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April 16, 2014 Wednesday     

Adaminte Makan Abu - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

Set in a rural village of Kerela, telling the story of Abu and Aisumma, an aging Muslim couple struggling hard to cope with the changing phases of life, this is an original and beautiful piece of art worth experiencing.
The loving couple aspires to go for Hajj pilgrimage for which they keep saving a good part out of their limited income and go on sacrificing a lot in their daily lives to achieve the holy aim. Knowing their only wish a few non-Muslim friends of the couple, do offer their humble contribution for the same representing the social harmony. But Abu, being a true Muslim, wishes to go for Hajj with his own hard earned money only as per the Islamic directions. Along with caring wife Aisumma, Abu tries his best to arrange for everything required to fulfill their last desire and the film ends on a highly emotional note bringing tears into your eyes and a smile too understanding their painful acceptance with love.
Revolving around the core theme of Hajj, its not that one needs to be a Muslim to understand or reach the depth of that elderly couple’s only wish as it may seem. Because deep down, our souls do not belong to any specific religion and they can compassionately feel both love as well as the pain for the other, irrespective of any faith, colour or region. Therefore the moment it ends on a sensitive note, all you have in mind is its lead character Abu and his truthful following of Islam, adoringly supported by an equally lovable wife forming a blissful couple.
Written, directed & co-produced by the debutant Salim Ahamed, the film strongly brings forward the need and importance of watching Indian Regional Movies by any movie buff living all over the globe. There are no lavish production values, no inviting glamour, no foreign locations and nothing inserted just for the sake of increasing the commercial value. Yet it subtly teaches you how film-making is actually supposed to be the art of story-telling adding something to your otherwise routine life, urgently. With a soothing background score, apt music and cinematography, Adaminte Makan Abu (Abu, Son of Adam) is a highly authentic work, deserving much more appreciation from the viewers carving for great cinema.
Featuring Salim Kumar and Zarina Wahab in the lead roles acting superbly along with a talented supporting cast, the film won several awards at Kerala State Awards and was also given four National Film Awards in 2011 namely Best Film, Best Actor (Salim Kumar as Abu), Best Cinematography and Best Background Score. It was India's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film Category for the Academy Awards in 2011 but was sadly not nominated for the final contenders. So if you do wish to see something highly original and meaningful truly representing the real Indian heart, then go for this lesser known classic as a must. And I am sure after watching the final moments of the film you would be on the net, looking for more similar gems from the regional movies as a sincere appreciator of cinema as it should be. 
In few words, Adaminte Makan Abu is certainly one of those few beautiful films which leave you emotionally enriched and a better human, caring about the others along with following your own individual faith, truthfully.
Written & Directed By Salim Ahmed
Starring : Salim Kumar, Zareena Wahab, M.R. Gopakumar, Jaffer Idukki and more.
Tags : Adaminte Makan Abu (2011 Malayalam), Movies To See Before You Die Drama, Enriching Movies, Best Indian Movies List, Worth Watching Movies List by Bobby Sing, Not To Be Missed Films List by Bobby Sing, Indian Films at Oscars
14 April 2014 / bobbysing /
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There is one specific sub-genre in ‘Thriller’ category which is popularly referred to as ‘Prison-Breaking-Movies” among film buffs and THE GREAT ESCAPE can easily be rated as one of the top contenders of ‘The Best Prison Break Movie’ till date without any doubt. Enjoying the cult status of an ‘All Time Classic’,  it is certainly an enjoyable piece of art well supported by a superb background score, fabulous cinematography, realistic art direction and many majestic performances by a highly reputed cast ensemble.
Bringing to screen the real life events of an escape-proof POW (Prisoners of War) camp built by Germans in 1942, the film revolves around the attempt of not one or two but a whole big group of prisoners to make a breakthrough for their ultimate freedom. Already having a history of making multiple prison-break attempts in the past by its key members, the group collectively plans the escape by digging more than one long tunnel and also manages to arrange forged official documents & normal clothes within the jail only by their own influence. Building the excitement with some great memorable moments, its well written script gives you a real good time even when it is about three hours long but never becomes dull incorporating any forced sub-plots unnecessarily. However its quite possible that many youngsters still find it quite calm and slow as per the new-age standards of filmmaking.
