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Nasoor - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

Aamir Khan took up the issue of “Evil & Unethical Practices by Doctors” in one of the episodes of his “Satyamev Jayate” (a program made on social awareness) in May 2012. But director Ashok Chopra made a complete feature film “Nasoor” on this important issue in the year 1985, almost 3 decades back. Sadly the film is neither known to many nor it has got a much deserving mention at all the bollywood sites taking about these kinds of “thoughtful movies” made in that golden period of parallel cinema.
Perhaps both the film-makers as well as the viewers today have forgotten that beautiful but tough parallel road of meaningful cinema which dared to talk about the socially and politically relevant issues of the society. It cannot be said that “Nasoor” was a movie ahead of its times, because the subject of these dreadful, ugly doctors was evidently a burning issue then in 1985 and it still is an even bigger fiery issue today in the year 2012. Moreover, this shameful fact alone should be enough to raise doubts on our own principles of life since a curse can only continue this long when it gets the much required support from both the society and its elected representatives together.
So “Nasoor” becomes even a more important film from this point of view because in this wide span of time of almost 3 decades, there was no other fully devoted film made on this subject by any film-maker. Yes, the references of malpractices in the medical profession have been there in many films, but there has not been a complete film just made on this sole theme, as per my knowledge after this brave attempt in 1985. May be the film-makers then were more socially active and thoughtful and perhaps people now have become habitual of living a mere cosmetic or glossy kind of life which is actually all hollow from the inside.
Here I would like to mention that “Nasoor” is not a technically polished film with some great production values backing the project. The presently available poor quality print on VCDs clearly reveals the treatment received by the film due to its non-commercial subject. But its included in the list of “Must See Movies” at BTC, since it is indeed a brave film, directed with some noble intentions in the limited available means featuring veterans like Om Puri. So many may find it just an average attempt as far as film-making is concerned but considering its socially relevant subject, “Nasoor” is no doubt an achievement made by Indian Cinema in the mid eighties. It also remains a landmark project because in the present scenario not even Aamir Khan can think of making a whole film just for this social cause alone, as it will not be a commercially viable project for his career. Frankly speaking, it’s a theme which might be perfect for a particular episode of a T.V. serial, but to make a complete film revolving around this evil practice with an aim of making the people aware……..needs much more courage and guts.
So, keeping this major point in mind, both the makers and the actors featuring in “Nasoor” deserve a greater applause, to support such a film made on this important subject, way back in the year 1985. Perhaps the scenario would not have been so grim today, if we had taken a strong notice of this disgusting evil developing within this godly profession in the mid eighties itself.
Hence if you wish to see an honest film made on everything showcased in Aamir famous serial’s episode made on this disheartening issue then do watch “Nasoor” at the earliest. The film also needs to be seen if you want to experience what movies used to be in those good old days of “Meaningful Parallel Cinema” in our own Hindi Film Industry.
Produced By B. K. Adarsh
Directed By Ashok Chopra
Starring : Om Puri, Priya Tendulkar, Sadashiv Amrapurkar and more.
Tags : Nasoor (1985), Movies To See Before You Die Drama, Must See Movies List by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Hindi Films made on Medical Profession, Malpractices by Doctors, Parallel Cinema in Hindi Films, Meaningful Art movie made in mid eighties.
 
 
30 May 2012 / bobbysing /
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Frank Capra, one of my favourite directors from the west surprised me with this brilliant comic masterpiece revolving around a crime plot, superbly directed by the maestro. Featuring the famous Cary Grant in a fabulous performance along with a hilarious act by two ladies Raymond Massey and Peter Lorre, this is surely a not to be missed fast paced comedy with many enjoyable sequences. The ladies have a dark, scary secret to hide and Grant plays a man who hates getting married. But he doesn’t know about the insanity running in his family which further leads to many complex and unpredictable events happening around him.

