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NOOR - What a confused and lazy way to make a crime investigative thriller with neither thrills nor any investigations ending on a weird note. (Review By Bobby Sing).

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When my Career Consultancy didn't work for a few strangely concerned parents. - by Bobby Sing (Few Life Inspiring Words - 23).

FAST & FURIOUS 8 (English/Hindi) - Partially enjoyable, but strictly for the fans loving the action genre. [TTP (To The Point) Review By Bobby Sing].

MANJE BISTRE (Punjabi) - It seems Punjabi Cinema is now stuck with period dramas focusing on a 'Vyah Wala Ghar' as their latest repetitive obsession. (Review By Bobby Sing).

BEGUM JAAN (Hindi) / RAJKAHINI (Bengali) - Benegal's MANDI meets Manto's TOBA TEK SINGH and Mehta's MIRCH MASALA in this bold but over dramatic effort, sadly remaining too bland to be called an epic despite its noble intentions. (An overview by Bobby Sing).

The last 2 shows at REGAL and the one man behind the event, nobody knows about. (A detailed emotional and technical description by Bobby Sing).

MUKTI BHAWAN (Hotel Salvation) - Could have been a classic, but surely deserves to be seen for its subject, performances and Varanasi in particular. (Review by Bobby Sing).

LAALI KI SHAADI MEIN LAADDOO DEEWANA - Stay away from this marriage and its tiring absurdity. [TTP (To The Point) Review By Bobby Sing].

MIRZA JUULIET - One of those strictly avoidable films that make you wonder why they got made and for whom? (Review By Bobby Sing).

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April 28, 2017 Friday     

Not Only Mrs Raut

Beginning with a sequence focusing on a poor, homeless and shabbily dressed woman being kicked out of a hotel, NOT ONLY MRS. RAUT right away comes to the point when in the very next scene the same woman brutally kills a person jogging at Juhu Beach by madly stabbing him several times in the body with a specific dagger.
As she surrenders herself with the weapon in a police station, we get to know that she is Mrs. Raut, the main protagonist of the film having an unfortunate background leading to her current status of a murderer. And from here onwards the film moves into a flashback revealing some shocking events, returning back to the court case proceedings featuring another strong lady Swati who happens to be Mrs. Raut’s lawyer coming from a reputed family of lawyers more interested in just money than any justice served.
Revolving around these two women characters facing their own individual struggle against the biased, exploitive social system dominated by males, NOT ONLY MRS. RAUT might not be a great gem as per technical and other finer aspects of filmmaking are concerned. But it certainly raises a voice against many significant issues of our society that have been there since ages and are still experienced by the women repeatedly even in the new millennium. To be specific, it questions why the society fails to treat a single mother with respect post her husband’s death and why she is always considered to be a soft target for all (or available) in the absence of a male support. The film also questions the suppressed status of an honest, educated and capable lady in the house of all dominating males, having a different viewpoint towards life and professional ethics. But most importantly it strongly points towards our debatable Judicial System and the profession of Lawyers that often proves biased and beneficial to the more affluent ones in comparison to the common man asking for a fair trial and justice.
Directed by Gajendra Ahire and produced by Aditi Deshpande, who also plays the lead role of Mrs. Raut in the film, NOT ONLY MRS. RAUT won the National Award for the Best Marathi Film in 51st National Film Awards. Plus Aditi Deshpande also won the Screen Best Actress Award in a Marathi film sharing it with Sonali Bendre for her film ANAHAT (2003). With two decent performances by the leading women, Aditi and Madhura Velankar, the film gets good support from its talented cast ensemble and the writing team, but still lacks that much required punch at many crucial points, turning it into a decent social drama that could have been a much bolder, hard hitting and eye-opener one as per its powerful subject.
Having said that, NOT ONLY MRS. RAUT still deserves all the praises showered since it’s a film showing us the mirror forming the sick society that doesn’t allow a woman to grow as an individual. Moreover it once again proves the fact that the regional cinema of our country is surely much ahead and responsible when it comes to choosing their basic concepts or themes without thinking about any commercial or box office returns. For instance the wide vision gets depicted here in the title itself that says, NOT ONLY MRS. RAUT………. as there ought to be countless of exploited women around in our own surroundings who we don’t even know of…..!
Rating : 3 / 5  
(At the time of writing this article, the film could easily be seen at YOUTUBE.
So do try searching it there if interested.)
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03 January 2016 / bobbysing /
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VV - The Smart Hunt

