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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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Chanakya-Gandhi-Bobby Talks Cinema.comGANDHI, the dream project of Richard Attenborough released in late 1982 has its own reputed place in the World cinema due to its huge canvas, incredible detailing and incomparable performances including a long list of talented names both in the English and Hindi version (in the form of dubbed voices).
However for me the film has a different kind of memory associated as GANDHI was the first English film I watched in the theatre and that too as an educational show organized by our school GHPS (Vasant Vihar) at Chanakya theatre situated along a trendy market in Chanakya Puri in South Delhi.
Incidentally (the now defunct) Chanakya was also (probably) the first theatre in Delhi to introduce the concept of dual-language screenings with English and Hindi films running at different show timings in the same day. And I later got introduced to many famous English hits and Jackie Chan movies too through Chanakya cinema only in the 80s (should write about it in details in a different article).
Coming back to GANDHI, I was in 5th standard at that time and students of class 5th to 12th were taken for the show in a fleet of school buses like an exciting fun trip, which eventually turned out to be something entirely different ending on a sour note.
At that point of time, we only had some information about Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi referred as Father of the Nation with reference to the Indian freedom struggle but had no idea of anything else about the history or other details of his unique persona, taking the movie as nothing more than a rare recreational outing offered by the strict school authorities after a long time.
However as the film began, the fun was nowhere to be found and after the initial calm moments there was restlessness all over the theatre with sounds of talks, giggling and more increasing with every passing minute. Frankly I do not remember even a single scene of the film from that particular screening but only recall some visuals of Ben Kingsley active on screen and paper planes flying all over the theatre started by the seniors sitting in the top rows (balcony) all of a sudden.
The paper planes were made from the pamphlets distributed among the students giving some important information about the film and after 10 minutes or so probably every single pamphlet was flying in the air creating an electrifying but seriously tense atmosphere within the theatre.
Vaguely remember that the screening was stopped for a while, a loud and angry instruction was heard for a minute and then the film started again completely failing to impress or engross the mischievously excited students for the next two hours. At the end we all returned to the buses with our heads down.
Now fondly recalling the event after more than three decades, I realize that a certain movie, book or poetry makes the much desirable impact on a person or mind, only when shown or read at the right age and time hitting the right note.

Interestingly both GANDHI and CHANAKYA are the two key personalities from our Indian history, though relating to contrastingly different eras and thought processes.
(Will share more about Chanakya and the experience of watching both English and Hindi films together in the next part of this series soon….. )
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05 October 2016 / bobbysing /
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The detective series of James Bond, Dick Tracy, Perry Mason, Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and more have repeatedly featured in Hollywood projects since the last century and are also hugely famous in the Indian subcontinent. Plus works of Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie have been the basis of many famous Hindi classics of the golden era too such as Bees Saal Baad, Gumnam and more.
Interestingly films focusing on individual detectives (and not spies) have always been offered to the Hindi film audience in the past beginning from CID to the likes of Inspector Eagle, Gopichand Jasoos, Do Jasoos, Police Public, Baadshah and many more. But recently we have witnessed a new trend of making detective movies (possibly post the unexpected success of Kahaani) as seen in Mr. Joe B. Carvalho, Samrat & Co., Bobby Jasoos, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy or the upcoming Jagga Jasoos supported by many big known names and production houses.
However, what still remains widely ignored by filmmakers as their subjects for thrilling detective Hindi films are the pulp fiction writers and their respective characters having a huge fan following among the Hindi readership belt in pan India. These are the writers whose works were and are still largely published in a cheap paper material (known as ‘Lugdi Sahitya’) with glossy (read B grade) hand-painted covers (focusing on blood, girls and guns) having some catchy suspense titles. The low priced ‘literature’ (as many don’t like that to be referred as) is specifically written for the masses with quite simple language using the local slangs, phrases and conversational trends adding to the excitement value. Though in the present times the presentation, printing and marketing standards of such novels (books) has gone through a positive, trendy, upmarket change, still the genre largely receives the same kind of treatment from the so called elite class, even today.
If studied in details, the particular subject has enough material for an exclusive depiction of the era beginning from the 1960s, majorly from the city of Meerut, distributed by the A. H. Wheelers stands found at the railway stations. But to give you a fair idea, here is the list of those (top-most) exceptional prolific writers and their famous key characters/investigators who can easily lead a Hindi film from the front based on any of their hit, fast-paced, engrossing novels lying on the forgotten shelves waiting to be explored by some innovative producers and directors from decades.
Ibne SafiA. Beginning from the pre-independence era, when Saradindu Bandopadhyay’s Byomkesh Bakshi was getting famous in the Bengali readers, Ibne Safi was fast winning hearts in the Urdu circles (in the early 50s) with his entertaining detective stories & novels led by interesting, likable heroes as:
Imran Ali - a highly educated sleuth with a colourful but complex (eccentric) personality who acts like a fool as a cover to his sharp intelligence.
Colonel Faridi - a rich, well-built, handsome, learned man with a remarkable mind and sharp reflexes who enjoys his passion to solve hard mysteries.
Captain Hameed - the naughty-romantic chief assistant to Colonel Faridi, who turns into a brave and intelligent associate when needed, controlling his frequent mood swings.
Anwar/Rasheeda - the crime reporter/private investigator and his courageous colleague.
With an unbelievably strong fan following Ibne Safi’s books (namely magazine Jasoosi Duniya) were widely read and sold in black too, both in Pakistan and India with translations being published in several regional languages in India. In fact renowned Hindi film lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar praised the impeccable style of Ibne Safi as an inspiring source for few of his own epic creations. And recently his Hindi & English translations have also been published by reputed names such as Random House India and Harper Collins reviving back the gone era.
Ved Prakash KambojB. In the 60s-70s when several social-romantic novels of Gulshan Nanda were being adapted as Hindi feature films and Satyajit Ray’s calm & cool investigator Feluda appeared in Bengali publications, the first few famous writers in the world of Hindi pulp fiction and their entertaining heroes were:
(i) Ved Prakash Kamboj, who wrote in the similar format as Ibne Safi following his entertaining lead character of Imran. His most famous heroes Vijay-Raghunath later inspired many known writers in the next decades.
Om Prakash Sharma(ii) ‘Janpriye Lekhak’ Om Prakash Sharma and his characters of:
RajeshThe honest, non-violent, idealistic senior detective from the secret services also known as “Bade Bhai”  
Jagat – The anti-hero, con-man but a friend and fan of Rajesh.
Chakram – An old age private detective along with his super-active dog.

