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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 27, 2017 Monday     

The Attacks of 26/11

The country was stunned with the barbaric terrorist attacks in Mumbai on the night of 26/11. And the film fans all over the country were further taken back when they saw the reports of Ram Gopal Varma visiting Taj after the ghastly event along with Ritesh Deshmukh in an official tour of his father, Late Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra in 2008. But as his answer to all the allegations imposed on him related to that unexpected visit, the veteran director later said that he was there just by chance and had no intentions of making a film on the event at all in the future.
Evidently the famous “Commitment" dialogue from Salman Khan’s WANTED clearly doesn’t fit in here as RGV did make a film on that unforgettable national tragedy after 4 years, contradiction his own statement given at that time, which in fact cannot be appreciated by a die-hard fan like myself. In other words, without supporting this breach of promise to the nation by the maestro himself, I calmed myself and went on to see this latest realistic thriller by RGV, once again expecting a come-back film from the trendsetter as always.
And hardly after 10 minutes into the film, it was really exciting to realize that RGV had just nailed it right this time and the master was back with his own personal take on the bloody attacks of 26/11 with a bang. Moreover as the end credits started rolling I frankly forgot that controversial issue or statement given by the director in 2008 and truly felt thankful to him for making this potent classic in his own unique way, which in fact is a must watch for every thoughtful person living in any part of the world irrespective of his caste, religion or region.
Putting it more bluntly, I felt extremely grateful to both Ram Gopal Varma (along with his team) & Nana Patekar for bringing it on in such an explosive manner on the screen, because in reality, no one else could have thought of making the movie with this vision in the whole industry other than RGV himself. And no one else could have portrayed the role of the helpless Chief of Police so brilliantly other than Nana among all the presently active big names you can ever think of. To be precise I would like to include the performance of Nana Patekar in TAO 26/11 among his 5 Career Best Performances till date wherein you get to see a completely different actor nowhere similar to the one we all love or are familiar with.
Coming to the FILM as they call it, I would like to say that THE ATTACKS OF 26/11 is not at all a film we are used to see in our usual Indian format. The project actually lies somewhere in between the genres of documentary and realistic depiction of such historical happenings. The reason being that it neither tries to show the real life events with some added flavours of heroism, nor does it care about any essential commercial elements to be added to earn some quick bucks in the first 3 days itself at the box office. In honest terms, this is a director’s personal expression or aggression on the screen talking about that deadly tense night and all its subsequent attacks at various places of Mumbai in his own lethal manner, which might not be approved by some selected sections of viewers (as expected).
For many it might be a disturbing take on the bloodshed with too much brutality on the screen continuing for much longer than expected. Few may find many actual known events missing in the portrayal by the director ending on an abrupt note showcasing the recent hanging. A few might be interested in pulling down the film as just another extreme project by the veteran with no conclusion of any sort. And a handful of people may consider it only as a good attempt made without any particular directions.
The Attacks of 26/11But for me it’s not easy to comment upon or rate a film of this stature so casually in just a few lines considering it like any other release of the month in routine. Because to say the truth, we don’t normally make films of this particular genre very often in our Hindi Cinema rising above the vision of the sick 100 crore target at the back of our minds. In the present commercial market, we don’t plan films which have the caliber to make us think about the uncertain world we are living in. The films which boldly question all the negative groups operating in the whole globe, targeting the lives of thousands of innocent victims for their own so called ‘causes’. The films, which give an opportunity to introspect deep within ourselves, about our precious life, which can be taken away by a wandering bullet or a bomb any moment, all of a sudden.
