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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].

MIRZA JUULIET - One of those strictly avoidable films that make you wonder why they got made and for whom? (Review By Bobby Sing).

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In our part of the world, particularly in Bollywood, films are majorly made & seen just because of the STARS featuring in it and very few actually care about, who is the director and writer of any project. Though it has to be the other way round, but that’s how it happens here in Bollywood and DON-2 along with many recent films is just another perfect example of the fact. Walking on the same set parameters, DON-2 also remains a film specially written and conceived only for Shahrukh Khan alone in company with some excellent technical crew to bring it closer to the international standards.

Coming straight to the point, in true words the film has nothing to do with the cult name DON and its legacy. The writers deliberately link it to the previous remake of the original Don in the start and then later on move on to a completely different path of a planned crime. As a result, all that fun, masti and entertainment associated with the name DON goes simply missing.
In real terms, DON 2 is a heist film, in which the whole effort is made towards stealing some precious things from a safe vault. The brand of DON is forcibly included to add some extra zing to the project in commercial terms otherwise it could have been easily called anything close to Mission Impossible or other famous heist films. In fact, that seems to be the sole purpose of Farhan Akhtar to make an Indian film, similar to these world famous series in which a team goes on a mission like MI 1-4, Ocean Series, Bourne Series and more. So the name of DON has only been used to get some easy publicity without any expenditure and I do have my issues with the practice of these re-makes and sequels, explained later in the review.
Now coming to the film itself, it has only one merit to mention and that is its excellent production value which is hugely impressive and leaves a mark. Actions sequences like the opening one and the car-chase on the foreign roads are filmed brilliantly. Cinematography by Jason West is outstanding taking you on to a visually stunning tour of Germany, Switzerland, Malaysia and Thailand. And altogether we get a technically polished product competing with the world cinema films made in the similar genre.
But unfortunately content wise the film fails to make any kind of impact on the viewer in its more than 2 hours of duration. And the major blame goes to its first half which is too simple with nothing exciting or spellbinding happening on the screen against all expectations. Till intermission the film lacks hugely in the entertainment quotient and gives you nothing to cheer or enjoy. Wonder why they didn’t punch in some tightly written sequences in this first half or maybe they were too confident about their stuff shown in the second.
Post interval, its purely the execution of the planned heist which takes too much time to unfold leading to restlessness in the theater. As a typical Hindi film everything keeps happening so easily and nothing ever goes wrong. The codes are broken like a child’s play, the guards are fooled like mannequins standing on their duty and the bombs keep exploding perfectly right on their timings. Now its not that something should have happened wrong essentially but the missing point here is that one doesn’t feel any excitement and thrill while the team is working on their heist, which in fact has to be a key feature of any movie made in this particular genre.
Further, the most painful period of DON 2 comes in its final half an hour, where various un-required sequences keep following one after another as a never ending race and the viewer starts asking, When they are going to end it? In simple words, the concluding (dragging) part of DON 2 is sure going to hammer hard on its box office prospects severely. Such is the drastic impact of its final moments that one is bound to forget anything good watched before in the same movie. And this was really not expected from Farhan, a director, who is an actor, singer and writer himself known for his contribution in many recent famous movies hitting jackpot on the box-office.
So as it seems, DON-2 has been written and made only for one man and he is Shahrukh Khan. Truly speaking, I didn’t find Farhan Akhtar, the director anywhere in the entire movie and its just a Shahrukh’s product all the way which keeps focusing on him alone ignoring all the other important ingredients of a good movie. Shahrukh enters the film with an action sequence (which he does well) wearing a weird kind of getup which doesn’t match his own physical appearance. And then he goes on to deliver a worked upon but also an over the top performance trying to impress with some good one liners which even become repetitive after a point. Here I would like to mention that a well written script gives good one-liners to many of its characters to present a balance act, just like the recent “The Dirty Picture”. But here in DON 2 all the well written lines are exclusively kept for Shahrukh alone which does create a clearly visible imbalance among the performances.
Priyanka Chopra continues with her character of DON and tries her best to deliver something better than the first. But the writers do not give her anything more than the usual. Lara Dutta on the other hand looks gorgeous and happy too being used as a show-piece. Kunal Kapoor plays it cool as a hacker but his character is more confused than confident. Both Boman Irani and Om Puri are simply wasted, but Nawab Shah emerges as a fine performer among these veterans. Hrithik Roshan makes a special appearance fulfilling his duty of a family friend of the producers and he is just ok in absence of any great build up. Besides the soundtrack of the movie is a big disappointment from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and may be that is the reason, Farhan has used only one song in the film. However he could have easily dropped that too.

