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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).

RUNNING SHAADI - An average light hearted (Punjab based) film led by Tapsee Pannu, which you are sure going to enjoy watching on a TV channel instead of the costly multiplex. (Review By Bobby Sing).

RANGOON - Well shot, designed & performed but a dialogue in the film itself says, "Public SHOT nahin, FILM dekhti hai". (Review by Bobby Sing).

 
 
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March 24, 2017 Friday     

How often we can use the phrase “Poetry on Celluloid” for a movie. How often we get to see a movie like a painting on the screen with various colors of love, affection, care and fun. The ratio is too low to discuss and we are seldom offered a project which can induce new spirits of life into every child, young and old in the family. “The Black Stallion” is such a movie, telling us the tale of a rare friendship between a child and his horse. It’s a song, which teaches us the value of life force, flowing in every living being on this earth, other than the human race.

It is seen, that the moment you talk about a children movie, many of the viewers lose their interest, expecting it to be on the same old patterns seen many times before. But..... do not consider “The Black Stallion” as a children movie alone. It’s a unique experience of its own kind and not just another Kid movie talking about the loving relationship between a child and an animal. In fact it is a technical masterpiece excelling in every department of film-making, which should be seen as a must, by all involved in studying or praising a movie experience.
 
The main merit of the movie is that it does not try to exploit you emotionally. The director is not interested in telling us the tale with some painful sequences or scenes where we are supposed to cry. In fact the movie even does not have too many emotional scenes. But what it has.....is the feel of a fresh soothing breeze, flowing smoothly through your body with a feathery touch. The story may sound familiar but it surely has a novel majestic treatment to offer which you may not have seen before on the silver screen.
 
Apart from its expressive star-cast and impressive direction, the other two important aces in the movie are its spectacular Cinematography and brilliant Background Score. The scenes when the boy and his horse are playing all alone on a deserted island are brilliantly canned and visualized. It’s like you are looking at the visuals of a beautiful dream. (May be Tom Hanks & Robert Zemeckis got the idea of “Cast Away” from here only.) Especially the scene where the boy is face to face with a deadly snake increases the level of your heartbeats. The picturisation stays in your mind and you want to experience it again.
 
The climax sequence has a stunning race course event where The Black Stallion is running with the young Jockey boy at his back. The chase simply drags you in with its outstanding sound effects and brilliant musical notes. The heavy breathing of the horse, the sound of his feet touching the ground with an unbelievable speed and the blood coming out of his wounded leg, brings you on to the edge of your seat. And as he crosses the finish mark you feel like standing, jumping and cheering for the “The Black Stallion” and his small master. A true masterpiece with breathtaking cinematography, amusing musical score and a worth praising directorial effort. A must watch for all in the family together.
 
Directed By Carroll Ballard
Starring : Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney & more
Tags : The Black Stallion, 1979, Movies To See Before You Die, Drama, Adventure, A Boy and a Horse, The Black Stallion, Review by Bobby Singh, Not To Be Missed Flicks
 
 
24 August 2009 / bobbysing /
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Dharam-Suraiya - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

Dharmendra, a person widely loved for his simplicity, humbleness and earthy nature, is one of the most respected veterans in the Indian Film Industry today. Coming from the creative soil of Punjab, Garam Dharam (as he was fondly called) was a big fan of Hindi Films even before joining the Industry and loved watching them a lot in his early years. Many of his fans might know that in his youth, Dharmendra was a die-hard fan of actress Suraiya and Dilip Kumar. Till date he still considers Dilip Kumar as the Great God of Acting in India and he is very right in believing that too.

Such was his craze for “Suraiya” that he walked miles to watch her movie “Dillagi” released in 1949 and went over to see it more than 30 times. The black & white classic based on a legendary love story was directed by A. R. Kardar with Shyam in the lead and music by Naushad.

Destiny remembered Dharmendra’s love for the movie and after almost three decades Basu Chatterjee offered him a project with the same title along with Hema Malini. This “Dillagi” got released in 1978 wherein Dharmendra & Hema Malini both played the roles of two school teachers. Their respective parts were quite different from their famous on screen image, hence the movie could not make a strong impact and is still remembered as an interesting path breaking attempt by its director, Basu Chatterjee.

Then again after two decades, Dharmendra, himself produced a movie, with the same title “Dillagi” in 1999, directed by his son Sunny Deol, carrying forward the He-man image of his father, impressively. The movie also featured the kid brother, Bobby Deol along with Urmila Matondkar and fared just fine at the box office.

So, Dharmendra’s long association with the title “Dillagi” continued till 50 years of his celebrating life as an actor.

Interestingly according to IMDB.com, there are as many as 6 movies made with the title “Dillagi” in Bollywood since 1942.
Tags : A. R. Kardar, Basu Chatterjee, Bobby Deol & Urmila Matondkar, Dharmender, Dharmendra & his love for
 
 
23 August 2009 / bobbysing /
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At times watching a movie without knowing much about it, serves as a merit. And a project not supported by any great hype can easily surprise the viewer with its novel twists and turns. That’s exactly the case with “Sikandar” which manages to impress you with a brilliant start and comes up with an overall above average product based on the burning issue of how children cope up with the tense situation in Kashmir.

