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April 20, 2014 Sunday     

Garam Hawa - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

“Garam Hawa” – is a gem which has to be there in the top brackets of any kind of List compiled about the movies made on the subject of India’s Partition. Also considered as one the Top 10 Movies made in the Hindi Film Industry till date, "Garam Hawa" is among the favourites of many renowned stalwarts of Bollywood, who still remember the aura it created at the time of its release in 1973.

For me, it is one of the best works conceived around the subject of India’s partition in 1947. The film is based on the story of famous Urdu Writer Ismat Chugtai and captures the moments of those tough times in just the right spirit without going into any blood-shed or extreme violence. Truly speaking, the director and writer show the trauma of that era more through their characters and their breaking relationships than by showing some bloody scenes of deadly riots full of mutual hatred.
It has Balraj Sahni, the most natural Indian actor of all times playing the lead character, caught within the communal tension and his performance is undoubtedly among the Best Ever performances of Hindi Cinema. In fact why he is known as the most natural actor, is righty proved by this film without any doubt.. Thoughtfully directed by M. S. Sathyu, the film gives you a chance to feel the violent conflicts between Hindus & Muslims, before & after the partition, as a first-hand experience. Each character in its script is affected in his own way by the hard & unexpected decision took by the leaders of that time. And as you see it, the terrifying moments are bound to make you go numb and speechless for few minutes.
Undoubtedly one of the most intense movies on this topic which makes you sit back and think about the situation our ancestors had to face at that particular point of time. In a very sensitive and subtle way it captures the dilemma every Hindu, Muslim and Sikh had at that time, about whether to move away or not. And further it has a well shot climax which is a complete chapter in itself to study, leaving many open questions for the viewer to think it over. As an added gem it has a memorable Qawwali track “Maula Saleem Chisti” by Aziz Ahmed Khan Warsi, which is still cherished by the lovers of this art. Just watch out the way, director M. S. Sathyu starts the qawwali in a terrific manner. A must watch for all lovers of Hindi Films and thought provoking cinema who wish to see the hardcore reality, as it was. 

For the younger generation, the film may be a slow version of those active ugly moments. But it has many hidden meaningful sequences which need to be studied deeply and can work as one of the best opportunities to visit the GONE ERA like in a TIME MACHINE. So, if you really want to see what happened at that time back in 1947, which converted friends into enemies in just a few days, then Go for this masterpiece at the earliest.
It starts with the voice of Janab Kaifi Azmi Saab in the opening titles reciting his own verses :

"Taqseem Hua Mulk To Dil Ho Gaye Tukde,
Har Seene Mein Toofan Wahan Bhi Tha, Yahan Bhi,

Har Ghar Mein Chita Jalti Thi, Lehra Te Thhey Sholay,
Har Shehar Mein Shamshaan Wahan Bhi Tha, Yahan Bhi,

Geeta Ki Koi Sunta, Na Quran Ki Sunta,
Hairaan Tha Imaan, Wahan Bhi Tha, Yahan Bhi"

Ironically, it’s a shame for our own Industry that the movie which is considered among the best ever made in India on the subject, remains officially unavailable at any format till date within the country. As per my information it hasn’t been released on HOME VIDEO in India (till Aug 2011) and at present can only be seen if you can get hold of its copy from some Industry source, buy it from a foreign website online or see it through an illegal & unofficial upload on the web.……In fact that’s the way our Indian Cinema operates.
 

But the good news is that as I am told, with the efforts of some concerned people, it is soon going to be re-released in the Home Video segment for all the world wide viewers. And when it is there on the shelf, I would be the first person to go for it at the earliest.
Directed By M. S. Sathyu
Starring : Balraj Sahni, Farukh Sheikh & More 
Music By Bahadur Khan, Aziz Ahmed Khan Warsi
Tags : Garam Hawa, Indian Partition in 1947, Movies on Partition Of India, Movies To See Before You Die, Balraj Sahni, Farukh Sheikh, M. S. Sathyu, Top 10 Indian Movies.
 
 
31 July 2011 / bobbysing /
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GANDHI TO HITLER – the title was very intriguing, the posters were even more impressive and the subject was the first of its kind never ever tried before in Hindi Cinema. But that was what I had in mind before watching it.