One doesn’t have many well made investigative thrillers talking about any psycho serial killer in Hindi cinema as the Mumbai film-makers are now mostly interested in the usual safe weekend movies only, fetching them some sure returns. However when one looks up to the South film industry then they do offer a wide range of films made on lesser adapted, difficult subjects. And VETTAIYAADU VILAIYAADU is surely one of those fine films written & directed by Gautham Menon featuring Kamal Hassan, Prakash Raj and Jyothika in the lead roles and music by Harris Jayaraj. A 2006 Tamil hit, the film was later dubbed as RAGHAVAN in Telugu and THE SMART HUNT in Hindi to reach a wider audience but I doubt many of the Hindi film viewers might have even heard of the dubbed version at all.
VETTAIYAADU VILAIYAADU begins with a focused vision wherein an efficient Police officer is called in to investigate a brutal rape and murder of the young daughter of his senior officer. The case remains unsolved but resurfaces again when both the officer and his wife are murdered in America and strangely a similar kind of rape & brutally killed victim is found in the States too declaring a mad serial killer operative in more than one country. Kamal Hassan as the officer in charge carries on his investigations abroad and the film becomes an engrossing watch from here on, with an exciting pace, brilliant camerawork and a pulsating background score along with some noteworthy performances.
Having said that there are few cinematic liberties taken in the script too like the way Kamal always senses the right spot of buried bodies like possessing any special sixth sense. And a deliberately added sub-plot of romance & songs, which though doesn’t disturb much but still takes away the focus from the main plot at regular intervals.
Interestingly, (as reported) the film went through many serious hiccups during its making, which might have resulted in a less impactful product, quite different from the actual vision of director Gautham Menon (as it seems). So he might have given a much better final version to the viewers if he could have made it as per his initial plans. Still in its present form the film does hold your attention well and presents a gripping chase of a maniac serial killer, successfully finding his victims beyond the limitation of any international borders. So if you love watching such intense murder mysteries having an exciting narration then do try VETTAIYAADU VILAIYAADU as your next flick and you will not be disappointed for sure.
Rating : 3.5 / 5
(Note : Was provided the info that the film had taken all its inspiration from the Japanese film NINGEN NO SHOMEI / PROOF OF THE MAN (1977), but I would hold my comment on the same till I see the foreign flick clearing my doubts.)
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21 June 2014 / bobbysing /
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Words fell short as I start writing about this impressive emotional movie from the actor-director - Aamir Khan & his team. Unarguably the film deserves a standing ovation for its unusual content and for its near perfect execution as a first of its kind attempt in the Indian Cinema. In fact the impact I felt after viewing it was quite similar to that of watching Classics of great Indian film makers like Bimol Roy and Guru Dutt.

Aamir Khan delivers exactly what was being expected from him, an out of the routine, emotional, memorable and enlightening film which is capable of bringing changes in the lives of many families. The film revolves around a boy who is facing difficulties in studies and his teacher who comes in his life as a morning breeze. The story emphasizes completely on the character of the child, his thoughts and is a journey into the imaginative world of his mind. Especially the visual interpretation of what he is thinking is innovatively shot and is a visual treat to watch.
Aamir Khan is a thinking brain with a heart of gold and that he has proved with this debut directorial venture of his. He has the guts of following his heart and coming out with a completely unconventional film like this. However the Writer and Creative Director of the movie, Amol Gupte equally deserves his share of praises too for the commendable effort. The greatest merit of the film is that it is not at all preachy, but it teaches along with providing the required entertainment to the viewers.
The film talks about a condition of a child who is finding tough to compete with his classmates but he never talks about it as a disease or a mental disorder to cure. Aamir focuses on the fact that we got to give proper attention to all kids in a family as everyone has his own areas of abilities. He also pin points on to the parents who always want their children to score high in their studies and just ignore the other aspects of life relating to the alternate interests of a child in art and culture.
Darsheel Safary, the eight year old child has given a stunning performance. And the reason behind this is that he is not just acting, but he seems to be actually the real troubled child and has done his part so well that he even overshadows the subtle and cool performance of Aamir. Another actor to watch out is Tisca Chopra as the mother of the child. She is just perfect and makes you remember the motherly touch in your childhood days. Yet, the most effective scenes of the movie remain the ones having Aamir and the child’s father together. The lyrics of Prasoon Joshi are even above than the melodious score given by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. And they both are more impressive while watching the movie.
In short, it’s the movie which should be watched as a compulsion by all parents along with their children (would be parents too) and also by all the teachers who should essentially feel the responsibility they have towards each & every child they teach. Concluding my review I would like to request the viewers that this is a movie which is meant to be watched without munching the popcorn and indeed deserves a respectful viewing.

Hats off to Aamir Khan - Amol Gupte & Thanks for giving us “Taare Zameen Par”.
The movie is simply above the star rating system……
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21 December 2007 / bobbysing /
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