The best part of the movie, which stays in your memory, is its opening sequence which comes just after the statutory declarations on the screen. The director starts convincingly with the deep baritone voice of “Mohit Chauhan” singing these immortal poetic lines of famous Urdu poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz :

Gulon Mein Rang Bhare, Baad-e-Naubahaar Chale,
Chale Bhi Aao Ke Gulshan Ka Karobaar Chale”

Along with the soothing melody playing in the background, children are shown playing & roaming in the beautiful village lanes of Kashmir. And as a boy kicks the football lying on the ground, the songs stops abruptly, with the sound of a huge explosion. The ball, in disguise was a bomb planted by the militants. The theater goes silent and you are stunned with this unexpected start by the director.
 
After this breathtaking scene, the story moves into the life of a young boy and girl, who are close friends studying in the same school. Their life goes for a big turn, when once while walking to their school, they find a Gun lying on the ground. The boy decides to pick it up and keeps it in his bag. From there on, he gets caught in the web of local politics and militants working on a big conspiracy. The first half of the movie has the most impressive scenes along with few good performances from the cast. While watching the initial moments, you feel that the movie is made for a cause. But post intermission it starts moving towards a crime thriller genre and loses the realistic feel of the subject. Moreover, there are too many loopholes in the suspense element used towards its lengthy climax.
 
Parzaan Dastur (the child artist who played the sikh kid in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”), plays the title role of Sikander. He performs well with an amazing ease and confidence. You can feel the innocence in his acts and facial expressions. Ayesha Kapur (the child artist of “Black”), on the other hand tries to deliver an arty performance deliberately. But in the process she fails to establish a connection with her viewers. Sanjay Suri, as the politician on a peace mission and Madhavan, as the Army Officer, both deliver controlled and polished acts and impress. However the best show comes from the debutant Arunoday Singh, playing the Kashmiri Militant. Sadly his part gets over fast as he gets killed in the first half only.
 
Director, Piyush Jha, comes up with a good project which could have been a much appreciated one, only if he had stuck to his basic theme. Though he started off well with a brilliant sequence but later bowed down to the commercial needs of the market. Kashmir, and its beauty has been captured well by the DOP, showing many spectacular locations on the screen. The Kashmir Militancy problem is also handled in a very impartial manner, where the military and the militants blame each other for the tense situation in the valley.
 
Piyush, surely seems to be impressed by the masterpieces made by the Irani director Majid Majidi. A few sequences in the movie really remind you of Majid’s great movies based on children and their thinking patterns. Like Majidi, Piyush also successfully maintains the feel of his project by using music and songs intelligently. The songs are not given much footage as per the subject but background music could have been more exciting and energetic in few important sequences.
 
In the industry where very few projects are made with children as their central characters, “Sikandar” is an above average product which could have been much more impressive. In simple words, though it may not have great prospects commercially, but it surely is a sincere effort towards making an Indian Majidi movie.
 
Rating : 2.5 / 5
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21 August 2009 / bobbysing /
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Satish Kaushik comes up with his own take on “Minor Pregnancy” in “Teree Sang”. Introducing new faces on the screen, he starts off brilliantly in the first half, but then decides to play it soft, according to the social norms of our society. He doesn’t go the bold way as compared to Kundan Shah, who surprised the Indian viewers with his novel approach on the subject in “Kya Kehna” released in the year  2000.

But since “Kya Kehna” dealt with “Adult Pregnancy” so “Teree Sang” is not being compared with it. Instead there are numerous articles calling it as a take-off from the Oscar winner “Juno” (2007) which for a change, talks about the same subject but with a comic touch. Satish Kaushik does not agree with the blame and insists that it was his own original idea. However the movie (in its second half) takes references from many hit Bollywood Love Stories such as Maine Pyar Kiya, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Love Story.
 
Interestingly “Juno” which came in 2007, is also said to be inspired from a Korean film, “Jeni Juno” released in 2005. Though the makers of “Juno” too deny this inspiration angle but still the similarity in their names confuses a lot.
 
Whosoever may have been inspired, but the main point of discussion here is that was it Kundan Shah, who came up with this idea originally for the first time? Because his “Kya Kehna” was the first one to be made on this controversial topic, out of all the names taken here. His path breaking movie featuring Priety Zinta in the brave role of a young mother, came in the year 2000, whereas all the other movies stated above came into existence much later.
 
So, it seems, Indian Cinema was the leader here in developing this Original Idea for a movie and the rest took it from there. If it’s true, (as I am not informed about any other similar movie before that) then Kundan Shah really deserves all the praises for his unique, innovative and creative thinking style. Great Work done!
 
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