And now after having seen this bio-pic, I can only say that it’s a highly amateurish attempt by its director in absence of any particular aim or vision to showcase the conflict between the contrasting ideologies of these two Historical stalwarts. In few words, there is nothing exciting, provoking or impactful in the whole film revolving around its world famous characters and in fact it’s a big disappointment for the viewers who were expecting something great in it as suggested by its well thought of Title.
Now where the movie actually fails?
First of all the film never clearly talks about the individual ideologies of either Gandhi or Hitler. In real terms, the Title of the film itself is wrong as there are very few scenes of Gandhi writing his two letters to Hitler and Hitler reacting on them in his own style. So if you wish to see anything related to that then there is nothing in it for you.
Actually the film’s title should have been “The Last Days of Hitler” since the script mainly focuses on this subject more than the publicized one. Frankly speaking, in my opinion it was only the last day Marriage & Suicide episode in Hitler’s Life which might have excited the makers and they just thought of making a film over it. Now as only Hitler would not have worked in India, so they brought in Gandhi too in the script to give it an Indian feel and started making it with all this confused vision. And the result is right there in front us, which doesn’t really move the viewer even once.
Secondly, the film doesn’t have a fixed focus on its subject. Like, I couldn’t understand What was the purpose of showing a parallel track of Indian soldiers fighting on foreign land, with such a long screen time interrupting other proceedings. Along with that What were the songs (including a Holi Track) doing in such intense movie based on a dark subject?
Thirdly, this is not the movie which will make any sense to the viewers who don’t know anything in details about HITLER and have just heard some facts about his rule vaguely. The film never portrays the real cruel and powerful persona of the person and neither it talks about the HOLOCAUST anywhere in its script. So it overall starts with an assumption that the viewer already knows everything about HITLER which is a big drawback.
Lastly, the film fails completely in its Casting department (with only a few exceptions). Taking Indian actors for the role of Hitler and his team of Officers and Soldiers was indeed a very funny decision. The biggest mistake remains taking Raghuvir Yadav for the role of HITLER himself which falls flat. Its not the case that Raghuvir hasn’t done well, but it’s the case of his Established Comic Identity in the mind of Indian viewers which restricts them to accept him as Hitler. In simple words, at time he more looks like Chaplin in his short height (as was Hitler) and Charlie moustaches, which works a big hindrance in making a solid impact on the audience. As I feel, the role should have been given to some unknown actor who doesn’t have any fixed image of his own. Even Anupam Kher would have failed in this particular role, had he accepted the film as per the early reports.
Avijit Dutt as Mahatma Gandhi is pretty ordinary and Aman Verma as the Indian Soldier is another miscast in the film who really doesn’t seem like fighting for his country. Actually I seriously feel that it becomes difficult to accept an actor in a particular role who is active both on the Small Screen (T.V.) as well as the Big Screen at the same time. At times the small screen image interferes heavily in the film, which lessens the overall impact of a performance. In the female lead, Neha Dhupia as Eva Braun, remains one of the few watchable and glamorous elements in the film, with a bit overdone make up. Though she doesn’t get a good backing from the writers but in spite of that Neha very well manages to make an impact with her talking eyes, particularly towards the climax.
So, Is there nothing to see in GANDHI TO HITLER? Yes in a broader sense there is nothing. But it does have a well worked upon Cinematography with a fine colour correction as its merit. Plus if you don’t know anything about HITLER’s end and his last day marriage with the mysterious lady Eva Braun, then you can give it a chance only to have some visual information about the man. Otherwise don’t expect it to be even anywhere close to the western films made on the aura around The Great Dictator.
Ratings : 1 / 5
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29 July 2011 / bobbysing /
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Guzaarish” featuring Hrithik and Aishwarya was not a box office success as it got mixed responses from the audiences wherein most of them couldn’t enjoy the film based on a dependent character.

Though undeniably the film was shot aesthetically and was a real visual treat to watch as a well known feature of a Bhansali movie. But still as usual it was not at all an original attempt by the over-famous director and was a mixed inspired film taking it from more than one sources of World Cinema.

