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SINGH IS BLING - A blatantly lifted comedy that delivers fair entertainment in its first half but nothing at all in the second, following the set format of SINGH IS KING. (Review By Bobby Sing).

TALVAR - A purposefully made artistic docu-drama questioning the court's verdict that doesn't have any thrill or excitement of an engaging murder mystery except the last 20 minutes. (Review By Bobby Sing).

CALENDER GIRLS - Madhur certainly deserves another National Award for the unique creative urge of making his 4th film on the same subject. (Review By Bobby Sing).

BHAAG JOHNY - Inspired from the west, it begins well but then drops pretty badly, leaving big loopholes in the plot and all forced romantic songs as usual. (Review By Bobby Sing).

KIS KISKO PYAAR KAROON - The Amritsar boy continues to entertain on the bigger screen along with Choocha (Fukrey) & the director-duo back in form. So go for it and have a great time remembering those good old days of Govinda. (Review By Bobby Sing).

MSG 2 - Its again a promotional campaign for the Dera instead of any film as such with lots of immature animations used extensively. (Not A Review - by Bobby Sing).

MEERUTHIYA GANGSTERS - It has the raw & realistic feel but the thrill element remains missing, offering much less than expected from GOW's Definite. (Review By Bobby Sing).

KATTI BATTI - They keep on serving the same stuff again and again and again as we allow them to do so making a big fool of ourselves. (Review By Bobby Sing).

HERO - To make a remake is not a SIN, but to make it so casually murdering its actual characterization turns it into a much bigger PAAP. (Review By Bobby Sing).

WELCOME BACK - A dialogue from the film sums it up the best as "Mazaaq Tha Bhai Mazaaq". (Review By Bobby Sing).

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October 09, 2015 Friday     
Sharing the bitter truth first, no matter what kind of bad reviews or low ratings were given to the 2008 film SINGH IS KINNG, the fact remains that the project was a major earner, and that’s the basic reason why the makers could find the courage to churn out another identical product called SINGH IS BLING post 7 long years following the set format. But since they probably couldn’t get the rights to call it SINGH IS KINNG 2, so decided to keep a rhyming name as SINGH IS BLING (whatever it means) showcasing a desperate mentality displayed by the title itself.
In few words, offering nothing new of any sort, this is again a comedy presenting everything with an over the top Punjabi feel, blindly following a foreign source exactly like they did in SINGH IS KINNG.
(Read all about the inspirational link between Frank Capra, Dharmendra, Jackie Chan and Akshay Kumar at the following link.)
Anyway dividing the review in four specific heads, let’s begin considering it as a latest venture of two well-known names of the industry raising a lot of expectations among viewers.
- As an individual film of Akshay directed by Prabhudeva –
