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Johar Mehmood and HollywoodHindi Film Industry’s two famous comedians I. S. Johar and Mehmood played rival conmen in “Johar Mehmood In Hongkong” who try to rob a rich girl by posing as a doctor and a patient. In order to win over each other in doing the task first, they go through various sequences involving the doctor (I. S. Johar) torturing the patient (Mehmood) in many hilarious ways. The film was released in 1971 and still remains a favourite among the fans of Bollywood Comedies, I. S. Johar and Mehmood in particular.

After almost two decades, the same act was repeated by Anil Kapoor and Anupam Kher in Rakesh Roshan’s “Khel” released in 1992 wherein Anupam played the doctor and Anil posed as the patient trying to rob Mala Sinha, a rich lonely lady in exactly similar manner.

Further, in 1994 another comedy film, which is now considered to be one of the best comedies of Bollywood, again copied this very scene in its script and it was "Andaz Apna Apna" featuring Aamir Khan and Salman Khan as the two loving competitors.

But sadly, all these movies were not based on an original plot and they took it all from the English Classic “Bedtime Story” released in 1964 featuring Marlon Brando and Davind Niven in the lead roles of two competing con-men.

Interestingly this movie was also re-made as “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” after more than two decades in 1988 which featured Steve Martin and Michael Caine in the key roles.
But the best part of this whole link-up is that though based on similar plots and having the same comic sequences in all, yet more or less, all these movies remain immensely watchable, enjoyable and hilarious in their own unique ways (with Rakehs Roshan’s Khel at the last step of the ladder). So for all the students of cinema, apart from studying the inspirational story in these links, this can be a perfect example of analyzing that how different directors and actors can add their own USPs in different projects based on the same script.
Hence it should be a visual treat for movie freaks like myself, to watch all these four films alternatively and then see the difference in the cinematic vision of exploiting the same plot in each one of them distinctively.
Would love to have your valuable comments on the same!
UPDATE : Interestingly another Hindi movie released in 2011 directed by David Dhawan titled RASCALS also used the same elements as mentioned above but in much absurd manner.
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25 June 2011 / bobbysing /
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After watching this comic sequel from Indra Kumar, the man who has excelled himself in drama and overdoing things, I had a Deja-Vu kind of the feeling since the experience was pretty much same to that of watching ‘Bheja Fry 2’ last week. In other words, here too, where the first part was hugely successful due to its copied status taking sequences directly from its various sources, the second part is not anywhere close to that, making an effort to be an original. But on the other hand, the film is not a complete loser and still manages to entertain you in bits and parts.