The major part of the film talking about a man suffering from a complete Paralysis of the body other than his face, asking for merci death and many of its sequences were all taken from the Spanish Award Winning movie MAR ADENTRO or THE SEA INSIDE (2004) directed by Alejandro Amenabar, along with references of WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY (1981). The idea of magic and the plot of rivalry between two famous magicians leading to a serious conspiracy was taken from THE PRESTIGE (2006).

But here the most interesting finding is that the very first scene with which the film was introduced in the media showcasing Hrithik Roshan trying to get rid of a Bee sitting on his nose was also all inspired from a French film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly or Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon (2007), directed by Julian Schnabel. Interestingly both these World Cinema movies were based on two different original Life Inspiring Stories and their Real Heroes.
 
Here I would like to admit that yes, no doubt Bhansali did put in his own creative visualization in this scene, making it many times better than the original but yet the fact remains that it was not an original idea of his own and was all borrowed from an undisclosed or hidden source from his side. The director never admitted this proved inspiration in his interviews and that’s where I think a creative person fails completely, when he starts enjoying all the praises for something which was not at all created or thought of by himself in the first place.
 
In short, inspiration is acceptable if used in a fine way, giving due credits to its original creator where ever applicable. But copying entire sequences from a movie and then trying to present it as your own without any kind of acknowledgement or courtesy, is not what I call as Film-making or Cinema.

Cheers!
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28 July 2011 / bobbysing /
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The first half of year 2011 was certainly much better than 2010 with many good films making their impression on the viewers from the month of January itself. In fact it was the best January for Bollywood till date as per my movie watching experience.
But still the inspired movies list is there as an unstoppable feature of Hindi Film Industry. However the positive sign is that the list is not a big one in the first half of 2011 as compared to the last year.
And here it goes…..,
Bin Bulaye Baarati - Takes references from “Pratiggya” (1975)
Love Express - Works around the same plot used in “Socha Na Tha” (2002)
Shaitan - A rehashed version of Anurag Kashyap’s ownfilm “Paanch” (2002)
Ready - Official Remake of Telugu “Ready” (2008)
Ragini Mms – Indianised version of “Paranormal Activity” (2007) and scenes from “The Blair Witch Project” (1999)
Luv Ka The End – Follows the basic plot of “John Tucker Must Die” (2006). Also reminds you ofMean Girls” (2004) and the famous Net Telecast sequence seen in the “American Pie” series of films.
Haunted - 3d – References of “The Entity” (1982) and our own version of it called “Hawa (2003)featuring Tabu. The climax reminds you of the of “Ringu” (1998) andthe plot of going into the past also has a hangover of “Back To The Future” series of films.
Naughty @ 40 – Inspired from English Sex Comedy “The 40 Years Old Virgin” (2005) and from our own Bollywood’s Sex-Comedy’s called “Anubhav” (1986).
Chalo Dilli – A good but unofficial remake of the English Hit “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987).
Shor In The City – Has a sequence inspired from2010 British black comedy called “Four Lions”.
Zokkomon - Its main story plot borrows heavily from the one we have already seen in a well made children film by Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Makdee” (2002). 
Dharti (Punjabi) – A toned down regional version of Prakash Jha’s “Raajneeti” (2010)
F.A.L.T.U – Heavily based on “Accepted” (2006) which was also said to be made around a similar idea used in “Camp Nowhere” (1994).
Utt Pataang – Completely lifted froma Japanese movie titled “Unmei Janai Hito” or “A Stranger Of Mine”released in 2005.
Turning 30!!! - Basic idea behind the film looks like influenced by famous western projects such as “Bridget Jones Diary” (2001) and “Sex & The City” (2008).

Inspired Movies from Real Life Incidents and Life Stories
Hostel – Based on the real life cruel incident of Ragging in College.
Monica – Loosely based onthe infamous Shivani Bhatnagar murder case.
No One Killed Jessica – Made on the true story of Jessica Lall, a Delhi-based model, who was shot in 1999 at a New Delhi restaurant.
Patiala House – The basic idea taken from the life of Money Panesar, the only SIKH cricketer playing for England.
Inspired Movies from Literature and Books
7 Khoon Maaf - Based on “Susanna's Seven Husbands” by Ruskin Bond.
Kashmakash - Based on a story by Rabindranath Tagore, called “Nauka Dubi”.

(Note: Do let me know if you are aware of any other inspired movie which came in the first half of 2011 but is not listed here by chance.)
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