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BAHUBALI 2 - It delivers larger than life cinema as a solid prequel & conclusion but the excellence seen in the final hour of its original remains missing. (Review by Bobby Sing).

NOOR - What a confused and lazy way to make a crime investigative thriller with neither thrills nor any investigations ending on a weird note. (Review By Bobby Sing).

This Friday's One Line Reviews by Bobby Sing for making your movie plans..

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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).

The last 2 shows at REGAL and the one man behind the event, nobody knows about. (A detailed emotional and technical description by Bobby Sing).

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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Shutter - Bobby Talks CinemaThere are films that make a strong, significant comment over our biased social standards verbally, and there are films that don’t make a single direct comment, but still leave you simply stunned, raising several upsetting questions through their multilayered narrative and all realistic next-door characters making an instant connect.
SHUTTER, a 2012 Malayalam gem stands tall among this second category of not to be missed, important Indian masterpieces. And the film has such an intense, compelling subject that points towards male dominance in a family, sex being a major issue in our society, casual paid sex post marriage, friends facilitating in the moral corruption of a family man and a father’s conservative outlook towards his daughter contradicting his own misdeeds, all together in a splendid storyline of two days and a night depicted thoughtfully.
An amazing debut project of director Joy Mathew, SHUTTER is a simple but highly meaningful social satire comprising many delightfully enlightening moments and stellar performances (from the entire cast) that are sure to haunt you for long post its unexpectedly disturbing and thought-provoking finale.
However to inspire you further, let me give you an indication of the story behind its strange title SHUTTER, which though would reveal the plot, but still needs to be explained in order to convince those friends, who otherwise might not like to go for a regional Indian film for some weird, inexcusable and (allow me to say it) silly reasons of their own.
As a mature, sex-based subject unveiling the fake masks representing our social double standards, the story revolves around a father (of a soon to be married young girl) returning from Gulf and the uncertain circumstances he gets caught in due to an urge to have sex with an attractive hooker found standing alone on the road-side waiting for her daily client.
Finding no place to spend the night with her in the near-by local hotels, his friends (led by an auto-rickshaw driver) think of an idea of locking them both in an empty shop for few hours, owned by the gulf-returned friend only, which is incidentally situated in a busy market just behind his residence. But instead of coming back after a few hours in the night, they get caught in some unforeseen situations and the couple remains locked for the whole night and the complete next day too resulting in an unexpected, embarrassing chaos.
Now what happens in that shop with the two locked up unwillingly, what do they do in this painfully long time and why the friends outside are not able to return in time, becomes the main crux of the innovative plot with many unpredictable twists and turns converting it into a highly thought provoking film with a terrific climax.
Referring to the title, interestingly there are two SHUTTERS in the shop where the middle aged father gets locked up with the hooker for more than 24 hours. One is the main shutter in the front closed by the friends with a lock and the other is a very small window at the back from where he can clearly see his residence, situated just behind the shop at a close distance.
And it’s through these two SHUTTERS only that the writer/director skillfully mocks at the sick, moral corruption visible all over in our society without indulging in any vulgarity, skin show or cheap crowd pleasing tactics resulting in a very fine film.
Besides, who eventually opens the shutter in the end after the news reaches his family and the last dialogue between the father and his young daughter is a sheer masterstroke played by the director leaving you with hundreds of thoughts about the future interaction within the family post that one shameful incident of a locked SHUTTER.
Highly recommended, the original ‘must watch’ Malayalam film got later remade in more than five languages including Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Punjabi too, which should clearly give you an idea of its strong and compelling content not to be missed.
‘A Poetic Violence on Celluloid” as one of its poster says.
Written and Directed by : Joy Mathew
Starring : Lal, Sreenivsan, Vinay Forrt, Sajitha Madathil, Riya Saira
Tags : SHUTTER (Malayalam 2012), Movies To See Before You Die Thriller/Drama, Not To Be Missed Indian Regional Language Films List by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Worth Watching Indian Regional Gems, Joy Mathew
12 October 2016 / bobbysing /
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As an entertaining Gujarati family satire, KEVI RITE JAISH (meaning How Will I Go?) is a film made on the ages old mad-craze in the youngsters of going abroad and getting settled there earning loads of money. Interestingly this obsession of flying to the foreign land has been a key feature associated with Punjab and its people too since the 80s. And that is the reason, why even in the recent years many Punjabi films still have the same plot somewhere running in their side-stories, following the decades old trend that probably began with films like MAUJAN DUBAI DIYAN (1985).
As a matter of fact this enlightening subject best suits both these communities in particular since they have made their own name in the west in various regions such as England, America and Canada. However it’s a different story altogether that any such kind of success achieved has its own hidden cost paid in terms of pain, suffering, hard work and family sacrifice, not really visible to the present generation. Thankfully KEVI RITE JAISH tries to convey the same bitter truth in an entertaining manner to its target audience and in the end turns out to be an impressive film with an important message for the youth delivered well.
Making a new breakthrough in Gujarati cinema in terms of box office success, the film directed by Abhishek Jain begins with a scene of few young boys heading towards the airport in a car teasing each other and then the story takes you back into a flashback explaining the series of incidents happening just before that. In its opening 20-25 minutes, the film seems to be a spirited first time effort by most of its young key faces. But as the characters reveal more about them with a simple, realistic portrayal, the film slowly starts growing on you and then makes a decent emotional impact through an enlightening climax.
Revolving around a Patel family and its circle of close friends, KEVI RITE JAISH has many mature performances from Kenneth Desai, Anang Desai and Deepti Joshi playing the elders along with Divyang Thakker and Veronica Kalpana-Gautam as the lead couple. It also gives you a feeling of watching something related with Bollywood when you find names such as Rakesh Bedi and Tom Alter playing the visa agent and an American embassy person respectively. Its crisp edit doesn’t let the emotions hinder its brisk pace and then a fine camerawork and good music helps a lot in making a personal connect with the youngsters very much interested in its basic subject.
In all, despite having a predictable story progression and conclusion, KEVIN RITE JAISH will still be loved by anyone watching it whether he is a Gujarati or not, since it has characters with similar ambitions like yourself or one of your dear friends who simply dreams of boarding a flight to the foreign land at the earliest either by hook or crook.
But as they say, the grass always look greener on the other side, the film makes you understand this decisive fact beautifully and guides you to rectify your thought process on an urgent basis before it gets too late and you find that there is no returning back getting illegally trapped in a foreign land forever. A young feel good film with a worth sharing message, you will not regret the decision of watching KEVIN RITE JAISH at all, so do go for it irrespective of the language barrier and have a good enjoyable time with the Gujarati family.
Rating : 3.5 / 5 (Including additional 0.5 for its inspirational theme targeting the youngsters)
Tags : Kevi Rite Jaish Review By Bobby Sing, Regional Films Review by Bobby Sing, Regional Films made on soical issues, Appreciable films being made in Regional Cinema of India, Enjoyable regional cinema of india, Gujarati Blockbuster, Films made on Foreing obsession in India
29 April 2015 / bobbysing /
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Spirit - Malayalam