No, we don’t make films like these very often here in our part of the world. And that’s the reason why in my opinion THE ATTACKS OF 26/11 is not less than an insightful achievement made by the innovative director after a long time. Having said that, here we also have a new RGV in picture who has no issues to part with all those trademark camera angles of his and who even daringly points out the system’s incompetence in tackling such unexpected attack on its people, quite loudly. For instance, for the first time ever, I heard a top police official expressing his helplessness on the screen in these superbly written lines wherein he says that,                 
          “In my 27 years of service, the police always used to reach a crime spot after the crime was done with. But here was a case where the brutal crime was being committed right in front of our eyes and was even getting bigger and bigger with each passing moment quite easily. Yet we were unable to control it in absence of any formal training given to face such extreme situations and really didn’t know what was supposed to be done in order to save all those innocent victims.”
Now truthful dialogues like this and the many more in a unique thought provoking sequence on the teachings of Islam, between Nana and Kasaab in the second half were never seen before in a film by RGV (more inclined towards all fictional subjects). So if you are a fan of the maverick, then here is the one product you have been waiting for from pretty long with a new RGV behind the camera willing to take on the issues right from the front.  
THE ATTACKS OF 26/11 manages to shake you hard through its shocking sequences, not only because it has Nana Patekar admirably playing the clueless officer. But also because of Sanjeev Jaiswal who rightly plays the role of Kasaab with the much required hatred, jealousy and vengeance in his eyes enacted strongly. In fact I would like to rate the morgue confrontation scene between Nana and Sanjeev as one of most moving, transforming and disgusting scenes ever witnessed in our Indian Cinema till date.
The film certainly becomes more impactful due to its pulsating background score which successfully sends shivers down your spine while you watch the guns shooting blindly all over the place like a child’s play. Therefore I would suggest to watch it in a theater (instead of TV or Laptop screens) which has a great sound system installed otherwise you might hear distortion more than the sound as recorded. Being a thoughtful viewer you are bound to go silent as the voice of crying child stops with another shot from the gun and your eyes might feel the tears as you see the constable crying loudly seeing hundreds of innocent victims lying dead in front of him at the station.  Undoubtedly the stunning impact on the screen is a result of a fine team work comprising of its writers, cinematographer, art director and editor deserving praises. But apart from that the entire supporting cast also contributes hugely in the narration lead by Atul Kulkarni, Asif Basram, Ravi Kale, Ganesh Yadav and more.
Summing up, THE ATTACKS OF 26/11 made me speechless, it made be numb and I really wish the film is seen by more and more people just for the sake of good cinema to flourish in our part of the world. Further it will be really unfortunate and a sign of hypocrisy too, if we show enough enthusiasm and spirit to applaud similar genre of films attempted in the west like ARGO or ZERO DARK THIRSTY but refuse to praise our Indian film-makers to come up with such well made insightful projects as THE ATTACKS OF 26/11.
In short this is a film, which might teach you that precious lesson that CINEMA is not just meant to be watched for mere entertainment in the weekend holidays. It is a medium of expression which can equally bring forward some burning issues of the society on the lines of fine poetry, painting and literature. So, perhaps such films need to be watched as the food for your thoughts, avoiding the usual munching of your popcorns or burgers in the theaters.
Rating : Giving any Star Rating to the movie, would be like rating the martyrs of our own force, all innocent victims of the attack and its meaningful message. So I refuse to rate THE ATTACKS OF 26/11 out of sheer respect and would like to add this film into my list of “Movies To See Before You Die” right away.
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28 February 2013 / bobbysing /
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A movie buff doesn’t need to be told about the epic called TITANIC which re-wrote the box office history all over the world in 1997. Nominated in a record 14 major nominations in the Academy Awards of 1998, it won 11 out of them quite convincingly and is now also the first Best Picture Oscar winner, converted and re-released in 3D format after 15 long years of its initial release. Reportedly that was also done to commemorate the historic shocking event which happened on 15th April, 1912, in its 100th anniversary year i.e. 2012.

