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October 23, 2014 Thursday     

Ustad Hotel - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

Certain films have such an emotional message to convey, making a significant impact on your soul that one finds it extremely difficult to criticize the end product for any of its weaker points. And USTAD HOTEL is surely among those sweet and meaningful movies, made with a heartfelt vision, which simply leaves you with all praises and nothing else due to some excellent performances, thought provoking direction, eye catching cinematography and a fine musical score put together.
To give you a fair picture, USTAD HOTEL begins superbly with a brilliant sequence covering a span of more than two decades in just a few minutes through an amazing execution. It then goes on a pleasant yet predictable journey with many lovable sequences using both the young and old characters in its script intelligently. But actually its the final 30 odd minutes of the film, which simply win over the viewers bringing tears into their eyes and making them feel the painful hunger suffered by all the underprivileged living just around us in the same society. Food, essentially required to keep us all going, becomes the basic ingredient of these outstanding final moments and I still remember a beautiful quote in the film, which says,
FOOD is one thing, for which a person doesn’t become greedy enough as compared to all other material things in his life. A person wishes to have more and more when it comes to money, wealth, luxury and fame. But when it comes to food, he at once says NO, as soon as his hunger is satisfied and refuses to take any more.”
Written by Anjali Menon and directed by Anwar Rasheed, USTAD HOTEL beautifully teaches you this simple yet highly precious lesson of life through some splendid performances led by Thilakan. And it was really hurting to know that this was one of the last films of the veteran actor unfortunately. The entire cast including the young pair and all supporting characters perform their given roles with a natural ease and together they all won three National Awards for Best Popular Film, Best Dialogues and a Special Mention award for Thilakan for his splendid effortless performance as the grandfather.
Along with addressing the issue of poverty and lack of basic necessities of life faced by many, the film also makes you realize the importance of self realization and contentment from your own life before the game is all over, without any prior intimation. Admittedly yes, USTAD HOTEL has a clichéd basic plot stretching to an avoidable length in its middle hour, which could have been shortened with some clever editing as displayed in the beginning. But thankfully, a spiritual kind of culmination does fill your soul with a peaceful warmth and a feeling of love towards the poor, who remain deprived of many basic necessities of life including their daily food (inspired from the real life works of a true humanitarian NARAYANA KRISHNAN).
And that’s exactly what makes USTAD HOTEL a must watch indeed, serving a delicious soul feeding cuisine, asking the viewer to become a better person from now on, caring for the others. So if you do wish to see a sincere, uplifting attempt with a lovable life teaching message given in an entertaining manner, then do watch USTAD HOTEL at the earliest and start making whatsoever small effort you can towards the noble cause.
Rating : 3.5 / 5
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09 June 2014 / bobbysing /
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As an explanation to its title first, JACK REACHER is a fictional character created by British author Lee Child (original name Jim Grant) who is supposed to be a former American Military Policeman, living the life of a ghost with no home, belongings, job or family. He is the lead hero of a famous series of books by Lee Child in which he gets involved in different interesting cases and solves them single handedly. In this cinematic adaptation of a book from the series, Tom Cruise plays the role of JACK REACHER with a great attitude and makes a solid impact on the viewers as expected.

 

The film begins with a sniper shooting 5 different persons present on the same spot and then police arrests a different man who has a suspicious history too but has no involvement in these killings. To prove his innocence, the accused only says “Get Jack Reacher” before going into comma and surprises the police officials. Wasting no time, Jack is there in the very next scene as per his reputation of a ghost and reveals many more secrets regarding the killings, which amazes everyone associated with the case including the Defense Lawyer. So the film is more an investigative mystery in its initial reels which later becomes an action thriller reducing its overall impact to some extent. Yet it’s a complete winner in its first hour with lots of entertaining moments to keep the viewer’s interest alive.

 

In actual terms JACK REACHER remains a single character driven story from start to finish with its main focus solely on its lead hero. Tom Cruise as Jack wins your heart right away with his well presented introductory scene, sharp wit and bluntness which has its own unique freshness for the audience. And then the brilliantly written dialogues make him hugely likable along with the good looking defense lawyer played by Rosamund Pike. In fact the whole film basically revolves around these two characters only till the end, yet one doesn’t mind watching them both for more than 2 hours due to their enjoyable chemistry together. Unfortunately the well shot action & chase sequences take over everything else in its second hour and the film falls back to the above average mark as it ends.

 

JACK REACHER does have its share of flaws too with a suggestive climax and few unexplained scenes like the way police takes Jack as the murderer without any specific reasons and start chasing him all of a sudden. Cinematography & Background Score is great helping a lot in building up the enigma around Jack’s personality and director Christopher McQuarrie makes the best use of them to get the desired results. In the performance section it has a powerful act by Tom Cruise who is surely going to be loved by all his fans for his tough ‘Clint Eastwood’ kind of performance with a great attitude. Rosamund looks great as the lawyer seeking Jack’s help and David Oyelowo as the police detective is just fine.