Directed by John Sturges the film has been adapted from the book by Paul Brickhill, who had a personal experience of being one of the prisoners of the famous POW camp. The screen writers rope in various elements of tension, friendship, humor and heroism into their various characters heading towards an unpredictable tragedy and the progression truly remains engaging right till the end. Featuring many known names of the western cinema, it has some excellent supporting performances too enhancing the overall impact in an admirable manner and one keeps remembering many of those little precious moments in the film post watching its great climax.
So if you do want to witness an exciting as well as gripping prison break movie based on real life events, well performed by an intelligently chosen cast, then do watch THE GREAT ESCAPE as a must and have a great time with all the veterans.
Directed By John Sturges
Written By Paul Brickhill (Book), James Clavell & W. R. Burnett (Screenplay).
Starring : Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson and more.
Tags : The Great Escape (1963), Movies To See Before You Die Thriller, Prison Breaking Movies, Must See Movies List By Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Must Watch Movies List By Bobby Sing, Worth Watching Films List, Not To Be Missed Movies List By Bobby Sing
13 April 2014 / bobbysing /
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It was a casual meet of few friends just a week before the release of DISCO SINGH, a film featuring one of the biggest Punjabi Stars, one of the most successful directors and the top most entertainment house of Punjab with great production values and positive vibes. Incidentally I was the only one related with Punjab in that meet and all the remaining friends were mainly from Mumbai. As the ongoing discussion somehow got into the topic of Santa-Banta jokes cracked on Sikhs, I strongly raised an objection blaming the fictitious duo only for ruining the identity of Sikhs, taking a stand against the Hindi Film-makers too, who aimlessly portray Sikh characters mostly as mere clowns, behaving weirdly in some funny get-ups in their big films.
Hearing my personal grudge expressed, one of my friends (who happened to be an extremely well read person in Punjabi literature too) simply asked me a bold question in the following words and I just felt like stoned sitting in the sofa having no answer whatsoever in my mind for a considerable period of time as he finished.
And his question was,
“Brother, I do understand and can truly relate to the pain felt by you regarding the silly portrayal of Sikh characters in Hindi films forcibly. And I can more feel the agony, since I personally know all about the rich culture of Punjab including the blessed personas of the visionary Gurus and the true creative minds such as Nanak Singh, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Shiv Kumar Batalvi, Surinder Kaur, Asa Singh Mastana, Kartar Singh Duggal, Balwant Gargi, Gurdial Singh, Rajjab Ali, Amrita Preetam, Ram Saroop Ankhi, Paash, Surjit Pattar and many more displaying their exceptional talent in the past.
But then looking at the current bunch of Punjabi films made in the last few years in the state, which are 80 to 90% only comedies having all comic characters making fun of each other hilariously……………….., anyone can easily put you a counter remark that,

‘How can you raise an objection on Mumbai film-makers for showing Sikh characters as comedians when your own people and your own Punjabi Film Industry only is regularly portraying Sikhs as funny, clown like figures in its films quite shamelessly?
So wouldn’t be better to make this much desired change in your home, among your own Punjab & Punjabi film-makers first and then ask the outer world to follow the example, portraying Sikh characters as an integral part of the storyline and not just silly comedians?”
The point was well-made and well taken too in a helpless mode which kept teasing me throughout while watching DISCO SINGH, another carelessly made film portraying its lead Sikh character as a laughable, silly struggler, who very well knows everything ranging from comedy, singing, dancing and fighting to romancing the girl.
Here to add a valid argument, Yes I do accept ‘Comedy’ as an interesting and potential genre to perform at the box office unarguably. But hasn’t Punjabi Cinema gone too far using this one genre repeatedly? Haven’t we churned out enough silly comedies one after another without any clear vision vaguely following the other? Or maybe these are not film-makers but just big influential people with bags full of cash who have just entered the market to take their own share of the cake before it gets eaten by the rest.
