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May 02, 2016 Monday     
Mobile-UsersKeeping the mixed reviews and public views apart, there is no denying to the fact that almost everyone watching ‘Fan’ was in mutual agreement over the fabulous portrayal of Gaurav by Shah Rukh Khan, raising the expectations from the film in the week ahead.
However the numbers did not confirm the same and its really confusing to see the results, keeping in mind the gigantic fan following supporting such major ventures right from the first day itself so enthusiastically. Even the social networks become so lively in the days before the ‘Big Friday’, raising a valid question that is everyone vouching for the film really watching it in the theaters too buying a ticket?
Supporting the confusion, even if we consider just 35-40% of our population in the age group of 15 to 50, then the evident euphoria around the star clearly allows us to assume a bare minimum of at least 2 crore individuals among them as the ‘True Fans’, who would certainly be there at the theaters on the very first day of the film’s release or at least in the first weekend. Further considering just Rs.100 spent by these 2 crore fans on their movie tickets in the first weekend on an average (the actual amount being much higher), the number should easily go beyond the figure of 200 crores (Gross) without any big calculations as such.
However the ground reality doesn’t agree to the above, simply raising a logical doubt that is everyone active on the social networks really watching these films in the theater spending the average amount or they are mostly watching them through the Pirated DVDs and Torrents files shared on their personal computers and mobile phones at just free or a much lesser cost compared to the costly multiplexes tickets.
The fact gets a visible confirmation when one finds almost every young individual hooked on to their mobile phones with the ear-phones plugged in during their daily travels on metros, local trains and buses. And in 7 out of 10 cases, you will find them watching the latest Hindi films downloaded either through pirated DVDs or torrent files widely shared over the net (including the fans too).
So the scenario really forces you to raise a much hard hitting and scary question that, “Are there not even 2 crore fans (among the population of more than 125 crores) watching these films in the theater in reality?
Certainly something alarming, worth giving a thought!
This article was published on News18.com (earlier IBNLIVE.com) on 20th April 2016 with these two titles :
“Are Torrent Downloads and Pirated Dvds the Reason Behind the Box Office Slump of 'FAN'?”
“Do Even Real Fans Now Prefer Watching Films on Pirated DVDs and Torrents?”
Tags : Are even the FANS watching films on Pirated DVDs and Torrents? by Bobby Sing, Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Piracy affecting the film business, People not willing to go to the theatres, High ticket pricing affecting film business.
21 April 2016 / bobbysing /
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Bonjour Ji - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

When I was first sent the link of this small beautiful gem titled BONJOUR JI by the director Satinder Kassoana, then frankly I assumed it to be another purposefully made short film propagating a particular sect or religion following the set routine. Films made with the same sickening vision of looking at the world through a pair of prejudiced glasses worn with a loud pride of the history I was no more interested in ………. and therefore remained unresponsive for a while without caring about its interesting title called ‘Bonjour Ji’.
However, the moment I watched the film for its first five minutes only, its content and execution readily made me realize my big mistake as it was way ahead than those typical religious films I was literally done with and was certainly something special and unique with a class of its own unarguably.
Written, enacted, executed and directed with an appreciable wider vision talking about the world and its citizens as a whole, 'Bonjour Ji' is an introspective short film revolving around few characters sidelined by the majority community in a foreign land. Set in Montreal it has a soothing yet powerful narration making us realize the fact that,
how our biased assumptions about the other create unnecessary racial differences leading to scary communication gaps.
How ‘the looks’ and ‘the name’ remain the only two factors we base our assumptions on while dealing with a stranger?
How we go on considering the other with all wrong perspectives due to our own set conditioning of mind formed by a questionable upbringing, irresponsible media and provocative people around.
And how we go on making this blessed world a difficult place to live without even thinking about the illogical reasoning of our thought process demeaning the other.
Through a beautifully structured story progression amalgamating the incidents happening with its various characters, this significant short film thoughtfully suggests or rather guides that it’s just a simple, unbiased conversation we all need to solve many major issues. And the idea reminded me of a worth sharing, life teaching phrase heard from my university Vice Chancellor when he conveyed that, “Accepting, Respecting and Protecting the identity of others is the only rule to be followed in this world today”.