The reason I could easily relate to the basic theme of the film was that the region of Punjab is also known to be severely affected by the problem of alcoholism since decades as depicted in SPIRIT with reference to the south.
Taking you into the world of a well read, intelligent loner who despite being much aware, still becomes a victim of this addiction, SPIRIT may not be a perfect film, but it does successfully brings forward an important evil of our society in a noticeable manner. It might not bowl you over completely but does have many sincere performances pointing towards a self destructive addiction that is largely being considered as ‘upbeat’, ‘modern’ or ‘just necessary’ for the sake of reputation or timely pleasure by the youngsters.
Directed by Ranjith, SPIRIT has Mohanlal in the lead role of an addict (enacting it superbly) with Kaniha, Shankar Ramakrishnan, Thilakan, Nandu, Madhu and more playing the key roles. The film does have a slower pace and a few side stories resulting in an avoidable distraction from the basic subject. Yet, the references of a hit revolutionary TV show, the music, an emotional depiction of a broken family and the noteworthy character of the plumber Mani, brings the film back on track talking about the core issue making a decent impact on the viewers in the end. Moreover Mohan Lal did remind me of another adorable Sharaabi act lived by Amitabh Bachchan in the mid-80s, simply indicating towards the perfection achieved by one of the most respected actors of South Cinema. 
In short, SPIRIT has got emotions, impressive performances and visible noble intentions of presenting an alarming social problem of the region that is not being discussed as per the urgency both within the people and the government. Because in reality just like ‘Smoking’, the issue of ‘Alcoholism’ too is directly related with a state or country’s economics becoming a major source of its earning that cannot be ignored. And therefore you seldom see commercial films made entirely with a purpose, focusing any of these social evils featuring the iconic stars. Or even if they are then the content has to be delivered with ample dosages of entertainment in order to woo the general audience.
So looking from that angle, SPIRIT does have many well-conceived and thoughtfully written sequences intelligently incorporated into the film to address that important cause of ‘Alcoholism’. Besides it also infuses the much needed hope in the people who are willing to come out of it in order to live a better and respected life, turning the film into a significant one, talking about the right things at the right time through the powerful medium of cinema.
And I hope a film tackling this extremely damaging social problem ruining families, also gets made in Punjab soon, before it’s too late.
Rating : 3.5 / 5 (Including additional 0.5 for its extremely important theme of alcohol addiction in our society ruining many lives and families)
Tags : Spirit (Malayalam) Review by Bobby Sing, Regional Films Review by Bobby Sing, Mohan Lal as Alcoholic, Regional Films made on soical issues, Spirit by Ranjith, Appreciable films being made in Regional Cinema of India.
28 April 2015 / bobbysing /
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