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October 25, 2014 Saturday     
Did You Know - Vol.1 By Bobby SingMade possible only because of the kind encouragement, appreciation and supportive comments of all dear friends at my website as well as at the social networking sites, feeling great to present My FIRST BOOK for all truly obsessed fans of Hindi Cinema titled,
"DID YOU KNOW – Vol.1"
with 51 Interesting Chapters About Hindi Cinema.
(published by Notionpress)
The book is now available at all leading online portals both in India and abroad..
And honestly speaking your opting for the book will encourage the effort more than anything else as a strong indication of your kind love and support as always.
The orders can be made online at the following links:

In India:
@ Notionpress 
@ Amazon.in 
@ Flipkart.com

In US and all over:  @ Amazon.com

In UK and all over:  
@ Amazon.co.uk

I hope the sincere effort would be wholeheartedly supported by buying and spreading the word too by all my friends and well-wishers of BTC.

Here is a brief Description of the book for all friends interested in knowing more about it.
(As given at its backcover)
Do you eat, drink, sleep, think Hindi Cinema all the time like an obsession?
Then we are already friends and are sure going to have a great time together discovering many hidden and interesting facts about Hindi Cinema.
Facts that are not just two-line trivia but studied in depth alongwith a few other finer details about the subject.
For instance:
·         The ageless Guide and its English version
·         The spiritual connect in Silsila and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
·         Bertrand Russell in a Hindi film cameo
·         A bold film suggesting castration for rapists in 1988
·         Utpal Dutt - not just a comedian
·         Neecha Nagar - the first Indian win at Cannes in 1946
·         Amitabh’s Supremo comic book series in the ‘80s
·         The lost art of riddle-based songs in Hindi film music
·         Three unusually sensual movies by Hrishikesh Mukherjee
·         Shocking Hindi films made on the subject of Incest
And if this all sounds interesting to you, then do give it a try as
‘Picture Abhi Baaki Hai, Dost'
You can also see the promotional video for the book at the following link :
Wishing you more love and happiness in the coming years living the passion for movies and music,
Eagerly awaiting your views about the effort made.

Bobby Sing with
HIS BLESSINGS
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06 October 2014 / bobbysing /
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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!
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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)
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17 September 2014 / bobbysing /
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