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When few relatively smaller films taste success at the box office due to their exceptional content then this makes way for an immediate chain reaction in an expected way. At one end it gives the much required encouragement to the film-makers who are just waiting for the Big Day with their novel ideas and concepts. But on the other end it also results in many mediocre directionless projects which are just there to encash the changing trends and nothing else.
Regrettably LIFE KI TOH LAG GAYI belongs to the later kind of movies, with an all repeated stuff and a lazy script revolving around the Mumbai underworld, two broken relationships and the conmen operating in the film industry cheating the ambitious youngsters. The film walks on the same used before format of few different characters and their stories amalgamating with each other moving towards a common end point. Though the intentions seem to be honest behind its realistic writing but the execution is not able to make any kind of desirable impact on the viewers. In fact just after few minutes into the film, one can easily guess what they are going to show in the next reels and how its all going to end at one place with a lot of blood-shed.
Director Rakesh Mehta chooses a wrong subject for his first film which lacks novelty. With Indian viewers now open to all kind of new ideas and concepts, he should have taken a different script for his first gamble. A weak script cannot result in anything good even if you rope in some great actors such as Kay Kay Menon, Ranvir Shorey, Manu Rishi, Pradhuman Singh, & Neeraj Vora. In tiny roles the film also has Jackie Shroff, Shakti Kapoor, Tom Alter, Sharat Saxena, Asrani, Rukhsaar and Razzaq Khan. Neha Bhasin (singer) makes her acting debut and looks good on the screen. However she should have chosen a different film as her first venture since she has got the appeal as well as confidence.
In its music section LKTLG, thankfully uses its mediocre songs only in the background in their shorter cuts. But with Manu Rishi playing a Haryanvi Jaat, the director should have used the track “Main Haryana Ka Sher” by Daler Mehndi more prominently both in the film and its promos. Honestly, LKTLG has only one merit in it and its Manu Rishi who plays the helpless cop pressurized by his seniors. And if only the film was written just around his character alone, it could have been a different story altogether since he is quite impressive in his amusing portrayal.
In its present version LIFE KI TO LAG GAYI is an attempt which tries hard to be different relying on an uninteresting script. It is also a perfect example of those smaller films which are penalized by the Censor Boards for their abuses with a beep because they are not backed or supported by any Big Star. So you can watch it once for just Manu Rishi alone (whom you must have loved in “Oye Lucky Lucky Oye”, “Phas Gaya Re Obama” & “Ekk Deewana Tha”) and not for anything else.
Ratings : 1.5 / 5
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28 April 2012 / bobbysing /
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Priyadarshan’s love for making inspired (or copied) movies continues with TEZZ which can easily be included in the list of director’s weakest movies till date. Revolving around the plot of a bomb placed in a high speed train, the film has very less of the train and more of all unexciting and directionless drama going on amongst many Indian and foreign characters vaguely. In fact the funniest part of the film lies in the manner all the western actors are talking in fluent Hindi which looks quite weird and illogical as per the concept and grandeur of the product is concerned. (May be they have a different version to be released overseas.)

The plot of TEZZ has no novelty and neither has its execution which looked quite promising in its promos. Indian viewers have already seen this before in a far better and entertaining movie called “The Burning Train” (1980) which was made more than 3 decades ago but still remains a much more enjoyable fast paced thriller than the current TEZZ. In the World Cinema there are more than one references of films made on similar subjects from where B. R. Chopra’s 1980 film was also inspired. In 1975, there was “Shikansen Daibakuha” or “The Bullet Train” made in Japan (from which TEZZ copies many exact sequences) followed by “1 2 3 Monster Express” with a speeding bus made in Thailand in the year 1977. Before it there was “The Cassandra Crossing” which revolved around a disease spread in a speeding train, released in 1976. In 1985 it was “Runaway Train” having two escaped convicts trapped on a train with no brakes. In 1994 Keanu Reeves was there to stop a fast speeding bus with a bomb in “Speed” and most recently there was “Unstoppable” released in 2010 wherein Denzel Washington tries to stop a speeding train without a driver.
