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MAIN AUR MR. RIIGHT - All seen before, childish take on friendship, love and relationships. (Review By Bobby Sing).

BADLAPUR BOYS - A pretty weak but well intentioned attempt to make an Indian sports film on Kabaddi. (Review by Bobby Sing).

BHOPAL A PRAYER FOR RAIN - Realistic depiction of a scary chapter of our history which is more about HUMAN GREED than NEGLIGENCE. (Review By Bobby Sing).

ACTION JACKSON - Not even close to 'Commitment' and far away from 'Appointment', with all rotten stuff offered by the reputed names. (Review By Bobby Sing).

ZID - Dont do any 'Zid' to watch this. (Review By Bobby Sing).

UNGLI - An uninterestingly executed weird attempt wasting a socially relevant subject. (Review By Bobby Sing).

ZED PLUS - Watch it as a well written, light and fairly entertaining political satire surprisingly coming from the thoughtful director Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi. (Review by Bobby Sing).

"Tere Bachpan Ko Jawani Ki Dua Deti Hun" - An emotional, insightful and immortal gem from the gifted team led by Sahir Ludhianvi. (An overview by Bobby Sing).

HAPPY ENDING - Another boringly confused attempt, trying to impress viewers within the country & abroad, wasting Govinda yet again. (Review By Bobby Sing).

CHAAR SAHIBZAADE (Punjabi - Animation) - Do watch this finely balanced & well written attempt with your kids and do not consider it as an animation film on Sikhism, since it is not only about Religion or Sikh history but Indian history to be precise. (Review by Bobby Sing).

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December 18, 2014 Thursday     

Filmfare Awards Ceremony

Being the first Film Awards of India organized by the immensely popular magazine FILMFARE of The Times Group in 1954, the award ceremony enjoys the reputation of a pioneer in the field among many other competitors at the present. And despite facing some clear challenges from many other prominent awards functions organized by few reputed business houses of the country, Filmfare still remains on the top along with its own set of controversies and allegations.
Founded on the lines of OSCARS - The Academy Awards of America, Filmfare awards differed on the grounds of selection procedure followed, where instead of an expert jury the decision came from the viewers themselves through a countrywide popularity poll in its initial years. In fact in its first award ceremony, reportedly the actual presentations were also made by common individuals picked from among those who had actively participated in the poll presented in the magazine.
Following the tradition of the American Academy, the specially designed Filmfare Award Trophy was also given a nick-name “Clare” just like “Oscar” in the west. And it was named in the memory of late Miss Clare Mendonca, film critic of The Times of India who had just passed away the previous year. The artistic statue was designed by N. G. Pansare (a well known sculptor from Bombay) along with Professor Walter Langhammer (Head of Art Department of The TOI) and had a figure of a dancer lost its own musical ecstasy made in solid bronze.
Interestingly, coinciding with the beginning of another movement in the country, Filmfare Awards got introduced in the same year in which the National Film Awards were also proudly announced by the Government of India. But in its first inaugural ceremony, there were only five categories chosen, deservingly won by the talented veterans of our industry as follows.
Best Picture – “Do Bigha Zamin”
Best Director – Bimal Roy for “Do Bigha Zamin”
Best Actor – Dilip Kumar for “Daag”
Best Actress – Meena Kumari for “Baiju Bawra”
Best Song – “Tu Ganga Ki Mauj” from “Baiju Bawra”, music by Naushad
Later more categories were introduced along with a jury too following a dual voting system (Jury + Viewers Choice) in the next few years and at present instead of “Clare” the Filmfare Trophy is more commonly called as "The Black Lady" or "The Lady in Black".
Tags : First FILMFARE Awards and its Trophy in 1954, Did You Know Facts about Hindi Cinema at bobbytalkscinema.com by Bobby Sing, Unknown facts about Hindi Cinema at bobbysing, Rare Facts on Hindi Films, Filmfare Awards and its Clare Trophy, Lady In Black Trophy.
03 September 2014 / bobbysing /
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Teen Devian