The initial sequences of SINGH IS BLING do occasionally make you smile, especially the scenes with a lion that are sure going to appeal the kids (probably because they don’t get to see a Lion interacting with a human any more, as we used to see it in a Circus a couple of decades back.) A fair amount of entertainment is offered with Amy entering the scene superbly and Lara surprising one and all in her new hilarious avatar. Plus Sunny Leone provides the pleasant shock along with Kay Kay having a strange get up (not suiting him at all) speaking in a wicked tone. A series of jokes portraying Akshay Kumar as a comedian (or a silly person) get evenly placed in the film’s first hour engaging the viewers partially. But what eventually turns out to be a winner is the stunning action sequence featuring Amy as the beautiful killer just before it says intermission.
In the second half the film starts sinking with simply nothing to say or deliver either in its story content or execution. In fact the moment the team steps into Punjab it all becomes quite dull with the same old ‘seen before’ sequences reminding you of Akshay’s own NAMASTE LONDON. Amy’s added plot with her mother falls flat affecting the film badly and only a few deliberately written dialogues (catering the Sikh sentiments) work marginally post interval along with the action.
To be brief, with everything looking clichéd, served with an unexciting soundtrack and many stale jokes, SINGH IS BLING becomes unbearable post interval and overall cannot be rated as something great coming from the stable of Prabhudeva who is not getting into the ‘delivering mode’ since his last few films. Moreover revealing it as a ‘completely copied product’ in the next part of the review, I seriously doubt Prabhudeva had really got anything to say of his own as a director in this particular project.
In the performance section, God knows why Akshay Kumar is so determined to present himself playing such ridiculous characters, whereas he can easily carry a fast paced crime thriller much better as per my personal opinion. Yes, the actor has certainly got a terrific comic timing proved many times before, but serving the same in a poor (repetitive) disguise of a funny Sardar purely points towards his greedy profit motive and nothing else.Thankfully this time we have both Amy Jackson and Lara Dutta making a much better impact than Akshay due to their splendid acts. At one end Amy simply wins over the viewers with her gorgeous looks as well as killing instincts and on the other Lara undoubtedly proves to be the surprise package of the film playing the witty translator.The two equally silly friends of Akshay are not able to contribute much with their forced acts and the same can be said about the supporting cast too including the supremely talented Kay Kay Menon (who remains wasted).
Shot at a lavish and colourful scale, SIB’s background score is a bit loud, hugely depending upon the Punjabi theme. Yet it was indeed surprising to hear the identical notes of golden oldie ‘Sau Baar Janam Lenge” playing in the backdrop in its second hour. At times its dialogues do become noticeable in the first half as well as in the climax written for a specific section of the viewers. But an unnecessarily stretched finale does reduce their overall impact severely.
In the soundtrack department SINGH IS BLING doesn’t have a song that could lead from the front as it was there in SINGH IS KINNG. The OST heavily relies on two borrowed tracks with ‘Tung Tung’ being a redone version of the original track created by Sneha Khanwalkar in her MTV program of 2012 that also introduced ‘Nooran Sisters’ two years before they became famous with the HIGHWAY ‘Jugni’ track.

