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September 17, 2014 Wednesday     
EntertainmentReading many poor reviews of ENTERTAINMENT, a film about man’s four legged best friend and not about any STAR in particular, I was quite shocked and sad too. Because these reviews were judging a film wrongly with their respectable, intelligent minds just like any other big budget film made for the adults as per the routine.
Whereas ENTERTAINMENT is a film made for the kid in you and the young kids, but not for any so called adult more concerned about the monetary and many other irrelevant things of life.
Moreover these negative reviews are making two sins precisely:
1. Firstly they are discouraging couples to watch the film taking their kids along and thus depriving the kids from a film made for them alone.
2. Secondly and more importantly these reviews are disapproving a film made on a four legged friend which in reality is a quite precious & rare project in today's complex scenario wherein there are so many censor issues and animal rights organisation’s restrictions to work with, regarding the use of animals in films.
So if the kids are not watching this film today, then they are not going to find any more projects based on a Dog or any animals in the near future as the makers are not going to attempt the same looking at the difficulties involved and the less appreciation showered upon.
NOW thinking the same, feeling concerned for the kids around, I planned a social experiment in my locality with three young couples and their kids in the age group of 5-12. So there were 6 adults and 5 kids in total in my social test planned, to whom I gave evening show tickets of ENTERTAINMENT, conveying that this is all a part of my website promotional strategy. In which they don’t have to pay me back if they find the movie completely crap or a total waste of time as being projected in some major reviews. But are free to pay me back any amount, equal or lesser than the actual expense, as per the rating they give to the movie (asking their kids too), ranging from enjoyable, good, average or just ok, according to their personal choices.
Thankfully they all agreed and went to the movies together like a celebration in the festival evening before the RAKHI holiday and I waited for them all to return back eagerly. At about 9.45 pm my doorbell rang and I excitedly opened it almost running, meeting all the five kids standing in a smiling mood with one of the chosen couples.
I invited them to come in, to which they politely said No and the kids simply handed over an envelope with two big red roses saying,
“Thank You Uncle for ENTERTAINMENT……..We really loved him”
“Yes, Thanks a lot as we certainly wouldn’t have gone reading those poor reviews and the kids would not have enjoyed so much in the evening together"
the young mother said.
And the smallest kid among them also added,
“And my Daddy will bring me one small Entertainment next month………he has promised”.
Feeling overwhelmed with the kids responding in such a loving way I was simply left with no words but a lump in the throat. And seeing me silently smiling they all quickly went back saying good bye loudly in their own adorable voices.
Moving inside, I just smelled the two roses and opened the envelope given.
It had the complete amount of all the tickets gifted with a big Thank You written on it in a kid’s handwriting.
And I don’t think anything else needs to be written post this pleasant result of my social experiment with ENTERTAINMENT. So everyone reading, is free to make their decisions after knowing it all.
Tags : Social Experiment with Entertainment, Entertainment a must watch kid movie, Silly poor reviews of Entertainment, Social Experiment with film Entertainment by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Entertaiinment played by adorable Junior.
09 August 2014 / bobbysing /
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In the early phase of his career while working on ‘Apu Trilogy’, maestro Satyajit Ray had a fascinating association with the legendary Ravi Shankar and they worked together on few films including the trilogy and PARAS PATHAR. While creating together, Ray conceived a documentary film on the renowned sitarist in details but for some unknown reasons couldn’t make the project and it remained undisclosed for s few decades only to be recently presented in the form of a book titled “Satyajit Ray’s Ravi Shankar – An Unfilmed Visual Script”, edited by his son Sandip Ray. The presentation has contributions from Dhritiman Chaterji, Arup K. De, Deepak Mukherjee, Debasis Mukhopadhyay and an introduction by Sankarlal Bhattcharjee too becoming a collector’s item for all true fans of the master, teaching us many important lessons on film-making as per his own style.
While there are no specific dates known about the actual creation of the visual script, the present book has been beautifully designed in a small horizontal format including a detailed storyboard by Ray with frames (sketches) painted with water-colours (though published in a sepia tone) along with guidelines about camera angles, movements, zooms, dissolves, cuts and various transition options.
