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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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Director Anurag Basu’s last hit film before BARFI was an all inspired venture titled METRO which took its major content from more than one sources of the west. Perhaps that was the reason why while watching two great performances in BARFI, I still wasn’t convinced enough from the film itself because its direction again looked like all inspired from the different films of Charlie Chaplin and Mr. Bean as I could recall. But since the viewers were immensely enjoying the movie due to their own reasons, the inspiration factor took a backseat at my end which was again brought forward by a great post by friends at TANQEED.com revealing its few important sources along with their video links. The post started a fire over the net which lead to several other updates at various sites including IBNLive and then the readers also started adding many other inspirational sources of the film which simply ruined the BARFI impact for many who initially liked it.

Given below is the complete list of all those inspirations along with their links which might be disturbing for few readers here too who really loved watching the movie and its enjoyable content. So just check these out and enjoy the Original videos followed by the director in the widely appreciated BARFI.
1. The single door sliding scene in the film has been taken from Charlie Chaplin’s THE ADVENTURER (1917).
2. The sequence where Rupa Ganguly brings her daughter Illeana in the forest kind of location and reveals the secret of her silent love is straight away from THE NOTEBOOK(2004).
3. The final scene when Priyanka comes and shares Ranbir’s bed is also similar to the one in THE NOTEBOOK (2004).
4. The comedy scenes wherein where Ranbir walks into a door and his nose gets hurt, which he brings back in place with his other hand, making some more funny faces along with his comic movements with the dummy on a sofa are both inspired from the song sequence of “Make Them Laugh” in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952).
5. The sequence where a statue is being inaugurated and Ranbir is found sleeping in the lap of the statue as the covers are taken off is straight away taken from Charlie Chaplin’s CITY LIGHTS (1931).
6. The comedy scene on the ladder with Ranbir at one end and the policemen on the other is inspired from Buster Keaton’s COPS (1922).
7. The scene where a piece of paper sticks with Ranbir and the manner in which he sticks papers strips to his eyelids and tongue was also there in TV series Mr. Bean (1990) and in Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007).
8. Planting the nails on the road sequence which results in a car crash is clearly lifted from a Japanese film KIKUJIRO (1999).
9. The bicycle chase moving within the narrow lanes and tapping the windows sequence reminds you of Jackie Chan’s PROJECT A (1983).
10. The mouse running inside a running wheel can also be seen in a scene of BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT (1998).
11. The scene where Ranbir reads the newspaper of a naked Sadhu sitting beside him is the same as in a Swedish newspaper’s Advertisement.
12. The scene where it seems a car is coming towards both Ranbir and Illeana on the road which actually turns out to be two bikes coming parallel to each other is inspired from a similar sequence in MR. NOBODY (2009).
13. The “Rotating the Clock back” scene can also be seen in the Korean drama “Lover’s Concerto” (2002).
14. Also the sequence where Ranbir is answering a nature’s call in the field is also there in the same Korean Drama “Lover’s Concerto” (2002).
15. The interrogation scene where Ranbir responds to a question that asks him to reveal everything by starting with his birth was there in
 The Goonies” (1985) too.
16. The sequence wherein Ranbir and Ileana’s start distributing food to the needy was quite similar to Fried Green Tomatoes” (1991).
17. Another interesting observation is the final scene of Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s award winning Malayalam film “Mathilukal” (1989) which reminds you of the shoe throwing sequence in BARFI.
18. A real life scene which can rightly be taken as inspiration in the exact meaning of the word showing a local train passing right through a small market as also used in one of the film’s scene.
19. The tragic sequence of Ranbir’s father getting a severe attack but Ranbir unable to hear his voice has its resemblances with a similar kind of sequence in Gulzar’s KOSHISH (1972).
20. The parts of its background score seem to be very close to the soundtrack of French film AMELIE (2001) and more in the links below :
21. The sub-plot of the film staging a fake kidnap and death is partially inspired from the similar one in GONE BABY GONE (2007).
22. The main plot of the film of a love affair between a funny differently-abled man and an autistic girl is though not entirely same but quite close to BENNY & JOON (1993) and a Korean film OASIS (2002).
Now looking at the above mentioned sources of inspiration, it can easily be said that the director Anurag Basu, does have a fabulous research team with him worth praising. Because its really not easy to first collect and then also incorporate such a wide range of inspirations into a single film.
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22 September 2012 / bobbysing /
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If you study all the projects made by the national award winner director Madhur Bhandarkar post his PAGE 3 then you will easily spot a fixed kind of pattern followed by the veteran with only a single exception to the rule which was DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI. But before that whether it is COPORATE, TRAFFIC SIGNAL, FASHION or JAIL they all are based on the same model of taking a realistic, believable plot appealing to the viewer which also has some serious shocks in store for him mostly related to his own daily routine life. So for that reason, one always felt like instantly related to a Madhur Bhandarkar film somehow with a keen urge to see it at the earliest. However the same wasn’t the case with HEROINE which failed to excite majority of audience through its uninteresting promos lacking the novelty.