Check at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf4g-qcTb0Q

Besides, “Aaja Mahi” remains a reworked version of RDB group’s more than 6-7 years old song, that was also performed by Akshay in a Bollywood award function a few years back.

Chek the link : 
And this (posted in 2007) : 
- As a blatant copy of the Korean film - 
Writing this particular section, I get reminded of a recent conversation we had on FB, wherein a friend referred to today’s directors as ‘mere executioners’ appointed by the corporate houses and nothing else. Watching SINGH IS BLING I could easily relate to that theory as the film which is supposedly directed by Prabhudeva, could have been directed by anyone knowing the technical skill even among his first assistant directors.


Because this is a complete scene to scene lift from the Korean film MY WIFE IS A GANGSTER 3 (2006) as if made by a loyal follower of Korean cinema. Now whether this is an official remake or not, that has not been disclosed. But it better be, since only an official remake can go on adapting the original so shamelessly as seen in SINGH IS BLING. To give you a fair idea, right from the sequence of Amy hurting a rival gang leader in Romania, her travel to Goa, Akshay receiving her at the airport, entry of a translator, the fights, the comedy, the chase sequence driving the car sitting on Akshay’s lap, visit to the village meeting Akshay’s parents, finding Amy’s mother, Amy returning to Romania and Akshay turning up there to the finale scene of Amy dressed as a bride, everything is all there in the Korean movie as it is in a different setting of a gangster theme. In fact coming as a big surprise even the very Indian looking scene of the father drawing two images on the muddy floor with a stick......, is also right there in the Korean original expressed beautifully.
So if you have heard that there were certain movies made in the past by keeping along a DVD player on the sets, then this could be a perfect example to prove that ‘rumour’ right. Also raising a finger on director Prabhudeva, asking him a simple question that,
What exactly did he contribute in this latest directorial venture of his to be precise?
- Addressing the Punjabi community -  
Watching films like SINGH IS BLING, I am forced to ask a question from my fellow Punjabi (Sikh) community, that often in social networks and in real life too I meet people who feel offended when someone cracks a joke on Sardars with the reference of names like Santa-Banta and more. The feeling of getting offended is not completely wrong if the matter goes beyond control projecting Sikhs as just clowns, laughing at anything and everything like some dumb characters.
But I frankly fail to understand that what happens to those people when the same kind of fun is being made by a known name so bluntly in a Bollywood film? In other words why they don’t get offended watching a Hindi filmstar making fun of their personality on the screen just like it is done in all Santa-Banta jokes.
Does a mega star of Bollywood projecting himself as a dumb Sikh character doesn’t look like offensive and insulting to those people for some egoistic reason?
Does it become perfectly OK when an Akshay Kumar is doing it in the name of spreading a good word about Sikhism saying a few lines dialogue in the end balancing it all?
In addition, here I would also like to address the local Sikh dancers called on location from various regions of Punjab itself to dance in these film songs that,
When you can easily see that the director is using you as mere foolish props making strange faces at the backdrop just to create a scene, then why you allow him to do so and not refuse doing such stupid gestures dancing at the back?
    (For reference just check the “Aa Mamma” song with proper bearded Sikhs moving their heads in an idiotic manner sitting behind the romancing Akshay.)
Moreover considering it in a broader perspective, when I see the box office results of Punjabi Cinema in the last 4-5 years, then I proudly find that Punjab’s audience has been very intelligent in rejecting almost 95% of those silly comedies made one after another just to encash the comedy wave in the Industry by even the builders and the traders.
But when it comes to an equally silly Hindi comic film featuring a known star playing a Sikh, it strangely earns more than 10-20 crores within the same territory just in the opening weekend. Putting it differently the audience of Punjab prove to be so intelligent in rejecting all childishly made Punjabi comedy films right on the first day itself, but fail to show the same intelligence while rejecting a Hindi film made around the similar theme and format quite amazingly.
As a result, where a badly conceived Punjabi Comedy film is not able to make even 1-2 crores in its opening weekend, there a major Bollywood film featuring a big star presenting the same Punjabi elements in an unappreciable manner goes on to make 10-20 crores from the same people sitting in the theater…!!!!
Now if that is not a clear example of Hypocrisy then I don’t know what really is?
- Two strange things noticed on the screen –
