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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     

Indian Cinema hasn’t got many enjoyable films in the genre of ‘Time-Travel Science Fictions’ to be referred as ‘must watch’ ventures. Thankfully here we have at least an above average film that can easily be seen as a one-time watch, well complimented by its graphics and performances led by a spirited and energetic Suriya.

Taking too much time coming to its basic theme, 24 has a usual formulaic beginning dealing with the initial invention and killings (till almost 25 minutes) and then loses the next 15 minutes too in nothing significant happening in the script taking the story forward by 26 years. In short the ‘Time Travel wrist-watch’ is still to be found and re-activated even after 40 minutes of the film as usual (the time-span in which similar English films are almost half over).

Anyway the game begins as soon as the wrist-watch gets re-activated accidently and the very first sequence makes you smile expecting a lot of fun ahead in the remaining duration. The first ‘freeze sequence’ certainly raises the excitement level of the film and then the director keeps focusing on the lighter romantic moments for the next half an hour till the extreme shock comes showcasing the two Suriyas (double role) together meeting after 26 years.

From here onwards we get to see a few interesting twists and turns dealing with the time travel revealing another important feature of ‘the watch’ not known to all. Emotions make a comeback post almost 100 minutes and they sadly stay for quite long resulting in many dragging sequencing involving the family members and the love interest post the intermission.

Next the writer-director sadly goes back to the same old filmy tactics to end the film taking too many creative liberties (specifically in relation to the so significant technical changes made to ‘the watch” by only a simple watch-mechanic in just a day). Yet, the entertainment factor is right there and the film does manage to give you a fairly watchable content equipped with many exciting moments.

In all, 24/TIME STORY is a fine mix of commercial elements and a risky time travel theme handled well. It largely relies on Suriya excelling in his triple role (as father, son and uncle) along with some good supporting acts, a fine cinematography and pulsating background music as required by the theme. The soundtrack of A. R. Rahman though fails to rise above anything routine, but the film does have a competent direction from Vikram Kumar, who clearly presents it as an enjoyable mix of masala entertainment and science fiction minus any visible confusion. So without expecting anything path-breaking or exceptional, you can easily go for it as an entertaining one time watch having its own praise worthy moments.

Rating 3 / 5

Tags : 24 (Tamil) and Time Story (Hindi) Review by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Tamil/Hindi Films Reviews by Bobby Sing, Indian Regional Films made on the time travel theme, Indian movies revolving around Time Travel Gadgets, Indian Regional Science Fiction Movies on Time Travel.
03 January 2017 / bobbysing /
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One of the most brutal and unforgettable chapters of the (recent) Sikh history is the massacre of Nankana Sahib (birthplace of Guru Nanak now in Pakistan) that took place in February 1921 when more than 150 Sikhs were killed in their peaceful revolt against the Mahants (Chiefs) who had complete control over the Gurdwara and its daily proceedings. The massacre which became a major turning point for the Sikh community and the management of various historical Gurdwaras all over the country is widely quoted as “Saka Nankana Sahib” in the history books.

Now making a complete film on such significant historical event is a huge responsibility and should only be considered when one has got the required time, budget and an extremely bold vision doing complete justice with the subject and its emotional as well as religious aspect.

Unfortunately the present project made on the theme is nothing but a quite feeble and visionless attempt which only seems to be interested in en-cashing the opportunity of being the first film to deal with the subject on the bigger screen. The narration is close to amateurish and performances are all theatrical going over the top even in the most crucial sequences dealing with the Sikhs merciless murders. In fact the writers even dare to bring in a love-angle in their script which simply should have been avoided for such serious and sensitive subjects representing the ugly history.

In short, whatever noble intentions might have been there behind the making of this epic disaster, the fact remains that the makers have made a big mistake of toning down and misrepresenting the magnitude and impact of the actual shocking event with such a mediocre adaptation.

Giving you the right perspective, since films made on history are later considered as a reference material by both the students and the general public in the future decades, I seriously wish SAKA wasn’t made at all…... because at times,
“NOTHING is much better and powerful than something so poor and mediocre”.
Hope that conveys it all to the interested viewers.

Rating : 1 / 5 (And too just for the effort made by the team and all the technicians involved.)

Tags : Saka The Martyrs of Nankana Sahib Film Review by Bobby Sing, Saka Punjabi Movie Review by Bobby Sing, New Punjabi Films Review by Bobby Sing, Saka Nankana Sahib Punjabi Film Review at bobbytalkscinema.com, New Punjabi films based on Sikh history.
29 December 2016 / bobbysing /
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Beginning with the initial thirty minutes reminding you of the highly clichéd 80s family-cum-action drama, ZORAWAR loses its major marks right away due to some clear miscasts, so casual way of dialogue delivery by the lead and a very familiar kind of story progression with neither any pace or some inspiring, impactful performances to say it all.

Heavily relying on Honey Singh’s amazing stardom and the soundtrack (which itself is not a winner), ZORAWAR keeps going with a strong old world feel till intermission and then even shows the guts of throwing in a song post around 110 minutes into the film which is always hugely teasing and strictly avoidable.

Apart from the unexciting (predictable) story line and the lazy screenplay, the one major factor that remains the biggest drawback of the film is its language used which is deliberately toned down or heavily simplified in order to reach the audience outside Punjab and in other major cities. Probably the minds behind the project never realized that a Punjabi film largely depends and works because of its dialogues alone and therefore the language used in it strictly requires that local flavor and sound as spoken and heard in Punjab including its remote areas. But since the makers decided to use an over-simplified (Hindish kind of) Punjabi due to their own reasons, the film fails to impress both the Hindi and Punjabi film viewers together like a confused venture.

In other words, the dialogues of a Punjabi film unconditionally need to be written by a person brought up in Punjab (having studied there too) knowing the exact language as a friend, well versed with its widely used nuances, words, phrases and the local lingo as spoken in its various parts (including the universities). In fact that happens to be the basic rule of making any regional language film in India to be exact.

Anyway, in a film full of many amateurish supporting acts and a rather unconcerned kind of lead performance by Honey Singh (may be due to the unplanned delay and serious health issues), ZORAWAR has some good action, fine production values, Mukul Dev trying his best as one of the key characters and one man proving to be the only savior till the end, the ever depended Pavan Malhotra. So can you watch it if you must for only these two names alone and not for anything else. It’s not an awful film to be honest or a very bad film. But it’s too simple with nothing fresh and everything predictable that doesn’t allow you to call it even an average venture.

Rating : 2 / 5

Tags : Zorawar Punjabi Film Review by Bobby Sing, Zorawar Film Review by Bobby Sing, Honey Singh's Zorawar Review by Bobby Sing, New Punjabi Films Reviews by Bobby Sing, New Punjabi Films Reviews at bobbytalkscinema.com, Pavan Malhotra in a Punjabi film, Mukul Dev in Zorawar.
27 December 2016 / bobbysing /
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