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FAST & FURIOUS 8 (English/Hindi) - Partially enjoyable, but strictly for the fans loving the action genre. [TTP (To The Point) Review By Bobby Sing].

MANJE BISTRE (Punjabi) - It seems Punjabi Cinema is now stuck with period dramas focusing on a 'Vyah Wala Ghar' as their latest repetitive obsession. (Review By Bobby Sing).

BEGUM JAAN (Hindi) / RAJKAHINI (Bengali) - Benegal's MANDI meets Manto's TOBA TEK SINGH and Mehta's MIRCH MASALA in this bold but over dramatic effort, sadly remaining too bland to be called an epic despite its noble intentions. (An overview by Bobby Sing).

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MUKTI BHAWAN (Hotel Salvation) - Could have been a classic, but surely deserves to be seen for its subject, performances and Varanasi in particular. (Review by Bobby Sing).

LAALI KI SHAADI MEIN LAADDOO DEEWANA - Stay away from this marriage and its tiring absurdity. [TTP (To The Point) Review By Bobby Sing].

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Zindagi Ek Safar - Kishore Kumar -Bobby Talks Cinema.com

For lovers of Indian Cinema and its melodious film music from the Golden Era, here comes the much awaited rare piece of creative work, recently released in the DVD format. It is the one and only video documentary made in 1989, on the happening life of the most versatile musical phenomenon called Kishore Kumar. Directed by Sandip Ray (son of the renowned film-maker, Satyajit Ray), the movie talks about Kishore Da’s lesser known childhood, his energetic career as an actor and his incomparable contribution as a singer along with famous clips of his uncountable melodious songs which are still cherished by hindi film music lovers living all over the world.
Intelligently compiled by Sandip, the movie not only showcases the brighter side of Kishore Da’s persona but also talks about the grey shades of his identity, which were sadly publicised in the media as an eccentric behavior towards insanity. Ironically, Kishore da himself talks about it with Lata Mangeshkar in an interview featured in the documentary. Exploring different phases in the life and career of Kishore Da, as an actor, producer, director, singer, composer and lyricist, the movie smartly makes us familiar with the real truth behind many famous myths about him.
However, the only missing point in the movie according to me was to avoid the era in which there was a healthy competition seen between Mohd. Rafi and Kishore Da. The narration completely skips this particular part of his career, when R. D. Burman was rising towards the peak and along with him few other music directors also started preferring Kishore Da to sing for their films. Apart from this it’s a brilliant piece of documentation in which so many famous personalities are brought together to talk about their favorite singer and actor ranging from the veteran Dada Muni (Ashok Kumar), Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan to the voice of the current generation, Shaan.
A must watch for all who love Kishore Kumar and his multitalented career of an immensely creative personality. (The DVD has been released by Moser Baer Home Video and should be easily available at all leading stores.)
Directed by Sandip Ray
Starring : Kishore Kumar and most of the Indian Film Industry's stalwarts.
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31 December 2009 / bobbysing /
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After going through many outstanding reviews and views written all over the globe, I excitedly went to see the most expensive film made till date and was quite impressed by the magical experience on the celluloid created by the veteran director James Cameron. His “Avatar” no doubt surpasses all the previous attempts made in the genre of science fiction and is evidently the most lavish and illustrious work done on the subject of the unknown world belonging to the aliens.

