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October 26, 2014 Sunday     

The foremost hurdle in a film like SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER is its title itself which reveals the actual plot of the film right away and you very well know what they are precisely going to show as far as story-plot is concerned. So, it all comes down to the treatment, presentation and performances in such a venture, which fortunately is also the forte of its director Tigmanshu Dhulia, who has earlier given us films such as HAASIL, CHARAS and also PAAN SINGH TOMAR, which is soon going to release in the coming months.

Right from his first film (and before that in the T.V. Serials too), the characterizations in Tigmanshu’s script have always been well written, brilliantly executed and superbly performed by the cast without any exceptions. And same is the case with his latest SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER too, which also has fabulous performances from almost everyone featuring in the film, which remains the biggest reason why it deserves to be seen at least once by everyone appreciating such innovative kind of cinema.
No doubt the story and its key characters have been taken from the cult Guru Dutt classic SAHIB BIWI AUR GHULAM. But Tigmanshu molds this basic theme into a more bitter, mean and bloody format, full of love, greed and betrayals. As the story moves further revealing the dark side of it’s every key person in the script, the actors start growing on you with their impressive acts and keep you engaged. Here apart from its lead performers, a special mention needs to be made for the attention given by the director to his supporting cast such as Vipin Sharma who is superb in his portrayal of the rival don and I seriously wished he had a longer role written in the script with more of his entertaining one liners. Also Deepraj Rana as Jimmy’s trustworthy, Deepal Shaw (as Deepraj’s daughter), Rajeev Gupta (as minister) and Shreya Narayan (as the mistress) leave their own mark in the overall impact of the film.
In the lead acts, Mahie Gill scores the maximum in the complex role of a unsatisfied, neglected married woman, who is also a psychic patient. She is simply excellent as the BIWI and once again shows the powerhouse of talent hidden in her as an actress. Randeep Hooda as the GANGSTER surprises you with a very cool and underplayed kind of performance as required by its script. But I found Jimmy Gill, though effective but also repeating himself in that tough mood, playing the SAHEB.
In short, SBAG is a film to be applauded only for its performance and impactful dialogues delivered effectively by its entire cast ensemble. But unfortunately, after his last SHAGIRD, it again cannot be included in the list of best efforts put in by its director, TIGMANSHU DHULIA. The man surely is capable of coming up with a much better product in terms of entertainment and value for money as seen in his most famous product till date, HAASIL.
In his present offering SBAG, indisputably the performances are great, the dialogues are sharp and the cinematography is perfect, but still I felt the entertainment factor missing in the film somehow. Though in the first half its all enjoyable as you witness the new relationship forming within the characters, with a bit of skin show and the sudden twists and turns unfolding on the screen. But later on, the pace starts dipping, the sequences start repeating and certain questions are left unanswered which eventually go against the movie in the end. Moreover, the climax also leaves you confused with more deaths happening than survivals in the storyline.
However, a worth mentioning merit of the film has to be its soundtrack with few great numbers including the peppy “Jugni” and the sad “Akhiyan Ton Bhul Hoyi” sung by Arif Lohar in his own incomparable style. And I really loved watching the short version of the song on screen with the gorgeous looking Mahie.
Conclusively, whereas a certain section of viewers would surely enjoy the film due to its above mentioned merits, majority of them may complain the lack of entertainment factor in it. Still I would recommend it to the viewers who are familiar with the earlier works of the director and can appreciate innovative scripts (taking forward the characters taken from a cult classic). Perhaps I was expecting a lot more from one of my favorite directors.

Rating : 3 / 5
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30 September 2011 / bobbysing /
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Following the latest trend of south remakes here is another action film, which is the Bollywood avatar of the Tamil Hit KAAKHA KAAKHA released years back in 2003. Looking at its promos, I did have my doubts about FORCE but after watching it I was seriously thinking that, What they really found in the Original, which forced them to remake it in Hindi?

