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August 22, 2014 Friday     

Let me start with a unique experience I had while watching “3 Idiots” paid premiere in one of Delhi’s leading multiplex on Thursday night. The house was full and everyone was pretty excited to see the last most awaited film of the year 2009. The show was to start at 7pm but unfortunately the print got stuck somewhere and there was a delay announced in the hall of about half an hour. Unusually the wait became long enough to complaint, and the show started 3 hours late at around 10pm. But not a single person in the theater abandoned the show and went back home. Everyone just stayed there in their seats waiting for three long hours along with their kids and family. The ambience made me feel the power, magic and expectations associated with two big names of Bollywood, namely Aamir Khan and Raj Kumar Hirani. And as the movie ended, everyone stood there clapping as refreshed as ever, even after they had spent more than 6 hours sitting in the cinema hall.

In few words, “3 Idiots” fulfills every promise it made and entertains the viewer completely with its engrossing and enlightening content based upon some real life happenings, we see and read about every day. Loosely inspired from Chetan Bhagat’s novel, “Five Point Someone”, it starts with the story of two friends, who are in search of their third adorable room-mate of the engineering college who actually helped them both in finding their own desired path in life. Commencing with a phone call to Madhavan, about their lost friend, the movie keeps shifting between the present & the past and majorly talks about the days they all spent together in the college studying engineering.
 
The first half is full of highly enjoyable moments which have a distinctive Hirani flavor and are sure going to be liked by everyone of any age or gender. The pants dropping humor may be a bit weird for some but the youngsters would not mind it at all for a change. However the engineering college campus and the in-class sequences in the movie do remind you of all the famous medical college scenes in Hirani’s debut masterpiece “Munnabhai M.B.B.S”. The entertaining first half ends on a mystery note, which straight away gets solved post intermission and then the story moves on towards the search of the third lost idiot, Aamir. Though the second half has got some dragging moments in the mid but overall, it makes a good impact on the viewer with a masterstroke used towards the climax having a pleasant surprise twist. And in the end, it makes you leave the hall clapping with a cheerful smile.

Director Rajkumar Hirani brilliantly writes all his scenes along with the talented Abhijat Joshi and the experienced Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The ease with which he showcases serious issues like Suicides by Students, Ragging in Colleges, Faulty Education System based on memorization and the unnecessary competition creating tension is simply commendable. He politely gives his own message through many comic and hilarious sequences in the movie which also have much bigger hidden indications for the society. Further, he humbly goes on to remind you that Are you doing the job you always wished for...? Or you also have just compromised and bowed down to the demanding needs of your greedy surroundings and still regretting the major decision of your life.
 
To be straight, “3 Idiots” is a director’s movie completely. Though it has been more publicized and awaited as an Aamir Khan project, but it would be completely unfair to treat it at par with the perfectionist’s earlier movies where he is in full force as a solo hero. In fact, every big and small character in “3 Idiots”, strongly makes his presence felt, which in turn restrains anybody from calling it an Aamir Khan movie alone. Having said that, I would also like to add that with “3 Idiots” Aamir once again proves his unmatchable understanding of the medium and willingness to work better with a team spirit. He consistently delivers another flawless performance of his shining career under the expert direction of Raj Kumar Hirani. His commitment towards the works shows from the unbelievable slim physique he gets into for the role of a college student after the famous body building act of “Ghajini” and comes out as a clear winner.
 
After Aamir, the next best act comes from Sharman Joshi who very convincingly portrays a complex character of a student caught in a dilemma. It’s unarguably the toughest role and Sharman’s best performance of his career till date. A truly award winning act by the young lad in the Best Supporting Act Category this year. The third idiot, Madhavan equally impresses in the role of an engineering student, wishing to become a wild life photographer from heart. Madhavan, never makes you feel his huge star status in the south and impressively plays his part with a quite conviction. Boman Irani is superb as earlier seen in the similar role of a University professor. Actually, he has mastered this particular kind of character by now and looks great in his messy get up in the movie.
 
Kareena Kapoor hasn’t got a big role in the script, but she still manages to catch your attention through her new look with the glasses. Mona Singh is cool in her few scenes but Javed Jaffery is wasted in a two scene role. The actor playing the studious friend of the 3 Idiots is first rate and Parikshit Sahni thankfully is there with a controlled act. Cinematography is worth mentioning especially in the scenes where the three friends meet at the top of a high rise structure, the beautiful roads in the mountains and the climax scene shot along the blue water lake of Ladakh. Shantanu Moitra’s music is not worth buying as an album, but it impresses and leaves a mark after you have watched the movie in the theater. The song “All Izz Well” keeps growing on the mind, once you understand the real meaning of its lyrics in the movie. Background score suits the mood of the script well and is used creatively in the scenes.
 
