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FITOOR - We have seen much better, intense and insane 'Fitoor' in Hindi love stories made decades back than this poor interpretation of the theme. (Review By Bobby Sing).

SANAM RE - They had a good time shooting at exotic locations and we had a bad time sitting in the theaters like fools. (Review By Bobby Sing) .

GHAYAL ONCE AGAIN - The 90s cult hit was a RAJ KUMAR SANTOSHI film and this is not. That's the Review. (By Bobby Sing).

SANAM TERI KASAM - Wish the director duo had chosen a fresh-novel theme with the same talented couple and melodious soundtrack. (Review By Bobby Sing).

KHOON (Punjabi Short Film/2016) by Amardeep Singh Gill. (An overview by Bobby Sing).

SAALA KHADOOS - Its only sincere performances in an otherwise strictly predictable sports movie missing any surprising twist or a solid punch resulting in a big disappointment. (Review By Bobby Sing).

MASTIZAADE - Worse than even KYA KOOL HAIN HUM 3 despite the presence of Sunny in a double role. (Review By Bobby Sing) .

JUGNI - A familiar musical tale but with a brave, mature ending and a lovable performance from the lead girl. (Review By Bobby Sing).

KYAA KOOL HAIN HUM 3 - Its a badly written & executed film served in the name of sex-comedy, with only one pretty face and a catchy song. (Review By Bobby Sing).

AIRLIFT - Akshay's films might not be reaching the infamous 100 crore status, but the man is rightly choosing his subjects becoming the new-age Bharat Kumar for the present generation. (Review by Bobby Sing).

 
 
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February 14, 2016 Sunday     

Khoon - Amardeep Singh Gill

Punjabi Cinema doesn’t give you gems to praise very often and I refuse to applaud anything just because it belongs to my mother language or religion with no other substantial merits to showcase in cinematic terms. But luckily after a long time, here is a worth watching and worth praising small gem as a short Punjabi film directed by Amardeep Singh Gill (of “Sutta Naag” fame) along with his talented lead star Harsharan Singh, titled KHOON (Blood/Murder) based on a very touching emotional short story by the well known author Gurbachan Singh Bhullar.
Honestly, I kept watching the film's highly authentic portrayal of rural (pendu) life without much expectations heading towards a sudden culmination offering a shocking twist. And the film does need a lot of patience watching the long realistic shots depicting the forgotten life style of the villages with a monologue kind of story progression.
However when it actually reached its final sequence with that One Line Delivered and Received’ in a powerful heart-piercing manner shaking you real well, it simply resulted in twinkling moist eyes looking at the two protagonists on screen embracing each other.
Praising the film wholeheartedly, I completely endorse and support this new movement of making short films on the stories taken from the rich Punjabi Literature not being considered worth reading by our present ‘net-age’ generation quite sadly and hope this initiative leads to many more commendable ventures in the coming future.
Yes, the film does take its own time to establish a relationship with the viewer, but once you get into the feel of it and reach the last 5 minutes, it’s worth experiencing the effortless emotional explosion all of a sudden, depicting the power of love expressed through just a few innocent words.
So do give this a try even if you don’t understand Punjabi with the help of English subtitles at the following link and have a great insightful journey titled KHOON without any sight of even a drop of blood in its 35 minutes of duration.
Cheers!
Tags : KHOON (Punjabi Short Film/2016) by Amardeep Singh Gill, Punjabi Short films based on stories from Rich Punjabi Literature, Punjabi Short Stories, Harsharan Singh, Emotional Short Punjabi Film
 
