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Mahendra Kapoor - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

Mahendra Kapoor, a well known name in the history of Hindi Film Music is still remembered for his spirited rendering of all those famous patriotic songs and romantic numbers. His impressive body of work has a unique collection of unforgettable songs ranging from the subtle “Aadha Hai Chandrama”, the thoughtful “Neele Gagan Ke Taley” and the explosive “Na Munh Chhupa Ke Jiyo”. Very few music lovers know that Mahendra Kapoor was highly inspired and even trained by the great Mohd. Rafi himself, in his initial struggle in Mumbai and he really learned a lot from the great maestro of Indian Film Industry in those early days of his career.

Here I would like to share an amusing anecdote related with Mahendra Kapoor’s wide range of high notes used in the song “Na Munh Chhupa Ke Jiyo” from the film “Humraaz” enacted by Sunil Dutt on the screen.

In the start of the song and also in its last antra, Mahendra Kapoor goes for an effortless alaap of high notes (known as ‘Heyk” in Punjabi music) and holds it for almost 3 bars in the track. However, while shooting the sequence, due to this brilliant rendition by the veteran, Sunil Dutt had a tough time lip synching for the same as it was difficult to keep his mouth wide open for such a long time in the shot. But he was able to manage it fine with his innocent smile and cool persona on the screen along with the edited cuts. And now as we look back in the past, the incident can indeed be taken as a big compliment from the great Sunil Dutt to another great Mahendra Kapoor, for his flawless singing skills.
 
So just watch the song once again and you will notice the catch clearly.
Cheers!

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28 February 2010 / bobbysing /
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The title of the movie is “Teen Patti” which is the Indian famous name for the card game of Flash. And if you really know the game and also happen to be a great player of the same then the movie is simply not going to win its contest against you. In few words it can only partly impress the people, who know nothing about the game and are there in the theater only for watching just another new release on a routine Friday. 

Frankly speaking, If you are making a movie on Card Gambling and also naming it with a title such as “Teen Patti” then you simply ought to know about the finer details of the game and its thrilling moments. But after watching the flick it seems that the director Leena Yadav knows nothing about the game in details and has made her second movie only around an inspired idea from the West. In fact all the writer-director knows about Flash is a blind, three aces and numerous trails which come so easily in the game as if someone is setting the cards for the main players.

Moreover, all the thrill, excitement and skills involved in the gamble played with the cards can be found no-where in the movie, which in turn takes away all the charm associated with its tempting title. Written around the character of a Math’s Professor who is working on a perfect theory of Probability, the movie takes the viewer as granted and explains nothing in technical terms about his unique achievement. The director is simply not interested in explaining the viewer that how the professor and his team are operating on the gambling tables and winning continuously. In reality, whether the makers accept it or not, the project takes majority of its content from Hollywood’s “21” released in 2008 featuring Kevin Spacey in the lead role of a professor. But Leena Yadav's unimpressive handling of the project is quite timid in comparison with its western original.
“Teen Patti” starts off with a foreign sequence featuring both Amitabh Bachchan and Sir Ben Kingsley in the same frame. From there on the movie is entirely narrated in flashbacks where Amitabh is sharing his past year’s experiences with Ben. It was quite surprising to see the way Ben was introduced to the audiences and also the strange kind of dialogues filmed on him, dubbed in the voice of Boman Irani. No doubt Ben looks great on the screen and excels in his short cameo, but was his inclusion in the movie required at all in the first place? Any other English actor could have easily done the job as it was not that important for the movie. But the makers called him in only to increase the face value of their project and nothing else. In straight words, Sir Ben Kingsley is simply wasted in the movie and the director totally misses the great opportunity she was given by her producers.
However, there are few entertaining moments in “Teen Patti” which keep you engrossed at regular intervals, but they all are too scattered to give you a lasting impression. Like the scenes in the local gambling dens in the first half and the sequence where Amitabh challenges the Black-mailer while holding the money bag in his hands. The later one is unarguably the best scene of the movie. Apart from these the most enjoyable moment of “Teen Patti” is when you have Mr. Mahesh Manjrekar on the screen in full spirits as a local Bhai. He thoroughly entertains you in a short cameo with his funny facial expressions, an authentic body language and hilarious “Tapori” lingo. All the other special appearances by Jackie Shroff, Tinnu Anand, Shakti Kapoor and Ajay Devgan are strictly OK.
Cinematography proves as an asset of the movie with many well conceived sequences of gambling dens and their prefect visuals. Salim Suleiman and Ashley Lobo both have done a good job in the only song of the movie “Teri Neeyat Kharaab Hai”. Interestingly at one end the director is intelligent enough to use only one song in the movie and avoids any unwanted elaborate love angle in the storyline. But on the other hand she is so confusing in her execution and completely lost in the writing department of her big project. For instance in the whole movie you keep wondering that What kind of professor is Madhavan, teaching in the same college, dressed just like the other students and Why on earth Amitabh and his team takes a beautiful girl along with them to the risky gambling dens in the get-up of a prostitute? (Where she doesn’t even contribute anything in the game.)
Amitabh Bachchan as the genius professor performs his role efficiently with few glimpses of the professor from “Black” in some particular scenes. Yet at certain places I found him doing it with a greater spirit and force than actually required. His speech in the climax also fails to catch your attention in absence of any well written and appreciable lines. Madhavan looks confused along with the writers as they never care to tell us what specific subject he teaches in the college and what kind of debt he is in. The four new talents introduced in the movie perform with the right confidence and excel. Especially Shraddha Kapoor and Dhruv stand out of the lot as they also get the maximum exposure on the screen. Raima Sen is passable but Barry John is truly excellent in his few scenes.
In short, “Teen Patti” fails to provide the much needed thrill and excitement associated with its title. In gambling language, director Lena Yadav holds nothing in her hands in the name of cards but tries to play a bluff with the big names of Amitabh Bachchan and Ben Kingsley. Amusingly I felt a strong urge of seeing Dev Anand’s “Gambler” once again, after watching this weak interpretation of the game.
Rating : 1.5 / 5
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27 February 2010 / bobbysing /
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Bollywood is now crossing the much needed borderline with a new thought process followed by its young film-makers who are coming up with some fresh ideas on the screen. This is indeed a welcome change in the Indian Cinema and a wish come true for the Hindi movie lovers as they were all fed up of seeing the same old & rotten plots presented again and again before them in the name of new movies.

