A warm welcome to all friends visiting the site with a loving invitation to read my personal expressions on movies, music, poetry and life.

Music and Movies are like Ears and Eyes to me and if you also feel the same, then you are going to enjoy every moment spent on my works here, for sure.

Do send in your valuable comments and suggestions as they would be my guide for all the future works.

ENJOY!

DUM LAGA KE HAISHA - A simple, sweet but hurriedly made film lacking emotional depth with a soundtrack reminding you of the musical 80s & 90s. (Review by Bobby Sing).

QISSA (Punjabi) - A complex tale of an obsessed father and his sickening proud to have a son ruining many lives. (Review By Bobby Sing).

BADLAPUR - Though its second half & climax is bound to meet mixed responses, still do watch it for the director's crafty execution & all intense performances as a must. (Review By Bobby Sing).

MSG THE MESSENGER - Its actually not a movie but a 3 hour long, tacky 'Showreel of the Dera' made for its existing and would-be followers alone. (Not A Review By Bobby Sing).

ROY - For what kind of target audience you actually made this dear film-maker? (Review By Bobby Sing).

The three introspective lines in THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (2011) - (Life Teaching Dialogues / Songs from Films (3) - By Bobby Sing).

SHAMITABH - An uneven film made on a fresh concept that deserves to be seen for its polished performances, few well written highs & a thoughtful climax. (Review By Bobby Sing).

EH JANAM TUMHARE LEKHE (Punjabi) - Watch it as a must to honour the lesser known blessed soul BHAGAT PURAN SINGH and the underrated powerhouse of talent PAWAN MALHOTRA. (Review By Bobby Sing).

HAWAIZAADA - A tiring, comical execution stressing more on frames, songs & romance ruins the actual seriousness of the subject & performances. (Review By Bobby Sing).

RAHASYA - Do watch it if u love 'whodunit' suspense movies or novels & don't reveal the secret as a responsible movie-goer. (Review By Bobby Sing).

 
 
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  Gulzar  
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  Rajkumar Santoshi  
  Majid Majidi  
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  Prakash Mehra  
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March 01, 2015 Sunday     
It’s always great fun to see films featuring the westerners visiting INDIA for their own distinctive purposes ranging from medical urgency to spirituality and a lot more. I truly enjoy such films portraying our country in both the wrong and right way together (due to their own ignorance) right from the days of projects produced/directed by Ismail Merchant and then the more famous award winners like A PASSAGE TO INDIA (1984) directed by the maestro David Lean.
Admittedly there have been many more films made on the related themes in the last few decades, but the reason for writing about THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (2011) here are the three particular lines, the film comes up in its climax that redefines the meaning of life for its various characters fighting with their own problematic issues.
A film revolving around a group of foreigners visiting India, staying at the supposedly best Marigold Hotel, it might not be a masterpiece but remains a pleasant feel good venture offering an enjoyable amalgamation of Indian and Western cultures depicted in a loving style by director John Medden.
And the three important lines that need to be contemplated upon are:
“The only real failure is the failure to try.
And the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment.”
“The person who risks nothing, does nothing……….has nothing.
&
“Someone once said, everything will be all right in the end.
But If its not all right…….then trust me……….. its not the end yet.”
Cheers!
For more details of the movie click : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1412386/
Tags : Life Teaching Dialogues & Songs in Films, Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing, Articles on Music Poetry and Life by Bobby Sing, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), Films made on foreigners visiting India, Wrong and right depicton of India in foreign films, Introspective articles on cinema at bobbytalkscinema.com
 