So after reading the above references the first question which comes to my mind is that what was the need of making this movie which had nothing new to tell or show the audience in the first place? The attempt would have been justified if it had some worth watching actions sequences or graphical representations converting the old plot into a worth watching one. But sadly the film has nothing to offer in that department too and is a totally uninteresting watch for particular the viewers who have seen at least one of the above mentioned movies in the past.
The screenplay is unexciting and so are the performances from the veterans as they are given nothing in the script to showcase their talents. The unwanted songs and deliberately added half baked love angles further ruin the project completely accompanied by a quite badly written and laughable climax (which cannot be revealed here). In short the film really makes you wonder that what really forced reputed actors such as Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgan and Boman Irani sign this film after reading its script (assuming they were given one before signing it). Now I have not included Mohan Lal in the names above because I know he must have done this project purely due to his years long relations with the director, otherwise there was nothing for him to do in the entire film at all. The ladies are all there decorating few parallel running story tracks which could have been avoided easily. As a casting blunder it also has a girl posing as a child artist who at present is playing 'The Elder Bahu" in an ongoing serial on TV. Frankly speaking, what more can be written about a film called TEZZ which actually has very few exciting high voltage sequences involving ‘The Real Train’ and just keeps wandering in the places outside the train for most of the time.
Summing up, I would like to ask all the readers here that, What do you think has to be the most important aspect of a film titled TEZZ based on the plot of a speeding train with a bomb waiting to explode? Just try to give it a thought before reading further.
Yes, the script has to be there, the content needs to be there along with a great execution on the screen and yes the performances also have to be there to support the concept. But what’s most important in an exciting chase thriller such as TEZZ is its “Background Score” which should make your heartbeat run faster and should be capable enough to bring the viewer on to the edge of his seats.
Unfortunately, TEZZ has one of the weakest Background Scores not complementing the actual theme of the project in any way. A racy soundtrack doesn’t only mean increasing the BPM (Beats per minute) on the mixer. But it should have a great composition too which can make you feel the tension and danger being shown on the screen involving the lives of so many people.
So failing to meet this very first requisite of making a fast pace chase thriller involving a ticking bomb, for me TEZZ has no Tezzy (Speed) in it as per its name and its just like a years old wet cracker trying to explode loudly. And if you really want to know what I mean by the musical point mentioned here then do watch Denzel Washington’s UNSTOPABBLE and see the difference what Background Music can cause to a project of this nature.
Rating : 1.5 / 5
(Note : Dear Priyadarshan, please give us something great & original once again!)
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27 April 2012 / bobbysing /
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Sharing a precious lesson learned after watching an episode of Doordarshan’s serial "Upanishad Ganga", I really feel great thinking about the divine state of all spiritual masters in those blessed times wherein they had immense respect & love for the religious beliefs of their fellow travelers.
Dara Shikoh - Bobby Talks Cinema.comIn fact this one lesson unites all Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs into one through a new perspective, which is simply out of this world and outstanding.  And here it is for everyone who believes that no religion is superior than the other but only a different way to reach the same destination.
It starts from Dara Shikoh, who was the eldest son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and the elder brother of Aurangzeb, who later became the emperor. He was very popular with the common people due to his distinctive loving persona and that was the reason that he got assassinated on the order of Aurangzeb to retain the throne.
Dara is widely remembered as an enlightened being supporting the harmonious coexistence of more than one religion and tradition at that time in India. He was a follower of Lahore’s famous Sufi saint, Hazrat Mian Mir who was widely respected among all communities as a learned scholar and divine personality. It was Hazrat Mian Mir only who inspired Dara Shikoh to translate Upanishads from their original Sanskrit into Persian language, so that they can be made available for study by the Muslim scholars. His translation is called Sirr-e-Akbar (The Greatest Mystery).