In nutshell, DON 2 is a movie definitely written after finalizing its cast, keeping in mind all the inputs primarily needed in a STAR’s movie. Its not a meaningless film with many silly sequences. But the script could have been much enjoyable if added with more fun, entertainment and thrill. It is a heist movie in disguise, which sadly doesn’t fulfill the major requirements of the genre. For me it was more a Farhan movie than a Shahrukh film, so maybe I was expecting a lot from the director. But the final outcome is sadly not even close to my expectations from the actor-director-singer-writer. Taking too much time on un-necessary things (like the sky jump without any purpose) is not a feature of a Farhan film. So I have my doubts of DON 2 being his film completely.
Further, I am really not in favour of making Re-makes and then even making a Sequel of a Re-make quite shamelessly. And here are my views on the subject:
As I see it, a Re-make of a HIT Classic Cult film with a Big Star of the current times is the easiest way of writing your name in the History Books of Cinema. It not only gives you a ready-made idea, an already Hit script and everything on the table to enhance, but at the same time it also associates you with one of the biggest Hit of Hindi Cinema just for only attempting a re-make. Because now whenever someone would say that Amitabh’s DON was a big hit and a great entertainer of the seventies, at the same time another person is sure going to add that this DON was also remade by Farhan Akhtar with Shahrukh in 2006, who then also made a sequel DON 2 in 2011. So, that simply gives you an easy entry into the History Books of Cinema without making any huge effort.

Now coming to making a sequel of a re-make. For me, its not only unethical but also a kind of theft of someone else’s creative property. In other words,
“A Re-make is like asking permission from a Land lord of a solid house to live there for a while on rent. Now that’s very fine if the owner gives anybody his permission readily.
But making a Sequel of that Re-make is like building a second floor on that rented house only, without even asking the actual landlord, which in one way is not only funny but can also be called creatively unethical theft.”
Its fine that you are making a Re-make after taking due permissions, but how can you go on making a sequel of that re-make claiming it to be your own creative property. Now for DON 2, I hope Farhan must have taken the same permission again from the Producer & Director of the original DON to make a sequel of their Cult film (or he may have got it at the time of making the re-make only). If yes then Farhan is a true flag bearer of experimental new-age cinema. But if he didn’t then I would like to call DON 2 – an illegal second floor made on a rented house by the tenant himself.
Ratings : 2 / 5
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23 December 2011 / bobbysing /
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A film like LANKA can easily be compared with an important catch in a Cricket match where the ball just pops out of the hands of the player attempting it. The phrase is used here to describe the film because it has everything in it, needed for a good film but still the makers are unable to utilize its each potential merit in the right way.

Titled LANKA the film does take its inspiration from ‘Ramayana’ to some extent but then every Indian film has something or the other close to the Epic’s divine story as its full of very emotional and heart-warming content. However in the present version the emphasis is on RAVAN – VIBHISHAN relationship with a different added angle of their love interest. The story revolves around two brothers and a girl with whom the elder brother is having an open relationship in which he keeps exploiting her physically as a Keep. The younger brother being a silent observer of this relationship is not able to bear the injustice and slowly develops a liking towards the girl owned by his influential brother leading to his revolt.
Now the basic plot and other elements thrown in by the writers in the film have everything ranging from love, hatred, exploitation, injustice, sex, revolt, confrontation and even police nexus with the influential. In addition there is also a plot of regional caste differences and village rivalry roped in for the smaller centers. But despite of having so much on paper to exploit on screen, the film fails to deliver and comes out to be just a decent first attempt by its director Maqbool Khan.
Though there are some well directed and acted sequences in the film which count, but sadly they come after long gaps which reduces their impact on the audience. The script moves at a very slow pace, becoming uninteresting after a while leading to boredom. The specially inserted Item song and another slow number do not provide any help too and remain ineffective. The writers leave so many questions not explained properly in the narration, like why the girl’s family is surrendering so easily and regularly to the ugly and unethical demands of the big brother or Why the hero doesn’t take any action throughout the movie to save his love? May be he was asked to save it for the climax, which again is nothing impressive from any angle.
Yet there is something to cheer in LANKA and that’s the superlative performance of Manoj Bajpai who once again proves that he can always leave a mark even if the script of his film is a big letdown. The Cinematography also serves as the second positive point in the film after Manoj. Arjan as the younger brother tries to talk through his eyes successfully but I still felt he could have been much better. Tia doesn’t disappoint with a pleasing presence on the screen. Yashpal Sharma is excellent as usual but if only the script had given them all something exceptional to perform, then LANKA could have been a worth watching venture.
As for now it can only be watched if you are a true fan of Manoj Bajpai, as the actor remains the single asset of the film unarguably.
Rating : 1.5 / 5
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21 December 2011 / bobbysing /
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To be honest, this film is not going to earn much and also may not impress a major proportion of audience who love watching the usual masala movies. Despite of the fact it still remains a simple, sweet, truthful movie which mainly becomes watchable due to its worth praising performances and some fabulous well written sequences post intermission.

