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October 22, 2014 Wednesday     
Its always refreshing to see films with some new likable faces without any prior information of what they are going to offer in those two hours. And considering this particular viewpoint, SONALI CABLE remains a pleasant one time watch based on an interesting realistic plot talking about the cable network and their local owners personally handling their connected households. However sadly it can also be rated as a film which could have easily become another KHOSLA KA GHOSLA, FUKREY or BAND BAAJA BAARAT with its immensely likable content, but fails to take its all realistic characters to the next level and manages to deliver just a feel good average result due to a hurried and weak final hour.
The film begins well with a fresh approach and starts placing all connecting dots intelligently pointing towards a good script in hand. The progression delivers few entertaining moments in the first hour along with a fine satire pointing towards the greedy corporate culture eying at every single person living in the city. But the culmination starts happening at a quite hurried pace and it more or less becomes all routine or clichéd towards the climax. Also the camerawork & background score remain above average with editing thankfully maintaining a racy pace throughout.
But despite the above mentioned shortcomings, a female protagonist straight out of the real life fighting back against a powerful corporate giant largely works in the favour of the film and one doesn’t mind watching it mainly due to the enjoyable performance of Rhea Chakraborty alone, fluently speaking her Marathi lines with confidence. The young, straight forward and bold character shiningly played by Rhea (in only her second film) becomes the sole attraction of the movie undoubtedly along with few good supporting acts coming from Ali Fazal (also in his second film), Faizal Rashid and Smita Jaykar. Anupam Kher in a not so lengthy role of a cunning businessman once again shows his versatility in playing different characters post his fabulous act in EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI. Plus both exceptionally talented Swanand Kirkire and the debutant Raghav Juyal surely deserve a special mention here for being the surprise elements of the film with their impressive acts.
In his first attempt writer-director Charu Dutt Acharya could have delivered a much better and impactful film if he had given more attention to its conclusive hour adding a different climax twist than the usual ‘seen before’ one. He shapes up his well-placed characters superbly (especially Sonali’s) but isn’t able to play with them as effectively as desired in the second half. For instance, the sudden ineffective revelation of his wife’s departure and no logical depiction of the serious crime committed by Swanand Kirkire in the end simply looks weird with his daughter being least concerned about the same enjoying her own success. Further being a small film, I strongly feel that a director must look out for at least one catchy, enjoyable song from his music directors to get that much required attention from the viewers which is strongly missing in the film’s weak soundtrack.
Nevertheless, I would still like to appreciate the Sippy’s for backing such small venture with all fresh faces as this is only the way to tap the new hidden talent among the youngsters. Yes, SONALI CABLE surely could have been a great film with a potential plotline revealing the ugly games of the corporates played with the common man. Yet its much better than many hugely publicized silly films and has its heart right in place with a very sweet and worth praising performance of Rhea Chakraborty. So it can certainly be seen once for Rhea & Raghav alone to support the effort made.
Rating : 2.5 + 0.5 / 5 (With the additional 0.5 for Rhea, Raghav & Sippy films for supporting such small interesting venture with all fresh faces.)
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18 October 2014 / bobbysing /
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Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami

A small film offering an unexpected novelty expressed well through its bold and well written content certainly gives you a much better satisfaction than a forcibly hyped biggie supported by a known star. And that’s the reason whenever there’s a film like EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI thankfully bringing that much awaited relief and change, it rightly deserves an extra star and viewer’s support too for encouraging its makers to continue doing the good work in the future.
However revealing the ugly fact, once again there were no takers for this worth praising movie in its first show and I really felt ashamed as the multiplex manager cancelled it humbly expressing his inability to run the film for just one person alone. And while walking back from the theater I honestly felt that Yes, we people deserve all the crap thrown on us in the name of cinema promoted by the big names because we actually have not yet learned to support the right things and discard the bad ones even after acquiring all those major educational degrees and the so called learning.