The storyboard is also accompanied by a good amount of text in the form of two interviews with Ravi Shankar, a sleeve note from Apu Trilogy LP by Ray, few rare photographs and an extract from his book “My Years with Apu : A Memoir”, together offering many unknown, amazing anecdotes related with the director’s early creations. Interestingly the visual script was there in the possession of “Society for Preservation of Satyajit Ray Archives” before being published and this is the first time a complete storyboard of Ray’s sketches has been released in the form of a dedicated book.
However the most interesting fact is that the documentary planned is not anything routine, talking about the life of the artist like a biography as usual. On the contrary its actually a documentary of a concert by the legendary world famous musician, titled “A Sitar Recital by Ravi Shankar”. It begins with a dark screen lighting up slowly revealing Ravi Shankar with his sitar in the middle of a stage and then later focuses on his face, hand movements, accompanying musical instruments and nature images of trees, storms, sky, flowers, painting of a lady and much more. For all friends well familiar with the sequence of a Classical Music concert, the documentary follows the set pattern of an Alaap, JOR or MADH and JHAALA quite mesmerizingly.
Moreover the book also makes you aware of some pleasant facts, not known to many, like the maestro sitarist Ravi Shankar was also a fine singer rendering many classical compositions in one of his educative albums made especially for the west.
So being a great tribute from one creative genius to the other, this is certainly one of those rare must have books which need to be there in the collection of all true fans of Indian Cinema as well as of Indian Classical Music.

“Satyajit Ray’s Ravi Shankar – An Unfilmed Visual Script”
Published by Harper Collins (Paperback)

Link to buy : http://www.amazon.in/gp/product/9351361748

Tags : SATYAJIT RAYs unfilmed visual script on RAVI SHANKAR, Book Review by Bobby Sing, Rare Collector Delight Books, Articles on Cinema and Music by Bobby Sing, Worth Collecting Books on Indian Cinema and Indian Classical Music.
02 August 2014 / bobbysing /
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Cross on IncestSince the beginning of the last century, Hindi cinema has mostly been about pretty routine & comfortable subjects with quite rare exceptions to the rule and that too more towards the last few decades post the 90s. But surprisingly one of the most controversial and shocking subject of INCEST (objectionable relationship between close relatives, also considered as a serious crime) was adapted in an indicative way even before the independence in the early 40s and since then has been a part of few mainstream projects too mentioned below.
1. BAHEN (1941) - Directed by one of the best directors of Indian Cinema Mehboob Khan, the film is about an obsessive brother who doesn’t wish his sister to leave him even after her marriage. Though the film didn’t deal with the subject being discussed here directly (as my personal conception). Still it is considered to be one of the first films indicating towards the same by many. However its quite possible that the reference of 'Incest' might have surfaced in the later decades with the so called development of our questionable social structure.

2. BAMBAI KA BABU (1960)
 - Written by Rajinder Singh Bedi, this had a storyline similar to O’ Henry’s short story “A Double-Dyed Deceiver” having an imposter living with a family posing as their son. But as an added plot the musical masterpiece had Dev Anand romancing the gorgeous Suchitra Sen desperately, who otherwise supposed to be his sister being the daughter of the same family.
3. PREM SHASTRA (1974) - Dealing with the theme of incest in a much bold and at the face manner, PREM SHASTRA once again had Dev Anand having physical relationship with Zeenat Aman who later turns out to be the daughter of his cunning wife, but from a different person who is none other than his own elder brother.
4. MAUSAM (1975) - Had only a subtle indication towards the subject when Sanjeev Kumar finds his young daughter working at a brother having a face exactly similar to her dead mother. And now he is in dilemma about how to deal with this disturbing fact and bring her back to his house saving her from that ugly hell.
