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February 07, 2016 Sunday     

Khoon - Amardeep Singh Gill

Punjabi Cinema doesn’t give you gems to praise very often and I refuse to applaud anything just because it belongs to my mother language or religion with no other substantial merits to showcase in cinematic terms. But luckily after a long time, here is a worth watching and worth praising small gem as a short Punjabi film directed by Amardeep Singh Gill (of “Sutta Naag” fame) along with his talented lead star Harsharan Singh, titled KHOON (Blood/Murder) based on a very touching emotional short story by the well known author Gurbachan Singh Bhullar.
Honestly, I kept watching the film's highly authentic portrayal of rural (pendu) life without much expectations heading towards a sudden culmination offering a shocking twist. And the film does need a lot of patience watching the long realistic shots depicting the forgotten life style of the villages with a monologue kind of story progression.
However when it actually reached its final sequence with that One Line Delivered and Received’ in a powerful heart-piercing manner shaking you real well, it simply resulted in twinkling moist eyes looking at the two protagonists on screen embracing each other.
Praising the film wholeheartedly, I completely endorse and support this new movement of making short films on the stories taken from the rich Punjabi Literature not being considered worth reading by our present ‘net-age’ generation quite sadly and hope this initiative leads to many more commendable ventures in the coming future.
Yes, the film does take its own time to establish a relationship with the viewer, but once you get into the feel of it and reach the last 5 minutes, it’s worth experiencing the effortless emotional explosion all of a sudden, depicting the power of love expressed through just a few innocent words.
So do give this a try even if you don’t understand Punjabi with the help of English subtitles at the following link and have a great insightful journey titled KHOON without any sight of even a drop of blood in its 35 minutes of duration.
Tags : KHOON (Punjabi Short Film/2016) by Amardeep Singh Gill, Punjabi Short films based on stories from Rich Punjabi Literature, Punjabi Short Stories, Harsharan Singh, Emotional Short Punjabi Film
03 February 2016 / bobbysing /
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Movies based on ‘Sports’ generally have a set format and a predictable story progression featuring an underdog winner, a problematic coach, a non-cooperative head of the department playing dirty politics, corruption, exploitation and a lot of positive supporting characters backing the lead hero or heroine. Hence whenever a new sports movie is there, one expects at least something novel in its presentation bringing fresh insights into the genre heading towards a predictable climax. However when nothing of that sort is offered in a strictly routine film despite having the name of Raj Kumar Hirani in its credits (supporting the project) then it certainly becomes a big disappointment for the viewers unarguably.

