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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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RangiTarangaRangiTaranga (meaning ‘colourful wave’), though might not be a perfect mystery-thriller to be rated as an outstanding ‘who-dun-it’ movie. But it does have its own exceptional merits in terms of cinematography and a very superior mix of horror and suspense elements woven into the narration, written and directed by Anup Bhandari making a highly impressive debut.

Revolving around a novelist writing his novel titled ‘RangiTaranga’ using a fictional author name, the film begins with his visit to the village of Kamarottu (his wife’s ancestral home) for some kind of sacred purification. A young journalist is following him too searching for the real author and there they all get to experience many strange and unexpected events (including deaths) hinting towards occult and crime together in a quite frightening manner. The continuous incidents slowly get linked to many powerful people of the village and from there onwards the film moves to many serious twists and turns leading to all carefully kept dark secrets revealed in an engaging end.

To be exact, a few worth mentioning outstanding merits truly convert ‘Rangitaranga’ into an engrossing must watch thriller as mentioned below.

First of all it’s the visual breathtaking impact the film makes on the viewer with a stunning cinematography (by Lance Kaplan and William David), an effective background score (by B. Ajaneesh Lokanath) and a well written story progression, keeping you involved throughout despite a few moments of dragging in the mid.

Second is the superfine, entertaining mix emphasizing on the regional flavour, natural surroundings, the culture, the local superstitions and the usual romantic and thriller elements enhancing the basic theme.

But most importantly it’s the fact that the film is a highly appreciable collective effort of many debut performers including the writer-director Anup Bhandari who has even composed the songs and written their lyrics too. Though it surely could have been much tighter and focused with a few less songs, still they mostly work due to their catchy compositions by the director himself, that isn’t less than any rare exceptional achievement made in the present times.

Adding all realistic scary sequences in the film, Anup reportedly got his inspiration from a track featured in a television serial (as mentioned at more than one places) and then found a commendable support from many debutant artists too playing the key roles of his script making it a worth watching crime thriller.

In short, if you love this particular genre offering an enjoyable mix of horror and mystery together, then RangiTaranga will not disappoint you for sure, even though it might leave you with a couple of questions unanswered post an emotional and mature climax. So do go for it as your next and have a good time with this colourful wave of suspense having a technical edge.

Rating : 3.5 / 5

Written, Music, Lyrics and Directed by : Anup Bhandari
Produced by : H. K. Prakash
Starring : Nirup Bhandari, Avantka Shetty, Radhika Chetan, Saikumar and more.

Tags : RangiTaranga Review by Bobby Sing, RangiTaranga (Kannada) Film Review by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Regional Language Indian Cinema, Worth Watching Regional Language films. Crime Mystery Thrillers from South Cinema, Anup Bhandari and his RangiTaranga.
 
 
10 January 2017 / bobbysing /
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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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First-Rank-Raju

3 IDIOTS (from Hindi Cinema) is widely considered as the most famous and note-worthy film made on the subject of ‘questionable educational system’ of our country and ages old parental mindsets. Interestingly here is another film from our regional Indian cinema which is thoroughly entertaining yet equally meaningful and enlightening to be considered as a worthy sequel of 3 IDIOTS (modified with the unique Hirani touch).

Focusing on the overall personality development of a student apart from his specified studies, FIRST RANK RAJU has got a fresh theme addressing the parents who think excelling in academic streams is the only way to achieve success or security in life. Without becoming preachy the film strongly conveys the message along with providing ample timely laughs and entertainment. And guess what, it has a Chatur like controversial college speech too bringing the house down.

In specific words, FIRST RANK RAJU is about those over studious, outstanding students who find it tough to face the practical situations of life but excel in their academic exams. It has a cleverly written script that advocates a balance that needs to be discovered between the higher studies and other essential requirements of life preparing for the unexpected. Yes, it isn’t a highly polished or near perfect attempt in terms of execution, but the film never tends to go overboard and intelligently delivers the significant message in the final 30 minutes as required.

To give you an idea, the story revolves around an over studious (geek) boy who is called First Rank Raju due to his excellent academic track record, but who surprisingly gets rejected in a reputed job interview despite having all the required qualifications better than all the others. The reason being, he doesn’t know anything else apart from his studies or course material and hence cannot be termed as a normal guy at all. Knowing about the rejection, Raju’s father meets the big businessman employer (played by Anant Nag) and throws him a challenge that in six months he will convert Raju into a cool dude, normal person as per his requirements and he will not be able to reject him for the job.

Now from here onwards the film moves into a hilariously reverse mode as the father now wants his scholar boy to be familiar with other normal things of life apart from his course material. In other words he now wishes his son to go wild, be naughty and explore the opposite side of his persona, full of fun and mischief.

Directed by Naresh Kumar, though FIRST RANK RAJU is a very fine entertaining film in itself with an impressive lead performance and supporting acts, but just imagine what this script would become in the hands of Raj Kumar Hirani if he re-writes it as the sequel of his much appreciated 3 IDIOTS.

Having said that, please don’t wait for the same to happen as it might not be possible in the near future for various unexplainable reasons, and do watch this meaningful entertainer as a must as your next regional watch taking some time out.

Rating : 3.5 / 5

Written and Directed by Naresh Kumar.
Produced by V. K. Manjunath
Starring :  Gurunandan, Apoorva Gowda, Tanishka Kapoor, Chandru Shekar Gowda, Sadhu Kokila, Ananth Nag, Achyut Rao, Manadeep Rai, Giri Mahesh and Master Chinmai.
Music : Kiran Ravindranath

Tags : First Rank Raju (Kannada) Movie Review by Bobby Sing, First Rank Raju 2015 Film Review by Bobby Sing, Regional Films Reviews by Bobby Sing, Indian Regional Films to be seen as a must, Sequel of 3 Idiots, Worthy successor of 3 Idiots, Indian Regional Cinema Reviews at bobbytalkscinema.com
 
 
01 January 2017 / bobbysing /
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