Probably the makers had Salman’s success with his south action remakes in mind (WANTED, BODYGUARD) and then just searched for another action HIT to be remade as soon as possible to encase the ongoing trend. Now as Ajay was also doing his SINGHAM (again a remake), therefore the next best man with a well worked upon body, John Abraham was engaged to do all the similar action sequences like lifting a 120kg Bike and throwing it on the villains.
But the absurdity doesn’t end here. FORCE start off with a pure filmy heroic scene where John climbs up a huge mountain with his bare hands. The love angle is introduced exactly as seen nth times before on the silver screen. The writer and director try hard to build up an aura around a feeble villain which simply falls flat. The first half of the film offers only few stylish action scenes and a beautiful love interest of our hero in the name of a storyline. And just before the intermission the Bad Man gives a very silly reason to kill all the 4 cops in a team which you might not have heard before (may be that was something novel for the writers).
Post intermission, there is just hide and seek going on between the villain and the cops which is neither exciting nor enjoyable. The game goes on to a never ending stretch and you just want it to finish off at the earliest. It’s a pure masala film, I understand. But at least there has to be a story going along with all those actions sequences. Frankly, how many times we have seen the baddies going after the women in the cop’s family to get their revenge and the cops planning to save the ladies along with catching the culprits. The last hour of the film serves you this same rotten content once again and the climax further makes you search for the name of its director.
For the lovers of action genre, the execution is first rate and the Cinematography visually supports it real well. Where John is brilliant in these particular sequences, he still has got a lot to achieve in the acting department. Hence since I was not enjoying the movie at all, the performances of the rest of the cast were also not able to make any sort of impact to be mentioned here. However, I loved watching Genelia looking ravishing on screen with her great looks and heavy “Surma”. Though she doesn’t get anything great to do in the film, still I felt she looked better and prettier as compared to any of her previous releases. Musically too the film doesn’t impress and as usual the songs work as a hindrance in its proceedings.
The film literally sent me into a freezing zone the moment I realized that it has been directed by Nishikant Kamat, the man who earlier gave us two brilliant films, DOMBIVILI FAST (Marathi) and MUMBAI MERI JAAN (which also features in my Must See Movies List). Sadly, this one, doesn’t seem to be directed by the same person from any angle.
In short, FORCE was a complete washout for me both pre and post intermission. But the film made me think about the “Tweets” posted by many STARS in the previous night, when the movie was premiered in Mumbai. Strangely almost everyone shared great energetic Tweets congratulating both John and Genelia saying that it’s a Great Film, they loved watching it, its fresh or powerful and many more similar expressions praising the film strongly.
Now the film might get a good initial due to the John-Genelia pairing and it may also go on to earn some quick bucks, but If you ask me honestly then remembering all those tweets while watching the film I had only one thought in mind, that “Bollywood is desperately in need of some True Friends to tell the STARS the real thing about their films, as it is, without any sugar coating.”
Rating : 1.5 / 5
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30 September 2011 / bobbysing /
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There is a certain section of film-makers who follow an easier way of attracting an instant footfall in the theaters by intentionally including vulgarity and sex in their granted two hours. Admittedly these projects are made, since they do have a market of their own in the smaller centers and interiors fetching a decent amount of returns for its producers.