Summing up, there is no doubt that “3 Idiots” is one of the finest movies of 2009 and will be a great success at the box office, but at the same time I would like to share a few points I have in mind about the movie :
 
Firstly, the basic format of the movie remains very close to Hirani’s debut venture “Munnabhai MBBS”. It has many similar (not identical) scenes of college classrooms, lectures and exams (though the subjects are different). The interaction between Boman and Aamir is on the similar lines of Boman and Sanjay Dutt. There is also a Hospital Sequence of Sharman getting paralyzed and Aamir curing him with his miraculous ways (quite identical to Carrom Board Sequence in Munna Bhai). And lastly as there was “Jaadoo Ki Jhappi” in Munna Bhai and “Gandhigiri” in “Lage Raho”, similarly here we have a new phrase “All Izz Well” used in 3 Idiots to woo the audiences. So I somewhere felt the basic framework of the movie written around the same commercial elements used in Munna Bhai.
 
Secondly the pregnancy sequence of Mona Singh, where Aamir has to perform as a doctor on the online guidance of Kareena, was a kind of deliberate, filmy and quite far from reality.
 
And thirdly, I couldn’t appreciate the way, Hirani hilariously treated the poor family of
Sharman Joshi and the character of his paralyzed father. He mercilessly used the poor character as a comedian and made the audience laugh at his helpless situation which I didn’t find very amusing. This particular part was not as per the standards set by Hirani himself through his earlier two masterpieces and was an avoidable patch on an otherwise brilliant and highly entertaining flick from the master craftsman.
 
Incidentally, as seen in his previous blockbusters, the master director continues to give you a glimpse of his western influences and favourites by using the animated scene of millions of sperms racing towards becoming a baby, which is highly inspired from a similar sequence in Woody Allen’s “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex”
 
But despite of the above mentioned points, the talented trio, Rajkumar Hirani, Aamir Khan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra have a sure shot winner in their hands, which will be unanimously liked by all the section of the viewers together and should turn out to be a big success. Raj Kumar Hirani once again proves himself as one of the most talented, gifted and capable directors of Hindi Film Industry. As his third offering he proudly presents an important movie for all the youngsters, which teaches them to just follow their inner dreams and desires. The movie has an ultimate message for all that “You should first aim at enjoying and achieving brilliance in your work and then success will automatically follow”. A must watch indeed.
 
Rating : 4 / 5 (Missed 4.5 due to the unwanted treatment given to Sharman’s poor Family)
 
(Added into my list of “Movies To See Before You Die”)
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25 December 2009 / bobbysing /
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Cricket may be the most famous game in India with millions of viewers glued to the screen while a match is on, but the same cannot be said about the several movies made on the game. In fact out of all the flicks written around the sport in the history of Hindi Cinema only two have been successful so far and they are “Lagaan” & “Jannat”. The latest “World Cup 2011” also carries the legacy forward since it’s just another weak project revolving around the game of cricket and it’s currently over famous fixing racket.

However, there is one good thing about the movie and that is the decent intention with which it is made to uncover the invisible racket of match fixing. In the past we have seen “Jannat” which used the fixing plot as a commercial angle to make it likable by the viewers. But in “World Cup 2011” the actor-director Ravi Kapoor, simply tries to give an answer from his side to everyone involved in this degradation of the game. Sadly, that is the only worth mentioning point in the movie, as otherwise it’s quite a weak product quite similar to “Dil Bole Haddipa”, “Victory” and many more.
 
For a change, the story has a repenting Captain of Indian team who is facing a ban for being involved with some bookies and losing the World Cup 2007 in the finals. After a gap of four years he is again given a chance in the World Cup of 2011 and making the best use of it, he fights back with everyone coming in his way towards the cup. The predictable plot lacks the spirit needed in a sports movie and that’s where everything goes wrong for “World Cup 2011”. The story moves too smoothly showcasing all the developments happening on the screen with an impossible ease. A banned captain gets a second chance on a simple request to the coach. The cricket board has only one visible head who can take major decisions all by himself and the Captain of Indian Cricket team attends the party hosted by the bookies accompanied by almost half of his team.
 
Surprisingly there are also number of names taken in the movie which resemble many real life characters immensely famous in Indian Politics and Cricket. Like the captain of the Indian Team is named Ravi Indulkar, who even has a Bengali and Sikh player in his group indicating to the realistic Indian players on the field. The move was good to fetch extra attention from the media but it’s the execution which fails to make its mark on the viewers. Actually every movie on a particular sport essentially requires a lot of home work to be done on the finer details of the game. “World Cup 2011” scores the minimum in this context, since it mainly focuses on exposing the fixing mafia in the game and pays less attention on how the game is actually executed. For instance every time a wicket falls down in the match post intermission, the entire team gathers right on the middle of the pitch and starts jumping, hugging & celebrating (which is a major offense in cricket).
 
Talking about the lead actor-writer-director Ravi Kapoor, he has got the romantic looks and might be able to do much better with some intense training from the right people in the field. Manisha Chatterjee, as his love interest, could not rise above the average level. Prem Chopra, Suresh Oberoi and Zakhir Hussain are just there to do their routine jobs. Cinematography is okay but Aditya Shrivastava saves his better compositions for some another big project. He also seems to be very desperate in his guest appearance in the Tapori Song which is undoubtedly inspired from the “Bhai” number of “Shooting at Lokhandwala”.
 