5. ZAMEER (1975) - Based on an almost identical storyline of the above mentioned BAMBAI KA Babu (1960), ZAMEER had Amitabh Bachchan playing the imposter son in a rich businessman’s (Shammi Kapoor) house. But reaching there he is introduced to Saira Banu as his sister, with whom he was earlier having a romantic relationship in the film’s first hour.
6. MANDI (1983) – Based on a classic Urdu short story 'Anandi' by Ghulam Abbas, MANDI is about the life lived by several women in a brothel running in the center of a small city. Interestingly the young boy of a local politician falls in love with a beautiful girl of the brothel (Smita Patil), who in reality is her own sister as the father of that girl is the politician himself.
7. EK NAI PAHELI (1984) – Talking about love between different age groups, this is a complex tale of few unusual relationships formed when the hero (Kamal Hassan) leaves the house (after an argument with his father) to live with a beautiful middle aged lady (a singer). And the young rebellion daughter of that singer lady accidently starts having a live-in affair with the hero’s father only at the other end, heading towards a marriage. No doubt, complex enough to understand in just a few lines!
8. TRIYACHARITRA (1994) – In this offbeat venture based on Shiv Murti’s novel with the same title, a poor & innocent girl is not only raped by her cunning father-in-law but also blamed for the shameful act by the village Panchayat ignorantly, proving the sad state of women in the rural areas.
9. FIRE (1996) - Deepa Mehta's famous upsetting movie which was widely opposed in India at the time of its initial release, had lonely wives of two brothers living in the same house, moving into lesbian relationship without feeling any kind of regret whatsoever breaking the society’s norms. 
10. HUM DEEWANE PYAR KE (2001) – A confused mother cannot approve the girl selected by her young son as she doubts that the father of that girl might be her husband only whom she assumed to be dead many years ago in the havoc witnessed during a political upset.
11. EVERYBODY SAYS I’M FINE (2001)A young man running a unisexual parlour accidently gets the power of listening his client’s thoughts running in their minds. And during one of his sessions comes to know about a beautiful girl having an incestuous relationship with her sick father.
12. MATRUBHOOMI (2003) – One of best realistic films from Indian cinema, focusing on the alarmingly serious problem of ‘Girl Foeticide’, this award winning gem sarcastically portrayed the issue talking about a sick family. A family of all men (five brothers and their father) who mutually decide to share the wife of their elder brother, taking turns assigning each day of the week to an individual member……….shockingly also including their father. A film, which can easily make the sick Indian mindset feel the disgusting shame like never before.  
13. JANANI (2006) – A young boy is denied the approval of marrying a middle class girl because in reality she is his sister. Reason being, the girl’s mother had served as the surrogate mother for the young boy’s family and it was him only, getting birth from the girl’s mother in the past.
14. UNDERTRIAL (2007) – Reportedly based on a true incident, it revolves around a poor man who was accused of raping his three young daughters with the charges filed by his wife only. A debut attempt by the director, the film did manage to raise many eye brows but couldn’t reach majority of audience due to its quite dark & sadist theme.
15. THANKS MAA (2009) – A worth watching thoughtful film about an infant child left alone by his mother, who is later found and taken care of by a group of street kids. But when the leader of that street boys gang somehow finds the real mother then he comes to know that the girl had left the child to die, since he was the result of the sick & helpless relationship with her own father.
16. THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW BOOTS (2010) – A bold film revealing the shocking truth found by a girl, who was desperately searching for her father since long. A father, who was a sex maniac abusing his daughters in their early childhood and now looking for some kind of spiritual solace in various cities, ashrams and even a massage parlour, where incidentally his daughter only was working as the masseuse.
Now expectedly none of the above mentioned films could witness any kind of success at the box office due to their unpleasant and dark themes showing the society its real face, often put under the carpet out of shame, disgust and regret. May be that is the reason, a few films in the above mentioned list tried to justify the weird storyline making some sane adjustments in the end to make it more acceptable for the Indian audiences.
But still, it was indeed a daring act by their respective makers to go ahead with such experimental projects showing their guts, which were bound to meet a negative fate at the ticket window due to many obvious reasons.
(Bobby Sing)
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