CHITKABREY seems to be one of such films, which interestingly also takes the support of a socially relevant plot about Ragging & Revenge. But still deep inside, it remains a deliberate attempt to be an “extra bold venture with few suggestive and sexual scenes” added intentionally for a particular market.
It revolves around the inner secrets of seven friendly couples and their individual past. A usual mistake of ‘Ragging’ made in their college days puts them in a tense situation in the present after many years. And now they find themselves in a BIG BOSS kind of situation where they all are locked up in a house, remaining on the mercy of a character which they all had completely forgotten long ago.
The plot was no doubt good but it’s the treatment eying on a different section of viewers, which is the main culprit here, ruining a well thought of theme in a very poor manner. The major flaw in the project is its amateurish kind of writing which drastically fails to make any kind of impact post the first 10 minutes of the film. In the initial moments, it all goes well till the narration starts moving into their past. The execution of its various importance sequences is quite vulgar which actually works against the film, particularly its climax which is entirely a washout.
The only saving grace of CHITKABREY remains Ravi Kishan, who tries hard to excel in his role of a ragging victim and then the Boss. But the writers don’t let him impress the viewers through his sincere efforts in any way. The rest of the cast is just there with nothing great to write about. However, I was really surprised to see Rahul Singh doing such an act, completely opposite of his impressive performances in all those meaningful films (like the few directed by Shyam Benegal). In effect, his hamming act strongly reminded me that ‘How an entire project depends upon the vision of its director alone and not the actors’.
In the end, I would like to say that if only the writer-director Suneet Arora had given more thought towards the execution of his film and less to its poster designing, then it surely could have been a watchable venture for sure. (As one of its posters is indeed a well designed one and another hugely inspired from an English flick “IDENTITY”)
Rating : 1 / 5
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29 September 2011 / bobbysing /
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Right from the day when the first look of the film was revealed, SPEEDY SINGHS failed to create any kind of excitement even in the northern Punjabi belt of the country due to its repeated, uninteresting and forced kind of content. There was nothing new in the storyline, no novel idea to offer in the name of sports and no freshness in its looks, concept or presentation.

So, without going into its story details, which is easily predictable, I would like to share that whenever a movie like SPEEDY SINGHS comes, it simply forces me to think that there has to be some other fishy reason to make and spend time on such worthless projects. Because otherwise, there is no way, someone can think of making it with any kind of cinematic vision at all. In short, it’s a silly mixture of all seen before sequences which do not give you even a single moment to enjoy in the whole film.
Now, why Akshay Kumar associated himself with this and even produced it with his full spirits again sends me into the suspicious zone. Frankly I think Akshay is now overdoing and dangerously playing with his popular SINGH IS KINNG image in a very funny way. At times it becomes quite hilarious to see the desperation in his SIKH portrayal on the screen with that entire fake make up. And with SPEEDY SINGHS he is again going to experience failure, like his last unsuccessful venture PATAILA HOUSE based on an identical sports theme of Cricket. Hence its time he switches on to a different fresh mode at the earliest.
The film raises many valid interesting questions regarding its overused plot and execution. Obviously the makers were not focused on the Indian Market since they have chosen Ice Hockey in the script which is not a sport played in our part of the world. So, Indian market was just going to be a bonus for them in case the film was a HIT.
But, I seriously couldn’t understand why Akshay and Anupam Kher said yes to the script, when they both had already done a similar movie in the past dealing with two different sports. Surprisingly Anupam Kher plays an exactly identical role to what he played in Gurinder Chaddha’s BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM which revolved around Football. And Akshay himself played the lead in recent PATIALA HOUSE which talked about a Punjabi underdog player willing to play Cricket for England against the will of his father. Incidentally in that film too there was a sequence explaining Akshay’s “Hair Cutting Act” as shown in SPEEDY SINGHS, which has been deliberately added only to satisfy the religious sentiments of a particular section of viewers.
Actually the film is called BREAKWAY in its original English title and is directed by Robert Lieberman, who amazingly uses all ‘ages old’ Indian ingredients for his foreign film. There is family drama, a love angle, a group of friends as a team, a deliberately added Punjabi comic character, and almost everything which we repeatedly see in all the Regional Punjabi films made nowadays. But the weakest part of SPEEDY SINGHS is that despite of being a Sports Film, it never offers a great crescendo kind of euphoria towards its end, featuring the obvious win of the SINGHS team. And the viewer keeps wondering, Is this really a film written around an exciting sport?
However, in case you loved its groovy track “Shera Di Kaum Punjabi”, heavily promoted by Akshay himself, then I would like to comment that SPEEDY SINGHS has simply got nothing even close to a Sher (LION), Speed or Sport. So better play an indoor game at home with your entire family instead of watching this un-necessary film in the theater.
Rating : 0.5 / 5
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