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A hard-hitting song from YAADGAR on the temples named after their rich builders instead of the GODS worshipped. (An overview by Bobby Sing).

DAAWAT-E-ISHQ - An uneven and unconvincing plot marginally rescued by the performers and the message. (Review By Bobby Sing).

KHOOBSURAT - Thankfully its not a straight remake of the famous Hrishi Da classic and a fairly enjoyable venture too unexpectedly. (Review By Bobby Sing).

DON PEDRO - A true artist, his introspective vision and the creative orgasm he experiences after finishing off his passionate creation - An insight by Bobby Sing.

FINDING FANNY - Many would love it, a few would not but watch it for its fresh feel and performances, especially for Pankaj Kapoor & Deepika. (Review by Bobby Sing).

CREATURE - Its so boringly long with all unrequired songs and unexciting sequences that the horror becomes tiring as well as funny post interval. (Review By Bobby Sing).

MARY KOM - A pure filmy depiction of an inspiring, exceptional real life tale of a brave Indian sportswoman & a proud mother. (Review By Bobby Sing).

The story behind first FILMFARE Awards and its Trophy in 1954 (Did You Know - 81).

IDENTITY CARD - It begins realistically at a slow pace & then comes up with some extremely important questions raised on terrorism, Kashmir & STF reminding me of the dark days of Punjab. (Review By Bobby Sing).

RAJA NATWARLAL - When a con film is not able to con the viewers with its supposedly clever content then it actually fails. (Review By Bobby Sing).

 
 
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September 23, 2014 Tuesday     
Yaadgar (1970)From my early childhood I know three adjoining religious places of New Delhi, as we kids were normally taken to visit them on Sundays and other holidays repeatedly. And those three key points, still sharp in my memory are Gurdwara Bangla Sahib (which used to have a lot of open garden area), Hanuman Mandir (just next to Rivoli cinema in Connaught place) and Birla Mandir (having a lot of Children swings in its park).
Religious sentiments used to be the key feature visiting these three places and till my mid-teens I honestly assumed Birla to be another name of a Divine Deity for the obvious reasons since there was a mandir (temple) popularly known after him as Birla Mandir. The realization about its actual meaning came only after I began reading about many other subjects beyond my usual study material that Birla was a caste and the temple was named after the famous Birla group who had built many other big temples all over India widely called as Birla Mandirs.
No doubt the thought behind making these religious buildings must have been a noble one by incurring such a huge expenditure. But why they are strangely known by the name of their builders instead of the Gods or Goddesses worshipped inside the premises since decades, still confuse me with a lot of pain thinking about our questionable mindsets. And just when I was thinking of writing a verse on the same a friend suggested me a film, which had the exact sentiments expressed in a very fine thoughtful sequence with a beautifully written song by Indivar.
The film is Yaadgar released in1970, featuring Manoj Kumar in the lead role of a factory worker who raises his voice against black marketers, irresponsible doctors, exploitive rich industrialists, corrupt politicians and more as his duty of being a concerned citizen. The film directed by S. Ram Sharma, was written by Manoj himself and had music by Kalyanji Anandji with lyrics by Indivar and Varma Malick.
In one of its hard hitting sequence, there is temple called Rana Mandir named after the family who had built it. The present successor of the rich family is coming to visit the temple after many years and therefore everyone else is kept waiting outside till he arrives and enters the temple first as he owns it. And when a poor person requesting the Pujari to let him say his prayers before going to the work, is pushed badly, Manoj Kumar enters the scene and sings a song with just perfect lyrics criticizing the ritual, the pujari and the followers not raising the valid questions since ages.
The wonderfully penned song by Indivar, composed by Kalyanji Anandji and sung by Mahendra Kapoor, in its opening verses says,
“Aaye Jahan Bhagwan Se Pehley, Kisi Dhanwaan Ka Naam,
Us Mandir Ke Dwaar Kharhey Khud Roye Krishan Aur Ram,

