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ANAARKALI OF AARAH - You praised Amitabh teaching the meaning of a woman's NO in the court, now praise Swara doing the same in a differently authentic manner. (Review By Bobby Sing).

PHILLAURI - It's a confusingly conceived Punjabi film made in Hindi, based on an interesting but inspired idea with the only merit being its emotional climax. (Review By Bobby Sing).

TRAPPED - Post an unconvincing start, it fairly keeps you engaged as a praise-worthy off-beat attempt featuring an impressive solo act and some notable merits. (Review By Bobby Sing).

This Friday's One Line Reviews by Bobby Sing for making your weekend movie plans..

KONG SKULL ISLAND (English) - Though lacks an emotional pull and the original charm, it's still an incredibly made entertaining comic-book adventure to be experienced in a well-equipped theater. (Review by Bobby Sing).

BADRINATH KI DULHANIA - A unique case of the makers returning with the same lead pair, a similar title, identical looks and the same old premise of a wedding, mocking at the viewers patience & choice. (Review by Bobby Sing).

LION (English/2016) - An emotionally uplifting film which once again depicts INDIA in a bad light and we know the westerners do have a fascination for such dark representation of our country since decades. (Review by Bobby Sing).

ANUPAMA (1967) - Its touching emotional climax and DDLJ - By Bobby Sing.

COMMANDO 2 - Focusing on suspense instead of action, Vidyut gets no support in this poor and so casually conceived film unfortunately. (Review By Bobby Sing).

LOGAN (English/Hindi) - You will make faces, tighten your fists and do several things going through this brutal, cold blooded must watch thriller for sure. (Review by Bobby Sing).

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March 30, 2017 Thursday     

Before talking about the film, would like to mention the exclusive features of this project raising the expectations of both the viewers as well as the Punjabi Film Industry considering it as their much awaited gateway.

From the viewer’s point of view, SARVANN is the third film in a row from the team of Amrinder Gill (the singer turned actor) and Amberdeep Singh (the writer), post their two appreciable hits as ANGREJ and PUNJAB LOVE released in the last two years. So obviously, much was expected from the team, both in terms of quality and novelty together to say the least.

In addition, SARVAAN is the debut film of one of most talented singers of the present era Ranjit Bawa, who has his own fan following all over, thanks to his ‘different’ and ‘refreshing’ content-rich songs and their videos.

But most importantly and from the industry point of view, SARVANN is the first Punjabi project financed and presented by Hindi cinema’s well known actress Priyanka Chopra, who herself comes from a Punjabi family background, well familiar with the language and its cinema too. In fact this is the main reason why the film was being widely looked upon as a gateway into a much bigger horizon moving ahead from the present routine set up and the fixed territories.

However, many a time’s things do not turn out to be as per the expectation raised, even when you hire the most talented and in-demand artists for your first project, which unfortunately happens to be the case with SARVANN too, wherein both the experienced Amrinder and the talented Amberdeep unfortunately fail to deliver when it was actually required the most for the betterment of their own cinema.

In short SARVANN can easily be rated as the weakest and unexpectedly the most casually written and performed film by the entire team including the writers, actors and its director Karaan Guliani, ruining a major opportunity that could have opened many new possibilities for the entire Punjabi film industry.

It begins with a couple of characters living abroad involved in criminal activities and within the first ten minutes itself gives you a clear indication of a much bigger mess coming ahead in its next two hours. The director rushes with his scenes without any explanatory stay and one gets to see quite a few amateurish supporting characters on the screen, who probably were promised a role by the makers and then had to be obliged too. The focus soon shifts from Canada to India with the plane landing in Maharashtra (???) and from here onwards the film strangely turns into a silly Marathi-Hindi-Punjabi mix, progressing without any basic vision or storyline along with a couple of forced religious messages inserted with no visible purpose as such (maybe following some external instructions of the producer). The narration keeps jumping from one genre to another beginning from being a crime-thriller to a road movie, a love story, a family drama and more till it actually reveals the plot after almost 90 minutes, that sadly turns out to be a poorly written mix of Rajesh Khanna’s ROTI and DUSHMAN.