Taking off from the concluding scenes of DHAMAAL, it revolves around a story in which all the characters try to fool each other with their own planned con-acts. Needless to say that it’s a loud and absurd kind of comedy based on some weird but comic writing, made with a single aim to make you laugh. And I really don’t mind watching these kinds of movies leaving my brains at home. But, only if they are capable enough to keep me engaged thoroughly with their entertaining inputs. Sadly that’s where DOUBLE DHAMAAL falls short and further with a completely no show by Sanjay Dutt (the main magnetic pull in the movie), one walks out feeling less served than promised in its promos.
At times the jokes and one liners work well even when they are ridiculously written with double meanings, full of foul language, even featuring Gorillas swinging to a Bollywood Song kissing each other. But the actors, deliver these dialogues in such a way that you don’t mind laughing at them whole heartedly, particularly in the sequences featuring the four friends together on the screen. Post interval the pace keeps dropping at various places with some boring and unwanted songs except “Jalebi Bai” which both has a melody and visual value incorporated in it. But other than that it’s a completely uninspiring musical score from Anand Raaj Anand, who has returned after a long gap.
Visually the film is better than its first part DHAMAAL and Cinematography works fine both in local and foreign locations. The script keeps adding new twists and turns in the story-plot generating more spaces of laughter regularly. Still, somehow the continuous entertaining value is missing in the film and there seems to be an overdose of everything, which as a result leaves you less satisfied in the end. Moreover the film ends quite abruptly and the director looks like so over-confident of his product that he clearly leaves a message indicating towards its third part.
In few words, the best part of the film remains its four Jokers along with Satish Kaushik returning to his old form after a long time. Obviously the best of the four remain Arshad Warsi and Ritesh Deshmukh as per their star status. But this time Ritesh is better than everyone in the film coming up with a superb performance followed by Arshad Warsi with his impeccable timing. However, Arshad posing as a funny Sardar in the second half once again takes the community for a ride which should ideally be a matter of concern for the community leaders. Both Aashish & Javed Jaffery play their roles brilliantly but I felt Javed having a less impactful role than in DHAMAAL. Apart from these four Jokers the next surprise joker is Satish Kaushik who is a treat to watch as the Bhai speaking some hilarious dialogues in the first half, but at the same time Zakhir Hussain as the second Bhai gets wasted.
The biggest disappointment in the movie remains Sanjay Dutt who surprisingly doesn’t have a completely comic role in the film as the con-man accompanied by the two ladies. And I really missed watching Sanjay participating in few comedy scenes with the four fools. Mallika Sherawat as Sanjay’s lover is just perfect but Kangna looks like a misfit in her role as she tries too hard to bring in some laughs on her own.
Summing up, I can surely say that there is nothing DOUBLE in here in this new DHAMAAL and few may find it even less enjoyable than its original one. Still it can be watched once for its performances by the five jokers (including Satish) but somebody please stop this mad trend of making sequels which don’t really justify their own set standards in the past.
Ratings : 2 / 5
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24 June 2011 / bobbysing /
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A project coming from the production house of Shahrukh Khan himself with an all young starcast, revolving around four school friends and their problems. This one line description of the film sounds pretty interesting following the current trend of teen movies. And then Shahrukh coming forward to promote the film in full spirits featuring in a peppy music video further raises the expectation level of the viewers to greater heights, especially of Shahrukh’s own fans residing all over the world. In fact that was the reason why I eagerly opted for this movie before the other major releases this Friday, to actually see the contribution made by The KING himself in the movie as per the reports.

But sadly what was served to the viewers in the theater in those two tiring hours was completely out of sync, directionless and a complete mess made out of some good intentions. Directed by Roshan Abbas as his first attempt, it is said to be based on his more than a decade old play called “Graffiti”. The play might have been good but the film is not even close to be called a worth watching venture. Written around the problems and love life of four school friends, it seems that the director basically wants to talk about the generation gap between the kids and the parents. But very strangely this basic idea gets a clear projection, only after almost one third of the movie is over. Before that the sequences keep coming in from different directions without having any kind of relation with each other.
Actually the various sections of the film try to cover so many diverse aspects of the younger generation that in the end it all becomes an un-explainable chaos. For instance, suddenly from no-where a pregnancy test sequence is thrown into the movie which at once makes you think that “What is this all happening?” The writers try to put in whatever they can think of ranging from classroom scenes, Shakespeare, drug peddling, wanna be heroines, corrupt policemen, students suicide, a deadly accident and much more. The film goes on and on without any direction or aim and you just cannot get it.
In clear words, I seriously suspect that the project must have been started with some clear vision and a to-the-point story-plot. But with the passing time there were so many changes forcibly made into its script that it all got entangled and the result was a complete NO SHOW. Particularly the repetitive “Romeo-Juliet” play, the uninspiring school premises scenes and its noisy out of the place background score, really put you off and one even starts regretting his decision of watching the film. On top of it, after almost two hours of all useless drama, the director even gets confused that how should he essentially finish the film now. And then it all ends with again a supposed to be inspirational song-dance number which could have made an impact in a different film. Moreover the title of the movie also remains as confusing as its unimpressive content and I really wonder that being the producers, didn’t Gauri Khan or Shahrukh see the movie while it was still in the making?
Truly speaking, the only thing I enjoyed in AKK was watching Giselle Monteiro on the screen who interestingly gets a meatier role and looks more beautiful than her first film LOVE AAJ KAL. Though she still struggles in her emotional scenes and dialogue delivery but even then remains a treat to be watched on the celluloid. Zoa Morani, as the rebellion girl looks the most confident of them all and impresses. Both the boys are fine with Ali Fazal scoring above than Satyajeet Dubey, but all the seniors in the cast including Lillette Dubey, Navneet Nishaan, Satish Shah, Manoj Joshi, Mukesh Tiwari and Vijay Raaz simply do not rise above the routine.
In short, the intentions may have been right and the subject might be socially important, but it’s the end result which really counts in front of the audience. And in this particular case the film is nothing more than a directionless clutter.
Ratings : 1 / 5 (and that too only for its young cast and the last song.)
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19 June 2011 / bobbysing /
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In the present times, amidst so many classic underworld films, if a director still chooses to make his project on the subject of Gangsters and Gang wars, then he has already taken his first step towards a disaster. Ranging from the cult SATYA to the latest ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI, the viewers have seen so much of this overused stuff that it is now extremely difficult to impress them once again with all similar kind of content. And that’s exactly the main problem with BHINDI BAAZAAR INC. since the film has simply got nothing new for the viewers in its over lengthy duration.

