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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..

When my Career Consultancy didn't work for a few strangely concerned parents. - by Bobby Sing (Few Life Inspiring Words - 23).

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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It’s said that life itself gives you enough exciting plots to be portrayed in stories, novels or films if one has got ‘the eye’ to look at the happenings and people around. The fact gets rightly proved by this terrific Malayalam film TRAFFIC, reportedly based on a real life mission successfully carried out by Tamil Nadu Police through the much more crowded roads and complex situations in the city of Chennai.
The incident inspired writer duo Bobby-Sanjay to come up with a tight, spellbinding script adding many realistic characters into the actual event. And director (Late) Rajesh Pillai transformed it into a well-crafted big screen experience with a genuinely raw feel getting the much needed support from his talented cast led by an amazingly subtle yet highly effective lead performance from Sreenivasan. One of the first experimental movies incorporating multi-narratives interlinked with each other in Indian regional cinema (similar to few foreign flicks), TRAFFIC is also considered as the film initiating the “New Age Cinema Wave” in Malayalam Film Industry in the year 2011.
Following no set formulas of storytelling, it simply narrates the series of events leading to a shocking tragedy, linking four distinctive families through an unexpected coincidence.  An honest narration sticking to its core subject revolving around a brutal accident and heart transplant scheduled within a fixed time frame, TRAFFIC is the story of a single day and few particular hours wherein ‘A Live Heart’ should reach from one hospital to the other by road in a record timing, that realistically looks like impossible keeping in mind the maddening traffic on the streets.
With many brutal and unpredictable twists and turns intelligently incorporated in the script, the film is a largely satisfying experience with enough emotional as well as thrilling memorable moments that leave a lasting impact on the viewers after it’s all over. It begins calmly building the connections between its unrelated characters, but then makes every minute count once the operation begins with Sreenivasan raising his hand in the important emergency meeting. Following a sincere approach right from its opening sequence to the last, TRAFFIC is certainly one of those genuinely path breaking projects converting a newspaper headline into an exciting cinematic thriller, smartly overcoming the issue of a predictable climax.
Having said that, the film does have some weak characterizations and unconvincing twists in its particular sub-plot of ‘love-betrayal-revenge’ getting sorted quite easily without any proper justifications. But the visual tension, superbly created in its second hour by the energetic cinematography (Shyju Khalid), water-tight editing (Mahesh Narayanan) and a highly pulsating background score (Mejo Joseph), do not let you think about anything else (at least while watching the film, remaining more interested in the result of its life-saving expedition).
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Another worth mentioning merit of TRAFFIC is the inclusion of few well-written ‘eye opener’ sequences in its thoughtful script that bluntly reveals the real face of our society clearly functioning under the influence of all rich and the powerful. For instance, the heart wrenching scene where a father is being requested to let his young son die and even the politicians of the city are making a call for the same, just because it’s the case related to a movie superstar. Also the whole city’s traffic getting manipulated by the authorities themselves, forces you to think that would they have all reacted in the same manner if there was a poor person’s daughter lying in the ICU waiting for ‘The Heart Transplant’?
Anyway, keeping this scary social paradox aside (capable of sending you into a thinking mode), TRAFFIC needs to be seen as an entertaining as well as enlightening, inspiring film talking about the power of coincidence in our unpredictable lives. Offering an exciting roller coaster ride in its final hour, the film can easily be rated as one of the best fast paced thrillers in Indian cinema with an unusual realistic backdrop inspired from a true incident.
Rating : 3.5 + 0.5 / 5 (with an additional 0.5 for the excellent background score and much appreciable social theme sarcastically looking upon the ‘Power of being a Celebrity’)
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Following the recent trend of films being made around Sikh characters, director Puneet Issar comes up with a project which heavily takes the support of Sikh religious beliefs to get noticed. In order to get some instant attention, particularly from the “Punjabi belt” in the North and in abroad, he even calls it I AM SINGH, poorly meddling with Sikh sentiments in an unqualified way, which cannot be applauded for many valid reasons (given later in the review).

As I feel its indeed a welcome change where films are being made on some sensitive issues related with Sikhs, moving ahead from just using them in some comic references. But at the same time it is not required to turn these films into Religious projects trying to en-cash the soft sacred side of the viewers forcing them to watch it with some different reasons. Unfortunately I AM SINGH tries the same throughout its 2 hours and in turn fails to either entertain or enlighten the viewers in any form.
The film is based on an important theme of Racial Discrimination and Hate Crimes seen in the West against Muslims and Sikhs due to their resembling attires. It’s a delicate issue which demanded a responsible depiction from the director and his actors. But IAS portrays the subject in such a manner that one simply feels like watching an aimless angered agitation on the screen and nothing else. The main protagonists of the movie shout more and act less in their respective roles which even crosses the line of hamming at several instances. Hence there is nothing appreciable in the film from the content, execution, acting or music point of view since it represents a hugely important issue in a very childish manner.
For instance the directorial level of the film can easily be judged looking at the way Puneet Issar conceives and shoots the scenes at the Police Station involving only 3-4 foreign officials. The editing further messes it all by confusing interchanging shots of both India and abroad. Actually it seems, that the only mission of the makers is to loudly announce that “We are proud to be a Sikh” taking names of all the Divine Sikh Gurus in its lengthy and unimpressive dialogues. And that’s where I strongly disagree with its viewpoint because it never portrays the actual Sikh Ideologies in the right way. And here are my reasons for the same.