Much has been already written about the unimaginable achievement made by the movie in the field of computer graphics and its outstanding depiction of a fictional world existing on an alien planet. Hence, here instead of writing about its technical brilliance, I would like to indicate the Indian connection in the movie which lies in its basic story plot and script.
While watching the world famous sci-fi and its story progressing on the screen, I was quite surprised to notice that though the movie was an English flick made on the subject of aliens, still it was very much an Indian movie from heart with a storyline quite similar to many Hindi movies we have seen in the past.
For Instance let me draft one of the most commonly used plots in Hindi movies :
An informer (The Hero) is sent on a secret mission by the Police department to enter the gang of a famous dacoit and then inform them about all his major illegal activities. The informer successfully enters the gang but incidentally also falls in love with the daughter of the dacoit (The Heroine). Their love faces a crisis when the gang comes to know about the real identity of the Hero and they almost beat him to death. The girl also feels as betrayed by the Hero.
Post intermission, the Hero somehow survives, returns to the Police and tries to convince them that actually the Dacoit and his gang are not bad people. But unable to impress them, he returns to the gang and becomes a part of them to get her girl back. Later after few heart transformations in the Gang, the Police attacks them and kills all the major characters on the other side. In the end, the loving couple gets united but only after their brutal assassination by the police bullets.
This is the plot we have seen several times in our Hindi Movies right from the era of “Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai”. Earlier it was Dacoits in the 60s & 70s, which later turned into smugglers in the 80s and presently it’s the Underworld in the current decade.
Now, interestingly “Avatar” is also based on a similar storyline wherein the Dacoits are the Alien people residing on a different planet called “Pandora”. The Hero is transformed by the scientists into a look alike of the aliens and is sent on the planet to report their actual movements. Here also The Hero meets a girl who is the daughter of the Alien’s Chief. She saves the life of the Hero in the first meeting and later they both fall in love leading to further sequences in the movie. In the climax the Space Explorers from Earth, attack the whole planet with extensive bombing and firing and turn a beautiful planet into ashes. Still in the end, all the attackers are finished by the collective efforts of the aliens and then the love prevails.
Isn’t it a Hindi Film story completely…., seen so many times on the Indian screen? I think most of the readers would agree to that. Nevertheless, talking about the movie as a whole, “Avatar” is a spellbinding experience to enjoy, especially on the Big Screen with hypnotic graphical sequences and astonishing sound effects in their full flow. It has a title most probably inspired by the word “Avatar” meaning “Incarnation” in Hindi and it also makes you feel proud as you witness a Spectacular English Science Fiction made on a typical Indian Hindi Love Story. So do watch it if you love the genre of Sci-Fi talking about the Aliens.

Written and Directed by James Cameron
Starring : Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and more.
Tags : Articles on Cinema, Alien and their World, Avatar, Magnificent World Cinema foreign film in execution, Avatar is an Indian movie from heart, James Cameron, The Maker of Titanic, Avatar and its Indian Connection. Avatar is an Indian Film.
30 December 2009 / bobbysing /
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"Kala Bandar" is a track from the film "Delhi 6" directed by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra and has been brilliantly composed and arranged by the maestro A. R. Rahman. The song truly deserves the title of “The Most Thoughtful Song Of the Year” for the very reason that it dares to touch our hidden negative psyche not revealed to even ourselves. The simple but strong words chosen by the master lyricist “Parsoon Joshi” intend to show us the inner black patches on our souls which remain unseen due to the glowing colourful clothes we all wear on our gifted bodies.

The song appeals all of us to search for the other side of our persona which we keep hiding from the people around us. It refers our dark side as a “Kala Bandar” or “Black Monkey” and tells us that we all have this monkey living inside our own body knowingly or not knowingly. And actually he is the real culprit who keeps appearing at regular intervals and makes us commit all those horrendous crimes which we could never think of in a normal state.
So it’s is plea to hunt for that “Black Monkey” inside our bodies and just kill him the moment you catch hold of his existence. I hope after reading the deep lyrics of this song, we will all at least once try to see inside ourselves, standing in front of the revealing mirror and start searching for the hidden Black Monkey in our otherwise pure body, mind and soul. So here it goes :
Hey Kaala Kaala Kaala Bandar, Baahar Hai Ya Andar
Hey Kaala Kaala Kaala Bandar, Jo Dhundhe Sikandar
(Calling the Black Monkey hiding in ourselves and he would be the ultimate King (referred as Alexander The Great) who finds him.)
It Wasn't Me I Swear, Everybody’s Looking For Da Monkey Out There
Bring Da Kaala Bandar, Bring Da Kaala Bandar
Everybody’s Looking For Da Monkey Out There
Aao Hum Sheesha Dekhen, Usme Sandesha Dekhen,
Apna Ghayal Hissa Dekhen, Apna Asli Kissa Dekhen,
Ghonghat Ki Gehrayi Mein, Par Failaaye Kaun Hai,
Jhak Safed Libason Mein, Kaala Sa Sach Maun Hai.
(Let’s all see in the mirror and read the message in it.
Let’s see our wounded parts and the real story behind our own existence.
Who is opening his wings under the hidden deepness of a veil?
Black truth remains silent under the flashing white clothes worn by us.)
Choosey  Choosey  Choosey, Choosey, Life Ki Phaank Le - 2
Taank Jhaank, Taank Jhaank, Taank Jhaank, Taank Jhaank, Dil Mein Bhi Jhaank Le

