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Mumbai Police - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

Before moving on to the praises, let me first clear out a few doubts about the film’s title and its basic theme which in turn would help the viewers to enjoy this worth applauding effort made with a different perspective, positively.
Firstly, though the film is titled MUMBAI POLICE, it has nothing to with Mumbai cops in any detailed manner yet uses the phrase in a very interesting style redefining the friendly relationships within the cops. But just don’t take it as another routine movie depicting the clashes between the police and mafia gangs as usual. Since here is a film which talks about cop-bonding and their on-duty experiences with an entirely different and fresh approach, not normally seen in films based on Police, in particular.
Secondly, it is suggested that don’t read anything in details about its basic plot before watching it and simply do all your analyses post witnessing the film’s bold & unexpected climax. Because only then you would be able to enjoy it more with all its twists, turns and shocks being revealed without any prior information or indication.
Thirdly, this is no masala movie, as many might be thinking looking at its title and the publicity designs. To prove the point, defying all set rules of our Indian Cinema, the film has three strong lead heroes but no female lead to add that routine glamour with some songs. The project has a taut, focused and brilliantly written screenplay having all the elements to keep you glued right till the final scene making many unexpectedly shocking revelations.
Coming up as one of the best crime-thriller scripts of the recent times MUMBAI POLICE engrossingly incorporates murder-mystery, memory loss and friendship too in a well narrated form with some superb performances. And for this both the director Roshan Andrrews and his writers Bobby-Sanjay deserve all the appreciation for thinking out of the box in such a convincing way, despite touching a controversial issue in the end, teasing the conventional regional scenario.
MUMBAI POLICE straight comes to the point in its first scene itself and then offers some extremely positive and well worked upon performances daring led by Prithviraj. The actor agreed to do an unconventional role (which many might not dare to) and delivers a very clever and polished act of a cop reinvesting the case which he has already solved once. Jayasurya and Rahman remain the other two strong pillars of the film along with the entire supporting cast emoting well. Plus MUMBAI POLICE makes a tight grip over the viewer through its brightly conceived visuals and a racy background score becoming another highlight of the film right from its first frame.
As some avoidable downers, it does leave some unanswered questions in the end dealing with the final twist. But the convincing execution doesn’t let you think hard on the same and successfully manages to leave a solid impression, mainly due to the terrific chemistry between the three characters on screen, representing MUMBAI POLICE.
In short, this is the welcome change we desperately need in our Indian Cinema presently, when real scripts prove to be the actual hero of a project, without forcing any commercial elements into it ruining the overall impact. With MUMBAI POLICE Malayalam Cinema has taken this positive step forward and I hope Hindi Cinema will surely take its much awaited lessons too, at the earliest. So do watch this well made entertaining thriller and see how good scripts can spell magic on the screen, irrespective of any star, language or region.
Rating : 4 / 5
(And since in India we havent really made many outstanding films based on crime investigations and that too incorporating police and memory loss together, hence I would like to add MUMBAI POLICE in my Movies To See Before You Die list too for its exceptional script and execution.)
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03 June 2014 / bobbysing /
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A spellbinding investigative crime thriller, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is sure going to impress everyone loving this particular genre and the ones who really enjoy studying the step by step investigations made by a clever detective. Actually these two versions of the same novel made in different languages have been included in this list with a specific purpose stated ahead. But before moving on to the same, let’s take a look at its basic plot revolving around an old disgraceful event happened decades before.
The story is about a humiliated journalist who is duly appointed by a wealthy, powerful industrialist to investigate about his young niece who went missing few decades back, but a memoir is still being sent by her name every year till date. As the findings point towards some serious sexual serial killings in the past, a research assistant is roped in who is a talented female hacker making regular background checks for the rich industrialist. The girl is an extremely fast & sharp-minded detective but at the same time is also a lonely, anti-social, difficult girl with a pierced-tattooed body and a forgettable background. As they both begin working together on the assigned case, the proceedings reveal many dark, hidden truths about the industrialist’s own family members beyond imagination. And thus we have a fast paced, gripping thriller with a great twist disclosing the real truth behind the disappeared young girl, disgracing close human relationships.
Coming to the basic purpose of adding these two films together, it can also be explained as a perfect opportunity to study how a story is adapted and executed by two different directors, with their own distinctive visions and characterizations written in a highly contrasting manner. Particularly studying the way, they both shape their leading character of the script i.e. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo giving her their own individual features which are quite different in terms of impact, brutality and intelligence. In other words, watching the two versions consecutively can also be referred to as an interesting cinematic case study of how two highly creative minds visualize a script/novel given to them with their own understanding of the subject, distinctively.
Now although the conclusion depends upon your personal observations or likings and you can watch any one of the films first as per your individual choice. But if you begin with the English Adaptation, then the difference in the hard hitting impact of the characters would be visible more strongly and one will be easily able to analyze why the English version manages to depict the storyline in a much focused, impressive and cruel way ahead than the Swedish one.  
Based on the original novel by Stieg Larsson, both the adaptations & their performances were widely appreciated at various film festivals but it was the David Fincher’s English version which won the Best Editing OSCAR in 2012 and was also nominated in the categories of Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing and Sound Editing too. The music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross makes an amazing contribution to the film making a solid impact, which probably also remains the reason why this English version is more loved by the film-goers doing a better justice to the subject in totality.
So if you are really interested to study this difference of visualization of the same subject/novel by two reputed directors coming from different parts of the world, then do watch both the films as a must and have a great thrilling time investigating the visible differences cinematically. (As a spoiler-warning, the films have few awfully wicked adult sequences. Hence they are supposed to be watched by strictly the mature audiences only as per the censor ratings.)

