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The Making Of Mahatma - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

When Shyam Benegal decides to make a movie on Mahatma Gandhi then it has to be different and more insightful than all the other projects made on the life of ‘The Father of the Nation (India)’. And as expected, the maestro comes up with a film which talks about a completely different aspect of Mahatma's life and that is about his intense journey on the way to become a MAHATMA, involving his own family members and the hardships they have to suffer due to his stand against the injustice.

In his well researched script, Benegal touches this sensitive and important aspect of GANDHI’s life along with stressing upon the incidents and days which were actually responsible in the making of A Mahatma. In simple terms it’s a film about Gandhi’s early stay in South Africa and his role in fighting for the rights of the Indian people feeling the heat at that particular point of time. Honestly, the film somewhere resembles another masterpiece “Gandhi” directed by Richard Attenborough, which is acceptable as both are biographical movies made on the life of one person. But at the same time, Benegal's take on this particular part of Gandhi's life is a bit raw, shocking and informative through its various well conceived sequences. It is not as polished as the western attempt, since it looks at the subject in a highly realistic way, stressing more upon a specific period of time and His personal relationships within the family in those initial years. For instance, the family tension between Gandhi and his son might be news for many youngsters, not familiar with this aspect of Mahatma’s life discussed very rarely.
So, for those who firmly believe in Gandhi’s philosophy but yet have seen only one side of the coin talking about his role in the country’s freedom struggle, it’s a highly recommended film which will help you in getting a complete view of the larger than life persona of Sh. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and his path towards becoming THE FATHER OF THE NATION. It takes you into more finer details of his early personal life which needs to be understood and studied as a must by anyone who wishes to understand his ideologies completely.         
Rajit Kapoor as Gandhi and Pallavi Joshi as Kasturba, give one of their finest performances in the film, playing it closer to life and pretty simple. In actual terms this project should be considered, seen and looked upon as an entirely different film from the western trend setting epic by Richard Attenborough and therefore all comparisons of any kinds should be avoided.
A must watch for the younger generation who are only familiar with the name “Gandhi” and his picture walking with a stick or spinning a wheel. Another precious cinematic gem from the master of the art, Shyam Benegal, which deserves to be watched with a different perspective and expectations, at the earliest.
Directed By Shyam Benegal 
Starring : Rajit Kapoor & Pallavi Joshi
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26 July 2011 / bobbysing /
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With SINGHAM sons of two famous action masters of Bollywood return to their original genre in style. Veeru Devgun (Ajay’s father) and Shetty (Rohit’s father) were known for their own class in the Industry few decades before and now their proud sons return to the same genre, with which they had started.