Dhanwan Ko Pehley Miley Bhagwan Ke Darshan,
Darshan Ko Tarasta Rahey Jo Bhakt Ho Nirdhan,
Aisey Hi Agar Dharam Ka Vyapaar Chalega,
Bhagwan Ka Duniya Mein Koi Naam Na Lega,
Aisee Jagah Pe Jaake Tu Kuchh Bhi Na Paayega,
Bhagwan Aisa Mandir Khud Chhorh Jaayega”
Listening to this the rich successor of Rana Family comes forward and asks,
                   “Bhagwan Rana Mandir Mein Nahin …… To Aur Kahan Milega?”
And the brilliant reply is given as,
“Woh Khet Mein Milega, Khalihaan Mein Milega,
Bhagwan To Ae Bandey, Insaan Mein Milega”
Certainly one of the most meaningful and poignant poetic expressions made in a powerful Hindi film song by a talented team of all thinking, creative minds of the Golden Era.
Cheers!
Tags : Yaadgar and its song on Rana Mandir, Thoughtful songs of the Golden Era, Penned By Indivar, Written by Manoj Kumar, Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing, Articles on Music Poetry and Life by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com
 
 
22 September 2014 / bobbysing /
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Don Pedro by Bobby SingThe article is an honest interpretation of a particular extraordinary sequence in the film FINDING FANNY dealing with a true artist, his vision towards the chosen subject and the shocking revelation he makes after finishing off with his canvas all of a sudden.
With a fear that whether I would be able to express myself rightly or not, I admit that many friends reading this might disagree with the article presented from an artist’s perception and many might not be able to relate with it at all due to my own limitation of putting it into a few words making a deliberate effort. Still I would love to try conveying the thoughts to the best of my ability as its indeed an important subject and hope the message reaches all friends of BTC in its purest form somehow.
To begin with, not many films come up with such a classic, masterpiece scene presenting the three major gifted characteristics of an artist (painter in the film) putting him/her into a different league altogether in comparison to everyone else. Homi Adajania’s FINDING FANNY brilliantly delivers such precious sequence after a long time and thus deserves to be seen, cherished and grasped by all interested in this particular genre.
But before describing those valuable minutes of the film, I would like to state three basic qualities of an artist as personally seen, experienced and discovered in those creative moments.
First of all, it’s a widely known fact that a gifted artist (involving any creative stream) enjoys a distinctive vision to look upon the things around and certainly sees something beyond the power of a normal eye in his subject matter, which cannot be expressed in any kind of language whatsoever, other than the creation itself once it reaches its final form. In simple words, suppose a common man and an experienced sculptor are standing before a huge piece of rock in a thinking mode, then they both would be having completely contrasting visions of the rock coming to their minds indisputably. Where the common man would not be able to go beyond the original rock, its basic shape or its rough surface visible to the naked eye, the sculptor would be busy finding his own idol hidden beneath the various layers of the rock, waiting to be extracted out using his own set of tools and the creative eye.
So the same piece of rock is being looked upon by the artist in a certain mystical way which cannot be known to anyone else until he comes up carving the final idol he had seen hidden in the rock itself. The same happens when a natural scenery is being enjoyed by a simple person and a painter standing together during a beautiful sunset. And this is so since the artist visualizes the world around him with a completely different perception based on his own creativity beyond explanation or interpretation till his final creation gets completed after passing through various painstaking processes of creation.
Don Pedro at bobbytalkscinema.comSecondly, once an artist moves into his own world of creating the artistic expression be it a painting, a sculpture, a poem, a song, a story, a write-up or anything else, many a times he suddenly becomes a totally different person, displaying some strange mannerisms, gestures or even tantrums going beyond his own control in a state of some kind of meditative trance. Perhaps the most appropriate word here seems to be “Junoon” explaining this particular stage of an artist while he is creating, when you cannot talk to him in a normal mode, do not find him behaving in a sane manner (while he is deeply involved with his art) and there is a complete stranger standing in front of you who is not your known friend, relative or the master living inside his own ongoing creation.
Thirdly and most importantly comes the feeling an artist experiences once he completes his work, comes out of it and then sits back thinking about his creation in a relaxed mode. And its this stage of creativity which actually reveals a much deeper, purer and celestial, important truth enjoyed by the artist alone which probably can only be understood once a person goes through the same becoming the mad artist.