 

To sum up, JACK REACHER could have been a superb film with some more investigations continuing in its final hour and less action. However in its present version, it majorly works because of the charismatic persona of Tom Cruise (playing a well written character) who carries the film on his strong shoulders alone and one keeps waiting for him to return on the screen with more of his sharp, timely one liners delivered calmly. In all, it’s a fine investigative fast paced thriller, with a more entertaining first hour and a less engaging second.

Nevertheless, watching it with an Indian viewpoint it’s a perfect script to be remade with Salman Khan playing the lead character of Jack, since it exactly requires the kind of screen presence, charm & action skills he has displayed in his recent films. Undoubtedly, a script many times better than his last few ventures…….and I hope the message reaches him somehow.


Rating : 3 / 5

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28 December 2012 / bobbysing /
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Salman Khan returning in the year’s last festive season with his sequel of the blockbuster DABANGG was exciting news for many including myself. So, spiritedly as I glanced through the newspaper’s entertainment section today, it was full of lists of theaters and uncountable shows of DABANGG 2 running all over the city like a carnival. Hence the very doubt of whether the film will work or not was completely out of question as there was no way it is going to flop with such a wide and mega release irrespective of its content. In fact that is the latest success formula of Bollywood in which you can make anything with the Stars and still churn out money, following this perfect business strategy without fail. Hence instead of thinking about the film’s box office performance I was just interested in enjoying a good time in the theater with Salman and his hugely likable mannerisms and that’s it.

The film began with exactly a similar action sequence as seen in its part one and within few minutes it clearly revealed that there’s only going to be a new city with some fresh villains in the storyline and nothing beyond that. Therefore in the entire first half we only have a smoothly progressing film with few occasional light moments and many songs but nothing great. However since its neither anything bad or intolerable so one doesn’t mind watching it calmly till an impressive scene comes right before the interval providing you the much needed energy to stay in.
Post intermission as one is willing to see many (predictable) fiery confrontation sequences with some never before kind of action performed by Salman Khan, it all suddenly happens pretty fast and ends on a very uninteresting note without making any kind of solid impact on the viewer. In other words, the second half doesn’t have anything grand or significant happening on the screen in terms of clashes, dialogues or action which was a lot less than what was being expected from a DABANGG Part 2. Yet on the positive side, its clean entertainment all the way (except the avoidable FEVICOL song) lacking any novelty, reminding you of all those revenge based movies featuring Dharmendra in the 80s with titles such as PAAP KO JALAA KAR RAAKH KAR DOONGA. So all together we have a new age macho man here in the form of Salman Khan (who has a friendly image off and on screen), punching the villains in another new film of his based on a routine script and that’s all.
As a director Arbaaz Khan just calls the shots and rest is done by Salman Khan himself who visibly keeps improvising on the spot in most of his scenes. To be honest the Superstar seems to be enjoying every frame of his stardom in the film without any fear or doubt. And therefore we don’t have Chulbul Pandey on the screen in reality but always Salman Khan playing the character given to him at his own pace or ease till the end. He entertains you with his dialogues, excels in his action and even makes you laugh through his awkward dance moments which in turn don’t let you write off the film completely even if you wish to. Therefore as one walks out, he is neither willing to say that it is great nor able to rate it bad in actual terms which should be a good news for all the fans out there.
Being a Salman Khan film, the entire supporting cast remains there to support only and never rises above that level as expected. Sonakshi plays it routine, Arbaaz is just okay, Vinod Khanna is fine but both Mahie Gill and Deepak Dobriyal remain wasted. Further it was really sad to see Prakash Raj once again being used as the same old villain waiting to be beaten by the hero in the end without any newly added gimmicks or flavor. To speak the truth here is an actor who is being used in great variety in South but always given the same repeated roles in each new big film without any vision here in Bollywood.
Musically, it has a good soundtrack no doubt but still a little weak if compared to its part one. Though few of the tracks have already become chartbusters due to the star value associated with them, yet they are way behind DABANGG as far as the melody is concerned. Plus I have my own objections to the songs like ‘Fevicol’ which I have discussed in another write-up for all friends here in the link below.
Summing up, DABANGG 2 doesn’t really fulfill the responsibility of giving something different or new in the sequel after the big success of its original. Its just the same biryani with some newly added colours served to you in a fresh plate. But since the taste is not bad at all, therefore you may not mind having it once again just to satisfy your timely hunger.
Ratings : 2 / 5

(For friends interested in reading about the points I have to raise against the song ‘FEVICOL’ and Salman Khan’s recent statement regarding the ‘Disgusting Rape Instance of Delhi’, do read the detailed article by clicking on the link below)
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