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May 31, 2016 Tuesday     
Beginning with a DISCLAIMER, clearing the doubts one might have reading the heading of this write-up posted on 13th April 2016, this is not about any claim or ownership or controversy related with any other person’s creative work, script or film as such. But this is just about my personal bitter experience in the field that I wish to share with all the friends of BTC without any kind of motive or venom against any person in particular.
In the first quarter of 2013, I got associated with an upcoming friendly production company willing to venture into Punjabi cinema inspired by two huge successes of those times shocking even the experienced trade pundits. Looking at the infectious enthusiasm of the team, I shared with them a detailed working storyline (without dialogues), revolving around two similar looking characters of Punjab (a double role) to be played by a reputed name of the Punjabi film industry. One of these characters in the script was supposed to be a known Pollywood Superstar and the other a simple, hard-working farmer living in the interiors of Punjab (with a similar face).
The story had a comic-cum-thriller feel with the farmer reaching the city and then kidnapping the tantrum throwing STAR, replacing him in all his ongoing shoots surprising every single person on the sets right from the spot boy to the director. Full of many funny as well as thought provoking sequences related with the film industry, the finale had the farmer accepting his crime on the stage of a big Pollywood Award Night revealing the hidden reality behind the people whom we consider to be our inspirational idols for life. The story did have an important message too along with all other essential elements of comedy, action and drama required in a Punjabi film. But it somehow couldn’t reach either the producers or the ‘big star’ hearing it attentively and they were unable to see the novelty behind the idea of a look-alike common man replacing a huge film icon.
A few among the chosen listeners of the narration also made fun of the idea labeling it as something weird or highly unconvincing for the viewers of Punjabi Cinema. And according to one, they would never accept a common man challenging a big star like this causing him a major trouble. So the story got rejected out rightly and nobody talked about it post the meeting considering it as a dropped case. But personally I did have a lot of faith in the idea and therefore went ahead and got it registered in my name with the FILM WRITER’S ASSOCIATION MUMBAI dated 3rd May 2013 with the tentative title DOUBLE TROUBLE. 
Interestingly the same title was chosen by Subhash Ghai’s production house for their Punjabi film based on Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” featuring both Gippy Grewal and Dharmendra in double roles. But they later kept it as “DOUBLE DI TROUBLE” instead of just “DOUBLE TROUBLE” as its usually done in the trade.
Coming back to the basic theme of this write-up, I had almost forgotten the rejection post 2013 and had begun working on some other projects including the second volume of my book as promised. But then came the teaser trailer of Shah Rukh Khan’s FAN just a few months back. And the moment I saw it, I felt hugely satisfied and doubly confident, as I was not wrong working on that particular idea of a big star and his look alike creating some major troubles for his icon.
The news of FAN revolving around the same basic idea I once narrated to few people, was a big confidence-booster for me to be honest. But then I gradually got hold of my nerves and calmly conveyed the inner feelings to the same producer friends, who sportingly admitted and realized the similarities too exhibiting a newly acquired mature outlook beyond my expectations.
Now, you must be thinking that if it’s really the same theme used in FAN, then why I am not interested in raising an issue and getting some instant eyeballs on the social networks. The question is indeed a valid one, but with all humility, no voice or issue can be raised of any sort, because here we are just talking about the basic similar idea revolving around a look-alike film star and his obsessive fan, but nothing else.
Plus more importantly this is not anything highly unique or original that has never been used by anyone else before in either Hindi or English films in the last many decades (discussed in my next article in details mentioning all inspirational sources). So unless one has everything scene to scene lifted from his already registered script (much before the film’s making) as it is, there can be no claim made by any writer whatsoever.
But having said that, it indeed gives me a great amount of creative satisfaction thinking about the scenario that when everyone was literally laughing on my story-idea presented in a sitting held in 2013. The same basic thought was being worked upon in Mumbai for the next SRK Film by the big thinking minds of the Industry realizing the potential in it.
So instead of anything negative, I would love to see a positive light in the experience infusing a new strength into my writings with.......