 
08 February 2015 / bobbysing /
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Gulzar SaabIt was the last quarter of 1996 and the first night show of MAACHIS at Liberty cinema, the still operational single screen theatre in the famous Karol Bagh region in New Delhi. This particular Friday was one of the most awaited ones especially by the Sikh community since many months, as everyone was more than eager to see how Gulzar has depicted the sad state of Punjab and its people in the film with reference to the infamous terrorism, the invisible sufferings and exploitation of the youth ruining numerous families of Punjab in the ugly decade of 80s and early 90s.
The Punjabi community had many hopes from the film mainly because MAACHIS was directed by Gulzar, who with a Sikh background was expected to understand the core issue much better than any other director of Mumbai as a logical deduction. Thankfully the expectations were largely fulfilled for a major part of the audience all over making a solid impact and the hit song “Chappa Chappa Charkha Chaley” played a key role in it unarguably. The track was widely being used for Bhangra performances in colleges, schools or private functions and mind you it was still not the time of DJs coming for every small family party or get-together without an exception.
The song was one of our favourites too and by ‘our’ I mean my group of friends who used to meet every Friday night for the new Hindi film released unconditionally (whatever it takes to be there at the theatre, at any cost). And therefore that night too we were all sitting in the back rows of Liberty cinema, excited enough to watch the film with no information about what was in store for us next offering a surprisingly pleasant gift to be cherished for long.
A few advertisements were running on the screen as usual before the film when suddenly the lights came on again and there was a strange unrest in the hall with whispers all over. After a few moments, the person in our next row said,
“Koi Aa Raha Hai Kya?”
And then the other said, “Hero Kaun Hai Film Mein………Main To Pehchaanta Bhi Nahin!”
To this the first man replied, “Hero To Gulzar Hi Hai, Wohi To Nahin Hai Kahin!”
I was excitingly hearing their conversation and was feeling the goose bumps too with the name of Gulzar coming up in their talks. Was he really coming and am I going to see him in person tonight all of a sudden? The thoughts were fast running in my mind looking at the doors in the front when few people started rushing in hurriedly. And in the group behind were two young boys dressed stylishly (Chandrachur Singh and Jimmy Shergill as I can remember) along with a person in complete white attire who had to be the man I was looking for. As they all stepped on to the small stage in front of the screen, there was a huge roar of applause and I got the first glimpse of the maestro waving towards the crowd and then standing with folded hands on the stage till the compere asked the people to settle down.
Making many repeated requests the compere was unable to control the crowd and in no time big shouts of ‘Bole So Nihaal, Sat Sri Akal’ were all over the theater since almost 70% of the audience were Punjabis and students of Khalsa College situated quite close to the theatre. With the young ones not interested in calming down, the organizers decided to make it short and gave a quick introduction of the stars and then Gulzar Saab, asking him to say a few words. As the mike was passed to him he started addressing the people calmly and in no time I found myself rushing towards the front pushing everyone coming in the way quite rudely. Few of my friends accompanied me and in just a few seconds we were standing right behind the crowd gathered around the director and his cast willing to shake hands with them as their true fans (there were no mobiles at that time to click pictures......making it more beautiful & real).
Noticing the crowd becoming restless inching ahead slowly, the compere asked the cast members and Gulzar Saab to move out and they once again waved to the audience before stepping down. During these few minutes, I didn’t even notice what was being said on the stage as I was only interested in being close to the master once and touch his feet too if possible. With the same intention as they all came off the stairs, I just bent down stretching my hand from within the people standing ahead of me and somehow managed to reach Gulzar’s Saab’s feet feeling the magic touch. The maestro probably realized someone has touched his feet and was willing to see the face for showering his blessings too. But by the time I managed to come up again to make an eye-contact, he had already moved ahead and just turned away not having found the face who touched his feet from within that crazy crowd as a passionate, loving fan. And watching him move out of the door, I found myself standing still like a stone with a big wish fulfilled all of a sudden without even making an eye contact with my beloved magician of words – Gulzar Saab.
Cut to, today after so many years gone by, I decided to share the personal experience here with all friends of BTC because of a loving inspiration coming from Sh. Pavan Jha and I truly hope this honest expression of mine somehow reaches the maestro too as another respectful, pyar bhara Charan-Sparsh after a gap of two long decades since 1996.
HIS BLESSINGS
Tags : Gulzar The Magician of Words, When I touched the maestros feet, Those cherished cinematic moments By Bobby Sing, Nostalgia, Nostalgic Hindi Cinema of the 90s, Liberty Cinema Karol Bagh, Maachis, Gulzars film on Punjab Terrorism, Chappa Chappa Charkha Chaley, Articles on cinema, Articles on Music, Poetry and Life, Vinage Films and Articles.
 
 
27 January 2015 / bobbysing /
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Continuing the Exclusive BTC series travelling back in time when the film magazines had quality articles not written by the routine journalists or columnists but by the veteran artists themselves, this is the second article in the series penned by the thinking star NARGIS herself, before she became NARGIS DUTT and even before her cult film got released titled MOTHER INDIA.
The article pleasantly showcases the thoughtful persona of the actress where she is very much aware and concerned about how a woman is being portrayed in Indian films with the changing times.
              Mother India Onshoot Rare Pic

Man’s Better Half : As depicted on the Indian screen
(FILMFARE – November 9, 1956) 

(Click on the following links to open the high quality scans in a different window that can easily be read by enlarging the text with the zoom option.)

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With a hope that the effort would be appreciated by all dear friends of BTC, I really wish this valuable treasure entertains and enlightens maximum number of friends through the social networks and may it also encourage many other collectors to share their possessed gems too making a serious effort.
Cheers!
Tags : A Vintage Article by NARGIS, When the veterans used to write themselves, Bobby Talks Cinema Exclusive, Vintage Filmfare Magazine, Old Vintage film Magzines, Old Scans of Bollywood Magazines.
 
 
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