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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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March 30, 2017 Thursday     

Kalyana Samayal Saadham

Reading the one line heading of the write-up, you might be thinking of another bold and sensual film, probably exploiting the woman in a more controversial manner than before on the silver screen. However the pleasant surprise is that the film has nothing to do with the woman in particular and it actually deals with a man’s sexual issue for a change, defying all set norms of our Indian Cinema, quite bravely.
In straight words, many would find it shocking and many would not even believe that this 2013 release Tamil film has been actually made on the issue of ‘Erectile Dysfunction’ in men. And that too in a very enjoyable comic manner, without showing any kind of hesitancy, shyness or holding back in the film’s light hearted, cute as well as intelligent execution, unbelievably.
Plus the other major merit of this courageous attempt remains that despite having this bold issue as its basic twist and also featuring many well written double meaning dialogues explaining the problem clearly, the film never goes over the board stepping into the zone of cheap, crass or embarrassing in any of its key sequences at all. And considering the difficult subject chosen, the writer-director R. S. Prasanna certainly deserves many extra marks for this rare triumph achieved undoubtedly.
In fact, Hindi Cinema which is supposedly (and wrongly) known for setting path breaking examples for others in the country in cinematic terms, should now look for corners after watching this superbly conceived, gutsy film made on such a conservative topic never tackled before in Indian mainstream cinema ever in the gone decades.
Talking about the light hearted feel of the movie, which actually can be called its major pull too, KALYANA SAMAYAL SAADHAM (meaning Wedding Feast) begins as a typical big fat wedding film with the usual love-song-dance in the air kind of treatment lacking novelty. Lekha Washington and Prasanna as the lead couple successfully charm the viewers with their natural acts but one keeps waiting for any twist to happen soon in the first 20-25 minutes quite eagerly. On the other hand, as soon as the much awaited revelation is there like a sudden, unexpected explosion about the ‘not getting up’ problem, one not only gets seriously stunned but also feels pleasantly amused, looking at the young couple discussing it in a very sporting & enlightening manner with the help of ‘Google Search’.
Moreover, the one actor who simply spells magic on the viewers from here on is Lekha Washington (with her lovable smile) and the girl is sure going to become the adorable crush for many through her lively act. Prasanna performs his more important role making a fine impact but Lekha clearly takes away the major attention till the end due to her bubbly, innocent beauty and an immensely likable presence on the screen. The supporting cast perfectly plays their given roles as required and the script never lets you down even for few minutes due to a fine pace maintained once the secret is out.
Mentioning the negatives, though KSS revolves around a traditional arranged marriage with all the family celebrations on, still it cannot be called a family oriented film obviously due to the daring sexual theme and many double meaning dialogues targeting only the youngsters sitting in the theater in particular. Yes, the sensitive issue of impotence takes a back seat for a while in the second half and the expected crescendo also remains missing in its final moments which could have been dealt in a better style.
Yet due to a completely focused entertaining screenplay having no forcibly added comic sub-plots, no irritating songs more than the required, a pleasant musical score and two fabulous lead performances, KSS never lets you feel any of its shortcoming in those 2 compelling hours and comes up as a clear winner in the end quite smartly. The team does manage to serve the tough, untouched sexual subject maintaining a class of its own, away from vulgarity and has many innovative insertions in the script too (like the Facebook one), keeping the young & trendy feel alive catering its target audience perfectly.
Summing up, it’s not easy or something of the routine to make a youthful Indian (wedding) film talking about ‘Erectile Dysfunction’ so openly. In a society which is known for only blaming the female for any kind of difficulty arising in a married couple, the film could have easily gone into the avoidable zone of a sex-based film becoming a disaster or could also have faced many other obstacles in its making or release just because of the ‘rarely touched’ issue & the taboos around it.
Hence the fact that R. S. Prasanna successfully made his film and that too in a very classy entertaining form without offending any particular gender, with an appreciable maturity & finesse is nothing short of an unbelievable victory as I strongly feel. And thus he not only deserves a big applause but also needs to be acknowledged for thankfully pushing the boundaries of Indian Cinema a little further after a long time, especially in this specific genre of our films based on sexual issues. 
So hats off to R.S. Prasanna, his producers and his entire team of actors for supporting this path breaking project with a vision and the film is sure going to be one of key factors responsible of redefining Indian Cinema in the coming years indisputably.
Rating : 4 / 5 (including the much deserving extra 1 just for the courage, maturity and finesse displayed in making an appealing commercial film on such a risky & bold subject.)
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29 June 2014 / bobbysing /
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Memories - Malayalam