But sadly the attempt remains a visibly polished product only having few weak associations in the narrative which don’t really give you a DABANGIAN kind of entertainment on the whole. Still it cannot be called a bad film for sure because it does have some great moments to offer and a winner climax which scores a clear six at the end, acting as its big savior.
In straight words, the film has nothing new to offer in term of content or storyline. It’s an Official remake of Tamil Hit Movie SINGAM and is all about an honest cop fighting against a mafia don and his empire based on strong political connections. Being a remake it has got all the ingredients of a typical south masala film which are just there to add some extra flavors into the film and nothing else. For instance, there is a love affair track going along with the Cop’s fight which has no value of its own in the script, as usual there is a deliberately created comedy track around the pet name of a character which successfully generates some laughs in the start but later on becomes annoying. And as seen before, there exists the same eccentric kind of villain working against the Cop, whose dialogues become comical towards the end, played once again by the one & only Prakash Raj.
The film starts off well with an impressive sequence revolving around the expressive eyes of a small child. But post that for about 1 long hour, it offers nothing as per the expectations raised, until the scene where Ajay and Prakash meet for the first time. The LION actually starts roaring at this very moment and then keeps roaring post interval till the climax in gaps. Hence the first half is not that effective as compared to the second one since it keeps focusing on various other subplots in the script, which do not register at all. The romance track falls flat and so does the family comedy angle forced into the proceedings to provide some relief moments.
Though SINGHAM scores high in its technical department such as Cinematography and Action, but it fails completely in its soundtrack. Ajay-Atul’s music works just as a filler with nothing worth listening. And its really annoying to hear another title song inspired from the cult Vishal Bhardwaj’s track “Omkara”, sung by Sukhwinder. Moreover the Background Score is both effective as well as noisy at times with excess of loud arrangements in all those slow motion sequences.
Apart from Ajay Devgan and Prakash Raj, only Sudhanshu Pandey and Sonali Kulkarni are able to make an impact on the viewer and rest all work under the shadow of its two main giants. The debutant Kaajal looks fresh and bubbly but in absence of anything special written for her, she is not able to prove her talent in any of her scenes. Ajay Devgan once again proves his versatility, returning to the action genre after a string of comical hits. His body language, specifically his eyes seem to be just perfect for such roles and he comes up like a winner all through the film. Prakash Raj though is splendid in his typical negative role but this time it looked like repetitive to me towards the climax. Yet he is immensely watchable with Ajay on the screen.
In short the film completely belongs to Ajay and Prakash Raj who generate such kind of mighty impact in their scenes together that the single screen theaters are bound to go full of whistles, claps and thundering applause. In fact, the main reason behind the probable success of this film has to be these particular scenes (including the one with the Neta Ji) where Ajay answers his powerful enemies with fiery dialogues and strong punches along with its worth watching action sequences which have been shot with élan. However, at times the action also seems to be too unbelievable with some impossible kind of stunts.
In the writing department, I particularly liked the thought of the National Emblem being given to the cops to wear it in their caps but not to the Country’s top political leaders to use it in their dresses. And then the dialogue, “Meri Zaruratein Kam Hain, Isliye Mere Zameer Mein Dum Hai”, which works in the film in a big way. Plus the icing on the cake, for all the viewers loving such kind of over the top, masala cinema, should be its well written climax which really needs to be applauded for its thoughtful idea and brilliant execution.
So, overall SINGHAM does have its merits in the form of some worth watching confrontation sequences and superb action. But if you are looking for something fresh or novel then you are sure going to be disappointed with its routine kind of content. The film is not consistent enough in its narration as the real action starts after almost 45 minutes into the movie and it also becomes a bit repetitive towards the end. Yet, for all Ajay Devgan’s fans its festival time in the theaters.
However the last half an hour of the film forced me to think about its original makers of the South. To be specific, it struck me that if South Films are able to think of such great climax and other similar interesting plots in their own movies which in turn inspire Bollywood to make their remakes, then certainly the SOUTH CINEMA is miles ahead of HINDI CINEMA in film-making. May be the Hindi Film Industry is enjoying more success due to their over-popular stars and glamour but if studied in real sense then South Cinema is undoubtedly more important, experimental and bold which needs to be recognized at the earliest as an essential part of INDIAN CINEMA.
Ratings : 2.5 / 5
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22 July 2011 / bobbysing /
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Karma - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

If you are looking for a perfect Bollywood entertaining film, which can be taken as an ideal example of how Our Hindi Film Industry mixes different parallel genres into one project and that too in a strongly convincing style then Subhash Ghai’s KARMA is the one to be studied in details. Re-defining the way, how to use the word “Inspiration” in film making, Ghai very cleverly writes his hugely likable script around the basic plot of Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai” and our own “Sholay” with a fine touch of Patriotism.
And then he adds into it all the essential ingredients of a Hit Hindi film and yet comes up with a superbly cooked dish which still works whenever it gets telecast on any cable channel around the major Indian National Days. For a casual study, just take a look how many added plots are there in its well tuned script. Starting from Patriotism, it goes on adding border terrorism, ruthless killings, vengeance plan, hiring of three deadly criminals, their own interesting personas and love angles, two main stream heroines, many melodious & Hit songs, occasional well written comedy scenes, striking action sequences, trend setting explosive dialogues, emotional outbursts of various characters and then in the end completion of the task successfully. A made to order HIT Bollywood formula film, which entertains almost all kinds of viewers, satisfying their distinctive choices superbly. Moreover, its immensely catchy Theme Music (played on a Banjo) and its hit patriotic song “Har Karam Apna Karenge, Aye Watan Tere Liye” has now become a necessary feature of any National Day Celebrations in the country.
Still, the most powerful factor which worked in KARMA was the character of Dr. Dang played by Anupam Kher and its brilliantly directed conflicting scenes with Dilip Kumar as Dada Thakur. Just watch out for the expressions, camerawork, background score and the fabulous dialogues in these particular sequences which are now universally included in the 10 best dialogues of our Hindi commercial cinema. In my opinion, the scenes can surely be used to study what DIRECTION actually means in its literal sense. Apart from this highly appreciated merit of the film, the remaining responsibility of converting it into a cult classic was undertaken by the three hired criminals played by Nasseruddin Shah, Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff (in this sequence only) and they all gave one of their career best performances in their respective roles.
Interestingly Subhash Ghai’s initial choice for the role of Dr. Dang was Amrish Puri, but after giving it a thought he opted for Anupam Kher instead, because of a very valid & intelligent reason. He said that “Amrish has been killed so many times on screen before, that the viewers would not feel like killing him once again with more hatred.” And the decision worked very well both for the film as well for its audience who instantly made it a Hit at its release around the Indian Independence Day of 1986.
So its indeed a must watch for all lovers of Bollywood Masala Films looking for a perfect dose of entertainment along with the melody.
Directed by Subhash Ghai
Starring : Dilip Kumar, Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Poonam Dhillon, Dara Singh, Shakti Kapoor and more.
Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal
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16 July 2011 / bobbysing /
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Its Guru Purnima today on 15th July 2011, and I celebrated it with joy, remembering my beloved master OSHO, watching his teachings being projected in front of me on the screen, in the shape of “ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA”. I don’t know whether the makers would like to accept this or not but right from its humor to its hugely important lessons on “How to live your One Life”, its every single thing seems to be inspired from the way of life OSHO used to teach and live with his disciples.

