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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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Indru-Netru-Naalai-Tamil-2015Films based on the theme of ‘Time Travel’ can largely be divided into two different categories as conceived and designed by the renowned directors of World Cinema in the last few decades.
One - focusing completely on the thrill, entertainment and humour element in the concept of visiting the past or future.
And two - looking at it in a more introspective and complex manner with a multi-layered kind of narrative targeting a particular section of viewers, missing the fun and entertainment quotient.

Personally I love and truly enjoy the first kind of films in comparison to the second and that is the reason rate the BACK TO THE FUTURE series (English/1980s) as ‘The Best’ on the subject till date without any second thoughts.

No doubt, the genre of ‘Time Travel Science Fiction’ has been tried by various directors of Indian cinema too in the last couple of decades. But I honestly never found any one of them even reaching close to the level of BACK TO THE FUTURE ever due to more than one reasons.

Luckily, my disappointment ended with INDRU NETRU NAALAI, a Tamil film released in 2015 based on the exciting theme, as it transported me into a similar zone, wherein I felt excited to be with the characters going back in time (twice) through a time-machine, correcting a serious mistake unintentionally made during their first (unaware) visit.

With its title meaning Today-Yesterday-Tomorrow, yes the film can easily be said to be inspired from the BACK TO THE FUTURE Series in terms of conceptualization, also having a scientist-cum-mechanic experimenting with machines in his own workshop, quite similar to the character of Dr. Emmett Brown. But the fact does not allow you to take away any credit from its writer-director R. Ravikumar, who amazingly delivers an extremely well-written, engaging and entertaining film in his debut attempt, that can easily be rated as probably ‘The Best Indian Film’ ever made on the subject reaching out to the common man.

Beginning from the future in 2065, it introduces us to a scientist who has discovered a time machine (then) and now is displaying or proving its worth sending a puppy 50 years back to the year 2015 in front of his superior authorities. The machine successfully travels back in time to 2015 but unfortunately fails to return due to some technical snags in its formation left unattended.

In 2015, the time machine is found by three men together after their road mishap. A struggling unemployed young boy, his fake astrologer friend and a middle aged scientist-cum-engineer running a local mechanic shop. Post the engineer accidently gets into a comma; both the young boy and his friend begin using the machine for their mutual benefits opening a new business of finding people’s lost valuables. But meddling into the old unknown timelines of their clients, they unintentionally stop some crucial events from happening in the past that eventually affect their own present life in a dreadful manner. And now they have to go back in time to correct it all as it was scheduled to happen in the present.

Revealing its few downers, the film takes its own time to begin the actual game (appx. 30-35 minutes) building a solid premise. But its only later that you come to know that everything shown in its initial half an hour had something to do with its story progression coming ahead interlinked beautifully. Secondly, though the songs are good (especially the theme music) but they are as usual included as an avoidable insertion, thankfully getting a big support from the romantic angle skillfully woven into the time-travel theme that takes the story forward in a highly likeable manner.

Despite a minimal use of computer graphics, the film gets a collective enhancement from its technical, cinematography, background music and performance department. Yet, INDRU NETRU NAALAI entirely remains a director’s film from start to finish based on a cleverly written script (by the director only) taking the logic along.

No doubt, it might not appear to be any lavishly produced film as normally expected from such kind of science fictions. But its director, art designer, cinematographer and actors never let you feel any budget constraint throughout the skillful portrayal, keeping the spirits high till the exciting climax. The film sucks you in post the initial 30 minutes and then you don’t feel like going for any kind of break at all till it reaches the finale with an even better second half full of many unexpected twists.

Having said that the most appreciable feature of INDRU NETRU NAALAI remains that despite being a time travel fantasy thriller (which always becomes a bit complex with the conflicting time lines and interconnecting storylines moving into each other), the film moves so simply and smoothly that you never feel like anywhere lost in the repeated scenes portrayed from a different perspective.

Moreover, in its simplistic explanations of all the travels back in time one also finds many short funny sequences coming at regular intervals, like the one where Kaunakaran mischievously hits a small kid on his head (travelling decades back) revealing that he is his strict Math teacher living his early childhood. Besides, though not completely flawless, the film does score well in the way R. Ravikumar decides to end it too giving a proper justification for the Time Machine returning back to the future in 2065.

Summing up, it’s really disheartening to know that a movie which is such a delight to watch and is probably the Best Indian film till date made in this particular genre is not really given its deserving due. A Time Travel film always depends upon its written content or script much more than big stars, amazing VFX or grand looks on the screen. And INDRU NETRU NAAHAL has certainly got this major merit in its kitty turning it into a not to be missed film by all means.

Yes, it might not be a picture perfect film as the similar projects made in the west, missing that continuous flow of energy in its initial moments. Yet it still remains the only Indian film that comes much closer to the excitement and entertainment seen in the famous BACK TO THE FUTURE project including its worthy sequels. And that is the reason I would like to include INDRU NETRU NAAHAL in the ‘Must Watch Movies List’ at BTC too supporting our Indian regional language cinema and its lesser known gems.

