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July 30, 2015 Thursday     
Trying an experimental kind of project just a decade after the Indian Independence in the mid-fifties, Ab Dilli Door Nahin (1957) showcases the creative vision Raj Kapoor had even in the initial years of his illustrious career taking the calculated risk. Moreover, when a similar subject gets repeated after more than half a century in the new millennium, it gets proved that the man truly deserved the title of ‘The Showman” as fondly given to him by the industry and media together due to his exceptional body of work and contribution made to the Indian cinema in its developing stages.
Ab Dilli Door NahinMade under the banner of RK films and directed by Amar Kumar, Ab Dilli Door Nahin (Black & White) is actually more remembered as a children’s film due to its basic storyline revolving around an innocent child and its hugely famous song “Chu Chu Karti Aayi Chidiya” (Hasrat Jaipuri / Dattaram / Mohd.Rafi). However the film did point towards much bigger and important issues through its novel story progression that was indeed a quite courageous as well responsible step to take at that particular time of the century representing the young India.
It narrates the story of an innocent child Ratan’s journey from his village to Delhi in order to meet Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, then Prime Minister of India who was also famous in the kids as Chacha Nehru. He wishes to tell Pandit Ji about his father’s innocence who has been falsely charged with a murder and believes that the PM is the only person who can help his family come out of this serious problem and no one else. Ratan has an important letter written as a proof by an eye witness that he wishes to hand over to Pandit Ji personally and how he painstakingly completes his journey meeting the PM, becomes the main crux of the script capturing human emotions and expectations quite beautifully.
I Am KalamInterestingly after more than half a century post Ab Dilli Door Nahin, director Nila Madhab Panda made his award winning film I Am Kalam in 2010, that also revolved around a young boy who wishes to study and do something in his life inspired from the most beloved national leader of the new millennium, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam (who sadly passed away due to a sudden heart attack on 27th July 2015).
The kid in the film (working in a roadside dhaba) called as Chhotu, accidently listens to an inspiring speech of Dr. Kalam coming on television and gets motivated enough to continue with his studies (left in the middle) despite many hurdles of poverty and lack of resources. Renaming himself as Kalam (becoming an ardent fan), he even runs away to Delhi in order to meet the (then) honourable President (in the film’s climax) with a personal ‘Thank You’ letter to be delivered by hand just like the child in Ab Dilli Door Nahin. But unfortunately he has to give the letter to a security officer in front of the President’s house who promises him that it will be delivered to Dr. Kalam positively. The film won several awards in India and abroad along with Harsh Mayar winning the National Award for Best Actor in the Child Artiste Category for his brilliant portrayal as Chhotu/Kalam.
Considering the acute similarities in both these films, the most significant point to be noted here is that after 50 years of RK Film’s Ab Dilli Door Nahin and six decades post our Indian independence since 1947, the only man director Nila Madhab Panda and his writers could think of as an honest, influential, friendly, non-political, legendary Indian icon impressing a young, receptive mind was of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and nobody else amongst hundreds of key names representing India and its core leadership.
And this otherwise filmy fact, actually gives us the real scenario of the present, where we still do not have any other name who was, is and will always be unanimously respected as an highly qualified, intelligent, non-political, humble and completely devoted visionary becoming a guiding figure for every young and old citizen of our country as well as the world…….. forever!
With my utmost love and respect for Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Sir,
Tags : AB DILLI DOOR NAHIN and I AM KALAM, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru and Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Articles on Cinema By Bobby Sing, Raj Kapoor's exerimental films, Nila Madhab Panda and his movie on Kalam, Dr. Kalam as the youth icon, Articles on music poetry and life by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com
28 July 2015 / bobbysing /
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Friends having personal experience would readily agree that one of the most difficult times around the years of adolescence begins when a child’s parents decide to shift to another town due to some personal or professional reasons opening many new chapters of life for every individual member of the family in just few days. There are unknown surroundings to adjust with, new people to deal, unexpected arrangements to handle and a new life style to be adapted as per the changed scenario. The sudden twist does bring its own shares of joy and pain for all simultaneously, but it’s actually the child who has to suffer the most in those tender years of growth joining a new school, meeting all stranger classmates and then making fresh friends, causing a substantial amount of change in his or her personal character.

Inside Out

Interestingly we had two widely acclaimed films released in the last few weeks coming from completely contrasting regions and mindsets, dealing with the same theme mentioned above tackled differently. And these two releases were INSIDE OUT, an English animation film made with a splendid idea and KILLA, an Indian Marathi feature film winning the National Award.

Now in both these films we have a young child of the family, finding himself/herself in an unfamiliar city, a new home, joining a new school with all unknown kids around to deal with. The feeling of loneliness is the only friend they find walking along as a constant companion and the stories revolve around how the kids fight with their own undisclosed trauma and how parents decide to go back instead of continuing with the difficulties faced in the new city. Here though the movies remain completely different products on creative grounds made with entirely unrelated visions, it’s the interconnection of expressing the same scenario from two different perspectives that gave me the idea of writing this particular piece.