In this last section I would like to mention two unexplainable additions noticed on the screen while watching SINGH IS BLING. Firstly while showing Amy in Romania, there comes a small text written at the right bottom of the frame saying “Shot in Romania”. And secondly just within the first half, we get to see a one second long still picture saying “Smoking is Injurious to health” (covering the whole screen) abruptly inserted right between the running scenes of the film like never before. But I honestly don’t have any kind of information, why these two things had to be there on the screen, serving what purpose?
In all, walking on an identical path, SINGH IS BLING is nothing but a similar re-packaged (copied) product made just to earn some quick weekend bucks at the box office. However it still deserves a few extra brownie points in comparison just because of Amy & Lara alone, to give them their much deserving due.
Rating : 1+1 (With the extra one just for the efforts put in by the two talented girls together.)
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03 October 2015 / bobbysing /
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Before watching TALVAR, you need to be very clear that what exactly you wish to see in a film based on the famous Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case of 2008 in which the parents were convicted as the murderers after five years.
Making it more clear,
Do you wish to see an exciting murder mystery with an investigating officer reaching the culprit through many shocking twists and turns coming at regular intervals keeping you guessing?
You wish to the see a realistic (or rather artistic) documentary kind of drama that actually focuses more on real investigations held by different officers, deliberately hinting towards the wrong decision taken by the honorable court.
Now for friends in favour of the first, there is not much thrilling stuff in store since the film is not exactly made like a twisted murder mystery case solved by a clever detective. But for the viewers more interested in the documentary kind of narration giving an artistic account of the entire investigation process raising many questionable issues, TALVAR does become a decent watch revealing a lot about our Police, CBI and their inner workings.
However I don’t think masses would be really interested in watching such docu-drama kind of product ending on an introspective note. And as a fan of this particular genre of ‘whodunit’ movies, I personally also couldn’t find the content I was looking for putting it honestly. In other words, when its publicized that this is a film made on the famous rare case full of some shocking proceedings, then all I expect is to watch an engrossing murder mystery bringing me on to the edge of my seat but not any documentary, purposefully indicating towards a doubtful verdict.
Having said that, TALVAR does manage to make a decent impact as a whole due to its overall artistic texture, an appreciable (but one sided) detailed case-study and the final 20 minutes of discussion between the two teams executed brilliantly.
Describing the experience of watching it in the theater, the film begins straight from the case itself and then keeps progressing well with some interesting revelations about the UP police followed by introduction of the girl’s parents, all ‘next door’ realistic characters and Irrfan Khan as the newly appointed sharp investigating officer. The first half follows an interesting style of narration offering a unique kind of experience to the viewers. But the pace drops as soon the second half begins with the ROSHOMON inspired execution focusing on various versions of the murder narrated by different persons. Thankfully just when the viewers are about to feel some kind of impatience, there comes a long finale ‘meeting sequence’ between the two investigative teams, that turns out to be a clear winner (with many hilarious moments) ending the film on an open note that might not appeal to many.
So as the major plus points of the film, you have the shocking display of careless handling of evidence by the UP Police (the first investigating party), the blunt revelation of how the official protocol can even be twisted in CBI influenced by friendly relationships, professional greed or ego problems, an exceptional narrative in technical terms and Irrfan Khan saving the film from becoming a complete documentary without any engaging moments. In short, the four key characters that score the maximum in TALVAR remain of Irrfan Khan, Atul Kumar (the second investigator with the kid), Sohum Shah (the betraying officer) and Prakash Belwadi (the retired head) despite having a few other renowned names in the cast.
As the major downers in this particular department of performances, I found both Konkona Sen Sharma and Neeraj Kabi as wooden characters performing only in a one dimensional state missing the human touch. May be that is the reason they are not able to make any kind of emotional connect with the viewers right till the end. On the other hand, Tabu enacts the most irrelevant and forcibly added character of the film that has nothing to do whatsoever with its basic theme. Here I would also like to mention the strange vision of the art director too, who chooses to show the servant’s room so filthy as if it was situated somewhere on the terrace and not right on the entrance of an otherwise clean and well maintained flat. I frankly found it quite weird both on the part of director and her set designer together.

