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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     

Jackie Chan was my first childhood hero (beyond Hindi films) since the 80s, and it’s really great to see him playing the lead, performing unbelievable stunts even after almost four long decades at the age of 60+.

Sadly his last many ventures have all been just average or below average products not offering much to praise or cheer, but unfortunately the present one can easily be rated amongst the worst, with a forced mix of just everything resulting in a hugely disappointing film.

Reportedly the first project made under the India-China co-production treaty, it’s seems to be a film made with ‘an early Ismail Merchant’ kind of mindset wherein India was shown as the land of magicians, snake charmers, beggars, fortune tellers, colourful fairs and different kind of people wearing unusual attires. In search of the lost treasure of Magadha dynasty in India, the film begins with a motion capture animation talking about the past and then keeps jumping from one location to another in the present featuring three Indian actors along Chan.

Without any kind of logic in the writing, representing sheer absurdity, its like they just went to the various locations to shoot and then edited them all together forming a complete film. And the regions begin from snowy mountains in China moving to Tibet, Dubai and Rajasthan following a diamond-studded key to the hidden ancient treasure in India. Written and directed by Stanley Tong, a long time associate of Chan, KUNG FU YOGA might have been designed as a fun filled roller coaster on paper keeping in mind the Indian and international viewers, but it never turns out to be the same simply missing the expected thrills, fun or entertainment in its less than two hours of duration.

The eye-catching visuals, action and a breathless space are the only features taken care of in the film with the Yoga getting its deserving mention in only one scene or rather a line. Hence, its title is also completely misleading adding to the film’s major drawbacks. Still the most ridiculous moment of the film comes right in the end when the entire cast suddenly starts dancing on the spot in front of an ancient temple kind of building, choreographed in a pure Bollywood style. Plus I cannot say why a whole line about Buddhism was muted by the censors in a particular sequence.

In all, KUNG FU YOGA has the amazing miracle man Jackie Chan playing an expert archaeologist as an extension of his character in THE MYTH. And you do get to see the globally famous charisma of the phenomenon in a few selected scenes along with his trademark humour. Among the Indian actors, Sonu Sood does almost nothing playing the stylish villain and both Disha Patani and Amyra Dastur certainly got the roles because of their on-screen beauty and presence more than anything else.

However, I would not hide the fact that I did enjoy watching the two along with Jackie Chan in many scenes having good fun together. But talking about inspirations, KUNG FU YOGA did made me recall our own Hindi dud ZALZALA (1988) and its temple of gold too, which was ironically largely inspired from the English film MACKENNA’s GOLD (1969).

Rating : 1.5 / 5

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03 February 2017 / bobbysing /
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Beginning with an undeniable fact, there was nothing you didn’t know about KAABIL before its official release as the promotion clearly revealed it all displaying a solid confidence and now the only excitement left was in witnessing Hrithik’s blind act and the way he takes the revenge killing the ruthless rapists.

Ideally, that isn’t any recommended or appreciable feature for a crime-thriller, when the viewer already knows the script and now just has to see HOW instead of WHAT in return of his money spent. Plus a film has to be exceptionally good in this case, essentially equipped with a few undisclosed shocks and surprises for the viewer moving much beyond the obvious or already known details.

Unfortunately KAABIL doesn’t turn out to be any nail-biting revenge drama on the similar grounds as it neither has any twists nor any pleasant surprises in its final hour missing the much required crescendo. It confidently begins as a soft and sweet romantic story of a blind couple and then turns into a simplest revenge saga post intermission, forgetting everything else (even the supporting actor along the lead, his only close friend). Moreover it also doesn’t have any solid portrayal of villains too, missing another important ingredient of this particular genre.

The film completely revolves around the blind Hrithik alone and that’s exactly where it works due to the actor’s individual skills making an instant connect of sympathy, especially when he decides to do it on his own fooling the police officers. A differently abled central character always finds an emotional link with the audience and KAABIL smartly exploits the same despite being quite weak in its execution of revenge and the planned killings in its second half.

So for me it’s just Hrithik Roshan who strongly scores in this completely predictable and simplistic film but nobody else. Yami Gautam is no doubt one of the prettiest faces in the industry with a lot of untapped talent, but the girl is weirdly getting exactly similar roles in almost every project where she is there in the initial moments and then has to die soon disappearing from the rest of the film. Yami looks beautiful and acts well as the blind girl too, but I would really like to see her in a much more lengthy and meaningful role as seen in VICKY DONOR. Both Rohit and Ronit Roy as the two bad men fail to rise above the routine looking like the typical villains from the 90s whereas Narendra Jha does leave a mark as the investigating police officer. Having a minimal supporting cast, no one else gets any significant scenes in the film including Suresh Menon, Akhilendra Mishra and Girish Kulkarni.

As a result, it eventually comes down to the lead star alone, who once again delivers his best with sincerity and conviction winning over the majority of viewers. Hrithik truly makes the portrayal look like highly believable along with a supporting Yami and together they both give you a sweet and adorable first hour becoming the highlight of the film. Later as the action takes over, Hrithik gets back in full control and you just keep watching him on the screen ignoring many major shortcomings.