Anyway moving ahead this usual disappointment I am made to face regularly, if the so called passionate movie buffs of the present world do need a third person’s assurance before going for a small, lesser publicized movie fearing their waste of money and time, then here I am assuring that EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI deserves to be seen, supported and appreciated too. Since we no longer are able to make a strong as well as enjoyable ‘Political Satire’ in today’s highly biased world, particularly in a country like India where films are often targeted for their every small remark made on any known political personality or religious figure.
With its subtle indications towards few real life political names, the film is a well written attempt to expose the silly but unknown backstage truths about the corrupt mindsets where everyone is willing to have the power eyeing on his personal monetary benefits be it a politician, a party worker, a journalist, a mistress, a brother, a son or even a mother having her ‘ultimate end’ closer than anyone else. And amongst these mean, dirty minds lives an honest Municipal Corporation worker superbly played by Anupam Kher, who gets slammed with a corruption notice on the very last day of his service in a shockingly insulting manner by his newly appointed superior.
Now since it will be a crime to disclose the film’s extremely fresh and interesting story-plot killing its main attraction, I would simply like to add that ETKS is a two part film wherein the first half has some extremely powerful family sequences depicting the ideology clashes between the father-son reminding you of the works of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. And the second is full of many satirical, comic sequences through which a strange wish is fulfilled making you recall another classic of the past JAANE BHI DO YAARON.
Personally I would strongly recommend the movie for its first half in particular as it may teach you a very precious lesson of life about how to respect our aging parents giving them our utmost love, care and time before its too late. Admitting our shortcomings, we do tend to lose our temper often facing the difference of opinion with the elders. But idea clashes with the old parents and ignoring/disrespecting or insulting them shamelessly are two different things altogether which need to be understood by every youngster urgently. Thankfully EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI does have that important lesson executed beautifully and thus deserves to be seen for those 30 minutes before the intermission as a must.
Coming to the second half, yes the film has few flaws and for many ‘thinking minds’ it might be quite weird and illogical too in its final hour. But to answer them all, I would like to remind that one of the most famous comedies of Hindi Cinema i.e. JAANE BHI DO YAARON also had all weird and illogical similar sequences in its second half which were never questioned by anyone (in the subsequent years) as the film enjoys an indisputable cult status accepted by one and all. However it’s a different irony that JBDY which at present is immensely famous as an enjoyable laugh riot was in reality intentionally made as a strong political satire on the corrupt system by its makers raising some serious questions. Sadly the satire was forgotten fast and the comedy took all the limelight in the following decades disclosing the unconcerned public mentality as usual.
Returning to the ETKS, it has many excellent satirical as well as entertaining sequences like the one revealing the truth behind the politicians great speeches, a spoof on the famous news anchor Arnab Goswami along with a renowned opposition leader, an interesting interpretation of a party symbol as a thumb shown to the public, the cunning change in outlook of an opportunist mother after the sudden demise of her politician son, the black money lying in the Swiss bank accounts and the evident corruption within the system regarding jobs and homes allotted to the Government employees. The soundtrack doesn’t give anything great to write about but a tight script (moving at a great pace), fine cinematography and an apt background score contributes a lot to its overall impact in the end especially with the track “Break The Line” smartly used towards the climax.
Finding a unique plot for his enjoyable, thought provoking satire, director Ravindra Gautam surely deserves the praises for making a film straight from the heart and extracting many outstanding performances from his entire cast bringing that much needed freshness in our Hindi cinema. Certainly one of those promising names to look forward in the future who can represent the common man on screen so wonderfully proving to be a bright flashing light in the dark cloud of all commercial ventures targeting the first weekend earning alone ignoring the content.
Displaying their highly impressive individual skills it is really tough to pick up any one as the best performer in the well-chosen cast ensemble. ETKS has Anupam Kher once again giving a splendid, flawless performance as the honest father, despite having only few scenes in the script as per its novel storyline. In fact such is the sincerity in his realistic performance that one finds it really hard to believe that he is the same person hosting a talk show on the smaller screen looking quite young and entertaining. Next is Divyendu Sharma repeatedly proving his remarkable talent with an excellent, emotional performance as the younger son going through the sudden transformation. Manu Rishi Chadha gives another fine performance post KYA DILLI KYA LAHORE. Aditi Sharma is the surprise package of the film in an effortless moving act as Divyendu’s love interest. Plus we have Neha Dhupia (with her much publicized tribute to the item numbers of the past), Rajesh Sharma, Uttra Baokar, Asif Sheikh and the entire supporting cast playing their given parts real well.