Being the owner of a creative thinking mind, Madhur willfully tried to break the above mentioned routine style of his with DIL TO BACCHA HAI JI, but couldn’t find any takers. So he forcibly returned to his good old winning formula of realistic films and made HEROINErevolving around his own film industry and its dark secrets. Now no doubt he once again successfully serves you a fine lead performance along with some severe scandalous revelations about the glamorous entertainment business as per his unique style. Yet, this time it’s more repetition all through the movie for a common man rather than having some fresh original content from the thoughtful director. The last year Hit THE DIRTY PICTURE, his own FASHION and the recent RAAZ 3, made on the similar subjects might be one of the reasons of this ‘seen before’ kind of feeling from the film. But the conclusion is that the master is not at his best in HEROINE and fails to give you something novel as always expected from him according to his own fixed standards.
While watching the film, I strongly felt that Madhur shouldn’t have continued with the same script after watching TDP which was released almost one year before, giving him enough time to take the decision. Being a talented writer and director he should have added some new twists & turns in the plot in order to put it on a different path altogether from Vidya’s big hit of 2011. But since he didn’t opt for the changes so, HEROINE unfortunately gives you the same old content starting from the intermission of TDP with many more spicy ingredients added to win over the audience.
In few words, HEROINE has nothing new and the film even doesn’t have any good songs to keep the tempo up. It straight away begins with a tense scene and then picks up rarely in its 148 minutes of duration, unable to generate any kind of lasting impression on the viewer. The film majorly lacks on the entertainment quotient since it doesn’t have any major entertaining or enjoyable sequences right till the end and becomes too slow (& stretched) post intermission. Thankfully, Kareena scores well & looks stunning with one of her career best performances which remains the only reason why it can be watched once, in order to honor her honest attempt. The lady is in her boldest avatar ever in HEROINE and also gets terrific support from the entire cast featuring Helen, Shahana Goswami, Randeep Hooda, Arjun Rampal, Divya Dutta, Govind Namdev, Mugdha Godse and Sanjay Suri in that given order. Cinematography and Background Score does not give you anything special to enjoy but the costume designers do give you many open spaces in their dresses to peep in.
To be honest, I strongly disagree with Madhur’s outlook this time as he goes completely NEGATIVE in the film degrading the already frightful image of the film industry further to many folds. In fact the only positive scenes & dialogues in HEROINE are the ones featuring HELEN posing as an old time successful actress who is not treated well by the present industry people in her old age. And apart from that, every single character in its script is an opportunist who is just interested in using the other person for his own benefit and nothing else. So you have a purely humiliating or shameful depiction of the Film Industry here in HEROINE revealed by a veteran director of the industry himself. In other words, its a VIBHISHAN kind of act by Madhur Bhandarkar in which he ridicules his own chosen industry, reveals its ugly darker side like a insider and makes fun of it in the end with an open climax.   
Considering the film’s subject from a realistic angle, Yes there are mostly corrupt and opportunist people here who are always on a hunt to use the talent of others for their own mutual benefits, but Are the same people not there in any other businesses or in your daily offices too?
Yes, there is a darker or negative side of the film business which often gets revealed in the media at the right time to en-cash the planned timely publicity but isn’t the same done by all the Big Brands operating in the consumer product industry too?
Yes, the film people do use the print & visual media for their own hidden purposes but doesn’t the print & visual media also in-turn uses the Stars & their stories in order to sell their own channels and magazines too?
In a broader sense it’s all a mutual game going on here in the materialistic world where everyone is using each other for their own hidden interests. And the Film Industry isn’t the only negative industry in existence as portrayed by the film in particular. The dark features prevalent in film business can easily be found in all the other major businesses too involving big investments. But the problem here is that Madhur in HEROINE paints such a dreadful image of the industry on the screen which straight away gives you a strong impression that there cannot be anything worst than the Film Industry in the entire world.
Watching the kind of relationships shown in the film where veterans are not respected, directors are thrown out of the offices by shutting down their months old projects, roles are cut on the editing table, publicity is planned for only a chosen few, actors are signed on hidden recommendations, films are planned like canned food and sex is practiced in its all (questionable) forms ranging from straight, gay & lesbians……I seriously doubt any concerned parent would like to send his daughter or son in the film line after seeing HEROINE.