Now as I am always partial for the films, which have the power to add something valuable and constructive in your routine lives through their expressive content, therefore I have all good things to say about ZNMD with only three negative points which I would like to mention first (apart from its inspired poster). One is its weak soundtrack - lacking the much required melody, which could have taken the important theme of the film to more greater heights. The songs look fine while watching the film, but you cannot take them home along with you. Secondly the film is all about the RICH PEOPLE who can roam around the world as easily as blinking the eye without worrying about any finance or VISA problems. And lastly the overall feel, look and language of the film is entirely Urban and hence it may not be able to impress the people living in Rural regions who would not be able to relate with its city humor and foreign connections. So, the film largely remains a metro venture as far as its business prospects are concerned. Also, though its basic outline seems to be written around Farhan’s earlier DIL CHAHTA HAI, but as the movie progresses it goes on to a different journey altogether which has all the essential life ingredients ranging from friendship, love, sex, hate, fun to the spiritual hidden urges of a human being.
But coming to the real value of the film, it is arguably one of the most intelligent and finest movies made in the recent times in Bollywood. Yet it is to be understood that the appreciation here is meant more for its superlative life teaching content and less for its cinematic or entertainment value. Zoya Akhtar delivers a more polished and refine film as her second venture which should be essentially considered as an important spiritual lesson and not just a New Movie meant for entertainment. One reason for this remains that the film doesn’t have a Great Storyline. It hasn’t got anything new as far as the plot is concerned. But it does have many GOLDEN NUGGETS evenly distributed throughout the film which need to be collected by the viewers and taken home.
Contrary to all expectations, the most appreciable step taken by the director in the film is that she doesn’t treat any single person as a big star particularly Hrithik Roshan. The film starts off simply without any flashy introduction of its cast.The three lead heroes are all given equal mileage and importance with each one of them leaving his own mark on the viewer individually. And that’s indeed a great vision followed by the writer and director. The film basically moves around a road trip and three daring adventures the boys wish to experience in their lifetime. But the condition is that they all have to do it together as a must without any escape or excuse. So if you watch it as a Bollywood movie having an interesting starcast and nice look which might have some great emotional or interesting story to tell, then you are sure going to be disappointed. Hence, my suggestion would be to watch it as an adventure movie with people having fun on the screen and realizing their inner potentials on a road trip teaching you a new way of living life ‘As It Is’.
Along with its splendid cinematography capturing some breathtaking underwater scenes, landscapes and unseen sequences, the film might turn out to be a cherishable experience for many, fulfilling their own hidden wishes which they may have forgotten by now. Yes, it’s a bit lengthy in its second half and some may find its ending also a little abrupt. But if you can really search for all those hidden spiritual messages in its various sequences, then in all possibilities you would like to see it again for anything which you may have missed sipping your drink or talking to your friends in the theater.
Another worth mentioning aspect of ZMND is that it not only delivers with its splendidly written dialogues by Farhan Akhtar himself, but the film also communicates with its viewers through its SPEAKING SILENCES in the scenes. For instance just try to feel Hrithik’s natural expressions when he comes out of the water and cries after having an unexpected life time experience. Or just go blank with the zed black screen when the three boys touch the ground after their incredible Sky Diving adventure. And not to be forgotten the never-seen-before adventures on the celluloid, such as The Tomato crushing festival and the Bull encounter run towards the end.
Performance wise, the film can be included among the better performances of everyone in the team including, Hrithik, Farhan, Abhay, Katrina, Kalki, Naseeruddin Shah, Deepti Naval and Zoya herself (as a writer-director). And the one person who is sure going to get a huge increase in his fan base has to be Farhan Akhtar, who shows a remarkable sense of comic timing and screen presence in his own home production. But if you ask who is the best among them all then I would like to name Katrina and Hrithik who really have done something against their own image and persona. Especially Hrithik, who plays a simple, well established business man in the film and his character has nothing to do with his Over the Top, Bollywood’s Superficial Hero type of image (against all expectations). And Katrina plays it real cool and subtle showing a great amount of transformation in her lovable performance. Abhay as usual impresses with his out of the box act and proves once again that he is surely blessed with a unique sense of cinema.