(*Spoilers from here on)
Moving ahead, I didn’t find TALVAR close to any real or intelligently written film made around two mysterious murders too, basically because it leaves many important aspects of the case simply untouched and ignored as mentioned below.

A. There is no logical justification given to the sudden change of murder weapon and confusion regarding the time of murder, when that has to be the first thing mentioned in the post-mortem report only submitted officially.

B. It’s never revealed that what was exactly the reason behind the second team strongly opposing the theory presented by the first. (And if the director wished to convey that it was only ego issues and professional rivalry and nothing to do with any pressure or corruption within the department itself then I would simply like to salute the vision humbly.)
C. Most importantly, in a highly unusual and bizarre manner, there is not even a single person in the film shown as the corrupt one (asking money from the parents to save them), neither in the Police, CBI or the Govt. officials, as if we are living in some kind of RAM RAJYA where these department are far away from getting involved in such big scandals.
As a matter of fact, even the first police officers reaching the crime-scene (foolishly destroying the evidences) are never shown to be corrupt or taking bribe (because the bribe could be actually given by the wealthy parents only). Instead they are all projected as some silly, untrained officers not knowing how to do their job professionally in a very insulting and superficial manner.
Here addressing the writer/director specifically, I would like to convey that in the real world we are living in, this ugly demon of corruption and mandatory bribes actually becomes the first thing you have to face when it comes to such high profile and rare cases having the reputation of the family on stake. Interestingly the officials in the film do become corrupt for their own promotion & image creation but they never ask any kind of bribe from the accused or suspects ever as if coming from a different world altogether. Now if that is realistic than I am surely living on some other planet full of all contrasting reality.
And in case the writer-director really don’t know how it happens on the ground level, then I would ask them to smell the coffee again……….or on second thoughts I would like to pray that they never get to smell that distasteful coffee ever sitting in a police station.
D. Talking about the evidences, there comes a reference of letters/mails of SORRY written by the daughter to her father repeatedly. But neither the first nor the second team of investigators find it important enough to investigate, what was the SORRY really all about?
E. Also there happen to be some gossiping whispers of the parents practicing WIFE SWAPPING and EXTRA MARITAL AFFAIRS in the case investigations. But again neither the first nor the second team picks it up as a crucial clue. Whereas in real life, this angle would have been lapped up immediately by any first grade detective or investigative officer sensing some deep secrets involved.
Now if you look at the above mentioned points and think again then you would easily come to the conclusion that this was all purposefully done as the makers of TALVAR were never interested in pointing any kind of fingers towards the father or the mother even once, putting a big question mark on the actual purpose of making this particular movie.
In other words, watching the unexpected open climax clearly questioning the court’s verdict boldly, the viewer is bound to feel a major confusion that,
Whether this film was made as a realistic, visual documentation of the contradicting investigations done by the various authorities?
Was this purposefully made to put the ‘convicted parents’ in a favourable light, winning the emotional sympathy of the viewers for some specific motive?
The above statement has been specifically made here because no-where in the film the director is interested in showing the parents as some negative or grey characters, not even in a single sequence. In fact the one scene where they are shown getting prepared to cry artificially finding the girl’s dead body is the visual description of the sarcastic argument given by Irrfan in support of the mother-father only.
Continuing with the same angle, one also clearly gets the justification that why nobody is shown as corrupt or taking bribe in the film at all. That’s because the bribe could only be given by the ‘rich parents’ alone among the entire scenario. And since the director didn’t wish to portray them in any kind of suspicion or negative shades (defying the basic purpose of the film), so there is not even a single reference of bribe, corrupt system or social influence used, taking TALVAR miles and miles away from the actual ground reality.
Adding another strong perspective to the theory, the film is also solely based on the analyses, findings and conclusions of just the investigating officers and never shows any actual TRIALS IN THE COURT since the court proceedings in reality had few significant changes in ‘the given statements’ too raising many serious doubts.
Hence looking at the entire attempt from this particular angle, it seems that neither TALVAR was conceived to win over the common viewers, nor it had any intentions to present an unbiased, balanced view of this rarest of rare case surprising one and all. If truth be told, all the film and its makers seem to be interested in was to question the court’s verdict given against the parents, making a clearly visible effort to evoke sympathy for them among the viewers. And for that purpose, even the title of film was cleverly kept as TALVAR (referred as the Sword of Law), also straight away pointing towards the parents with actual names of Nupur and Rajesh Talwar.
Coming to the conclusion, TALVAR didn’t really work for me since it kept on imposing its own one-sided verdict acting as some kind of judge of a self-appointed court quite forcefully. It didn’t work as it failed to present a balanced view of the case and tried to take sides of the already convicted parents ………. intentionally.