So with a big thanks to director Satinder Kassoana for sharing this small gem, I wish the film reaches many more misguided souls making them realize the grave consequences of arrogantly ‘misreading the other’. Featuring Rup Singh Magon  (of JOSH band fame) it’s a multi-lingual presentation with English subtitles deserving all the appreciation and awards won in various festivals and is a strongly recommended watch for every cinema loving friend of BTC at the earliest.
Here is the link : https://vimeo.com/163160890
Tags : BONJOUR JI Short film by Satinder Kassoana, A Must watch multilingual short film, Bonjour Ji Review by Bobby Sing, Short Film featuring Rup Magon of JOSH, Award Winning short film on Racial discrimination, Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com
19 April 2016 / bobbysing /
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To begin with, the basic outline of the subject is actually the same we have seen umpteen times before in Hindi films featuring similar looking double roles and obsessive characters stalking their beloved with a dangerous killer instinct like in DARR, DASTAK, ANJAAM and more. However the major novelty here lies in the fact that the Hero is a big Bollywood superstar and the stalker is a look-alike fan who later turns into an evil force with changing circumstances.
But before moving on to Hindi films, here are some English movies revolving around the similar themes close to FAN.
THE FAN (1996) – Based on the novel with the same name by Peter Abrahams, YRF cannot be so naive to take it from a film with exactly the same title. Yet there can be no denial to the fact that there are some strong similarities in the concept, with the only difference being that here the two actors are not having any similar looks as in the SRK film. This 1996 film has Robert De Niro playing the temperamental die-hard fan of a baseball player enacted by Wesley Snipes.
Misery (1990) – Talks about a famous novelist and his passionate fan who saves him from an accident but later reveals her obsessive state of mind as the film progresses. Directed by Rob Reiner, Kathy Bates won the Best Actress Oscar for her powerful performance of a fan in the film.
The King of Comedy (1982) – Martin Scorsese directed this realistic comedy focusing on the fake ‘celebrity culture’ and ‘deep desire of fame’ among the aspiring artists. Here post the humiliation faced by Robert De Niro in his auditions, he decides to kidnap a celebrity to get featured in a TV spot. Focusing on dark humour, this is certainly the most underrated film of the two masters that deserves to be seen as a must considering it as a black satire.
Play Misty For Me (1971) – This directorial debut of Clint Eastwood revolves around a disc jockey played by Eastwood himself and his obsessed female fan who later turns into a stalker leading to more serious complexities with another girl entering the scene.
All About Eve (1950) – A different take on the relationship between a star and her fan, where the fan only becomes a rival getting closer to her idol as the time goes by. The film is  a classic with fine performances winning six Oscar awards in the major categories.
Turning to Hindi Films References
Soch (2002) – Though the thriller plot of the film is highly inspired from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers On The Train”. Yet the story actually revolves around a movie star played by Sanjay Kapoor and his obsessive fan who is ready to do anything for his idol played by Arbaaz Khan.
Soorma Bhopali (1988) – An 8-9 minutes exclusive sequence of this film (featuring a double role) can be stated as the closest one to Shah Rukh’s FAN in conceptual terms. Here we have a look-alike fan of Dharmendra who talks to his photos, worships him as a GOD and wishes to meet him once. Luckily there is a shooting in his neighborhood with Dharmendra, but as soon as he reaches there, the unit members take him in considering the Hero. He ruins the ongoing shoot for a while but then later meets his idol thanking him a lot for his kind gesture.
Admittedly SOORMA BHOPALI was the one reference in my mind while writing the script for a Punjabi film that got rejected in 2013 by an upcoming production house and a big Punjabi Star finding it not worth enough. (Mentioned in details at this link)
The second film was The King of Comedy (1982) mentioned above and the third was S1mOne (2002) featuring Al Pacino wherein a lady star walks off a film leaving it incomplete and the producer digitally creates the same star on screen, who becomes an instant hit finding a big fan following with people considering her as a real girl.
Keeping all these references in mind, there is a lot that has already been showcased in both English and Hindi films related with the specific idea. Yet hope FAN takes SRK back to the days of BAAZIGAR and DARR, and we once again get to see an entertaining performance from the icon impressing both the classes and the masses together.
Tags : List of films with a related basic theme as SRKs FAN By Bobby Sing, Inspired Film, Hindi and English films close to SRKs FAN at bobbytalkscinema.com, Copied Films, Inspired from the west.
14 April 2016 / bobbysing /
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