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RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0 - A fine crime thriller, depending more upon its performances and dialogues instead of any exciting mystery, presented along a severely appalling sequence of incest. (Review By Bobby Sing).

DHANAK - The kids lift up the film beautifully despite all forced and unusual characters reminding you of a seen before theme. (Review by Bobby Sing).

The first scene in UDTA PUNJAB is all real and not any filmy insertion. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing).

UDTA PUNJAB - Deserving to be seen, we have two films here to be straight. A partially realistic, impressive eye-opener in the first half and a slow-routine less satisfying one in the second, taking the easy way out. BUT remember Punjab is not a state of all criminals..... Please! (Review by Bobby Sing).

UDTA PUNJAB - Pre-release Questions and Fears (A preview by Bobby Sing).

THE CONJURING 2 (Eng/Hindi) - Has got the scares but nothing novel in concept or storyline serving less than its promising trailer. (Review by Bobby Sing).

DO LAFZON KI KAHANI - Based on a Korean film, it has a fine lead performance but a routine execution presented with some above average songs. (Review By Bobby Sing).

TE3N - An official remake of a Korean thriller, it has its moments but the end result suffers as the director remains more interested in the lead act of AB than the mystery itself. (Review By Bobby Sing).

KAAFIRON KI NAMAAZ - Directly released on Youtube, its a long, theatrical presentation pointing towards many suppressed issues of our society that deserves to be given a chance. (Review by Bobby Sing).

BUDHHA IN A TRAFFIC JAM - A stuck propaganda film, released at a perfect timing to encash the ongoing national debates. (Review By Bobby Sing)..

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June 28, 2016 Tuesday     
Glut - Documentary of PunjabThe one scene that many considered as some creative liberty taken by writer-director Abhishek Chaubey in his film UDTA PUNJAB was the very first brilliant scene where a packet is hurled from Pakistan to other side of the border in India as long as 1 kms and then the Indian carrier is supposed to pick it up from the fixed spot.
There were calls and messages simply laughing and ridiculing the scene that was referred to as a well-executed one in the BTC review, as friends were not really aware of the specific region, the exact situation and the modus operandi of the drug traffickers following an extremely well-planned strategy.  
So for all those friends who couldn’t believe in the onscreen depiction of that first sequence in UDTA PUNJAB taking it as a entirely filmy one, here is a powerful and important documentary that reveals it all with real life accounts, confessions and interviews made some 5 years back when the film was perhaps not even conceived by the makers busy in their other ventures.
Conceptualized and Directed by Sahil Bhagat and Smaran Sahu, the 32 minutes long film has been narrated by famous actor/director/player/activist Rahul Bose having a personal connection with Punjab. And it has got some severe shocking and emotional moments that are sure going to make you seriously think about the state moving much ahead than any commercial film or storyline.  
As a strong recommendation from BTC just give this valuable research work some of your precious time and get ready to amaze yourself knowing about the issue in the most truthful manner till date titled "Glut - The Untold Story of Punjab".
Tags : Udta Punjabi and its first real scene, Misconceptions about Punja and its drug menace, Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing, Rare Documentaries, Articles on Cinema at bobbytalkscinema.com
21 June 2016 / bobbysing /
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A controversy certainly helps a film or a book before its scheduled release and there always is a counter allegation too that it’s all a pre-planned strategy of the PR agencies to ensure a great initial. However this time the clash really got into an ugly state with CBFC losing the case in the court forming the frontline news and the honorable judge also rightly reminding the exact phrase behind the abbreviation that happens to be ‘Central Board of Film Certification’ and not Censor Board as more widely or commonly quoted.
The case eventually divided the viewers into two big groups supporting and opposing the film for their own individual reasons. But in the process, they all sadly missed the other major issues showcased in the official trailer pointing towards the falling state of Punjabi mainstream music and singers, the issue of Bihari workers migrating to the city in big numbers and the role of Police & Politicians in the huge supply of these life-taking drugs in the state widely ignored by the central authorities.
Anyway, moving ahead of these infamous biased controversies and having personally witnessed the changing state of Punjab since the last 15 years, I have my own questions and fears regarding UDTA PUNJAB and its director’s basic vision behind using the backdrop of land of five rivers called Punjab, [meaning Panj (Five) Aab (Rivers)].
The questions would rightly give you an idea about how thin is the line UDTA PUNJAB is balancing upon that can easily be referred to as ‘playing with fire’. And I hope it doesn’t affect the image of the state adversely, sending a wrong message to the world in a partial manner.
Completing the process of a questionnaire, the detailed answers and the conclusion will be right there in my review to be shared post the decisive Friday.
But till then here are those crucial points I have in mind before going for the film :
1. What is the DISCLAIMER they are putting in the beginning of the film?
2. How close is Shahid Kapoor’s onscreen character to the famous Honey Singh and how they have indicated the same with what kind of similar reference?
3. What is the language spoken in the film? Is it Hindi, Punjabi or an awfully sounding mix of both? And can this be a crucial problem for the non-Punjabi speaking regions in terms of understanding the dialogues?
4. How ‘Bihari workers in Punjab’ are depicted on the screen and with what purpose through the character of Alia Bhatt?
5. How convincing is the reason of Diljit’s heart transformation in the film?
6.. What impact does Kareena makes in the role of an activist/journalist/nurse/doctor?
7. How are the songs ‘Chitta Veh’ & ‘Andar Da Kutta’ used in the sequences and do they result in any kind of influential provocation?
8. How justified is the use of Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s cult song in the script, sung by whom?
9. How clearly is Pakistan and state politicians shown linked to the drug business in Punjab?
10. How realistic is the abusive language used in the film in its major scenes? Was it really necessary or its just thrown in for the obvious reasons?
On a lighter or filmy note…..!
11. How funny is Satish Kaushik’s character taking care of the entertainment factor?
12. How is romance portrayed in the proceedings linking the various characters? Or Has the director simply kept the romantic element out making it too realistic?
On the very purpose of the film…..!
13. Can UDTA PUNJAB be a propaganda film in disguise having some political inclinations?
14. Is it a socially concerned movie made with a responsible purpose or just using the backdrop of Punjab to get some instant eyeballs and publicity?
15. Projected as a social drive against drugs, does it also have any focus on the state of rehabilitation centers operating in the regions or just skips that considering it as unimportant?
And lastly but most importantly
16. How PUNJAB and the people of the state are portrayed in the film stressing upon the drug menace? Is the depiction full of negativity or they have also shown the positive side too following a balanced approach?
Hope there are all encouraging answers to the above, giving us an entertaining as well as an enlightening film this Friday putting the controversies to rest. Otherwise it will be nothing short of opening a PANDORA BOX if it doesn’t turn out to be something made with a clear and socially concerned vision by the renowned makers.
So stay tuned for the answers coming in the review next.
Tags : UDTA PUNJAB Pre-release Questions and Fears, A preview by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Udta Punjab Preview by Bobby Sing, UDTA PUNJAB Expectations and Fears, Punjab and its drug issues.
15 June 2016 / bobbysing /
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BTC Awards 20152015 was a good year in comparison to 2014 as we did get to see many exceptional films both in terms of novel concepts and path-breaking treatment exploring few realistic subjects. But unfortunately, we again didn’t get any complete musical soundtrack that once happened to be the biggest representative feature of our Hindi cinema.
Looking at the brighter side, there were many worth applauding performances as well as directorial ventures taking along the writers in particular giving their much deserving due. However instead of honoring the creators separately through Popular and Critic Awards (as usually done by the trade to oblige all), BTC would like to give joint awards to the outstanding performers continuing with the tradition introduced.
So here are the names of BTC stars who achieved Excellence in Hindi Cinema in the year 2015 with much love and appreciation.
Behind The Curtain Excellence in 2015
Best Art / Production Design: Bajirao Mastani
Best Graphics / Special Effects
 : Bajirao Mastani
Best Costumes
: Bajirao Mastani
Best Editing: Talvar
Best Cinematography: Bajirao Mastani
Best Action
: Bajirao Mastani
Best Choreography: Bajirao Mastani (Malhari & Main Deewani Ho Gayi)
Best Background Score: Badlapur and Bajirao Mastani
Best Story: Badlapur
Best Screenplay: Piku 
Best Dialogue: Tanu Weds Manu Returns.
Musical Achievement in 2015
Best Soundtrack / Music Director: Once again in absence of any great (complete) album and just a few outstanding songs in their individual soundtracks, it’s a collective recognition to – Bajirao Mastaani , Roy, Tamasha, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, and (the surprising) Ek Thi Leela.