If you are a fan of Cary Grant, then you would admit that he has never been so hysterical, energetic and hyper-active in his entire career as in “Arsenic and Old Lace”. Many may like to call it over the top, but I really enjoyed watching him in this rare kind of appearance a lot. So that should give you enough reason to watch the film at the earliest. But here I would like to mention two more unique reasons especially for the Indian viewers that why they should essentially watch this classic for sure.
Firstly, I have always felt like calling Hrishikesh Mukherjee as the Frank Capra of Hindi Films and vice versa. So keeping that in mind you can easily imagine “Arsenic and Old Lace” as a crime comedy movie directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee of the west. Hence consider it having all those trademark light-hearted well written scenes with loving coming touches as seen in the famous Hrishi Da films. But since the Indian maestro never attempted a murder or crime drama so this needs to be seen by all Hrishi Da’s fans as a must.
Secondly most of the readers might be aware that in our part of the world, the veteran Dev Anand was also popularly called the Cary Grant of India (many compared him to Gregory Peck too) in his era of the last century. So if you ever wondered why he was referred to as Grant then just watch this movie and you will clearly find the glimpses of Dev Anand in Grant’s performance from start to finish. Here the reference is not for any negative comparison but its more like a compliment to both the great legendary actors from the East and the West.
Thus if the above description interests you and the rare genre of a comic crime drama further adds to the excitement, then do go for “Arsenic and Old Lace” at the earliest. It’s a film perfectly adapted from a stage comedy (majorly shot at a single indoor set) with few eccentric but pretty interesting characters providing a perfect entertainment package for your fine weekend evening. A must watch for all the fans of Frank Capra, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Cary Grant and Dev Anand all together.
Directed by Frank Capra
Starring : Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey and Peter Lorre.
Tags : Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Movies To See Before Your Die Comedy, Must Watch Movies List by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Not To Be Missed Movies List, Dev Anand and Cary Grant, Frank Capra the Hrishikesh Mukherjee of the West.
 
 
28 May 2012 / bobbysing /
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Winner at few and selected for more film festivals abroad, this is the second film post I AM KALAAM which puts me in a big confusion about the selection procedure followed by these film festivals. Honestly, I can think of only two reasons, why such simple yet ineffective films can reach these festivals abroad representing India.