Talking about a small town man, Vinay Pathak, trying to adjust in the fast city life of Mumbai, the story basically revolves around his sudden relationship with his new neighbor Neha Dhupia, who is a ‘bindaas girl’ working and trying to make a name in the glamour industry. In its first half the director Saurabh Shukla strictly follows the guidelines inspired from the simple yet effective works of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee. Hence the first hour of the film just has some light moments of the conflict between the two characters coming from different background which fairly keeps you entertained in bits and parts, with a pleasant surprising act from Neha.
But it’s the second half of the movie, which has some well-written, meaningful sequences making a noticeable impact on the viewer through its straight forward and bold execution. The first one comes in the form of the scene where the director, his actors and his writers very effectively explain the problem of ‘those few difficult days of the month’ coming in the life of every young girl, pretty clearly and boldly. In fact probably it’s the first time in Indian Cinema that any such sequence has been shot with very noble intentions, capable of spreading awareness among the youngsters too. And how it worked, was proved right in front of my eyes in the theater, through a group of few girls and boys who were just sitting behind my seat. Now as Vinay Pathak was explaining the pain of those few days on the screen in very clear words, the boys started laughing. Tolerating it for only few seconds, a girl couldn’t resist, she stood up and loudly questioned, “What’s so funny in this? Please tell me.” with anger on her face. And that very moment I realized that this is nothing but “Spreading Awareness through the medium of films”.
The second worth mentioning sequence is the one in which Neha’s father meets her after a long time but still doesn’t approve her way of earning money by being a dancer-actress wearing very revealing dresses. Now this very scene enlightens us that nothing has changed actually in all these decades. Yes, the media has hyped the profession hugely and there is lot of glamour & status too now associated with the Industry. But for girls, the profession was, the profession is and may be, will remain a dicey choice to accept for all the middle class families living in the small towns. And the fact is that this career option still is looked upon with many suspicious eyes and is not considered to be a decent one, even in the year 2011.
The third enjoyable merit of the film, is a five minutes cameo by Nasseruddin Shah playing Vinay’s father, who simply proves to be a veteran with only a few lines given to him as dialogues. And what he conveys in those few words is the ultimate truth of life changing its course both in the big cities as well as in the smaller towns.
Coming to the weak points of the film, it has got a few which if tackled properly, could have resulted in a bit more entertaining movie for sure. To start with, both the characters are living in a building of Sales Tax Officers, yet what kind of Vigilance Raids are happening there repeatedly is really confusing. Further, the subtle love story in the film never gets justified with its funny title “Pappu Can’t Dance Saala”. Evidently the name was kept to encash the over-popularity of the song with the same words from “Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na”. Apart from these, the narration of the film remains quite slow with many repetitive kind of scenes saying the same thing, which actually kills all the excitement build up by its electrifying start. And then its open end in the climax is also not able to leave a solid impact on the viewers coming out of the theater.
However, what makes PCDS a sweet one time watch is a surprising polished performance by Neha Dhupia, who enters the film with a plain-jane look without any kind of make-up quite boldly and then goes on to be a glamorous model later on. She performs equally well, playing both a Bad and Good girl as per the changes in her character throughout the movie and impresses a lot. In fact, I would like to say that after so many years in the Industry what actually makes a difference between Neha and the Big Names is only a four letter word called LUCK. Otherwise she is nothing short in talent from any of the famous leading ladies today. Famous as a Sex-Symbol due to some of her bold films, she is sure going to be taken in a more serious way by the Industry post PCDS.  Vinay Pathak is once again first rate as the honest small town guy, but he has done these kinds of roles so many times in the past that one really finds tough to praise it repeatedly. Rajat Kapoor is fine in his brief role and the rest of the supporting cast supports well too.
In all, due to its avoidable drawbacks including an average soundtrack, PAPPU CANT DANCE SAALA doesn’t come out to be an outstanding film. Yet it’s a simple and sweet one time watch, with a praise-worthy performance from Neha. So you can give it a try if you wish.
Ratings : 2.5 / 5 (Including 0.5 only for Neha’s commendable act.)
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16 December 2011 / bobbysing /
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