Not even one name in the entire cast delivers something watchable to be honest and I really wish this was not the debut movie of the promising Ranjeet Bawa. Turning into an extremely hard watch post the interval hampered by an immature direction, unbearable comedy, casual dialogue delivery, filler kind of (out of sync) background score and a clearly rushed up writing, SARVANN honestly has only one merit to its credit and that’s the song “Ni Mainu Akh Ta Laa Lain De” but nothing else.

Putting it bluntly, when it really mattered the most, both Amrinder Gill and Amberdeep Singh (unnecessarily acting in the film) together come up with such a weak (read pathetic) and irresponsible film poorly mixing the story elements of two Hit Hindi films mentioned above in the name of a script, presented to a reputed (visiting) producer, who should have ideally gifted a much stronger and powerful film saving both her financial and emotional interests building a trust factor.

So simply rating SARVANN as an astonishingly poor and strictly avoidable film, this is a mega disappointment from the makers, personally felt both as a viewer and a part of the industry still looking for a breakthrough from its set routine parameters.

Rating : 0.5 + 0.5 / 5  (with 0.5 for the crew and 0.5 for the song “Ni Main Akh Ta Laa Lain De” in particular).

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22 January 2017 / bobbysing /
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One of the most brutal and unforgettable chapters of the (recent) Sikh history is the massacre of Nankana Sahib (birthplace of Guru Nanak now in Pakistan) that took place in February 1921 when more than 150 Sikhs were killed in their peaceful revolt against the Mahants (Chiefs) who had complete control over the Gurdwara and its daily proceedings. The massacre which became a major turning point for the Sikh community and the management of various historical Gurdwaras all over the country is widely quoted as “Saka Nankana Sahib” in the history books.

Now making a complete film on such significant historical event is a huge responsibility and should only be considered when one has got the required time, budget and an extremely bold vision doing complete justice with the subject and its emotional as well as religious aspect.

Unfortunately the present project made on the theme is nothing but a quite feeble and visionless attempt which only seems to be interested in en-cashing the opportunity of being the first film to deal with the subject on the bigger screen. The narration is close to amateurish and performances are all theatrical going over the top even in the most crucial sequences dealing with the Sikhs merciless murders. In fact the writers even dare to bring in a love-angle in their script which simply should have been avoided for such serious and sensitive subjects representing the ugly history.

In short, whatever noble intentions might have been there behind the making of this epic disaster, the fact remains that the makers have made a big mistake of toning down and misrepresenting the magnitude and impact of the actual shocking event with such a mediocre adaptation.

Giving you the right perspective, since films made on history are later considered as a reference material by both the students and the general public in the future decades, I seriously wish SAKA wasn’t made at all…... because at times,
“NOTHING is much better and powerful than something so poor and mediocre”.
Hope that conveys it all to the interested viewers.

Rating : 1 / 5 (And too just for the effort made by the team and all the technicians involved.)