Best Lyrics
Agar Tum Saath Ho (Tamasha) & Aayaat (Bajirao Mastaani)
Best Playback Singer (Male): Arijit Singh (Aayaat – Bajirao Mastaani) & Mohit Chauhan (Khuda Bhi Jab Tujhe – Ek Thi Leela)
Best Playback Singer
 (Female): Alka Yagnik (Agar Tum Saath Ho – Tamasha) & Monali Thakur (Yeh Moh Moh Ke Dhaage – Dum Laga Ke Haisha)

The Best Debuts in 2015
Best Debut Director : Neeraj Ghaywan (Masaan)
Best Debut
 (Male): Vicky Kaushal (Masaan)
Best Debut
 (Female): Bhumi Pednekar (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)
Major Individual Performances in 2015
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Ranvir Shorey (Titli) & Kay Kay Menon (Rahasya)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
 (Female): Priyanka Chopra (Bajirao Mastani) &Revathy (Margarita With A Straw)
Best Child Artist : Harshaali Malhotra
(Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

Best Actor in a Comic Role
 : Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Bajrangi Bhaijaan) &Deepak Dobriyal (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)
Best Actor in a Negative Role
 : Nawazudding Siddiqui (Badlapur)

Best Actor (Male) : Amitabh Bachchan (Piku) & Vinay Pathak (Gour Hari Dastaan)
Best Actor
 (Female) : Deepika Padukone (Piku) & Kalki Koechlin (Margarita With a Straw)
Best Director : Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Bajirao Mastaani) & Shoojit Sircar (Piku)

The Best Films in 2015
Best Film in All Aspects : Piku
Best Entertaining Film for Audience
 : Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Best Path Breaking Film made on a (shockingly shameful) real life story : Gour Hari Dastaan
Best Socially Relevant Film (based on a thoughtful subject) – Take It Easy & Margarita With A Straw

Concluding Notes :
1. BAAHUBALI doesn’t feature in the list, as it’s a dubbed film.
2. No doubt, there must be a difference of opinion here as many friends would have their own choices in mind for various categories. But from my side, I honestly feel the above as the ultimate winners of the year 2015 on the basis of their exceptional talent and performances cherished in their entertaining films.

Tags : BTC Excellence in Hindi Cinema Awards for 2015, Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Best Films and Performances in 2015 by Bobby Sing
12 May 2016 / bobbysing /
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