Coming to the technicalities, a Sanjay Gupta film is always rich in this particular department and thankfully he doesn’t go for any of those tinted colours this time giving it a natural feel. But I was really surprised finding some easily catchable or tacky kind of digitally added backdrops in many of its crucial scenes.Though the camerawork is very fine along with an apt background score in the two different halves, yet I couldn’t find any highly melodious or memorable track in the music by one of my favourite composers Rajesh Roshan. Also it was really awful to hear an unnecessarily remade and noisy version of “Saara Zamana” (coming just after the interval) strangely recreated with the approval of the man himself.

As a director, Sanjay Gupta is probably the most stylish visualizer in the industry, who always likes to be experimental and inventive deeply following the Korean and World cinema (without making any official acceptance) except his last average film titled JAZBAA. I personally loved to watch his works ignoring ‘the inspired fact’ (in the early years) and may be his inclination towards the intense and shocking Korean thrillers might be the reason, I was actually looking forward to a much matured, well-crafted and killer kind of second half focusing on the three planned murders.

However, what KAABIL offers in its second half is a too easily conceived, executed and written revenge drama that doesn’t turn out to be as believable and enjoyable as expected. It keeps on going with a visibly questionable ease, which can simply be phrased as ‘too convenient’ for a blind man operating without any kind of help from an able friend or associate. Personally speaking there was a much superior similar kind of final hour in APPU RAJA or the recent I, that too had a differently abled protagonist setting the accounts straight.

Besides, the film has such big loopholes in its writing and onscreen execution that it doesn’t seem to be a Sanjay Gupta and Rakesh Roshan film post some initial good romantic moments. For instance, where the kiddish insertion of voiceover skills used to fool everyone involved becomes repetitive after a while, one wonders how even the shrewd politician too starts responding like a kid after a single phone call without getting it confirmed. A rape victim commits suicide but there is no postmortem done or police involved in the case and there are no neighbours too (quite astonishingly) disappearing after a song and just one scene.

In short, KAABIL successfully manages to score due to Hrithik alone and you may like it if its only Hindi films for you and nothing else, either from our own Indian regional language movies or the World cinema. However for friends who are well versed with much more quality movies being made both in the country and abroad, this is just another of those masala Hindi entertainers completely dependent and riding high on its exceptionally talented lead STAR.

Rating : 2 + 1 (with the additional one just for the guts and courage of Hrithik Rohsan going for such an off-beat, experimental and risky role of a blind.)

Note : Regarding inspirations, though not having any direct relationship, the film does remind you of many similar revenge thrillers like a Korean film BROKEN (2014/put a daughter in place of a wife) and our own MERA JAWAAB (1985/just add a blind angle to it).
        But the most closest it makes you recall is QATL (1986) featuring Sanjeev Kumar as the blind husband going for a smartly planned murder post an unexpected betrayal. (Do watch it as a must since it is indeed a fine underrated film ending on an interesting note.)

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28 January 2017 / bobbysing /
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Many a times the writer or director have some interesting characters in mind and they all do sound pretty interesting in an early group discussion or writing sessions before going on the floor. However the moment they get adapted into a film, nothing works out the way it looked like in the first meeting at all and the projection gets messed up for various reasons, delivering neither entertainment nor any realistic experience to the viewers impressed by its impactful trailer.
Becoming a perfect example of the same, KERRY ON KUTTON is a supposedly crazy drama with a good dosage of forced comedy and a strong influence of films such as GANGS OF WASSEYPUR 2 revolving around all witty characters. Directed by Ashok Yadav, it even has Aditya Kumar (Perpendicular of GOW2) who continues from exactly the same note where he left in Kashyap’s much appreciated film and therefore fails to make any major impact missing the required novel presentation or an interesting extension.
Set in a small town in Uttar Pradesh, its script has a good ensemble of potential characters but doesn’t have any engaging story progression full of interesting but confused or unfocused sequences put together completing the two hours. To give you an idea we have a lot of flirting going on in the film with a few titillating scenes. There are many quirky dialogues and realistic settings too drawing your attention constantly. But it all results in nothing significant and leads to the same old ‘kill them all’ kind of climax seen in many similar films. As a result, despite having all the right ingredients, none of the insertions can be termed as engrossing or entertaining as projected in its noteworthy trailer.
Among the performers, Satyajeet Dubey playing the lead character along with Aditya tries hard but looks like a misfit throughout. Karan Mahavar plays it well but Aradhana as the flirty girl excels them all due to her attractive onscreen presence and performance together. In fact, the film would have been a completely different product, had the director focused just on the way she goes on making fool of all the boys and men around as a smart and clever girl. In the supporting cast where Shivam Pradhan could have been used in a much better way giving some more entertaining scenes, the rest of the performers do their given roles well as per the set instructions.
As a technically imbalanced project, at one end the cinematography and on-location art direction lifts up the film beautifully, but on the other an unexciting background score kills it pretty badly and the writing simply fails to create any excitement throughout along with an uninspiring musical score.
With the title chosen as “Kerry On Kutton" the writer-director does seem to have the English “Carry On Comedy Series” in mind wherein too we often get to seen one or two girls flirting with more than 3-4 characters on screen and its all about their mutual comic interactions having many sexual references.
Summing up, it’s an interesting kind of attempt that does have some honesty in its execution and performances too. But the end product delivers no entertainment as such which happens to be the only feature that can result in a word of mouth helping the lesser known smaller ventures like these.
Rating : 1.5 / 5
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07 July 2016 / bobbysing /
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