Mian Mir Ji - Bobby Talks Cinema.comAs I came to know about this I really felt fascinated by the fact as Hazrat Mian Mir also had a loving relationship with Sikhism and he was only the respected saint who was fondly called by the 5th Guru of Sikhs, Guru Arjan Dev to lay the foundation stone of Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar.
Now what can be a better example of the pure & divine respectable co-existence of various religions at that time wherein a hugely respected Muslim Sufi Saint sings the praises of Quran and Islam as his own religion, accepts the importance of studying Upanishads from Hinduism and also lays the foundation stone of the first holy shrine of Sikhism. Hence, through the process, he gets importantly associated with 3 prominent religious movements prevailing at that time in the country.
In other words here we have a Muslim Sufi Saint, who is a firm follower of Islam but at the same time duly accepts the importance of Hindu Upanishads and becomes instrumental in getting them translated into Perisan language for his people to read.
Following him is Dara Shikoh, again a firm believer in his own religion but who is also eager to learn, understand and translate the Holy Scriptures of Hinduism.
Guru ARjan Dev Ji - Bobby Talks Cinema.comThen there is Guru Arjan Dev, who is the one person responsible for compiling and editing the Holy Scripture of Sikhs, “Guru Granth Sahib” (known as “Aad Granth” at that time), who duly respects Hazrat Mian Mir as a Sufi saint. Following one of the basic principles of Sikh masters, Guru Arjan Dev lovingly calls Hazrat Mian Mir to lay the foundation stone of the first Holy shrine of Sikhism, “Harmander Sahib” and the Sufi Saint readily obliges respecting the love shown by the 5th Guru and his Sikhs.
Besides, when we study the short life span of Dara Shikoh, then there is another incident when he fell seriously ill with a suspicion of being poisoned. At that time he gets eventually cured by the medicine given by the 7th Guru of Sikhs, Guru Har Rai after the request made by the Emperor Shah Jahan in a personal letter expressing his regrets for the avoidable past.
For me, this is a rare example of an unbelievable kind of great mutual admiration for each other’s belief shown by all these enlightened beings more than 400 years ago.
Truly speaking, I am spellbound to realize the importance of this divine connection between the three different paths and would like to give my utmost respect & love to Hazrat Mian Mir (who remains the binding bridge), Guru Arjan Dev, Guru Har Rai & Dara Shikoh for setting such a rare, spiritual example of only One Universal Religion in front of the entire world.
And also many thanks to the serial “Upanishad Ganga” and its makers to think of this novel entertaining concept to enlighten us about our own rich heritage like never before.
HIS BLESSINGS
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24 April 2012 / bobbysing /
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To get over with the basic plot of the film first, it is a simple revenge drama where an ambitious girl after being used by a rich entrepreneur strikes back to set the score equal. Now since the plot had nothing new to offer to either the distributors or the viewers so the makers think of the same tried and tested sex formula which recently was accepted well in the huge hit THE DIRTY PICTURE from Milan Luthria and Vidya Balan.

In fact, it seems that the present HATE STORY is a kind of after-effect of TDP in which the makers solely use the sex angle and few erotic scenes to bring in a particular section of audience, mainly in the single screen theaters and the smaller centers. In all honestly I strongly feel that HATE STORY was just made to encash this new cheap kind of trend which can easily bring in some decent profits for everyone in the chain without any huge risk. So if you are expecting something extraordinary in terms of execution or direction here then it’s a disappointment. But if you are only interested in watching some bold scenes with few ‘never said before” kind of dialogues then it may serve the purpose. Otherwise its just a perfect example of opportunist cinema made for making some quick bucks (from the smaller centers).