Moreover when a director chooses to reveal her entire script in the 3 minute trailer itself then that literally kills the excitement and can rarely impress the audience with everything monotonous happening on the screen in its short duration of less than 2 hours.
In few words, yes we have got strong, creditable performances in SAALA KHADOOS led by Madhavan and Ritika Singh, well supported by Mumtaz Sorcar, Zakir Hussain, Nasser and MK Raina. Also the film has a fine cinematography and background score particularly depicting the realistic living conditions in slums. In addition it also presents an interesting eye-opener picture of the south sports scenario and reveals the inner ugly truths of the ‘selection authorities and their heads’ raising many relevant questions (including an important one wherein students also join sports just to get into the government jobs).
But at the same time the makers unnecessarily add 5 average songs into the narration (of a 110 minutes film) with only ‘Pagli’ working to some extent. The aggression of both the ‘Khadoos’ characters seem to be without any reason at times with no solid individual back-story shared (of the girl specifically). There is no reference of the two young girls ongoing studies in a local school or college (becoming the basis of their state/national selection). And there is a big absurdity in characterization, according to which Madhavan respects females at one end, but kicks the girl hard on the other when she is lying on the ground after losing a match due to an undisclosed injury.
Above all SAALA KHADOOS doesn’t give you any adrenaline rush even in the concluding moments failing to fulfill the basic requirement of a sports movie. As a result it remains an average film offering nothing we haven’t seen before in similar better attempts made earlier.
In fact watching the film retelling a story that has already been told several times I kept wondering what exactly excited writer-director Sudha Kongara to go for this project giving such a strong feeling of Deja-Vu and what made Raj Kumar Hirani support it so prominently giving we the viewers a completely wrong impression of ‘something novel’.
May be they had their own reasons (keeping the South audience in mind), but I could find none missing that expected freshness and frankly enjoyed the performance of Nasser more than anyone else in the film including the lead couple.
Rating : 2 / 5
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30 January 2016 / bobbysing /
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There isn’t any objection to films made as ‘Sex-Comedies’ since that is a specific genre of cinema enjoyed by different age groups and the Censor Board is there to categorize such attempts with ‘Adult Ratings’. But the problem arises when the makers try to present stupid cinema in the name of sex-comedies with nothing beyond beautiful girls roaming around in minimum clothes, camera constantly focusing on cleavages, animals used in a pure silly manner and all pathetically written dialogues finding humour only in the double meaning phrases and songs.
To put it honestly, expecting a balanced ‘sex-comedy’ from Indian film-makers that can be enjoyed by both men and women together would be asking for too much knowing the one-sided social mindset followed since ages. But what is being served in last week’s KYA KOOL HAIN HUM 3 and now MASTIZAADE to the audience as so called ‘Porn-Coms’, clearly reveals the fact that these ‘visionless’ makers are simply assuming their audience to be all sex-starved, foolish people sitting in the theaters who are only interested in ogling at the bare body parts of a charming lady on screen, giving damn to whatever else is served in the name of content.
In short MASTIZAADE is quite unfunny, senseless film completely relying on the euphoria created by the name Sunny Leone that surprisingly turns out to be completely impotent in terms of delivering the expected fun projected in the bold promos. It’s entirely based on a brain-dead script without even one enjoyable sequence giving you the return of your money spent and the truth gets revealed in the opening 15 minutes of the film itself before the entry of Sunny in a double role.
To give you a fair idea of the stupidity displayed in its two hours of duration, MASTIZAADE revolves around two young boys attending a ‘sex-addiction care group’ run by twin sisters played by Sunny Leone, who introduce themselves and their ‘sex-addicted family’ by a disgraceful reference of Defence services of the nation. A song uses the Punjabi words “Hor Nach” (meaning ‘dance more’) – offensively trying to abuse Sunny dancing to it with the constant stress on the word ‘Hor’ (having a different meaning in English – for which Sunny should have objected). The director goes on a cruel display of product endorsing of brands such as LAWMAN jeans and more by even including advertisements into the film with the reference of an ad-agency. A sequence also uses a temple in the backdrop and names of “Karan-Arjun” for a sexual advert in an awful manner. The girl from KKHH3 is here too playing an erotic cameo and just like the last week dud - MASTIZAADE also has a donkey, horse & bananas used to generate some tasteless laughter.
Adding to the unexpected mess, we have all mediocre songs thrown at every 10 minutes into the film as usual. Plus cinematography, background score, art direction and locations of Pattaya Beach fail to generate any kind of interest in the highly amateurish presentation from the director Milap Zaveri and his team of writers.
Putting it more bluntly, it seems the moment Milap got the dates of Sunny finalized - he just started shooting the film without anything in mind focusing on her individual scenes alone. As a result everyone else in MASTIZAADE looks like an extra in front of Sunny Leone and the names include Tushar Kapoor, Vir Das, Ritesh Deshmukh (in a cameo), Suresh Menon (repeating his gay act once again), Sushmita Mukherjee and Asrani (wasted in an unimportant role).
On the other hand, despite given a badly written role by the over-enthusiastic writers & director, Sunny takes up the opportunity and actually displays some fine acting skills apart from the mastered art of Bollywood Dance or Item numbers. She looks gorgeous in her twin act wearing all short dresses and bikinis, but doesn’t have any explicit-sexual scene (not even a kiss), probably ruining the spirited expectations of many sitting in the theater just for her. In comparison terms, the lady looked much more sensual and erotic in her film EK PAHELI LEELA (2015) than this so called Sex-Comedy, and that should say it all about the director’s cinematic vision and presentation. In other words, what can be said about a team that miserably fails to make an enjoyable sex-comedy with not one but two Sunny Leone in the cast, willing to put up a great show. 
Studying the last week’s KYA KOOL HAIN HUM 3 and MASTIZAASE together, the two films actually reveal the misconception or lesser understanding of this particular genre in our present filmmakers unfortunately. With a similar outcome in both the cases, where KKHH3 had only Krishna coming up with some enjoyable moments occasionally, in MASTIZAADE we have Sunny Leone alone and that too just as a pretty face unable to save the film from becoming a pathetic disaster.
Taking the same thought forward, Hindi Cinema’s present ‘Sex-Comedies’ also force you to think that why we are not able to conceive projects on the lines of hugely famous Carry on Series or American Pie sequels in the west. Maybe the writer-directors of the gone era (70-80s) had much better understanding of the genre, coming up with films such as SABSE BADA SUKH (1972/Hrishikesh Mukherjee), SHAUKEEN (1982/Basu Chatterjee) and ANUBHAV (1986/Kashinath). However contradicting my own statement I did appreciate and liked many of the new-age ‘sex comedies’ too such as MIXED DOUBLES (2006), MIRCH (2010) and HUNTERRR (2015). In fact the first two are also included in BTC’s “Movies To See Before You Die” for all interested friends.
Rating : 0.5 / 5 (and that too just for the crew working hard behind the curtains.)
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29 January 2016 / bobbysing /
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