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March 29, 2015 Sunday     

Mera Naam Joker and Hunterrr - Bobby Sing

The three phase story begins with the teenage kid exploring the sexual pleasures for the first time through some hidden experiences. It reaches the youth when the need becomes even stronger looking at the smiling girls leading to an amateur affair. And then features the years of mature freedom resulting in another intense relationship heading towards an emotional finale.
That’s the basic premise of the latest release HUNTERRR & its core subject certainly makes us recall a cult Hindi classic film that also dealt with an emotional biographical account of an adorable loving soul and the three beautiful ladies in the various phases of his lonely life craving for togetherness. But at the same time the thought also forces us to realise the huge difference between the contrasting visions of the two eras wherein perhaps Love has been replaced by Sex and ‘Emotional Trustworthy Affairs’ have been replaced by ‘Careless One Night Stands” quite evidently.
The film one recalls instantly while watching HUNTERRR is the showman Raj Kapoor’s MERA NAAM JOKER (1970) that remained completely focused on heartfelt emotions, trust & love including a worth praising, insightful depiction of the age of adolescence, that till date is considered as a benchmark achievement in our Indian cinema without any doubt.
Interestingly, revolving around the life of a sex maniac and his timely (sexual) encounters with three particular women (out of many), HUNTERRR exactly follows the same path as MERA NAAM JOKER but on a visibly much lower level relating its every single sequence with just Sex & Lust alone instead of Love.
Following a similar vision, it also begins with good 30 minutes devoted to the kids and their first sexual experiences that are enjoyable to watch. But the vision maestro Raj Kapoor displayed in his epic timeless creation, unarguably remains miles ahead having a deep psychological impact on the viewers of all age groups even today (after more than four decades). Moreover just like MERA NAAM JOKER, the most appreciable part of HUNTERRR too remains its opening section only dealing with adolescents.
However, the two films are not being discussed here in comparative terms at all in any manner. But they are being quoted in a single line together just to portray the similarities in concept and the vast differences in the vision within the two eras wherein probably we are fast losing the ability of feeling (valuing) selfless love to the timely acts of sex and mere bodily pleasures.
In other words, even after four decades, our cinema is still selling the same story of a man and three beautiful girls in his life, but now we need SEX in place of LOVE or titles like HUNTER in place of LOVER to make & sell our films in the market unfortunately.
(First published at Hindustan Times portal at the following link on 21st March 2015 – with few changes)
Tags : MERA NAAM JOKER (1970) & HUNTERRR (2015) From LOVE To SEX, Articles on cinema by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Raj Kapoor's vision on adolescence, A person and three women, Films based on love and sex in Hindi Cinema,
24 March 2015 / bobbysing /
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The double murder incident of 2008 in Noida is certainly one of the most famous and mysterious ‘Whodunit’ cases of the country widely featured and discussed within the media as well as the public in the last few years. At present the law has sentenced the proven culprits for life after a long court case but the mystery is still been speculated and challenged too about who actually did the act and for what reasons.  
SBMM-Rahasya Crimes as such have always fascinated the creative minds to take their clues from and both crime-writers and film-makers have repeatedly used the opportunity in the past creating many known films (on true cases) like NO ONE KILLED JESSICA, NOT A LOVE STORY, SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA and more. Following the same path this particular case has also been the inspiration behind a recent crime novel and two Hindi feature films recreating the bloody murders in their own distinctive ways and interpretations.
In 2014, the famous Hindi crime-novelist Ved Prakash Sharma came up with a novel titled SABSE BADI MURDER MYSTERY and had his investigators Vijay-Vikas looking into an identical case reaching the real murderer trying to fool them all with a detailed trap having many major questionable loopholes. In the same year director Manish Gupta was also ready with this film RAHASYA revolving around the similar case but he could manage to get a decent release only in early 2015 due to various troubles faced in its making and few other issues. The film had a fine recreation of the event (much better than the novel) giving it a different unexpected turn featuring veteran actors such as Kay Kay Menon, Tisca Chopra, Mita Vashisht, Ashish Vidyarthi and Ashwini Kalsekar playing the key roles.
Next coming soon is director Meghna Gulzar with her not so fresh project based on the same case that probably has been approved by the victim family officially and has a script written by Vishal Bhardwaj putting the project in a completely different league altogether. The film presently titled either TALWAR or NYODA reportedly features Konkona Sen Sharma, Sohum Shah, Tabu and Irrfan Khan in the major roles. And post watching the well made RAHASYA, its certainly going to be interesting enough to see how Meghna showcases the case along with Vishal Bhardwaj with a possibly new angle and few unpredictable surprises as required.
However an amazing observation in the two already released projects on the case remains that both Ved Prakash Sharma in his novel and Manish Gupta in his film, more or less reveal the same characters committing the crime in the end (with different motives). Plus both the interpretations have an investigating police inspector too playing a crucial role in the proceedings with a negative approach quite surprisingly.
Now whether the same conclusion will be there in Meghna’s upcoming film along with the inspector being there or not is what keeps me interested and guessing till the project gets released possibly within the current year.
Tags : The infamous 'Talwar Murder Case' and its influence on Hindi Crime novels and films, Hindi Films inspired from Talwar Murder Case, Ved Prakash Sharma novel, Hindi Crime Fiction Novel, Manish Gupta's Rahasya, Nyoda, Meghna Gulzar'sTalwar
17 March 2015 / bobbysing /
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101 Silver Screen Stars - Review By Bobby Sing