In short you can surely praise the attempt in terms of filmmaking with reference to its frames, background score, music-lyrics, style of narration and cinematography successfully building a superlative aura around its virtual existence. But thinking about the case and its presentation realistically, the film simply crashes down and isn’t able to impress as anything great or real at all.
(In comparison to RAHASYA directed by Manish Gupta)
In comparative terms, though Manish Gupta’s RAHASYA was only loosely inspired or influenced by this famous case, it was a far better film from TALVAR if you take the particular genre of ‘whodunit movies’ in consideration. The crime thriller had got that excitement and suspense factor working perfectly as expected from a murder mystery and it even had Kay Kay Menon giving a superior performance in comparison to Irrfan Khan.
Besides, revealing the inside story behind the film, RAHASYA released in January 2015 got completed long time back but couldn’t reach the theaters as a legal case was filed against it by the parents Nupur and Rajesh Talwar themselves. The case was in court for about 11 months and then it received the green signal by the judge in favour of the director in January itself, giving Manish & his producers only few days to run their publicity campaign.
So now the question arises that if Rajesh and Nupur Talwar had filed a legal complaint against RAHASYA for using their personal case without any written consent, then why didn’t they file a similar court case against TALVAR too which is more specifically made on their real life event only?
Was it because TALVAR is a film made with their mutual consent?
If yes then it’s pretty clear why it isn’t also interested in putting the parents in any bad light too.
Anyway ending on a positive note, do watch TALVAR if you are more keen in noticing the technical nuances of film-making (especially for its last 20 minutes). But do watch RAHASYA as a must as its indeed one of the best murder mysteries coming from Hindi film industry in the recent decades.
Rating : 2.5 / 5
(Note : After watching TALVAR I would like to revise my rating of RAHASYA from 3 to 3.5 admitting my earlier mistake of rating it lower than it truly deserved.)
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02 October 2015 / bobbysing /
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Straight away coming to the point, at one end we have film-makers highly inspired from the west who keep borrowing ideas for their new Hindi films on a regular basis. Whereas on the other we have directors highly inspired and in awe of themselves and their own previous works like Ram Gopal Varma and Madhur Bhandarkar who keep churning out exactly similar movies one after the other following a careless attitude.
So assuming you have already seen Madhur’s PAGE 3, FASHION and HEROINE, this is the director’s 4th film on the same subject portraying it from a different angle, assuming that the viewers have no thinking mind of their own, ready to accept anything and everything coming from a big name served with some attractive, eye-catching toppings. In fact if you include CORPORATE also in the above list then this is Madhur’s 5th film on the similar topic and he surely deserves another National Award for this unique & amazing creative urge unarguably.
Moreover, this time the case gets even worse because in CALENDER GIRLS you don’t even get to see any of those elegant shots, rich looks, great performances, hard hitting dialogues or the realistic feel Madhur was once known for. Also the film surprisingly appears quite close to a typical B-grade project largely depending upon its sexual content and glamorous appeal with noting great to offer in its script, execution, cinematography, background score or even music or lyrics.
No doubt as a writer-director Madhur tries to put in everything read in the daily newspapers on the screen (as usual), like the rich entrepreneur releasing a famous calendar (pointing towards Vijay Mallya), deep links between heroines-cricketers and bookies, girls from TV and films getting into flesh trade, the lucky ones getting married to rich industrialists (to be their trophy wives), the clever ones bagging big films with their own selfish ways, the opportunists walking into programs like Big Boss and protests planned by various parties against Pakistani artists performing in India. But since the viewers have already seen many similar references in Madhur’s last 3-4 films, one doesn’t feel like watching anything fresh or thought provoking at all in those 2 tiring hours.
Besides, as a viewer you honestly feel like leaving the theater when the director appears in the film playing a cameo (as himself) and then indicates towards his next project too called AIR HOSTESS, once again talking about the same things so carelessly. To be honest, while watching CALENDER GIRLS, I was really feeling sorry for the girls Kyra, Avani, Ruhi, Akanksha and Satarupa, who must have had great dreams after fetching the reputed project of the well-known Madhur Bhandarkar, only to be ditched by the director by making such a jaded product.
Interestingly CALENDER GIRLS strongly reminded me of a novel titled SAAT SAAL BAAD by the renowned Hindi crime-thriller author Surender Mohan Pathak that also revolved around a group of ‘Fashion Ramp Girls’ and their super-rich mentor introducing them all.
In the novel, the girls get invited for a grand party in Goa after seven years of their initial success and then one of them gets murdered in the resort raising fingers at everyone else attending the celebrations including a young lawyer. The climax of the novel truly shocks you, as expected from a great murder mystery and the revelation once again forces you to think about the proceedings right from the start finding the given clues.
I really wish someone had given this novel to Madhur Bhandarkar before making CALENDER GILRS and if only he had made it on this particular plot, the film would have been pleasantly different and a much better, engrossing watch as compared to the current torture.
Rating : 1 / 5
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30 September 2015 / bobbysing /
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