(The detailed inspirational sources list of similar concepts like FAN coming tomorrow including the ones I got my inspirations from)
So Stay tuned.
Tags : Beginning with a DISCLAIMER, clearing the doubts one might have reading the heading of this write-up posted on 13th April 2016, this is not about any claim or ownership or controversy related with any other persons creative work, script or film as such. But this is just about my personal bitter experience in the field that I wish to share with all the friends of BTC without any kind of motive or venom against any person in particular.
13 April 2016 / bobbysing /
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Abs nt - Bobby Talks Cinema.comWatching this experimental short film performed exceptionally well by its lead actor Vikas Kumar (giving a rare solo performance), I honestly recalled what I had in mind witnessing two completely natural actors in the past in their early TV performances more than a decade back.
Those were the days of Star Best Sellers and Bhanwar TV serial making an instant connect with all thinking viewers, and the actors I cherished watching in a few specific episodes were Irfan Khan and Kay Kay Menon respectively making a rock solid impact. Feeling the difference in their individual acts, one could easily sense that these two names are sure going to be one of the most respected identities in the world of TV & cinema sooner or later. And the insight eventually proved to be very right in the recent years with Irfan even managing to make a decent, respectable breakthrough into the western cinema.
Coming back to the present, I had a similar feeling watching Vikas Kumar in his early days of TV serial Powder and then playing the guilt-ridden government officer in director Saurabh Kumar’s much appreciated Handover (2011-12/Unreleased) based on a shocking real life incident of our rural India.
The latest short film titled ABS NT (Absent) completely focusing on the actor in extreme close-ups and unconventional one-shot camerawork once again proves my personal perception right, as an intense performance like this is sure to be a pretty tough task for even many established names of the industry, heavily relying and reaping the benefits of their family backgrounds.
No doubt writer-director Devashish Makhija deserves an equal praise for his well-conceived short film talking about a burning, relevant truth of our ‘stuck’ society. But in reality many of such thought provoking, well written scripts often keep lying in the drawers in search of a gifted actor who can truly bring that vision on screen as desired by its original creator.
Luckily Devashish could find Vikas to portray his brilliant concept on screen in a highly touching, emotional manner reaching out to the target audience. And I am sure every single person watching these six minutes of work would readily agree with the praises being showered upon both, unarguably.
An exemplary film (a must watch for the aspiring students of the medium), gets its title intentionally written as ABS NT, not displaying or mentioning the letter ‘e’, exactly like the film that leaves you with several ‘unanswered’ emotional questions in mind about the character, a father-daughter relationship, the society, the traditions and lot more.
So do give a few minutes of your precious time watching this short film ABS NT, particularly if you are a father having a kid girl at home practicing her first steps or a young daughter just stepping into those crucial teen years of experiencing many personal dilemmas.
Spoilers Ahead (Read this strictly after watching the film)
As per the official description given along the Youtube link, it’s about a father remembering her daughter from the day she was born, took her first baby steps, became a teenager and then decided to get married to her own chosen partner of life. How he never could be there by her side in all these years and now it being too late to meet her for the last time showering the unexpressed fatherly love.
However if you consider the film from a completely different angle relating the six minutes content to another social curse widely in news in the recent times, then it becomes even more hard hitting and meaningful as I personally felt (that might not be acceptable to many).
For me ABS NT could also be about a father, who had actually killed his young daughter in a fit of rage knowing the truth of her marriage with a young man belonging to another religion. A father who is now deeply regretting his evil act and desperately willing to see her again, recalling the memories of her birth, the first baby steps and her transformation into a young girl with a painful guilt. A father, who knows that she is dead, but is not willing to accept the truth and requesting for seeing her face for the last time before he is finally hanged till death. A father who never could be a father in his whole life and just remained a parent caring about the society a lot more than his own kids.
The film becomes more expressive and touching seen with this particular angle but then that’s my own interpretation of the theme which might not appeal to many due to their own reasons.