In the animation film INSIDE OUT we have an 11 years old spirited girl Riley and in KILLA we have an 11 years old thinking boy Chinmay (Archit Deodhar), both finding there adorable little world being crushed to pieces as their families decide to permanently move to a new town.
But from here on, where INSIDE OUT follows a highly novel and courageous idea of taking you into the brain of the little girl (with an outstanding animation), showing how the mind-mechanism works with the five major emotions as Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness (the five speaking characters), KILLA shows you the same feelings expressed from the outside in the real world through the talented boy’s impressive act and facial expressions. So where the English film innovatively interprets the subject from the ‘Inside’, the Marathi movie beautifully interprets the theme from the ‘outside’ in a realistic mode.
Killa - MarathiAs a magnificent take on the fictional conversations between the five emotions, INSIDE OUT displays an exceptional understanding of how ‘brain-mechanism’ probably works dealing with the past and the present memories stored suitably, whereas KILLA takes you onto an emotional journey of the child with an eye catching cinematography capturing many striking natural locations also dealing with the corruption faced by the mother in her new office.
Humour remains a key element in both the movies with a splendid effort by the kids in KILLA led by Parth Bhalerao (of BHOOTNATH RETURNS fame) and an imaginary character of Bing Bong in INSIDE OUT. Incidentally, where the fictional characters of the English animation marvel move into a big theme park called Imagination Land manufacturing dreams like a huge factory, the Marathi film takes you into a real Killa (a deserted fort) where Chinmay encounters fear as never before left all alone by his friends unintentionally. 
Specifically talking about the five emotions working inside Riley’s brain, the western writers-filmmakers actually come up with the names as Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness since the west doesn’t have or follow the traditional Indian concept of ‘Five Vikaars’ as ‘Kaam (Lust), Krodh (Anger), Lobh (Greed), Moh (Attachment) and Ahankaar (Ego)’. Still the presented western analysis comes quite close to the Indian thought and the number ‘Five’ also conveys the visualization following exactly the same path as guided by the ancient Indian scriptures.
Concluding the write-up, it unarguably requires a special kind of understanding, emotional depth and a fine study of human psychology to conceive a film like INSIDE OUT that’s not exactly for the kids despite being an animation film. And for this splendid effort director Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen and their team of insightful writers certainly deserve a big round of applause from every true lover of cinema in the world over.
However, KILLA too remains a sweet, entertaining film that has been shot well and thoughtfully directed by Avinash Arun with some great performances extracted from the talented kids that straight away remind you of ‘Swami and friends in Malgudi Days’ created by R. K. Narayan.
So if you wish to experience how the two films tackle the same subject from their own distinctive perspectives of ‘going inside the mind’ and ‘remaining outside in the real world’ quite impressively, then do watch both INSIDE OUT and KILLA as a must and just cherish the way the world is looked upon by two innocent kids struggling with their unexpected ‘change in life’.


Tags : Inside Out Animation film, Killa Marathi Film, Natonal Award Winning Marathi Film, Similarities in Film concepts, Ariticles on Cinema by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Swami and Malgudi Days, Avinash Arun
20 July 2015 / bobbysing /
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Bajrangi BhaijaanIn 2008, director Mehreen Jabbar from Pakistan came up with a tense drama titled 'Ramchand Pakistani' that was reportedly based on a true story of a Pakistani Hindu dalit family living near the border separating the two neighbouring countries.
The 8 year old kid and his father from the small family unconsciously cross the border between India and Pakistan and then are forced to live in an Indian jail for years, while the uninformed mother doesn’t even know where they are and what has happened to them at all. Receiving appreciation from the critics, the film featured Nandita Das as the mother and was one of those rare Pakistani films where the key characters of the storyline belonged to the Hindu community.
Anyway, 7 years after 'Ramchand Pakistani', we now have 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' as an Indian film made around a similar plot featuring an adorable little girl playing the lost Pakistani kid in India, who is rescued by Salman Khan.
However, here the plot and Salman are not the only two exciting features of 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', as the film has five more promising USP’s to ensure a completely different experience altogether compared to Salman’s last few ventures:
1. The Director - Kabir Khan as the captain of the ship is certainly a more convincing name in comparison to Sajid Nadiadwala, Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan, Siddique, Abhinav Kashyap or Aneez Bazmee - the directors Salman Khan has worked with in recent past and churned blockbusters.
2. Harshali Malhotra - With a cute little girl as its central character, the film is sure to reach the younger audiences below 15 in a bigger manner than any other Salman film from the past.
3. Pakistan – Salman travelling from India to Pakistan for the little girl, reminds you of the fiery Tara Singh of 'Gadar: Ek Prem Katha'. And if the film even has a few equally explosive scenes with Salman posing as Tara in Pakistan, it’s going to be a big treat for the fans, especially for single-screen viewers.
4. Nawazuddin Siddiqui – Becoming the backbone of many known projects in the recent years, Nawazuddin is once again there with Salman providing a rock solid support that was also clearly visible in their 'Kick'.
5. Lord Hanuman – Above all, here we have Salman playing a big devotee of Lord Hanuman as suggested by the title. And if the script has some great entertaining sequences with reference to the beloved Bajrang Bali being there with the team as their divine savior, ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ has all the indications of making it real big at the box office this Eid weekend.
Published on IBNlive.com on 16th July 2015 (Mor.) with the heading:
“Besides Salman Khan, 5 things to look forward to in 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'”
Link: http://www.ibnlive.com/news/movies/besides-salman-khan-5-things-to-look-forward-to-in-bajrangi-bhaijaan-1021028.html
Tags : Five USPs of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, besides Salman Khan A preview by Bobby Sing, Articles on Cinema at bobbytalkscinema.com, Before Release articles by Bobby Sing, Bobby Sing's articles published at Ibnlive.com, 5 Things to look forward to in Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
16 July 2015 / bobbysing /
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