Rating : Movies To See Before You Die (Adventure)

Written and Directed by: R. Ravikumar
Produced by: C. V. Kumar and K. E. Gnanavel Raja
Starring: Vishnu Vishal, Mia George, Karunakaran, T. M. Karthik, Jayaprakash, Ravi Shankar and more.
Music: Hiphop Tamizha / Lyrics: Hiphop Tamizha, Vivek & Muthamil.

Tags : INDRU NETRU NAALAI (Tamil/2015) Film Review by Bobby Sing, INDRU NETRU NAALAI Tamil Time Travel Film, Indian film on Time Travel, The Best Time Travel films in Indian Cinema, The must watch time travel films made in Regional Cinema, Time Travel theme at its best in Indian cinema, Indian films close to Back To The Future Series.
06 January 2017 / bobbysing /
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Widely acclaimed and included among the best works of the maestro Woody Allen, this is one of those unique films conceived around the ‘Time Travel’ concept, which both entertains as well teaches you a basic but extremely important chapter of life, with a great insight. Revolving around the Paris vacation of its lead character, Gil (who is a Hollywood writer), it takes you onto a nostalgic, romantic and entertaining trip back in time in the famous Woody Allen style, full of truthful disclosures & witty dialogues clearly unveiling the delusions of the past impressively.
Beginning with Gil struggling to write his first novel, it introduces you to his romantic thoughts about the city of Paris and its golden past of 1920s. Now one night, when he is wandering alone on the lonely streets, he finds an unexpected invitation from an unknown vehicle, which he duly accepts and finds himself taken onto an unbelievable trip to the past, in a social party, where he gets to meet all the famous names of those times in the literary circles. Gill is simply thrilled to meet everyone he used to admire, along with many more known names of the past, moving live in front of his eyes like a dream. These repeated trips back in various time periods make him realize the imperfect world we are living in from ages, wherein everyone is in awe of its golden past and is willing to live that again with an undisclosed hope.
So there is something unique and special about this Woody Allen kind of time travel, which is full of surprises, love, inspiration, interesting connecting links, a thought realistic approach and few blunt historical truths too, which rarely have been a feature of any other film made on this very subject. The director subtly yet beautifully recreates the old time periods, keeping a keen eye on its wonderful architecture, memorable landmarks, the changing costumes and other finer details which truly charm the viewers with their remarkable magic of that magnificent past. Plus one can also find that famous Woody Allen touch too in its sequences full of many funny, clever but honest remarks made with a great sense of humour.
On the performance front, the film can easily be called as a splendid ensemble of a talented cast, where every actor plays his or her assigned role (of the famous character from the past like Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, T. S Eliot & more) outstandingly and makes you believe their individual outlook and vision in that specific time period in a justified manner. But taking this same thought forward, frankly many (like myself) might not be familiar with several ‘Big Western Names’ coming into its narration at several moments. So to enjoy this superb entertainer even better, I would suggest that you go on and GOOGLE every new personality’s name as it comes in the film and see for what they were known for in the history and then how they have been represented in the film by the visionary director. Because knowing the background of its each and every character of the past is a kind of essential to get to the basic essence of the movie, as I strongly felt. Moreover you are sure going to enjoy this joyride much more in that particular way undoubtedly.
Now coming to the important lesson of life, (once again learned from this movie personally), I would like to admit that a few decades back, I also used to love & praise the past a lot more than the present times, often. And I know many of my friends do the same too, when we remember the times of Golden 60s or 70s in our Indian Cinema fondly or when we recall the time period (of living in harmony) before the bloody partition of 1947 or the times of Mirza Ghalib and others renowned writers, artists, poets, painters, sportsmen, politicians of the past as per our own preferences or interests. So it’s quite often when we get to hear people saying this common phrase that, “Those were the golden eras lived by our great artists…………as compared to the present mean times……………and Ab Woh Waqt Kahan?.”
Honestly, the thought used to haunt me too in my college days till I read the famous creation “Madhushala” by Sh. Harivansh Rai Bachchan, which has a truly memorable and precious life teaching verse dealing with this debatable notion mentioned above. And the lesson got revived after decades, when I recently watched the introspective progression of MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, dealing with the same basic reality of life in a quite different but amusing manner.
Actually in this reflective classic, the main protagonist Gil is living in the present 21st century (in 2010) but loves the era of 1920s and its famous creative exponents passionately. Luckily he finds a means to travel in time and goes back to the 1920 amongst his favourite creators. But meeting them all, he surprisingly finds that instead of enjoying that golden period (of the 1920s) they are busy praising the artistic-wave of the late 19th century in comparison. And after a while when Gil goes into the late 19th century, then there too he finds them all saying that, “This generation is empty with no imagination” and again praising the Renaissance era of the gone centuries instead. So strangely, Gil finds every creative person praising the past only and not living the present in the most celebrative way as they should. And that’s exactly when he gets this valuable insight of life that we got to respect, live and love the present to the most, instead of always sticking to the past.
Honestly if truth be spoken, then we all think in the same way, finding some kind of solace in the thought that perhaps the past was much better than the present and so were the creative people living in that gone era. But in reality, all we have got is the ‘Present’ in hand and we urgently need to realize its importance, living it to the maximum, exploring all our creative abilities along with our friends and well wishers of the current times at the earliest. Besides, the past is not to be forgotten, but to be remembered as a wise teacher, in order to make the best of this gifted life, instead of just clinging to those gone years in our dreams.
Writer, director Woody Allen very deservingly won the OSCAR for Best Writing & Original Screenplay in 2012 for this film, as it surely remains one of the most original thought provoking screenplay written in the recent times. Admittedly, for many friends the film might not turn out to be as entertaining as you might expect on the lines of “Back To The Future” series. Being a Woody Allen movie, it mostly relies on the mutual conversations of its various characters only and is not interested in presenting any high energy action or electrifying sequences as mostly associated with a Time Travel film.
Hence if you wish to have an intellectual journey back in time, cleverly organized by a one of the most inventive and creative director of the present times. Then do go for this philosophical voyage at the earliest and learn one of most valuable lesson of life, teaching the acceptable difference between our present and the past in a lovable way.