Celebrating the 100 years of Indian Cinema as well as the 50 years of Shemaroo in related business operations, the company released a 4 DVD – premium pack in the year 2013 which I recently got hold of recommended by a like-minded friend loving Hindi cinema and its adorable stalwarts as a die-hard fan.
The innovatively designed pack with a coffee table book kind of appearance is actually a more informative collector’s edition product instead of a musical compilation featuring all known artists. So if you are really interested in knowing about the personal as well as professional career details of all the big stars in the form of video slides/listings along with some selected song clips being played on the screen as a medley, then this is certainly a worth buy, being the first of its kind of product launched by Shemaroo Entertainment. But in case you are more interested in the complete song videos of your favourite stars collectively presented in a DVD, then this might not be the one giving you any worth of your money spent putting it honestly.
Beginning from Raj Kapoor to the current heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor and from Nargis to the present trendsetter Vidya Balan, the 4 DVDs devote 7-9 minutes to each of their selected stars. And then have slides about their personal details, initial journey, major films, achievements and awards won followed by one complete song representing their respective eras.
Regarding the selection of artists, probably the chosen decades and copyrights issue might be the cause that one finds many of those genius artists missing from the early era like Ashok Kumar, K. L. Saigal, Guru Dutt and more. Plus it was really strange to see the three Deols - Sunny, Bobby, Abhay and Fardeen Khan too included in the list but Kumar Gaurav missing, despite being the one beginning the trend of star-son heroes setting the box office on fire with their young musical love stories. Adding to the shortcoming the packing style wherein one DVD has to be placed over the other on the same tray causes a lot of trouble too with more chances of getting scratched that could have been avoided with a different setting.
However moving over the minuses, the set comes with an added attraction of a Filmy Diary designed in a long vertical format, which has many original movie posters printed on one side and some interesting, lesser known trivia on many famous movies written on the top of every blank page, useful for all enthusiastic, investigative movie fans.
Summing up, may be not for the older ones but as a collective informative document on all major stars of our Hindi Cinema post the 50s, this is a worth buy indeed for the young moviegoers who wish to know more about their current icons as well as the maestros of the past through an audio-visual presentation instead of a thick book. So if you are one of those energetic young Hindi cinema lovers willing to discover more, then do opt for this unique collector’s edition compiled well and have a great musical time with the cine-stars.
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Tags : 101 Silver Screen Star 4 DVD Set by Shemaroo, 101 Silver Screen Set Review by Bobby Sing, Articles on Cinema, Articles on Music, Poetry and Life, Informative Trivia Diary in the Set, More About The Golden Era of Hindi Film Music
14 March 2015 / bobbysing /
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