TITANIC, the ship of dreams which was also known as ‘Unsinkable’ started its journey in 10th April, 1912. But just after 4 days on 14th of April, the gigantic ship collided with an iceberg and then completely went into the sea at 2.20 in the morning on the 15th. The film is a realistic and memorable account of life in those few days on the ship in its different classes and sections. Though, it majorly revolves around many realistic depictions of many actual happenings on the Titanic, but its main storyline talks about a fictional love story emerging between Jack and Rose travelling on the ship in its third and upper classes respectively.

However, apart from this emotional & tragic love saga, TITANIC remains a must watch mainly for its incomparable execution with unbelievable kind of detailing gone into its each department of film-making. As reported, its director James Cameron got the idea of making this mammoth project after watching “A Night To Remember” (1958) which was also made on the same subject. And then he spent more than 4 years researching on the big ship and its ill fate to make one of the major ventures of both his own career and the world of cinema together.

Beginning with the actual footage of the departure of Titanic for its first and last journey, its not only a great disaster movie of all times made on a real accident, but can also be rated as one the best emotional love stories filmed on the celluloid. Mentioning many interesting trivia related to its making, the majority of the ship décor in the film was constructed under the supervision of researchers from the original company which furnished the ship back in 1912. To maintain an everlasting impact on the audience, at first James Cameron was not ready to include any song in the film, not even in its closing credits. But later after listening to Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” he agreed to include it in the film’s end credits and the song went on to win the Best Original Song of the year at the Academy Awards.

One of the most famous scenes of the movie was the one where Jack makes a sketch of Rose lying on a couch with only a necklace on her body. And not many know that all those brilliant pictures in Jack’s sketchbook were actually made by the director James Cameron himself. Talking about its huge success TITANIC was the highest grossing film in the box office history before AVATAR broke its records which was also a film directed by James Cameron only. The film had such a long run at the theaters that it is said that Paramount had to replace its prints for the halls which were still running their worn out copies, following the demand. Further, related with the same fact, TITANIC was also the first film to be released on Home Video, while it was still being shown in the theaters.
 
Interestingly the stupendous success of the film also reminded the world of the three earlier films made on the same plot. The first and the most important one being a German film “Titanic” made in 1943 which was also banned for certain reasons. The film had many revealing facts disclosed in its script about the actual causes of the disaster which remained questionable (Including the scene of another ship which was just close to Titanic while it was sinking). And after this first controversial attempt the subject was once again adapted for a film with the same title “Titanic” in 1953 and later in “A Night To Remember” in 1958.
 
But if you really wish to know a lot more shocking stuff about the avoidable disaster then you got to see this 1943 German version of the incident as a must along with the new age classic of James Cameron in order to call yourself a real movie buff to be precise.

Written, Directed & Edited By James Cameron
Starring : Leonardo Di Caprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane and more.
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04 July 2012 / bobbysing /
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It happened more than 60 years back, even before the birth of majority of people reading this article. But till date, this ugly black patch on the World’s history still remains the most haunting disasters witnessed by the people on this earth. Created and planned by the man himself, the tragic, mean and inhuman attack was the most questionable decision taken by the authorities to destroy their rivals at that time.

BBC remembers the horrifying incident with a remarkable docu-drama feature which covers the proceedings of that particular day along with the first hand experiences of the people involved in it. Brilliantly conceived & directed by Paul Wilmshurst, the feature enlightens you with the actual story behind the atomic bomb and the reasons responsible for the decision of dropping it at Hiroshima. Along with that it also shows the dreadful impact of the bomb on the innocent civilians who never expected this kind of brutal, massive and heartless attack on their city. The shocking and horrendous site of the enormous explosion actually even shook the people responsible for it, leaving them with a strange feeling, filled with mixed reactions.
 
The feature is an intelligent mix of actual interviews of the people who witnessed it and a very passionate reconstruction of the awful incident in details with a good use of computer graphics. In addition to this, the movie also showcases the available real archive footage of the proceedings, which in turn makes it a must watch docu-drama for every single human being enjoying the blessing of life. In fact, I would like to recommend every University in the world to show this movie to their young students which will surely help them to have a better understanding of the History and will encourage them to build a better world to live in for the coming generation.
 
I wish somebody from the schools and universities reads this article and shows the movie to his or her students as a step to make a difference in their lives.
 
Directed By Paul Wilmshurst.
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