Interestingly, the last year’s hit THE DIRTY PICTURE was also about this dark revelation of the film line. But there the director was more interested in entertaining the audience with some great mix of fun, song, dance, sex and drama. But here in HEROINE, such is the impact of negativity sprayed on the screen by Madhur Bhandarkar that one is bound to ask that “Is there nothing positive or good in the Film Industry at all?”

In fact that is the biggest failure of this project since it only stresses upon the negative side of a coin and tries to sell itself like an evil film to the audience. Quite strangely Madhur doesn’t include even a single positive scene in his script which tries to highlight the few good people functioning in the industry too along with the bad ones. In truth, negativity or evil cannot survive alone in existence as it does need the assistance of goodness essentially to make its presence felt. But since Madhur only deals with the evil in HEROINE, it falls flat and fails to impress.
Ending on a social note, I would like to put up some questions to the writer-director that if the Industry is really is so bad then why he is still there operating in the middle of such hypocrites? And if he is willfully still there becoming a part of these manipulations, then why he was not interested in giving some solution to the grim situation instead of just focusing on the problem in his film. At present HEROINE remains a feeble, one sided realistic attempt to explain the situation, which wasn’t expected from an intelligent director of Madhur’s stature. More importantly the film is not only capable of further ruining the already grey image of the Film Industry but it may also discourage many talented creative youngsters to choose a different career other than of creative arts like films and music.
Besides, the release time of HEROINE itself is a spoof on its director and producers themselves since they exactly do the same thing in real life as planned by the fading actress Mahie in their script to gain some extra free publicity on her new film’s release. In the film she leaks an intimate video clip to the media for getting a good opening at the box office and in real life Madhur smartly plans the release of his film on Kareena Kapoor’s actual birthday.
Because in reality ….its all Show Business and a part of the game.
Ratings : 2 / 5
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21 September 2012 / bobbysing /
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A film talking about Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of young soldiers planning to kill their leader Hitler and a theater owner lady dying to fulfill the same wish, seems like a serious war movie featuring some brutal killings and deadly war events. But only one man could turn it into a fun filled thrilling ride with several comic touches intelligently incorporated in such a tense plot. And that has to be the one and only QUENTIN TARANTINO, who once again completely wins over the viewers with his splendid work aptly titled INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.

Beginning with a brilliant 20 minutes long sequence with only two people talking over the table and many more similar scenes where they are just chatting over with each other for more than 10-15 minutes, the film may not be everybody’s cup of tea looking for some usual dose of entertainment. But if you are really interested in the medium then as the movie grows bigger, you are sure going to enjoy its magnificent execution, direction, acting and the dialogues immensely along with a highly impressive background score making a rock solid impact on the viewer after its grand culmination.

Following his own style of narration, Tarantino divides the film into various chapters, wherein some remarkable characters converse in more than three languages about its different story plots progressing towards a mutual destination. The film slowly grows and then takes on as a racing motorbike speeding towards a Big Crash without any fear. It has a beautifully written script supported by some superb dialogues & towering performances lead by Christopher Waltz who rightly deserved the OSCAR received for his amazing & shocking act of a cruel Colonel. The actor in fact clearly steals the show and once again proves the fact that Tarantino does have a gifted eye for a perfect casting.
Inglourious Basterds does not hold itself back or shies away from showing some gruesome blood on the screen which has always been one of the key features of Tarantino’s films. But here he amusingly serves you a fine blend of terror, blood and humour which is certainly not an easy task for a director. In a way he makes you enjoy watching all the killings in a very unusual manner which could have been done only by Tarantino alone. So all Quentin fans are sure going to love this 150 minutes of excellence without any doubt. Apart from his visionary direction the film also deserves a special mention both for its outstanding Cinematography and a stunning background score which has been used perfectly in the film with just the right timings.

But don't go for any accurate historical references in the film as it’s a pure fiction. Just watch it as a must, if you love the Tarantino kind of movie-making style and have fun in its gripping, shocking and thrilling script written around that ghastly event of the History which was never brought onto the screen in such an entertaining way before.