Its good to feel proud of your origin, culture and religion but the proud needs to be shown in a decent way. In a multi-religion country like India, If Sikhs are proud to be Sikhs, then Hindus are also proud to be Hindus and Muslims are proud to be Muslims too. So everyone is proud on his religion but that doesn’t mean that the same proud should lead to fights showing disrespect towards each other’s existence. The basic principle of Sikhism is to Accept, Respect and Protect the identity of others with conviction. And that conviction is completely missing in this project called I AM SINGH.

Secondly, at one end, the whole film keeps on screaming the message that “We are all equal humans without any caste or creed” by making the reference of the sacred text “Maanas ki Jaat Sabhe Eke Pehchanbo” (Consider all human race as one) by Guru Gobind Singh. Yet all the producers in a very questionable way, openly write their third title, i.e. their CASTES in their names as “Thind” which is strictly against the same message of SIKHSIM mentioned above.
Thirdly and most importantly, what can be said about the film called I AM SINGH and its writer-actor-director Puneet Issar, who is intelligent enough to make a project with this title, featuring himself as a tough Sikh policeman in it. But at the same time, is also so unwise that he goes on to promote the film in all channels and interviews in his original appearance of a BALD, which in a clear way is a Big Insult to his own film called I AM SINGH based on a specific religion as per its title. After so many years in the industry, at least one should be professional enough to promote a project keeping in mind its basic requirements. And that I think should say it all about his understanding of the project itself.

To sum up, a 2004 release "I Proud To Be An Indian" still remains a much better film made on this subject till date.

Rating : 1 / 5 (Only for its well designed publicity material.)
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31 December 2011 / bobbysing /
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If one considers the promotional campaign of the film with its strangely designed posters and mediocre promos having many loud dialogues then there are very remote chances of anyone getting excited to see it in the theater. Besides, the overall look of the movie clearly gives you an idea that it has not been made by professionals of the field in any case. Still, one name in its credits grabs your attention and forces you to think that Why this person is making such a movie himself and How he wants to portray the real truth after being a part of the game personally? And to be precise that’s what makes this project more important, not as a film but as an effort alone by a person from the inner circle.

Reviewing KYSH as a movie technically is quite easy since it just remains an incompetent attempt made with some noble intentions by an honest person. In fact I strongly feel that though its makers had a very clear and specific motive behind making this film but in the process they made a very wrong choice of their technical crew and creative team, who was not experienced enough to deliver anything close to a quality product. And due to this major factor, the project fails to qualify as a film to be seen in multiplexes or single screen theaters if you take into account its performances, shot-taking, direction, cinematography, music and other related departments. In straight words, it gives you such lengthy, uninteresting and below average sequences right from the start that you might like to quit watching it much earlier than it ends. BUT despite of all these big drawbacks, I still cannot go on thrashing the movie just for its technical faults as it does has something to say which is of utmost importance for the entire nation and its younger generation.
Its a film based on a book with the title “Carnage by Angels” by an I.P.S. Officer Mr. Y. P. Singh. Now after revealing it all in his book, Mr. Singh decided to go for the best medium of expression to make his voice reach a wider audience which resulted in this movie called KYA YAHI SACH HAI. Revolving around the shameful & regretful experiences of an IPS Officer working under corrupt seniors and politicians, it is directed by Mr. Y. P. Singh himself, having the first hand experiences of the events happening behind the closed doors. And that is the reason why this film is of great importance for our nation as a whole being an unadulterated version of all the actual happenings.
Coming from a Senior Police official himself, KYSH has some severely shocking scenes which are a big disgrace for our nation’s constitution and government. In fact its quite surprising how the Censors agreed to release the film without cutting all those objectionable scenes. May be because it was made by one of the officers only. To name a few, it has a Commissioner of Police behaving like a trembling bonded labour, a DGP standing with folded hands and an aged IAS Officer bending down at the feet of a corrupt Home Minister just to save his name and job. On top of this, the officer even gives a new full form to the abbreviation IAS, explaining it as “I AM SLAVE” quite disgustingly. The film also bravely exposes the way influential people of the society get their work done through illegal money transactions and prostitution. It openly brings forward the ugly side of our corrupt system which doesn’t allow any honest person to stay there amongst them for long.
And if this is what an IPS officer has to tell us about his own department and other higher government administrators, then its indeed gravely serious and dangerous not only for us at present but for our entire future generations. If this is what happens behind all those mysterious political curtains then our nation really needs a revolution from the common man himself, where he has to essentially and urgently realize the importance of that one single vote in his own hands.
So, yes KYA YAHI SACH HAI is a pretty weak and mediocre project technically but it needs to be seen not as a film but as a visual documentation by an I.P.S officer, who dares to bare it all in front of the Indian audience. Hence, don’t switch it off whenever it is shown on TV in the next few months since it is a bold, honest and serious confession by a responsible officer himself which deserves to be seen by one and all to feel the heat.
Rating : 1 / 5 (Just for the sincere effort)
(But it doesn’t deserve to be rated this low as per routine since its not a film but an honest documentation.)
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