten & Dorothy Comingore
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