So needless to say, DISCO SINGH remains the latest offering in this overused and avoidable category which simply aims to make you laugh in the theaters cracking deliberate jokes every five minutes by its in-demand Star. And thus earn some quick money in the first weekend itself without caring much for the remaining weekdays.
However, moving ahead than its other flaws, the biggest shock for me in the film was the name of talented director Anurag Singh, who had earlier strongly proved his command over the medium; language and regional flavor too through his last 3 highly successful films, including the biggest grosser of Punjabi Cinema till date JATT & JULIET. Unfortunately the director of Jatt & Juliet series is no-where visible in DISCO SINGH unexpectedly and I really missed ‘the Anurag & his finesse’ I was looking for, the most.
Following the recent set pattern of Punjabi films (of copying the flop Hindi comedies), DISCO SINGH is again based on an inspired plot taken from a French Comedy THE VALET (2006), which was earlier copied by Govinda & David Dhawan in their film DO KNOT DISTURB back in 2009 (which didn’t work). Having a thin story idea, the film doesn’t get any help from the script or dialogues either and they only impress you in few scenes coming after long gaps. Many typical insertions like a hero saving the heroine from goons and 6 songs in the narration make you feel like watching something from the 80s. Plus it was really not anything funny seeing a Punjabi lady decently dressed in a suit running on the tread mill just to generate a silly laugh. Also it was quite strange to promote the film with a Superman promo when it had simply nothing to do with it at all.
Musically the songs sound fine while watching the film, but then there are too many and also missing any track which one can remember while coming out of the theater. Talking about technicality, the Cinematography does break some new grounds in Punjabi Cinema brilliantly canning the Delhi locations also chosen for few recent Bollywood films and remains one of the few best features of DISCO SINGH putting it honestly. Besides there is one department in which Punjabi films still have to go a long way and that’s the Background Score since only choosing various sounds & tones from the keyboards is not what is called Background Music in films. As far as writing is concerned, the comedy remains loud throughout and works only in few sequences particularly in the first half. The second half becomes too forced in and the climax doesn’t take it any higher as normally seen in hit Punjabi comedy movies of the past.
Regarding performances Diljit Dosanjh works hard and delivers a fine act. But actually he can easily be compared to the multi-talented Parineeti Chopra of Hindi films as both always come up with great performances using the same mannerisms and therefore are on the verge of being typecast, fast moving towards an annoying repetitive shell. So Diljit soon needs to come out of this ‘similar mode’ essentially for his own growth proving the actor in him to the audience (in his next ventures which ideally should not be comedies).
Playing the female lead Surveen Chawla works more on looking beautiful than giving a fine act. She looks great on the screen but still needs to work on her dance and Punjabi speaking skills for sure. In the supporting roles Manoj Pahwa, Karmjit Anmol, Upasana Singh, Chandan Prabhakar and Apporva Arora fail to rise above the routine. But there is one actor among them all who truly prevents the film from sinking badly, becoming the only saving grace right from his first scene.
The veteran actor is B. N. Sharma and I have been a fan of him right from the days of Jaspal Bhatti’s Ulta-Pulta & Flop Show in late 80s and early 90s. Sharma is simply synonym to the word ‘versatile’, reminding me of Anupam Kher who has also brilliantly played the role of a funny gay in the past as Pinku in MAST KALANDAR released in 1991. Posing as a well suited gay gangster, Sharma successfully brings in the much required funny moments in the film often and thus remains the brightest merit of DISCO SINGH along with Diljit and its camerawork undoubtedly.
Summing up, I would like to address the viewers watching Punjabi Cinema as it all depends upon we the ticket-buyer audience in the market only that what we wish to see in our Punjabi films in the coming future. Because if a restaurant serves bad, distasteful food at a high price and the visitors keep eating it calmly, without making a scene or complaining at all. Then the chefs in the restaurant’s kitchen would go on cooking the same kind of awful food unknowingly and the owner would keep on earning good money out of those badly cooked dishes like an ignorant entrepreneur.
Rating : 2 / 5
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12 April 2014 / bobbysing /
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