To compare it with some recent political satires like OH MY GOD!, PEEPLI LIVE and more, I would like to give EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI some extra marks mainly because of its significant depiction of family values which were not there in the above mentioned films talking about GOD, Government and Media but not The Family, which is the most precious and closest asset we have in our given lives. The film not only forces you to think as a satire but makes you shed some tears too which was missing in the above mentioned films as an essential feature.
Also if someone asks what kind of films would you like to be associated with?
Intellectual, knowledgeable projects like HAIDER coming from the mind or straight from the heart movies like EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI?
Then my vote would gladly go for the latter.
With the reason clearly given by the Law of Nature itself, as one doesn’t stop living and the life doesn’t end, if the MIND stops working or starts losing its power in any given point of time but one cannot survive even for a minute if his HEART refuses to beat in its natural rhythm…….!
So as guided by the mother-nature, the heart is certainly more important than the mind and I will always prefer to go with it unconditionally….……whatever be the consequences……..!
Rating : 4 / 5
(Including additional 0.5 only for the touching 30 minutes before the intermission capable of raising a personal alarm in our lives just at the right time before THEY are gone.)
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[Note : If you will not watch a worth applauding effort like EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI on the big screen and would only spend your money & time for just the biggies. Then how are these makers supposed to continue making such great attempts in the future?
Plus unless we support such off-beat, risky, courageous and fabulous efforts rarely made in Hindi cinema, we cannot really complain about the crap being made all around considering the viewers as fools.
So do watch it on the bigger screen and support such films wholeheartedly to bring that much needed change in the coming years.]
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11 October 2014 / bobbysing /
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Beginning with the only name to talk about in the film i.e. Richa Chadda, I always wished to see her in a solo heroine role making a fresh breakthrough as she has repeatedly done in her chosen films in the past. But TAMANCHEY was not the kind of film I expected from the talented girl and was quite surprised to see her doing all ‘forceful acting’ in a routine kind of role having nothing in it at all post the initial 10 minutes of the film to be precise.
TAMANCHEY starts off promisingly with the energetic version of R.D. Burman’s “Pyar Mein Dil Pe Maar De Goli” played with the titles and then falls back to the same storyline of two strangers meeting in a mishap, falling in love and then being the rebels marching towards a typical end already seen in several other films. Nikhil Dwivedi tries hard to impress with the local UP lingo and Damandeep Sidhu makes many visible efforts to gain some kind of attention with his intense act. But neither the romance or action works right from the word go nor the direction of debutant Navneet Behal shows any signs of freshness throughout its stale narration.
Both the camerawork and background score fail to deliver mainly due to the poor writing making no impression on the viewer whatsoever. And further all predictable sequences bring the film down pretty badly. For instance, can you believe a romance being enjoyed by the robber couple during a bank robbery in the locker room itself? And moreover is it necessary to have a Jagaran sequence in every film based in Delhi since the earlier ‘Hits’ had it in them too?
In short though a few songs in the film sound much better than many current soundtracks, still they are not able to contribute anything special in the movie unfortunately. And the only two good things in TAMANCHEY remain the use of opening notes of song "Pyar Mein Dil Pe Maar De Goli" at few places making you tap your feet and the beautiful Richa Chadda dressed in an Indian attire and going for the skin show in few of her bold scenes. On the other hand, I frankly couldn’t understand why the first time director Navneet readily chose such a rotten subject for his directorial venture and didn’t opt for something fresh and interesting which at least could have got him some marginal praises for the effort made.
However as an ending note I would particularly like to ask Richa Chadda, the one question which is probably put to every single artist promoting his or her film in their promotional interviews that “What really made you sign this film and say yes?”
And to make it specific, the question here is not being asked in a positive tone at all.
Rating : 1 / 5 (including 0.5 just for its opening 10 minutes and for the use of that cult RDB track)
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