Two exclusive articles on the evergreen Dev Anand’s English films have already been posted at the site with some ‘not widely known’ details about the 20th Century Fox production THE EVIL WITHIN (1970) and the initially released English version of the classic gem GUIDE (1965).
Unfortunately both these films couldn’t reach the Indian viewers due to their own individual reasons and the same was the case with this third English film of Dev Anand too which was produced by his close friend Amarjeet, who was also the known publicist of Dev’s production company Navketan.
The film was titled OH BOY, THREE GIRLS which was actually the English version of TEEN DEVIAN released in 1965. Though the Hindi version couldn’t perform as per the expectations raised, still it is fondly remembered till date for its fabulous soundtrack with all hit songs such as Aise To Na Dekho, Arey Yaar Meri Tum Bhi Ho Ghazab, Khwaab Ho Tum Ya Koi Haqeeqat, Likha Hai Teri Aankhon Mein and more.
However along with these melodious songs penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and composed by S. D. Burman, TEEN DEVIAN was actually an ahead of its times bold film with a more western kind of a theme revolving around a carefree boy having affairs with three beautiful girls one after the another. The film’s script couldn’t explain his dilemma felt in this so called journey of love quite clearly, hence failed to impress the Indian audiences in majority. Moreover probably it was the much advanced subject of the film, which actually inspired the makers to go for its English version in all possibilities.
Adding to the unique points of the project, the censor certificate of TEEN DEVIAN says “Partly In Colour” as a very small portion of the film was shot in colour (towards the end of the movie). But sadly the presently available video versions of the film, do not have those scenes in colour. May be because the editors at the mastering studios of its home video company probably transferred the film completely in Black & White only, ignoring the rare feature of it being party in colour.  
Anyway coming back to its English version, it was reportedly shot in English with Harindranath Chattopadhyay’s poetry (composed by R. D Burman) used in its narration instead of all the memorable songs. But the print could never release, reaching the theaters due to some unknown reasons. Further, though the Hindi film’s credits say, Produced and Directed by Amarjeet, TEEN DEVIAN was in reality a ghost-written and ghost-directed film by Dev Anand himself, as his first ever attempt in direction. And the veteran has openly admitted the same in his autobiography “Romancing With Life”.
Tags : DEV ANAND and his English flick OH BOY, THREE GIRLS also known as TEEN DEVIAN (1965), Did You Know Facts about Hindi Cinema at bobbytalkscinema.com, Dev Anand in English films, Unknown Rare Facts about Hindi Cinema by Bobby Sing, Teen Devian made in English.
28 August 2014 / bobbysing /
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Us Paar - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

The phrase “To err is human” is often used when we commit a mistake unknowingly and it doesn’t get caught or gets caught after a while when our work is judged from a different perspective post (may be) many years.
Yet the other fact remains that we don’t often get to use such phrases while studying the work of maestros of the stature like Yogesh, S. D. Burman and Lata Mangeshkar working together for a project. And that’s the reason why this particular instance certainly comes into the category of the ‘Rarest of Rare Case’ when neither the creators could catch the mistake somehow nor the viewers mentioned it in the initial years of its release quite amusingly.
But at the same time, this write-up on such unbelievable error is not being discussed here with a negative vibe at all and our respect for the blessed geniuses remains intact forever.
The creation in focus here is from film US PAAR released in 1974 having a truly melodious & difficult rendition undoubtedly. Beautifully written by Yogesh, superbly composed by S. D. Burman and magnificently sung by Lata Mangeshkar, the song is “Yeh Jab Se Hui, Jiya Ki Chori” with just a small innocent mistake made in the end.
The first line of the song means “From the time my heart has been stolen” with the theft being represented by the word “Chori”. But perhaps accidently, while singing the track, Lata Mangeshkar sings “Chhori” instead of “Chori” in the end of the song which actually means “A girl” in Hindi. The error comes just in the last line sung and therefore possibly didn’t strike to anyone while recording it in the studio. But more interestingly it wasn’t later pointed out by the uncountable number of listeners too in all these years until the recent research being made for a TV program based on Hindi film music.
However two more unusual insertions in the tracks's second antra (verse) are also worth mentioning here.
Firstly it’s the word “Tainey” used in place of “Tuney” in the line,
“Kya Jadoo Kiya Tainey, Baandha Jo Tujhe Mainey……….Yeh Aanchal Se”
and then the use of “Tuyi” instead of “Tu Hi” in the line,
“Jidhar Ab Main Dekhun, Bas Dikhey Re Tuyi
Admittedly, where many reputed lyricists might not like/approve this deliberate molding of words in the song, I personally loved this sweet twisting as ‘the artistic liberty’ taken by the renowned writer. And the word “Tainey” is also used in few regions of north India in their local slang.
Still the addition of these peculiar words and a rare error in the last line surely makes this song as one of the most precious ones in the history of Hindi film music. So if you are eager to hear the melodious track once again with all the new findings, then its just a click away at the following link at youtube.
(Courtesy : Many thanks to Shishir Krishna Sharma for enlightening us with such a rare instance.)
Tags : Mistake in a Hindi film Song, Did You Know Facts at bobbytalkscinema.com, Amazing Facts on Hindi Cinema, Rarest of Rare Case in Hindi Film Music, Amazing Unknown Facts about Hindi Cinema.
26 August 2014 / bobbysing /
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