One – Probably there are too many big & small film festivals being organized all over the world who are short of films and are ready to accept all kind of entries in their contest, irrespective of their content, especially from India for its universal global fame.
And Two – It seems that there is not enough choice with the festival jury abroad regarding the films coming from India, which can be called perfect for the festival circuit. And therefore they are forced to include whatever they actually have on the table just to add India’s name in their brochure.
As per my understanding, a festival nominee or winner should expectedly be a film with some out of the box thought structure, shocking subject or treatment like we had in UDAAN which came in 2010. But here in YEH KHULA AASMAAN we don’t have any such out of the routine subject matter or execution which makes you feel great in the end. The film starts off promisingly showing the result and exams stress on a young boy who is not getting the much needed attention from his parents living abroad. Yet it fails to sustain the meaningful impact and then goes on to become an unexciting sports film talking about a forgotten sport of Kite Flying.
The plot which should have been used by the director Gitanjali Sinha to impart many precious life teaching lessons through the interaction between the boy and his grandfather actually goes flat in absence of any well written thoughtful scenes. The same can be said for the inclusion of Kite Flying added in the second half to showcase a heritage sport of India, still famous in its smaller cities. In fact I doubt that is what might have been the reason for the film’s entry into the various festivals abroad.
In short, YKA has only three merits in its favour. It has a soothing cinematography capturing the village locales, some well sung songs (lacking the melody) and an impactful performance of Raghuveer Yadav which forces you to keep watching it till the end. Otherwise it has few amateur performances from the youngsters and one big miscast, Yashpal Sharma in the role of a foreign settled entrepreneur. No doubt, simplicity has its own beauty....but YEH KHULA AASMAAN remains too simple to be applauded from start to finish (lacking the beauty part) and therefore I would not be able to recommend it despite of many festival references given on its posters. So you can easily skip it to be watched on any TV Channel after a few months.
Rating : 1.5 / 5
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25 May 2012 / bobbysing /
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What I am going to say in this biographical article, might be offensive for many and degrading for few. But honestly I have to share it here, which would be probably better understood by friends who have actually experienced it personally. Still I would like to request you all to read this once and then take your decision as it ends.
There are two kinds of SPRITITUAL MASTERS in this world.
One, who have been here amongst us in physical forms as prophets constantly trying to give us the divine message of The ALMIGHTY through their magical words. We all love, respect and worship them deeply and they are always there with us as an essential part of our life throughout. We all bow down to them in our own accepted styles and seek their blessings with the each new Sunrise. The difference might be of origin, colour & religion but their message remains the same considering everyone as the equal children of The One Almighty living on this planet together.
But there are these second kind of SPIRITUAL MASTERS who are not here with us in the human forms. Who don’t speak a word at all in the language we understand and most importantly who can easily be brought into our personal homes by either buying them from the market or adopting as per our wish.
The words may sound illogical and insane to many. But for the friends who know the secret, these words are all true referring to our Beloved Pet Dogs who spend their entire limited life-span with us in our homes loving all the members of the house equally and then walk away quietly teaching some hugely precious lessons of life which cannot be taught by any Spiritual Master, Meditation Technique or A Divine Scripture ever.
So, these are the second kind of SPIRITUAL MASTERS existing around us, who are easily available in the market or on the roads, to put us onto the path of enlightenment through their divine passage of “Unconditional Love”
These SPIRITUAL MASTERS never say a word to you in their entire life, neither they ever give you some assurances for the future times. Yet they are always there with you as your own Sharing-Companions, to participate in your happiness, sorrow & pain just through their expressive eyes and bodily expressions without simply asking for anything in return.
The sole purpose of this write-up is to convey to all friends here, that what actually you gain when you have a loving pet dog in your home and how you can learn a lot from those valuable lessons of life taught by him unknowingly which “otherwise remain unavailable” in our today’s so called spiritually enriched world.
In few words, a pet dog in your home precisely teaches you both LIFE as well as DEATH in his fixed and short time spent with your family. But let me start from the beginning itself.
The day someone brings home a dog, he takes the first step to rejoin his family together, more closer sharing a lot with each other, which probably they might not have been doing despite of living together for years. In fact its nothing different than a new born baby coming into the family bringing more joy, happiness and celebration all of a sudden. In many cases, one or two member may show their disliking towards this new addition at first or may feel a little uncomfortable with the puppy moving all around. But in almost all the cases, its these members of the family only who actually become the most caring & worried ones for the new entrant just within a few months. And that’s the transformation, the bonding within the family members which I strongly doubt any Spiritual Guru or Spiritual Lessons can develop with all their constant efforts and counseling even in years.
A Dog enjoys an exclusive gifted persona from the Almighty to be lived in his short life span of 10-15 years. And only in these few years he teaches you Love, Sharing, Contentment, Caring for others and many more important lessons of life through just his innocent sparkling eyes and a licking tongue. He never demands anything in return and always seems to be impartial in his expression of love (though every member of the family likes to believe that he actually responds to him a little more).
In strong words, it’s really a boon, if you get to meet a blessed human master in this life time and can cherish some enlightening insights from him to change your inner self. But if not, then here is one easily available living master who can teach you “The Art of Compassion” like no other option in the entire visible world and that too without asking anything at all in return from his disciple. This speechless loving master just knows “The Art of Giving” and gets satisfied hugely with only a tight hug in return, full of love, warmth and good vibes coming from your human body.
Moving on to the other extreme phase, your beloved Dog also teaches you probably the most important message of Life, which is ‘The Hard Truth of DEATH’ itself. In fact the moment one brings home a dog lovingly, the same very moment one also knows that he is here to stay for only few years and would be giving us all a real tough time too after his granted time is over. So as I see, bringing home a pet dog can also be looked upon as equivalent of bringing home the reminder of our own death, because in almost all the cases he is going to die in our own arms when his time ends.