Written & Directed By : Woody Allen
Starring : Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates and more.
And for friends who would like to read the particular verse of Sh. Harvinash Rai Bachhan related with the subject of past and present comparison, it has been shared below with its English interpretation too.
“Apne Yug Mein Sabko Anupam Gyaat Hui Apni Haala,
Apne Yug Mein Sabko Adbhut Gyaat Hua Apna Pyaala,
Phir Bhi Vridhon Se Jab Poocha Ek Yahi Uttar Paaya,
Ab Na Rahey Woh Peenewale, Ab Na Rahi Woh Madhushala”

(In their time everyone thinks that he is enjoying the wine of life to the best,
In their time everyone thinks that their style of living is the best offered by the Supreme Power,
But still whenever someone asks the old people then they all have only one answer,
That Ah! those were the times, those were the days and now nobody knows how to enjoy life and live it in style.)

(Sh. Harivnash Rai Bachchan in his MADHUSHALA)

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19 January 2014 / bobbysing /
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Cinema as an art of story-telling, often gives us many new insights into the unvisited realms of imagination. But very rarely comes a film, sharing a completely novel, fascinating, creative as well as engaging story idea which straight away forces us to dive into the deep sea of fantasy with a new vision. BEING JOHN MALKOVICH is unarguably one of those inventive films. which are funny as well as wonderful in their fabulous execution of a brilliant idea, never tried before. Now for many, the basic premise of the film might turn out to be purely silly, impossible or weird. However for others, it might be quite original, fresh and something reminding them of stories like “Alice in Wonderland”.
Featuring many first rate performances from the well-known actors, the film is a wonderfully crafted piece of creativity which despite having so many complications, still successfully manages to keep you engrossed in a mesmerizing way throughout. Beginning with a five feet tall mid-floor called 7½ in a building, at first it all seems to be quite absurd and illogical. But once its basic plot of a mind portal gets revealed, the content simply starts entertaining the viewer like a magical adventure journey and one really feels like having numerous cunning ideas in his thoughts, related to the matchless concept.
Disclosing it bizarre yet highly amusing plot with an indicative instance, just imagine that one fine day you unintentionally find a big black hole in your office wall, hidden behind a cabinet. It seems to be the door of a dark tunnel going to somewhere and you eagerly wish to discover where it actually goes or ends. Now entering in it, you are at once sucked in and then find yourself in the mind of your favourite movie star (for the next 15 minutes), be it Amitabh Bachchan or one of the Khans ruling the charts today. Reaching the mind of your loved celebrity, now you can exactly see what he is seeing through his open eyes and also listen to what he planning to do next dealing with the people around.
Being there, you meet all the other co-stars he is working with looking through his eye-holes and get to meet his family members too in his own private moments spent in his home. Having explored the newly found secret door, you further try to earn some big amount of money by exploiting this rare discovery and begin charging from anyone who wishes to spend 15 minutes in the mind of that famous actor exclusively. As the news spreads by the word of mouth, there is a long line in your office to experience this unthinkable kind of journey and money starts flowing in like anything.
This is in fact the inventive, illogical but interesting subject of BEING JOHN MALKOVICH and the secret portal in it takes you straight into the mind of veteran Hollywood actor John Malkovich who later discovers that something fishy is certainly going on in his mind, as it often tends to go beyond his control. The sequences when a person is there in John's mind looking through his eyes are superbly conceived by some creative camera movements and one just feels like seeing everything from within the body of John Malcovich following the incredible vision of director Spike Jonze and his creative team.
So if the above mentioned plot seems to be quite new or interesting and you really want to know what happens next with the rare mind portal? Then do watch this completely different film based on a daring thought and have a good time visiting the mind of John Malkovich through the magic door.
Directed By Spike Jonze
Starring : John Cusack, John Malkovich, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener.
Tags : Being John Malkovich (1999), Movies To See Before You Die Adventure. Not To Be Missed Films List, Worth Watching Movies List by Bobby Sing, Must See Movies List, Must Watch Movies List by Bobby Sing, Fresh Ideas based movies, Adventure movies.
24 October 2013 / bobbysing /
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