(Let’s suck the juice from every part of the Fruit called Life,
And let’s take a look at every corner of our own hearts)
Kasmein To Moongfali Hain, Jab Jee Chahen Hum Khaaten
Upar Se Na Na Na Kartein, Par Thaali Aage Sarkaate
Ek Thailee Ke Chattey Battey, Armaan Hain Hattey Kattey
Naatak Yeh Naatak Naatak, Band Kar Do Jhooth Ka Faatak
(Oaths are like peanut, we can take them whenever we feel like.
We just say No from the outside but from inside we all do want our piece of cake in the plate.
Each one of us belongs to the same lot and have big fat hidden longings to fulfill.
It’s all drama everyone is playing, so let’s shut the door of these lies.)
Saarey Reet Riwaaj Hata Kar, Dekho Apne Ghar Ke Ander,
Shayad Kahin Kisi Koney Mein, Ungh Raha Hai Kala Bander,

(Keeping aside all the traditions and rituals, just see inside your own house (heart)
The Black Monkey is most probably there taking a nap in some dark corner.)
Is Tan Man Mein Kitne Partein, Kitne Parde,
Kitney Pardey, Kitney Pardey, Kitney Pardey, Itney Pardey
Kitney Pardey, Kitney Pardey, Kitney Pardey, Itney Pardey
Aur Pardon Ke Peechey Pardey, Aur Pardon Ke Paar Kahin Par,
Dard Chhupa Hai Ghaav Chhupey Hain – 2
Raaz Kahin Dabey Paon Ghusey Hain
Jaan Ke Bhi Anjaan Hain Hum Sab
Paagal Ya Naadan Hain Hum Sab - 2
(We cannot guess how many curtains (layers) are there in our hidden psyche.
We just have to go on searching behind all these curtains and then we will find,
That there is deep pain and open wounds hidden behind all these layers.
That there are secrets which have silently entered our souls without our knowledge.
And we all just go on ignoring all these things and keep on living our fake lives.
Either we all are too innocent or completely mad to do that.)
Janey Kaun Se Rang Mein Rangey
Hamaam Mein Hum Saarey Nangey
(Don’t know in which colour we all are painted in.
But one thing is sure that we all are simply naked standing in the same pond.)
Hey Kaala Kaala Kaala Bandar, Baahar Hai Ya Andar
Hey Kaala Kaala Kaala Bandar, Jo Dhundhe Sikandar
(Calling the Black Monkey hiding in ourselves and he would be the ultimate King (referred as Alexander The Great) who finds him.)
Hope the song and the lyrics are able to express their real meaning to all the fellow readers…..
All the Best for searching your own Black Monkey inside.…..
(Just hear the song once again while reading the lyrics and then feel the impact)
Tags : Articles on Poetry, Music and Life, Kala Bandar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, A. R. Rahman, Prasoon Joshi, Best Lyrics of 2009, Best Song of 2009, The Most Thoughtful Song og The Year 2009, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Delhi 6.
27 December 2009 / bobbysing /
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Doordarshan - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

This write-up is like a nostalgic trip down the memory lane when apart from the movie world the only visual entertainment source we had was the Doordarshan. Before the Cable Revolution arrived in India around 1991, every person in a household had his own favourite serial as per their choices and they all used to sit glued to the small screen at their fixed times and week-days. But the best (or sad) part is that the most of the below mentioned serials still remain the pioneer masterpieces in their different genres and that’s why the  Home Video market is rightly bringing them all back in the form of DVDs. So let’s go back in our golden days of Television Entertainment reading all these famous serial titles.