Tags : Saka The Martyrs of Nankana Sahib Film Review by Bobby Sing, Saka Punjabi Movie Review by Bobby Sing, New Punjabi Films Review by Bobby Sing, Saka Nankana Sahib Punjabi Film Review at bobbytalkscinema.com, New Punjabi films based on Sikh history.
29 December 2016 / bobbysing /
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To begin with, I suppose films are made for ‘We The People, The Fans or The Die-Hard Lovers of Cinema’ willing to catch every new film on the weekend with the same excitement and passion.
But if the so called BIG filmmakers, BIG Stars, BIG Producers and Exhibitors are least concerned about the ‘deliberate ticket price increase’ being charged from us at the time of every big release by these ‘New-Age White Collared BLACK MARKETEERS”, then their films also don’t deserve any detailed in-depth reviews and should only be given that much time and attention they are really worthy of.
So here is the TTP review of SHIVAAY which was much more disappointing than I was honestly expecting it to be.
Wasting the first 45 minutes in all filmy, seen before and boring sequences of (amateurish) tracking/mountaineering, romance with a foreigner tourist and an illegitimate child born out of the relationship (as usual), SHIVAAY fails to impress in this first section of its screenplay requiring some severe editing. And the film actually manages to grab your attention only when Ajay travels to Bulgaria along with his 8 years old mute girl to find her real mother.
Showcasing the widely practiced flesh trade in the city involving young kids too, it keeps you engaged with a long well-conceived chase and action sequence dealing with the kidnappers. But once it over, Ajay quickly gets into the avatar of Salman Khan/Sunny Deol blasting Bulgarian Police and the local goons reminding you of similar circumstances and story plots seen in GADAR, BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN and the English film TAKEN too. In fact here we again have a mute kid-girl, just like we recently saw in Salman’s blockbuster with a much better enactment, presentation and treatment.
Post intermission the film comes up with an even bigger mess in its every next scene and one keeps waiting for more action sequences (at least) in order to get some kind of return for both the time and money spent on the costly tickets. In short, one never feels emotionally connected to anyone in the film revolving around family relationships (that ideally remains the first requirement for such subjects). And then a too long climax with all illogical sequences within a Police headquarter and more truly remind you of those typical Bollywood films of the 80s featuring the ‘God Blessed’ macho hero with a tattoo of a Trishul, who doesn’t get hurt even after being dragged on the road or fired upon by several machine-guns from a helicopter.
Focusing on a supposedly superhero who can do almost anything in the world with minimum efforts and equipment, SHIVAAY is stunningly shot showcasing the hills, snowstorms and more, but the mountains have nothing to do with the film post its initial 20 minutes to be precise. Moreover some specific scenes once again force me to ask that why ‘the chroma’ sequences can easily get caught in our Hindi films, but not in the foreign projects using it even more extensively?
At an excessive 170 minutes of duration, SHIVAAY wastes too much time on the obvious and gives you nothing great to say about the soundtrack or background score too unfortunately. Featuring the foreign language in few of its important scenes, the director doesn’t even care to explain them with English or Hindi subtitles as required.
Among the actors Sayyeshaa Saigal looks fine in her debut performance of a helping figure (just like Nawazuddin in BB) but the kid girl visibly struggles in her given scenes. Plus, even Ajay Devgun hasn’t got anything fresh to offer to his fans other than the well shot action sequences both as an actor as well as the director.
In short, after heavily promoting the film as some kind of adventure movie, SHIVAAY turns out to be nothing of that sort at all, making you wonder that how come Ajay found this kind of story exciting enough to use for his mega directorial venture made on such a grand scale? No doubt the choice was strange, disappointing, silly or conveniently foolish altogether, coming as a Himalayan disappointment.
Having said that, would still like to end with a very fine dialogue heard in the beginning of the film and it goes as,
“Zaroorat Se Zyada Kabhi Maanga Nahin,
Aur Zaroorat Se Kam Usne Kabhi Diya Nahin”
Go for it, only if you are a die-hard Ajay Devgan fan and cannot give it a miss.
Rating : 1.5 / 5
Note: Addressing the repetitive issue of ‘Unfair, selective increase in ticket price by the Multiplexes’.
Though my site and write-ups might be too small in front of the big runners and my voice raised against this MULTIPLEX MAFIA also might not get heard or reach anywhere.
But what nobody can stop me from is deducting ONE STAR from every such film that takes ‘we the viewers’ for granted (in revolt). So a star goes from the rating of SHIVAAY too since every big actor, director, production house and exhibitor is equally contributing in this sheer exploitation and willfully ignoring the issue over the last couple of years.
Final Rating : 1.5 - 1 = 0.5 / 5
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28 October 2016 / bobbysing /
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