Here many friends would be thinking that I should have said “All Pets” instead of dogs. But that cannot be said because dogs have a certain ‘Sad Truth’ associated with their end or their departure. As you might know, dogs don’t usually die a comfortable death. They don’t go calmly or peacefully and face many physical abnormalities or organ failures in their last days. In fact that is the reason why we have a famous saying in India, (mostly said to the other person in anger) which goes, “Tu Kutte Ki Maut Marega!” meaning “You will die a dog’s death”.
This over-famous saying is based on the harsh truth that Dogs in most of the cases don’t depart from this world easily or peacefully. The sight is so painful and disturbing in the end that in many cases you even have to make them go wishfully (with a medicine) in a more peaceful manner. And that’s not an easy day to face for their owners/friends as the departure is really tough, tragic and indeed quite heart piercing.
In those last days, one can easily feel the whole divinity of this entire universe in those quite & lonely eyes trying to say goodbye to every single person in the house. Those last few hours, when you are taking him alive towards the doctor to make him go to sleep forever stay with you always, teaching every single member of the family something……… which can never be found in any scripture, prayer or religious place.

Those last few moments are like your direct contact with the life force when your beloved suddenly becomes ‘A Body’ in seconds, lying lifeless in the doctor’s clinic and you are asked to make calls to arrange for his final burial. That very moment, when he stops responding to his name being called upon softly, fills you with such a pain which goes beyond any possible explanation in words. And that’s the moment, when he leaves this world quietly, providing us with an enlightening flash about our own END which is sure to come sooner or later without an exception.
But please don’t be discouraged by reading the above lines and please don’t take a decision that you would never bring home a pet dog after going through the above painful experience shared here. On the contrary, I would like to comment that a human life lived without feeling the speechless love of a family pet is simply like “Missing A Great Opportunity Given by THE ALMIGHTY”. If you don’t like pets then you need to develop that loving feeling towards them for sure, since in absence of that you are not living a complete or normal life on this beautiful planet at all.
Frankly speaking, it feels strange and weird to me when people say that we can easily feel the emotion of love towards a person but don’t really feel like loving a pet or an animal………As if LOVE itself has its own intelligent quotient of choosing……!

If truth be told then LOVE is an inner characteristic of our deep existence…..and if we cannot feel the same love towards these speechless, innocent friends then there is something surely missing or superficial in our so called feeling of LOVE towards our human partners too. Because LOVE as the most blessed emotion gifted to the mankind, cannot be a one sided coin at all. If it is there in a person then it will be like a fragrance ready to reach each and every identity coming its way unconditionally.

Hence, my sole motive of writing this piece remains that if you really want to experience LIFE in its totality then at least for once bring a pet dog in your home and give your utmost love and care to him like a child. And then just see what major difference he brings in the life of every member of the house in only a few weeks. Honestly the world would surely become more peaceful and a loving place to stay, if each and every home has a loving pet dog in it to keep the family together and intact. As they are nothing less than the second SPIRITUAL MASTERS on this planet ready to teach us both LIFE and DEATH in the best possible manner.

A friend once sent me a message saying, “I wonder why the reverse spellings of GOD become DOG………..? To this I replied, “I very well know why it is so but it can only be understood once you have that GOD calmly sleeping on the couch in your house.”
Summing up, I would really feel blessed if even one reader here decides to go for a pet dog after reading this sincere write-up of mine. The decision is sure going to bring a major positive change in their family undoubtedly…….....because then there will be a GOD freely moving all over the house spreading happiness and love forever.
HIS BLESSINGS
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