1.      Aur Bhi Gham Hain Zamane Mein (Drama)
(Most of the friends here may not have heard of it but this is the first serial I can recall watching on Doordarshan in the late 70s or the early 80s.)

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3.      Ados Pados (Comic Family Drama)
4.      Apradhi Kaun (Mystery/Detective Serial)
5.   Bharat Ek Khoj (Historical / Mythological) (Available on Home Video)
6.      Buniyaad (Drama)
7.      Byomkesh Bakshi (Detective Serial) (Available on Net but awaited on Home Video)
8.      Barrister Vinod (Crime/Detective Serial)
9.      Bahadur Shah Zafar (Available on Home Video)
10.  Chitrahaar (Weekly presentation of new & old songs)
11. Circus (Drama/Comedy)

12.   Dada Dadi Ki Kahaniyaan (Children/Educative/Fantasy Tales)
13.   Ek Do Teen Chaar (Children Mystery/Detective Serial)
14.   Fauji (Drama) (Available on Home Video)
15.   Flop Show (Comedy) (Available on Home Video)
16.   Hum Log (Drama)
17.   Honi Anhoni (Based on Supernatural Stories)
18.   Idhar Udhar (Comedy) 
19.   Kachhi Dhoop (Drama) (Available on Home Video)
20.   Kahan Gaye Woh Log (Historical)
21.   Kakaji Kahin (Social-Political Comedy)
22.   Katha Sagar (Drama - Literature) (Available on Home Video)
23.   Karamchand (Detective Serial)
24.   Khandaan (Drama)
25. Kiley Ka Rehasya (Suspense/Horror)
26. Ladoo Singh Taxi Wala (Comedy/Drama)

27.   Moughli (Based on Jungle Book) (Children) (Available on Home Video)
28.   Mahabaharat (Mythological) (Available on Home Video)
29.   Malgudi Days (Comedy – Drama - Literature) (Available on Home Video)
30.   Mirza Ghalib (Poetry – Drama - Historical) (Available on Home Video)
31.   Mr. Yogi (Drama/Comedy)
32.   Mr. & Mrs. (Drama/Comedy)
33.   Mungerilaal Ke Haseen Sapne (Comedy)
34.   Mulla Nasruddin (Naseeruddin) (Comedy)

35.   Nukkad (Comedy/Drama) (Available on Home Video)
36.   Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan (Celebrity Interviews)
37.   Rajni (Social Drama)
38.   Ramayan (Mythological) (Available on Home Video) 

39.   Saptahiki (Weekly Announcements of Forthcoming programmes)
40.   Surabhi (Variety Programme)
41.   Subah (Drama on Drugs)
42.   Shrikant (Drama/Literature)
43.   Tamas (Historical) (Available on Home Video)
44.   Tenali Rama (Drama/Literature) (Available on Home Video)
45.   The Sword of Tipu Sultan (Historical) (Available on Home Video)
46.   Udaan (Drama) (Available on Home Video)
47.   Ulta Pulta (Comedy) (Available on Home Video)
48.   Vikram Aur Betaal (Fantasy Tales) (Available on Home Video)
49.   Wagle Ki Duniya (Comedy)
50.   Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (Comedy) (Available on Home Video)
And there are three worth mentioning masterpieces among the recent serials :
Dekh Bhai Dekh (Comedy) (Available on Home Video)
Zabaan Sambhal Ke (Comedy) (Featuring Pankaj Kapoor) (Available on Home Video)
Office Office (Comedy) (Featuring Pankaj Kapoor) (Available on Home Video)
Please let me know if I missed out any famous serial of yours in the list as they all got to be there to make it a complete article in all aspects.

(Updated in May 2014)
Note : Due to more than 500 responses to the post, having some valuable and rare information about various useful links, the interaction has been compiled into yearly PDF files available for download at the links given below.

So all interested friends can go through these informative comments and responses by clicking the following links.

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