Written & Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring : Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Christopher Waltz and more
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18 September 2012 / bobbysing /
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Beginning a new nostalgic series, remembering the magazines, story books, song booklets and other print material published on Hindi Films Industry in the last 100 years of our cinema, this is the first article of the series recalling the English Magazines talking about Bollywood since 1935.
Since the beginning.....
Introducing the genre in print media, FILMINDIA was reportedly the first magazine based on Film Journalism started by Baburao Patel in 1935. It became hugely popular due to its novel concept and bold, acidic reviews which openly criticized films and their Stars in pretty straight words. The magazine got a makeover turning into a social one titled MOTHER INDIA in 1949 and continued to remain the market leader until FILMFARE arrived in 1952. These early decades also witnessed few other publications like PICTURPOST, a pocket book kind of film magazine launched in the early forties from Madras which continued till late 80s and more such as FILM CRITIC, THE INDIAN SCREEN GAZETTE & SOUND which couldn’t survive for long.
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The 50s saw the emergence of a major magazine FILMFARE in 1952, initiating the Film Awards in the Industry in its next year itself i.e. 1953, which continue till date and are considered to be one of the most reputed Awards of Bollywood. FILMFARE slowly gained its own reputation majorly due to these Film Awards only in the next few decades. In the early 50s, The Indian Express Group also started their own weekly called SCREEN which did not rely on gossip but emphasized on quality journalism right from the start. It was in the form of normal size newspaper with full page posters and center spreads featuring film advertisements and announcements. 
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In the decades of 60s and 70s, Hindi Film Industry was in full swing and projects were becoming major hits every month in the form of Silver and Golden Jubilees. This resulted in many more magazines being introduced in the market which included 3 key names i.e. STAR & STYLE, STARDUST and CINE BLITZ, out of which STAR & STYLE is not currently in circulation. STARDUST came out with a bang and changed the whole pattern of Film Journalism completely as it brought Sensationalism in the front, to increase its market circulation. In fact it was for the first time that a magazine started featuring articles on personal life issues of the actors which found instant readership and publicity in that era. (And references of it can also be found in the films made on those decades like THE DIRTY PICTURE). Trade Magazines also came into existence in this time period which only talked about the Industry news, its announcements and information about its various projects under production.
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The 70s & 80s saw many new publications coming into the market following the Hit trend but most of them faded away fast too. Many of these magazines majorly relied on Gossips and Scoops, so they couldn’t sustain for long due to the constant demand of more such features every months or week. Such was the power in Film journalism in those days that these magazines collectively BANNED Superstar like AMITABH BACHCHAN and didn’t write about his new movies or interviews at all for a pretty long period. As shown in the picture below, there were so many Film Magazines launched in this period which you might not have even heard of and these included names such as FILM WORD, FILM LIFE, SUPER, SENSATION, FILM MIRROR, YOUTH TIMES and STAR MAG..
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Along with the regular film journals, the 80s had few magazines focusing on the “ART MOVIE WAVE” in Hindi Cinema and these were CINEMA INDIA INTERNATIONAL and CINEMA OF INDIA. However it seems that they had a very limited circulation as I myself don’t remember having seen or read even a single issue of them in those years. The mid 80s witnessed another revolution of THE TELEVISION and VIDEO MARKET in India when Doordarshan successfully managed to win over the Indian viewers through its brilliant serials and when VCRs entered the Indian Household as a new means of entertainment. These two factors resulted in a flood of magazines for few years which either talked about Television and Video Market alone or covered a bit of TV, Video and Films all together in their 3 different sections. The key magazines of this era included LEHREN (which also had a Video Magazine released on VHS tapes), TV & VIDEO WORLD and few more.
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With the last decade of the century (in the 90s) came the CABLE REVOLUTION in the country which once again changed the complete entertainment scenario substantially. Video was fast becoming a thing of the past and in the late nineties Digital Technology was there in the market making way for VCDs, DVDs and other Digital formats to provide us the much needed entertainment in a new way. In this important period of a major transformation in the country, the print media remained a silent witness to many new launches fading away only after few issues from the market and the Film Magazines were not the talk of the town anymore as they once used to be for all cinema freaks.
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The new millennium introduced many new mediums (or formats) of entertainment all over which in turn (to a huge extent) reduced the passion in people to discuss or talk about films through the medium of Print Magazines. Hard Disks and various saved files on personal computers became the new exchange material and only few magazines could survive this brutal attack of technology advancement on the Print Media. So at present we have only a handful of publications strictly devoted to film journalism and the rest of them talk about all other social issues too along with films to cater a wide range of audience. And among these key survivors are CINE BLITZ, STARDUST, THE FILM STREET JOURNAL, FILMFARE and SCREEN Weekly which are thankfully still there to be our friends with the same good old sweet smell of paper.
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To be honest, this is one of the most cherished series of articles I have written, taking us back in those memorable passionate days of eating, drinking and sleeping films. And I am sure, all friends here would really love reading it like enjoying an exciting ride in a TIME MACHINE taking us many decades back.
So do share the article with all your film buff friends and also please let me know if you have information about any other English Film magazine published in the last century not featured here.

With Cheers for The Magazines which kept our passion of Movies & Music alive for so long....!
Bobby Sing
(DISCLAIMER : The pictures of the Magazine Covers featured above are the Copyright of their respective publishers and have been shared here just to fondly remember that Golden Era of Hindi Film Industry with love, without any commercial motive. But still if a respectful owner doesnt wish any cover to be featured here then please send me an e-mail and the picutre of that particular magazine will be taken off at the earliest as desired.


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