 
03 February 2016 / bobbysing /
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Saif in Love Aaj KalImtiaz Ali’s entire repertoire as a director (comprising 6 films) has its own share of ups and downs with his last three films both being slammed and praised together by various sections of viewers. So keeping aside the ‘hot debate’ over the off-beat, thought-provoking themes of his recent films, here is an interesting account of director’s visible fascination with Punjab, its culture and its rich traditional music right from the days of ‘Socha Na Tha’ till ‘Tamasha’.
1. The director’s debut film, 'Socha Na Tha' (2005), had a short sequence where one could hear traditional Punjabi wedding songs being sung in the backdrop. It also had a song unusually forming the climax with a Punjabi-based mukhda saying, ‘O Yaara Rab Russ Jaane De’.
2. His most successful venture 'Jab We Met' (2007) completely revolved around a Punjabi Sikh family with the leading lady coming from Punjab. It had immensely popular tracks such as ‘Maujan Hi Maujan’ and ‘Nagada’ having their basic roots in Punjab’s folk rhythm, songs and popular phrases used in the region’s local vocabulary.
3. Imtiaz’s 'Love Aaj Kal' (2009) again had a major part of its story-line and some key characters based in Punjab. Plus this time he even had his leading star playing a proper Sikh character wearing the turban too. Besides, the songs as usual had a heavy Punjabi flavor using phrases such as ‘Raunak Shaunak’ and the hugely famous ‘Nagin Tune’ superbly incorporated in the track 'Twist’ that is repeatedly played in almost all Punjabi wedding ceremonies ‘on special demand’.
Another of the film’s popular track ‘Aahun Aahun’ began with the lines of ‘Kadey Ta Hass Bol Ve’ - a cult Punjabi song of singer Shaukat Ali from Pakistan, ‘Ajj Din Chadheya’ used the opening lyrics inspired from the famous poem of Punjab’s legendary poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi and then ‘Thoda Thoda Pyar’ had a strong influence of traditional folk songs of Punjab sung at sangeet or mehndi ceremonies. 
4. The title of director’s ‘Rockstar’ (2011) can also be taken as synonym to the Punjabi phrase ‘Saada Haq’ as it unarguably gave the film an amazing push right from the release of its first look with Ranbir singing ‘Saada Haq Aithey Rakh’. But apart from it, the film also had ‘Katiya Karun’ again having its strong base in the traditional Punjabi folk music.
5. Imtiaz’s experimental 'Highway' (2014) had its most famous song finding both the content as well as singers from Punjab as ‘Pataka Guddi’ using the reference of traditional ‘Jugni’ in a unusually fresh style and another had the title phrase yet again in Punjabi as ‘Maahi Ve’.
6. Coming to his latest offering 'Tamasha' (2015), Imtiaz continued following the set pattern and again used a Punjabi-based song to show the transformation of his characters with some innovative lyrics as ‘Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai’ shot in a typical Punjabi style showcasing pure traditional attires of Bhangra performers. Plus the song 'Wat Wat Wat' also had a rhythm strongly giving you a feeling of a Dhol-based song from Punjab.
Hence it seems, Imtiaz surely has a strong Punjabi influence on his creative expressions that always finds a place in his films without any exception to the rule.
Cheers!
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This article of BTC was published at IBNlive.com on 28th December 2015 with the heading :
‘Socha Na Tha’ to ‘Tamasha’: Imtiaz Ali’s fascination with Punjabi music. - by Bobby Sing
Tags : Imtiaz Alis fascination with Punjabi music from Socha Na Tha to Tamasha, A musical analysis By Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema, Articles on Cinema at BTC, Punjabi Music and Imtiaz Ali, Punjabi Culture and Characters in films of Imtiaz Ali
 
 
29 December 2015 / bobbysing /
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Taking a quick glance at the directorial ventures of Sooraj R. Barjatya one cannot overlook the fact that the renowned director does have some kind of fascination with the already used story-plots in the earlier hits of Rajshri productions, which might be as a tribute towards his golden legacy.
Stating the key names, Sooraj’s mega hit movie Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994) had the same basic storyline as in Nadiya Ke Paar (1982), his Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003) had its clear references taken from Chitchor (1976) and his written film Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi (2008) had its straight inspirations coming from Tapasya (1976).
So looking at this noticeable pattern, one wonders if his latest Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) also has some kind of interesting link with any of Rajshri’s forgotten ventures?
Rakta BandhanThe answer surprisingly is in the affirmative (in just conceptual terms) as there does exists a Rajshri film made on the same old, overused plot of two heroes with the similar looks replacing each other leading to the predictable drama. And the film is Rakta Bandhan released in 1984 featuring Mithun Chakravorthy playing the twin role ofa simple villager and a dacoit to be differentiated with their thick and thin moustachesas per the subject’s requirement.
Hence considering the major similarity in its basic theme, Sooraj’s continues paying a humble tribute to the reputed Rajshri banner with his Prem Ratan Dhan Payo too as a true successor.
Cheers!
(With thanks to Neel Trivedi for reminding me about the forgotten film in his valuable comment.)
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This article of BTC was published at IBNlive.com on 11th December 2015 with the heading :
Is Sooraj Barjatya's 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' similar to an old Rajshri film featuring Mithun Chakraborty? – by Bobby Sing
Tags : Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) and Sooraj R. Barjatyas fascination with old Rajshri films, Rajshris remakes of their own films, Rajshri films and their connection with Sooraj's films, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and Rakta Bandhan, Inspired Cinema, Copied Themes.
 
 
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