(2009 Swedish Original with the title “Man Som Hatar Kvinnor")
Directed By Niels Arden Opley
Written By Stieg Larsson (Novel) & Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg (Screenplay)
Starring : Michael Nygvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Frolling and more.
(2011 English version titled “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”)
Directed By David Fincher
Written By Stieg Larsson (Novel) & Steven Zaillian (Screenplay)
Starring : Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer and more.
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15 February 2014 / bobbysing /
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Passionate fans of the master of suspense ALFRED HITCHCOCK, must be well familiar with a popular phrase “A Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made” used quite often. However for friends hearing it for the first time, the phrase actually represents those great suspense thrillers, which have many evident Hitchcock elements, readily reminding you of the famous film-making style of the master but still wasn’t made or hasn’t got any kind of connection with Hitchcock at all. And BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING can easily be included in the list of such impressive films which play with the suspense element so beautifully that you at once have Hitchcock in mind the moment the end credits start rolling.
Representing the magnificent black & white era of classic crime dramas, BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING is an engrossing (British) psychological suspense thriller based on the novel by Merriam Modell (as Evelyn Piper) having the same title. Its initial moments introduce Ms. Ann Lake who has recently settled in England along with Bunny, her kid daughter. And when she is goes to take back her daughter after her first day at the school, she is stunned to find no Bunny there in the class and the authorities also having no record of the girl with them, shocking her further.The police is called in and they too fail to find any trace of the girl’s physical existence at all and within a day its assumed that the child is just a name out of the Ms. Ann’s own imagination and nothing else. With Ann’s brother also agreeing to the thought, the lady goes into a mentally sick mode as no one is willing to believe or help her in finding her lost daughter in time before its too late.
The script progression keeps surprising you with every new development on the screen along with an intelligent background score used skillfully. And the film instantly reminded me of Hitchcock’s another famous British classics THE LADY VANISHES which also had a somewhat similar theme. Reportedly BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING was not appreciated by most of the critics in the year of its release with only one or two strong reviews given by the known names. But personally I found the film much better than many other noir films of those times and certainly worth including the list of must watch movies at the site, being a die-hard Hitchcock fan.
So if you also love watching well-made, gripping suspense thrillers, which constantly keep you guessing then do watch BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING at the earliest and have a good time.

Directed by Otto Preminger
Written By John Mortimer & Penelope Mortimer (Screenplay), Merriam Modell (Novel as Evelyn Piper)
Starring : Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Laurence Olivier & more.
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10 February 2014 / bobbysing /
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