Right from its first scene, its entirely predictable and hugely tiring to see all those repetitive scenes, seen numerous times before played by different actors in distinctive movies. In addition to this the film has a major problem in its performances particularly in the male department. Apart from the three veterans Kay Kay, Piyush Sharma and Pawan Malhotra almost all in the remaining cast have performed a little over the top as if they are really a part of something big being made by the director. In fact, from the start itself the director seems to be hugely in love with his project and in this over enthusiastic state he goes on to shoot many arrogant kind of sequences which completely fall flat. For example, at one side we are shown Pawan Malhotra as a BIG DON of the area and on the other hand we are introduced with his boys who are just small Pocket-maars operating in the BEST buses. Really a great thought put in by the director and his writers.

Putting it differently, in BBI we get to see all old and over-cooked stuff which neither looks very good nor tastes better than all those previous HITS offered to us in the same genre. The makers very shamelessly try to use almost everything to make it a worth watching movie like double meaning dialogues, use of eunuchs to generate some laughter, girls using their body to win over the Dons and much more but sadly nothing works at all in the movie. However the only novel thing in the film is that this time, the wife of the BIG DON also goes on to murder her cousin justifying her own status of the Don’s wife.
In the performance department, Pawan, Kay Kay, Piyush and Deepti Naval, all are fine in their routine roles, written without any newly added perspective. Giving it a second thought I also feel as if all these veterans remain under-utilised in the film which is a indicative failure for its director and writers. Surprisingly there is Jackie Shroff too in a cameo and he looks great on the screen but is wasted. The debutant Gautham is ok but Prashant Narayana keeps hanging on the thin line between acting and over-acting. So he should urgently take an alarming note of that. The two girls Shilpa Shukla & Shweta Verma get nothing more to do other than abusing or showing off their bodies. Musically, the 2 short versions of its songs go un-noticed and the cinematography captures the outdoors-slums well but I felt the background score a bit loud and again over-done.
On a closing note, I strongly feel that BHINDI BAAZAAR INC. simply teaches all the young film-makers a valuable lesson that “Masterpieces cannot be made deliberately, but they get into existence just BY CHANCE with the un-intentional efforts of a talented team put together.” So if any director starts directing his project with a vision of making it a Classic or A New Milestone then he has just taken his very first step as WRONG. Even Ram Gopal Verma didn’t know what kind of epic he was making as SATYA and even Manoj Bajpai didn’t have the faintest  idea of how big he’s gonna be as Bhiku Matrey in the History of Bollywood.
But that’s what Film-making is. Here masterpieces get made while having fun on the shoots and flops are produced in the attempt of creating Classics. And that’s my conclusion about BHINDI BAAZAAR INC.
Rating : 1 / 5
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18 June 2011 / bobbysing /
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