Having a keen interest in murder mysteries, I just discovered that where Hindi Cinema has evidently kept a deliberate distance from this particular genre in the recent times, there our South Cinema has constantly delivered quite a few ‘Who Dunit’ movies, especially in the Malayalam Cinema. And MEMORIES, written and directed by Jeethu Joseph is certainly one of those decent attempts in this genre which does have a better second half as essentially required by such crime investigative thrillers talking about a psycho killer.
Based on the case of a series of murders following an exactly similar pattern, the film actually works because of a convincing story progression, well-crafted by the director post its initial hour. It begins introducing its various characters, their backgrounds and the strange murders at a quite slower pace. But once the senior police officer calls in a drunkard ex-cop Sam Alex to investigate the case as per his proven instincts, the film turns into a top-notch investigative thriller superbly and has another great twist thrown in before its revealing climax. Besides its impressive amalgamation of love, passion, jealousy, religion, human psychology and a subtle touch of humour too further adds a lot to its overall impact, impressively.
As the downers, yes the melodrama looks like a clichéd one taking much time in the script in its initial moments and the culmination also could have been much more intense and involving as I personally felt. Plus writer-director Jeethu Joseph does take some clear inspirations from the world cinema, such as some parts of his basic plot and few scenes from French movie THE CRIMSON RIVERS (2000), the climax punch from KISS THE GIRLS (1997) and the hanging styles from OUR TOWN (2007 - Korea) specifically.
Still the positive point here remains that one cannot simply ridicule the film due to all these unofficially borrowed scenes at all, since the director does come up with a highly appreciable script of his own, including these partial influences quite intelligently (breaking the set pattern of just making a silly blind copy). So to give him the much deserving due, this is a perfect example of how inspirations need to be incorporated as mere inspirations only and not an easy way of copying the exact sources. For instance, there is a particular scene in MEMORIES when Prithvi finds the culprit face to face, runs after him for a long distance but then fails to lay a hand on him (running just a few feet away) due to his own physical disability caused by the over-drinking. Now though this scene is directly taken from THE CRIMSON RIVERS but the way Jeethu includes it in the film with reference to his drunkard character, simply takes the execution to a much higher level than the original source comparatively.
Therefore despite the borrowed influences, the credit needs to be given to the talented writer-director unarguably, for delivering a decent, quality thriller with a gripping script, innovative editing (with superb animated scene transformations), great cinematography, soothing music and an apt background score along with a praiseworthy lead performance by Prithvi, who thankfully doesn’t have any over the top, superhero powers to display.
To sum up, if you love watching tense, detective movies investigating about a wicked, serial killer roaming freely, then do watch MEMORIES as a must since the film is capable enough to serve your greedy grey cells with a fine suspense.
Rating : 3.5 / 5
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23 June 2014 / bobbysing /
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Left Right Left - Malayalam

Arun Kumar Aravind directed LEFT RIGHT LEFT makes another major breakthrough in Malayalam Cinema proudly announcing that they are not making movies just to earn some quick bucks at the box office. But are certainly having a strong thought process behind their projects made with a definite vision, strong scripts and brilliant contribution by the entire technical team, writer, director and the performers.
Having said that, LEFT RIGHT LEFT is also not an easy watch and might not appeal to many due to its joyless social theme mostly talking about communism, its revolting leaders, corrupt politicians and crooked policemen, all put together. Representing the interconnected lives of three diverse characters following their own ideologies and aim; it begins with 3 distinctive eras i.e. of 60-70s, 80-90s and the present time of the 21st century. Plus the opening 20 minutes of the film clearly give you an indication that this is not going to be any run of the mill stuff with any usual commercial content and sequences.
Skillfully introducing its key characters of a shrewd political leader, a corrupt sub-inspector, a physically challenged revolting activist, a beautiful clever nurse (who knows how to use men for her own benefit), a dependent mother and a loving wife, LEFT RIGHT LEFT actually starts spelling its magic post the initial hour, when a newspaper scoop disturbs the life of everyone involved quite drastically. Having many powerful dialogues and performances in its second half, the film successfully leaves a mark and one has only praises in mind for the meaningful effort made by the entire team as it ends (with a blackout).
A sensibly conceived political drama, LEFT RIGHT LEFT is just interested in conveying its daring message to the interested audience and doesn’t really care to please the others with any amusing sub-plots added forcibly. And it’s this focused vision only which gives the film an impressive depth ahead of many other similar projects based on politics. Scoring much on the technical grounds too, it has an inspiring tag line saying ‘Revolution is homemade’ and its title actually depicts the much required rhythm to be maintained for a balanced living saying LEFT RIGHT LEFT.
However at the same time, it is not any fast paced entertaining drama providing the routine 3 hour amusement to its audiences too. Besides, the culmination also points towards a negative solution to the problem which could have been dealt differently. The film takes time to grow on till the intermission and then starts forming the grip with a better second half forcing you to take a look at all the questionable social standards around supported by We the people only quite ignorantly, In short, you are not going to see any truthful Hindi remake of this in all possibilities, since it doesn’t have any of those so called commercial values to make a killing weekend and remains a bold, tense but thought provoking film raising many valid questions on our social system, bravely.
In fact, the outstanding one line premise it is based on, will clearly give you an idea about its artistic value praised above, wonderfully summing up a human life as,
“A Man is a part DNA, part unknown and part what he sees & goes through as a child.”
The phrase beautifully describes the way we all become adults with a sum of what we get from our parents, what we see while we were kids and what we acquire through the other natural and unknown influences of life in the later decades. And the thought gets brilliantly portrayed in the film beginning with the childhood of its three main characters witnessing a cruel death and then living life as they had learned it marching towards their own individual end with the rhythm of LEFT RIGHT LEFT.
Adding to its negatives, though the director daringly displays his understanding of the medium with a powerful execution of a fine script. But he still needs to clear few important misconceptions he might be having about the mystic master OSHO, as its quite childish to see him using the name again in a sex related issue like an ignorant being who has not even read anything by the mystic before commenting on it.
Anyway moving ahead of this one silly insertion, LEFT RIGHT LEFT indeed is a worth watching insight on the current scenario but only if you are willing to witness a more artistic and meaningful onscreen projection with a message.
Rating : 3 + 0.5 / 5 (with an extra 0.5 just for the superb one line premise)
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22 June 2014 / bobbysing /
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