(Here not many know that the reputed director Basu Chatterjee also made a film on his non-detective novel as Chameli Ki Shaadi for which Om Prakash Sharma was also credited for the dialogues along with the story.)
S.C. Bedi(iii) S. C. Bedi and his pocket-book series featuring:
Rajan-IqbalThe two young boys who were known to solve crime mysteries in their entertaining, playful style.
(And that would also remind many friends the whole mesmerizing world of comics and their famous lively detectives as Babloo, Bahadur, Ram-Rahim, Inspector Manoj, Crookbond and many more)
(iv) Parshuram Sharma's novels and Maqbul Jallandhari’s Colonel Ranjit series revolving around the middle aged Major Balwant dressed in urban style finding the real culprit.  
Ved Prakash Sharma(v) Ved Prakash Sharma and his hit investigators such as:
Vijay - Son of the IG and an undisclosed chief of Indian secret service acting as a private detective with many weird activities but extremely sharp crime solving skills.
Vijay’s nephew and his professional chela (disciple) personally trained by him as the secret agent.  
Keshav Pandit
A unique character using his mind as his major weapon, he doesn’t have any Law degree but even the court remains stunned with his logical arguments given, saving his innocent clients. (A TV Serial was recently made around this specific theme and character.)
Vibha Jindal – 
The head of a big industrial house, who begins her journey as a crime investigator from her husband’s murder only. She is a clever lady solving the peculiar cases with her critical intelligent analysis as a passionate hobby.