Going into a bold explanation of this most divine stage in some clear words, the soulful peace or the blissful satisfaction experienced by an artist after completing any of his passionate ongoing work is actually quite equivalent to the feeling of sexual orgasm felt after an intense intercourse.
In fact that is the reason, artists seem to be very close to being eccentric as they are not even concerned about what’s happening in the outer world while they are deeply involved in their passionate work……….exactly like one feels while being into a deep sexual act with the eyes closed. And once they come out of this process of an ecstatic creation they feel immensely satisfied, contended and at peace just like one gets relieved post having an enjoyable sexual union.
No doubt interpreting the above complex artistic features in a film-scene is certainly not an easy task. But thankfully its right there in FINDING FANNY with its Don Pedro brilliantly portrayed by the one and only Pankaj Kapoor following his subject of art Ms. Rosie, also entertainingly played by Dimple Kapadia quite bravely.
Don Pedro and Rosie at bobbytalkscinema.comThe Sequence in the Film
Rightly following the description attempted above about an artist’s persona, Don Pedro in the film has all lust and less love in his eyes for Ms. Rosie and her voluminous body before he is given the permission to make a painting of her by the lady herself. In the initial part of the film, Pedro is willing to do anything to get closer to her before he picks up his brush and sets up the canvas to paint Ms. Rosie posing as his loved subject.
But once he is into his creative process of making the painting, he suddenly becomes a changed man, an angry obsessed person who starts scolding the lady to stand straight quite arrogantly. He doesn’t allow her to put her hand down for even a second without caring about any kind of discomfort she must be feeling and slips into an entirely different persona away from the Don Pedro we had seen and enjoyed before the commencement of his painting.
Further the moment he finishes off with his artwork after a few minutes in the sequence, he makes the most stunning, shocking and unusual revelation about Ms. Rosie, after looking through her entire personality in and out through his blessed eyes of an artist or a creator.
And taking his canvas off from the stand he declares (not in exact words),
“No, you are not as beautiful from the inside as you seem to be, owning an inviting body and a glowing face.
No you are not the person I would like to meet or spend time with, as disclosed by my honest brush.
No you are not any likable person at all but an ugly, horrible lady with an overgrown body.
No I don’t want you any more…………… I am just done with you………. so get lost!”
In simple words, he is not feeling the same lust or love for the lady anymore or is now all done with her without even touching her body even once because he has witnessed something quite awful and dark in his adorable subject, along with enjoying an unexplainable sort of sexual satisfaction in the process too pacifying him by all means.
Moreover, his honest interpretation of Ms. Rosie post the painting session also gets justified or accepted by the lady herself since she doesn’t feel like denying, revolting or fighting back despite going through the unexpected humiliation all of a sudden. Because deep inside she also knows that the painter has said it all right about her inner reality she had been hiding since long and Don Pedro is the real artist who could see it all as it is, through his gifted visionary eyes and creative ability.
As a frank confession, I haven’t seen or probably cannot recall witnessing such powerful scene about an artist and his creative process in any other Indian or foreign flick portraying the concept so thoughtfully along with the added humour taking it to much greater heights before. So in my opinion, this surely calls for an essential watch at the earliest making an extra effort in the theaters itself. Plus this particular scene needs to be included in one of the “Ten Most Thoughtful Sequences” of our Hindi films for sure without any doubt.
So you just can’t afford to miss it and I hope the article is able to express the difficult truth reaching all like-minded friends of BTC with HIS BLESSINGS.
Bobby Sing
(Sept. 2014)
Tags : DON PEDRO A true artist and his vision, FINDING FANNY and its Don Pedro, Rosie and Don Pedro in FINDING FANNY, Articles on Cinema, Articles on Music, Postry and life by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Ten Most Thoughtful Sequences of Hindi Cinema, Best Sequences in recent Hindi Films
 
 
17 September 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.
Cheers!

“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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