But ironically the new age wave is still going through a transformation phase where the ideas are no doubt new, but they still are arguably not appropriate for a full length Hindi movie which normally goes beyond 2 hours of duration. Karthik Calling Karthik exactly falls in the same category where the idea is good and the presentation is fine but there are certain facts mentioned below which completely go against the movie and disappoint.
1.  It’s time we break the usual mold and come up with movies based on some new subjects but of duration much less than 2 hours as required by the plot. KCK is a perfect example of this as the movie is stretched to a great extent post intermission resulting in many unimportant scenes and boredom.
2. Following the Western trend we should surely have an Original Soundtrack for a movie comprising of few songs but what’s the use of including all those songs in an experimental kind of movie such as KCK. Here though the tracks are well composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and can be easily rated among their best work of this year. Still they could have been used in parts or in the background score as they do result in a too lengthy movie at the end which is painful.
3. Talking about the balance between the promos and the actual content, we have to be bit careful in that department. In many of the recent projects we have seen that the promos presented before the release are much more interesting and appealing than the actual movie. May be the makers are working more hard on the presentation of their projects and less on the content part. Same is the case with KCK, where the promos were really promising and attractive but the movie is not that pleasing at all. The script writers have prolonged several sequences in the film in order to make it a full length movie and in the end the double identity secret turns out to be a complete spoiler.
4. Actually it’s the climax of KCK and the revelation of the second Karthik, which proves to be the main culprit here. The concluding moments of the movie just turn it into a below average flick and ruin all the brilliant build-up successfully created by the director in the earlier reels. The writers certainly should have thought of a different mystery in the end, which could have enhanced the overall impact of an otherwise watchable movie with some good performances.
In short, KCK is a worth-watching flick before the interval and simply pathetic in its second half. It’s a perfect example of how a few awfully written concluding moments in a script can become the spoil sport for a decent project. Debutant director Vijay Lalwani, shows the sparks of a skillful director who can handle an offbeat subject competently. But in KCK he undoubtedly becomes a victim of a faulty script. The soft romance between Farhan & Deepika in the first hour is beautifully conceived by the director and is the only worth mentioning merit of the movie. I wish, he could have seen the weakness of his climax and rectified it in time. But now as its too late, so he will have to face the consequence for his wrong choices made. Musically the movie is quite rich in its soundtrack as well as in its background score. Cinematography is simply great and highly enjoyable, especially in its opening titles.
On the performances scale, Farhan delivers a fabulous act of a loser. He shines brightly both as a weak, shy employee harassed by his boss and in a contrasting personality of a stunner. In fact Farhan’s act in KCK can easily be rated much better than his other two movies as an actor. Deepika Padukone surprises you with her natural act and gorgeous looks. Yet her smiling face also seems to be repetitive (reminding her previous movies) to a great extent. Farhan & Deepika form a pleasant pair on screen but you are sure going to miss the witty dialogues between the couple, prominently showcased in the promotional campaign of the movie. Ram Kapoor impresses in his role of a tough boss and Shifali Shah is good as the therapist. Rest of the cast performs at their level best.
In a nutshell, Karthik Calling Karthik is a good attempt ruined by it’s over length and unconvincing climax. The movie which was very much based on the suspense factor of the second Karthik, loses its track post intermission and fails to impress with an underwritten revelation of the secret. As a result it can neither be termed as a gripping thriller nor as a good romantic love flick. But the movie is still watchable for the dazzling act of Farhan and his breezy romance with Deepika.
Rating : 2 / 5
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26 February 2010 / bobbysing /
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             Sachin Tendulkar - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

Sachin Tendulkar, the man who was already considered as the most successful cricketer till date got a new status of The GOD of CRICKET on 24th of February 2010. The moment he scored the first ever individual 200th run in the history of the one day contest, the whole world couldn’t do anything but simply bow down in front of the incomparable genius of the little master.

What else can one write about the achievement of the maestro when the veteran Sunil Gavaskar himself expressed his desire to touch the feet of the GOD of Cricket after his historical record made on the auspicious day in Gwalior.
And when I watched the master blaster raising his both hands in the air, looking above towards the sky remembering his beloved father and thanking The Almighty then I only had one thought (or song) in mind at that thrilling moment….which was,
“What A Man! What A Man! What A Man! What A Mighty Good Man!”
“What A Man! What A Man! What A Man! What A Miracle Man!"
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24 February 2010 / bobbysing /
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