(Interestingly a few films were made based on Sharma’s chosen novels like Bahu Ki Aawaaz, Sabse Bada Khiladi & International Khiladi, but they unfortunately didn’t feature any of these specific detective characters.)
SMP(vi) Surendra Mohan Pathak and his immensely popular:
SunilA charming, witty investigative journalist working for the fictional newspaper Blast. He is romantic in nature and often finds himself fighting for the innocent with the help of his ‘youth club owner’ friend Ramakant.
Contradicting to Sunil’s character, Sudhir is a kind of ‘philosopher’ private detective of Delhi portrayed with the typical features of the city’s lingo, style and life patterns giving him the title of “Sudhir Kohli – The Lucky Bastard”.
Vivek Agashe – A retired military officer in the mid-50s is the elected president of the unique Crime-Club apart from working as a professional private detective solving the twisted cases.
(SMP – as the writer is popularly known among his big fan following, has another of his hugely famous notorious character Vimal aka Surender Singh Sohal who is not a detective but can easily lead a crime thriller movie with many fast paced, engrossing moments woven around an impossible heist.
To give the writer his long awaited due, SMP is one of the first Hindi pulp fiction writers to be translated in English and published by reputed names (in the new millennium) becoming the bestseller in this genre on major online portals. Plus he also has a super-active fan group at Facebook too, member of which even organize fan-meets and events in various cities on regular basis.)
C. The 80s witnessed a cut throat competition between two best sellers of this industry namely Surender Mohan Pathak and Ved Prakash Sharma with many more joining in the increasing demand like Anil Mohan & later Amit Khan including some ghost writers en-cashing the ongoing trend.
But post the mid-90s with the arrival of Cable TV and internet revolution, Hindi Pulp fiction began losing its passionate readers, only to be revived a few years back by reputed publishing houses like Harper Collins coming up with the latest novels of Surender Mohan Pathak (in Hindi only) and the earlier works of both SMP & Ved Prakash Sharma made available in the form of e-books at mobile platforms such as Newshunt.
Incidentally, the past decade has seen a substantial growth in crime-detective novels in English by Indian (or India based) writers too with many interesting detective characters such as Vish Puri, Inspector Lalli, Inspector Singh, Reema Ray and more. Besides, noted film-makers such as Piyush Jha and Neeraj Pandey also ventured into crime-writing coming up with a few appealing books featuring their own invented characters like Inspector Virkar and Ghalib Danger. Yet after reading them, one still finds the Hindi pulp fiction much more engaging, spicy and entertaining with equal dosage of suspense, crime, sex and humour, waiting to be adapted for many worth-watching films since decades.
However, with no news of any film project being made on these specific characters, all we can do is hope…. that these ready-made scripts soon find their way into the offices of big production houses and renowned stars giving a Sunil, Sudhir, Imran, Vijay, Vibha or a Rajesh an equal chance as given to Feluda and Byomkesh Bakshi in our Indian Cinema.
Bobby Sing
© April 2015 – Bobbytalkscinema.com


This article of BTC was published (in an edited form) on IBNlive.com on 26th May 2015 with the heading :

Ibne Safi to Surender Mohan Pathak: 7 Hindi pulp fiction writers and their detectives waiting to be explored on screen” - By Bobby Sing
Tags : From Ibne Safi to Surender Mohan Pathak, Hindi Pulp Fiction Writers ignored by Bollywood Filmmakers, Nostalgia, Hindi Crime Novels,
04 April 2015 / bobbysing /
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101 Silver Screen Stars - Review By Bobby Sing

Celebrating the 100 years of Indian Cinema as well as the 50 years of Shemaroo in related business operations, the company released a 4 DVD – premium pack in the year 2013 which I recently got hold of recommended by a like-minded friend loving Hindi cinema and its adorable stalwarts as a die-hard fan.
The innovatively designed pack with a coffee table book kind of appearance is actually a more informative collector’s edition product instead of a musical compilation featuring all known artists. So if you are really interested in knowing about the personal as well as professional career details of all the big stars in the form of video slides/listings along with some selected song clips being played on the screen as a medley, then this is certainly a worth buy, being the first of its kind of product launched by Shemaroo Entertainment. But in case you are more interested in the complete song videos of your favourite stars collectively presented in a DVD, then this might not be the one giving you any worth of your money spent putting it honestly.
Beginning from Raj Kapoor to the current heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor and from Nargis to the present trendsetter Vidya Balan, the 4 DVDs devote 7-9 minutes to each of their selected stars. And then have slides about their personal details, initial journey, major films, achievements and awards won followed by one complete song representing their respective eras.
Regarding the selection of artists, probably the chosen decades and copyrights issue might be the cause that one finds many of those genius artists missing from the early era like Ashok Kumar, K. L. Saigal, Guru Dutt and more. Plus it was really strange to see the three Deols - Sunny, Bobby, Abhay and Fardeen Khan too included in the list but Kumar Gaurav missing, despite being the one beginning the trend of star-son heroes setting the box office on fire with their young musical love stories. Adding to the shortcoming the packing style wherein one DVD has to be placed over the other on the same tray causes a lot of trouble too with more chances of getting scratched that could have been avoided with a different setting.
However moving over the minuses, the set comes with an added attraction of a Filmy Diary designed in a long vertical format, which has many original movie posters printed on one side and some interesting, lesser known trivia on many famous movies written on the top of every blank page, useful for all enthusiastic, investigative movie fans.
Summing up, may be not for the older ones but as a collective informative document on all major stars of our Hindi Cinema post the 50s, this is a worth buy indeed for the young moviegoers who wish to know more about their current icons as well as the maestros of the past through an audio-visual presentation instead of a thick book. So if you are one of those energetic young Hindi cinema lovers willing to discover more, then do opt for this unique collector’s edition compiled well and have a great musical time with the cine-stars.
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