Luckily the film makes a good impression in its first half and the story progression keeps the viewer hooked as he keeps on expecting something shocking to come any moment (as shown in its promos). But all the expectations raised by its initial hour get shattered by a very vaguely directed second half which has everything over the top accompanied by some bad acting and illogical plots. Actually post intermission the director seems to have kept the craft apart and becomes only interested in adding all the steamy scenes and fiery dialogues for the viewers who have especially visited the theater for the very purpose. And that’s where the film gets ruined completely. With a weird kind of writing wherein a famous prostitute gets easily appointed as the board of director of a reputed bank with the interference of an influential Minister, HATE STORY wastes the entire fine build-up made by its first half.
Leading the vengeance saga, Paoli coming from Bengali films, makes the most controversial and unconventional debut ever in Hindi films. She is confident to take off every bit of cloth from her body to catch the attention of both the viewers as well as the industry. But other than the skin show she doesn’t expose any exceptional talent of hers on the screen. So the present debut can only get her some similar roles and she will have to show the other part of her art in the next film. However she reasonably does well in the first half as the other actors in the cast. But post intermission mediocre acting takes over the film completely and no one is able to make any kind of impact till its strange climax. Interestingly the culmination also reminded me of a similar one, earlier seen in JOHNY GADDAR.
Gulshan as the main villain, does well in the first hour but again gives away to a loud act later on. Nikhil the only hopeful and honest character in the film is decent but gets very less mileage in comparison to the rest. Mohan Kapoor is perfect, Bhairavi is hardly there and Iravati is a talent wasted badly. So, Suresh Dubey as the strict industrialist cum father is the one actor who makes his presence felt with his acting.
Musically, it has a below average soundtrack with one good (sad) song, which sounds fine while watching the film. Background score keeps moving between decent and loud, whereas its Cinematographer cans all the erotic scenes brightly in an attempt to show it all. In addition the dialogue writer tries everything to make it look (or sound) like a soft-porn with lines such as “Take It, Shake It & Fake It”.
But here I would like to share, what in my opinion must have been the 'Base Thought' behind making HATE STORY.
After knowing about the title, subject & favourable reports of THE DIRTY PICTURE in production in the late 2011, the producer or director must have imagined the great potential it had as a project. So taking a clue from it he must have thought of just one line to visualise this film.
And that one line has to be, “Get me a good looking sexy girl who is ready to take off all her clothes on the screen and can sign that clear clause written in the contract about nudity or skin-show”.
“But what about the story or screenplay?”, someone must have questioned.
To this the reply must have been “That we can easily write later on as the film will solely run on its seducing erotic scenes and revealing promos.”

That is how the idea of HATE STORY must have born in the minds of its producer/director as it hugely relies just on the hype created by all its objectionable promos which even have more sexual content than the movie itself. Obviously the censor used their scissors on certain scenes (like the one with the minister). But even before the promos were banned for the TV, they had already gone viral on the net and had given enough publicity to the film reaching its target audience. And after watching the film, it becomes pretty clear that the makers were actually making a soft-porn kind of film for the ‘morning show’ section of audience, in disguise of a revenge crime-thriller.
Another point which proves this fact lies in its questionable script in which a girl who is a trained investigative journalist gets trapped and then sexually traumatised by a rich industrialist. Now this talented educated girl with a good family background, strikes back to take her revenge. But in a hugely absurd manner instead of ruining the guy by working against his whole empire as a hungry detective cum journalist (the job she could have easily gone back to), the silly girl decides to become the most sought after prostitute of the city selling her body to every big shot of the town. Now why she takes this illogical decision in the film? That’s because the makers had planned to sell their project based on her erotic sex and not on a thrilling script showing her as a journalist.
And looking at the response to its promotional campaign, it seems that they were damn right as there is no way HATE STORY can lose money in the trade. It will certainly give some returns to its makers fulfilling their basic purpose. However this is not exactly Cinema but ‘A Perfect Product Marketing Plan’ executed well in the business of selling movies. And since films are more or less made for earning money, so we have to accept it as a part and parcel of the trade. A part, which sadly remains the most talked about and the shady one.
Ratings : 2 / 5
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