Now the question arises, that if the film is so much of fun with all those exciting & daring adventures performed by the three musketeers, then Why I am calling it a SPIRITUAL EXPEREINCE close to the vision of the great master OSHO. The answer to this important point lies in the following questions which I myself used to ask to the people around me, which incidentally have been included in the film’s script too, converting it into a Spiritual venture. The following are the questions of our real life which ZOYA AKHTAR asks through her characters on the screen and as you go through them just stand still for a while and think that aren’t these questions pointing towards all of us?
As suggested by its apt title “ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA”, the film strongly raises the questions that:
1. Why we all change in only few years after we pass our college and jump into the money earning phase of life?
2. Why all the friends are not the same after say 10-15 years of life and become just the opposite of what they used to be in those Golden College days full of passion and energy?
3. Why we keep on hiding our inner desires and dreams, once we get into the married life? Why we don’t even think of fulfilling all those dreams taking out some time just for our own?
4. Why all our inner passions die so quickly after we turn into the money earning machines? Or in other words Why we ourselves kill our inner passions for the sake of our kids and family?
5. Why after marriage people suddenly change and start finding solace and peace in their partner’s life instead of their own (Especially Love Couples)? Why we suddenly become so possessive after marriage?
6. Why we stop believing in taking risks, once the college days are gone. Why it all seems to be very silly and funny just after few years of life, post the College?
7. Why we keep on postponing things for the age of retirement? And who has given us the guarantee that we would still be alive at the age of retirement?
8. Why we just keep sinking into a meaningless relationship just for the sake of our family’s reputation and keep on living life like a hell?
9. Why all our family relationships become so heavy and unbearable after 40 -50 years of life? Why the fun element just vanishes away from our lives once we pass the age of 30-35 years? …..and
10. Why can’t we all live our lives in the present, right here, in this moment and stop thinking about our future which cannot ever be predicted?
These are all the questions which the film asks from its viewers. It is quite possible that a certain section of viewers and critics may not like the film for their various reasons. But truly speaking I loved the film may be because I myself have experienced few of these adventures in my real life and believe me they are not just adventures but in disguise are “Spiritual Experiences” like “A Meditation” as rightly quoted by Katrina in the film.

When you watch the beautiful creatures under the water passing through your body, touching your skin without any fear of being hurt, you feel like a part of them. Its under the water, where you actually realize the value of each and every breath you take as brilliantly shown in the film. When you see the earth below flying up above in the sky (para-gliding in my case), with your safety solely depending upon the MARZI of the ALMIGHTY, then it’s a completely different enlightening experience beyond comparison.
And here I would like to end my review of ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA with a humble friendly request. We all spend some part of our money on Religious Pilgrimages of our beloved deities year after year and for that purpose we very easily take out some time too from our busy schedules. But here I would like to suggest that Just skip one Pilgrimage tour in a year and spend that amount of money and time in fulfilling any hidden desire of yours to go on a certain adventure……Believe me, this one decision of your life will bring such positive energy into your being, which in turn will hugely benefit everyone around you and this change will stay with you and your family forever. And take it from me that every GOD of every religion will happily approve your this decision of life and will give you much more than you had expected unconditionally. So just have fun in your life & Enjoy!

Ratings : 4 / 5 (Watch it to learn how to Enjoy, have fun & live your life to the max.)

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