Concept / Story / Screenplay / Direction: Devashish Makhija
Music: Arijit Datta
Cast: Vikas Kumar, Pawan Singh, Mirat Trivedi.
Tags : Absent Short Film Review by Bobby Sing, Abs nt 6 Film Short Film overview by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Vikas Kumar in short film Absent, Exemplary film for the students of the medium, 2016 Best Short Films
11 April 2016 / bobbysing /
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Just two days of living without municipal water supply in our locality made me visualize the drastic and scary consequences in the years ahead. And the very thought forced me to share this important information with all friends that is sure to save a huge amount of water being wasted and going down the drains in our homes.
It’s related with the Reverse Osmosis or RO water purifier machines installed in more than 80% households in the urban cities (particularly the metros), and a massive wastage of water being practiced in more than 50-60% of those households (actually a lot more) with no information, acceptance or awareness of a SIN being committed on a daily basis.
As per the functioning of these RO units, a pipe is (mostly) left in our kitchen sinks as an outlet for the rejected water coming out of the machine after purifying the source, largely considered to be waste or not usable. This outlet keeps on throwing the left-over hard water in the sink at regular intervals during the day and most of us damn care about it assuming it to be just waste, making an irresponsible and serious mistake.
Now many well-read and aware friends might know the hidden fact, but for the rest I would like to inform that in actual terms these RO water purifiers work on a 75-25 ratio when it comes to purification. Meaning – that for every 1 liter bottle of pure water, the machine throws out 3 liters of water through that pipe lying in the sink into the drains, right in front of our eyes just like that. Explaining it more clearly, if we have a 1000 liter water tank on the roof-top, then 750 liters of it gets wasted and only 250 liters is left filtered by the machine for our daily consumption. And this is the same water-tank we keep on filling again and again by running the electric motor consuming more electricity as well as causing a big jump in the digits of our water meter.
So what needs to be done at the earliest is to store that rejected water coming out of that pipe and then use it for activities such as floor cleaning, dishes-clothes-car-scooter washing, watering the plants and more that doesn’t involve any direct consumption. Clearing the doubt one might be having about this hard water being unsafe, it’s unsafe only for drinking purposes. But do we need purified water for cleaning our dishes, vehicles, clothes and floor too? That should clear the doubts whatsoever.
Here the next question arises, that how to collect this waste water being thrown into the sink without doing any alterations, renovations, further drillings or some other adjustments in the kitchen?
RO Bucket - Bobby Talks Cinema.comFor this I would like to suggest a simple or rather ‘Desi’ solution that is personally adapted in my home, keeping a small size bucket in the corner of the sink (as shown in the picture) and then a big tub (for storing water) kept either in the bathroom or any other convenient space near the kitchen. The waste pipe will go on filling the small bucket several times in the day and all you have to do is to keep storing that water in the big tub exclusively kept for the purpose. Now the bucket being so small in size and weight; it’s not going to be any problem for even the ladies of the house, saving a hell lot of water beyond your imagination. In fact in all possibilities, you will be requiring additional tubs to store the excessive water that will be more than enough to do your floor-dishes-clothes and other cleaning works on the very next day.
With a motive of inspiring you further, here you are actually doing no extra fittings or physical changes in your kitchen, bathroom or related places. But only keeping a small bucket in the sink and making an extra effort of emptying it on a regular basis into the tub, saving hundreds of liters of water every week unarguably.
So JUST DO IT, if you seriously understand the crucial issue of water-shortage being faced in various parts of the country and the world over. However in case you still choose to be ignorant or don’t care at all, then remember it’s said that the next world war is not going to happen over the issue of petrol or nuclear power, it most probably will be there over the issue of scarcity of WATER........rightly conveyed in Hindi as "Jal Hai To Kal Hai".

Tags : SAVE WATER - SAVE FUTURE - SAFE LIFE, Save the waste water of RO machines installed in our homes, Articles on Life by Bobby Sing, Articles of Music, Poetry and Life by Bobby Sing, Water is Life, Jal Hai to Kal Hai.
05 April 2016 / bobbysing /
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