In all, Ravi Kapoor may have made this project with the noble intentions of resurrecting the controversial image of cricket and its players, but as a movie on the screen, its remains an amateurish effort from the heart.
 
Rating : 1 / 5
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20 December 2009 / bobbysing /
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What are the characteristics of “Progressive cinema” in a country? The phrase can only be used when the viewers get some new unexplored subjects to watch with no unnecessary subplots or deliberately added commercial angles in a movie. And Shimit Amin’s “Rocket Singh” unarguably stands tall among the few recent movies representing the “Progressive Cinema Movement” in the Hindi Film Industry. In short the best month of the year is here with another worth watching movie for all the desperate viewers after the last week’s gem “Paa”.  

 Frankly speaking, “Rocket Singh” is not the usual bollywood kind of movie with the same ages old ingredients of action, love & comedy. It may not be appreciated by the masses, but for a change it’s a simple and refreshing flick with everything just in the right proportions as required. The movie neither has any sick side stories yelling loudly to impress the viewers nor there are any silly unwanted songs jumping into the screenplay from nowhere. In other words it’s a great piece of art made by a thinking team strictly on the lines of innovative Hollywood projects which are based on variety of subjects written around our daily routine life.
 
The story talks about a fresh and honest graduate who is looking for a descent job to make his future career. The wickedness of his colleagues and seniors in the office helps him transform into a clever and strategic businessman. But in the process he also has to opt for some unethical means and uses his present job office and resources for his personal benefit. The innovative plot not only enlightens us about the cut throat competition in the Sales line but it also showcases the hardships faced by the innocent customers due to the evil practices adopted by the service providers. The film commences slowly and starts growing on the viewer with its to the point narrative and highly realistic sequences. In fact most of the viewers will find it very easy to relate with various characters in the script portrayed just like the real life people we meet every day.
 
After his masterpiece “Chakk De India”, Shimit returns with another brilliant work which again has a huge contribution coming from his writer Jaideep Sahni. Shimit’s subtle treatment of the subject never slides down and he maintains a firm grip on the movie right till its impressive climax. Interestingly, all the incidents in the movie strongly point towards some similar personal experiences of either Shimit or Jaideep in the past. Jaideep splendidly comes up with the most original description of his characters quite close to his “Khosla Ka Ghosla” which also revolved around Delhi and its Punjabi culture. Actually the whole setup of a computer company and its premises in “Rocket Singh” is more relevant to New Delhi’s computer hub, Nehru Place (which Jaideep must have seen) and everyone who has visited the premises would readily agree to that. Taking into account all their works together in the past, the writer-director duo is a great team in formation and you can easily expect many more brilliant projects coming from them in the near future.
 
In the performance arena there are good things to write about almost everyone in the cast. With the most authentic Sikh character’s portrayal on the screen till date, Ranbir Kapoor once again excels and makes everyone in the Kapoor family feel proud of their young energetic and hardworking kid. His choice of projects after the unexpected debacle of “Saawariya” clearly proves his gifted cinematic sense and intuition power. While watching him on screen, not even once you feel that he is in a fictional get up of a Sikh. In simple words he just slips into the body of Harpreet Singh Bedi and delivers an effortless, enjoyable and the most impressive performance of his career.
 
Prem Chopra delivers a lovable cameo. Gauhar Khan impresses in her role of a receptionist and she surely has got the oomph factor to burn the screen. Shazahn Padamsee is fresh and confident as Ranbir’s customer cum friend. Everyone else in the team lead by Rocket Singh is perfectly chosen and they skillfully act as true to life realistic characters, especially the computer engineer and his sexy desktops glowing in the night. Cinematography is nothing exceptional and Salim-Sulaiman music is just above average with all the songs used shortly along with the background score.
 
However, the only probable mistake, the marketing team of “Rocket Singh” has made is that they wrongly promoted the film as a comedy. The promos with Ranbir dancing to the tune of “Pocket Mein Rocket Hai” clearly give you an idea of the movie being a funny take on office politics and life of an salesman. Whereas in reality it’s a sensible story of a fresh graduate who goes on to make a confident mark in his very first job of a salesman. Though it has many comedy sequences coming in at regular interval throughout, but still that doesn’t allow anybody to simply call it a comedy movie. In fact all the viewers coming in for seeing just another routine, over the top, bollywood comedy may get highly disappointed from the end result they get. So, once again it’s an example of wrong promotion tried by the makers to bring in some more crowds in the opening weekend.
 
But if you ask me then just don’t take it as a comedy and go for it if you really want to see a fresh, cool and uplifting movie completely different from what we have been seeing in all this year. In short, “Rocket Singh” is one of those few rare movies which are made without thinking of any favorable box office results. If majority of the viewers like it then that’s a good sign of progress being made in the Indian Cinema. But if most of them take it otherwise then that will be the most unfortunate outcome of 2009.  
 
Highly recommended for everyone yearning for a change in Bollywood’s choice of subjects.
 
Rating : 4 / 5
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