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SINGH IS BLING - A blatantly lifted comedy that delivers fair entertainment in its first half but nothing at all in the second, following the set format of SINGH IS KING. (Review By Bobby Sing).

TALVAR - A purposefully made artistic docu-drama questioning the court's verdict that doesn't have any thrill or excitement of an engaging murder mystery except the last 20 minutes. (Review By Bobby Sing).

CALENDER GIRLS - Madhur certainly deserves another National Award for the unique creative urge of making his 4th film on the same subject. (Review By Bobby Sing).

BHAAG JOHNY - Inspired from the west, it begins well but then drops pretty badly, leaving big loopholes in the plot and all forced romantic songs as usual. (Review By Bobby Sing).

KIS KISKO PYAAR KAROON - The Amritsar boy continues to entertain on the bigger screen along with Choocha (Fukrey) & the director-duo back in form. So go for it and have a great time remembering those good old days of Govinda. (Review By Bobby Sing).

MSG 2 - Its again a promotional campaign for the Dera instead of any film as such with lots of immature animations used extensively. (Not A Review - by Bobby Sing).

MEERUTHIYA GANGSTERS - It has the raw & realistic feel but the thrill element remains missing, offering much less than expected from GOW's Definite. (Review By Bobby Sing).

KATTI BATTI - They keep on serving the same stuff again and again and again as we allow them to do so making a big fool of ourselves. (Review By Bobby Sing).

HERO - To make a remake is not a SIN, but to make it so casually murdering its actual characterization turns it into a much bigger PAAP. (Review By Bobby Sing).

WELCOME BACK - A dialogue from the film sums it up the best as "Mazaaq Tha Bhai Mazaaq". (Review By Bobby Sing).

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October 10, 2015 Saturday     
Sharing the bitter truth first, no matter what kind of bad reviews or low ratings were given to the 2008 film SINGH IS KINNG, the fact remains that the project was a major earner, and that’s the basic reason why the makers could find the courage to churn out another identical product called SINGH IS BLING post 7 long years following the set format. But since they probably couldn’t get the rights to call it SINGH IS KINNG 2, so decided to keep a rhyming name as SINGH IS BLING (whatever it means) showcasing a desperate mentality displayed by the title itself.
In few words, offering nothing new of any sort, this is again a comedy presenting everything with an over the top Punjabi feel, blindly following a foreign source exactly like they did in SINGH IS KINNG.
(Read all about the inspirational link between Frank Capra, Dharmendra, Jackie Chan and Akshay Kumar at the following link.)
Anyway dividing the review in four specific heads, let’s begin considering it as a latest venture of two well-known names of the industry raising a lot of expectations among viewers.
- As an individual film of Akshay directed by Prabhudeva –
The initial sequences of SINGH IS BLING do occasionally make you smile, especially the scenes with a lion that are sure going to appeal the kids (probably because they don’t get to see a Lion interacting with a human any more, as we used to see it in a Circus a couple of decades back.) A fair amount of entertainment is offered with Amy entering the scene superbly and Lara surprising one and all in her new hilarious avatar. Plus Sunny Leone provides the pleasant shock along with Kay Kay having a strange get up (not suiting him at all) speaking in a wicked tone. A series of jokes portraying Akshay Kumar as a comedian (or a silly person) get evenly placed in the film’s first hour engaging the viewers partially. But what eventually turns out to be a winner is the stunning action sequence featuring Amy as the beautiful killer just before it says intermission.
In the second half the film starts sinking with simply nothing to say or deliver either in its story content or execution. In fact the moment the team steps into Punjab it all becomes quite dull with the same old ‘seen before’ sequences reminding you of Akshay’s own NAMASTE LONDON. Amy’s added plot with her mother falls flat affecting the film badly and only a few deliberately written dialogues (catering the Sikh sentiments) work marginally post interval along with the action.
To be brief, with everything looking clichéd, served with an unexciting soundtrack and many stale jokes, SINGH IS BLING becomes unbearable post interval and overall cannot be rated as something great coming from the stable of Prabhudeva who is not getting into the ‘delivering mode’ since his last few films. Moreover revealing it as a ‘completely copied product’ in the next part of the review, I seriously doubt Prabhudeva had really got anything to say of his own as a director in this particular project.
In the performance section, God knows why Akshay Kumar is so determined to present himself playing such ridiculous characters, whereas he can easily carry a fast paced crime thriller much better as per my personal opinion. Yes, the actor has certainly got a terrific comic timing proved many times before, but serving the same in a poor (repetitive) disguise of a funny Sardar purely points towards his greedy profit motive and nothing else.Thankfully this time we have both Amy Jackson and Lara Dutta making a much better impact than Akshay due to their splendid acts. At one end Amy simply wins over the viewers with her gorgeous looks as well as killing instincts and on the other Lara undoubtedly proves to be the surprise package of the film playing the witty translator.The two equally silly friends of Akshay are not able to contribute much with their forced acts and the same can be said about the supporting cast too including the supremely talented Kay Kay Menon (who remains wasted).
Shot at a lavish and colourful scale, SIB’s background score is a bit loud, hugely depending upon the Punjabi theme. Yet it was indeed surprising to hear the identical notes of golden oldie ‘Sau Baar Janam Lenge” playing in the backdrop in its second hour. At times its dialogues do become noticeable in the first half as well as in the climax written for a specific section of the viewers. But an unnecessarily stretched finale does reduce their overall impact severely.
In the soundtrack department SINGH IS BLING doesn’t have a song that could lead from the front as it was there in SINGH IS KINNG. The OST heavily relies on two borrowed tracks with ‘Tung Tung’ being a redone version of the original track created by Sneha Khanwalkar in her MTV program of 2012 that also introduced ‘Nooran Sisters’ two years before they became famous with the HIGHWAY ‘Jugni’ track.

Check at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf4g-qcTb0Q

Besides, “Aaja Mahi” remains a reworked version of RDB group’s more than 6-7 years old song, that was also performed by Akshay in a Bollywood award function a few years back.

Chek the link : 
And this (posted in 2007) : 
- As a blatant copy of the Korean film - 
Writing this particular section, I get reminded of a recent conversation we had on FB, wherein a friend referred to today’s directors as ‘mere executioners’ appointed by the corporate houses and nothing else. Watching SINGH IS BLING I could easily relate to that theory as the film which is supposedly directed by Prabhudeva, could have been directed by anyone knowing the technical skill even among his first assistant directors.


Because this is a complete scene to scene lift from the Korean film MY WIFE IS A GANGSTER 3 (2006) as if made by a loyal follower of Korean cinema. Now whether this is an official remake or not, that has not been disclosed. But it better be, since only an official remake can go on adapting the original so shamelessly as seen in SINGH IS BLING. To give you a fair idea, right from the sequence of Amy hurting a rival gang leader in Romania, her travel to Goa, Akshay receiving her at the airport, entry of a translator, the fights, the comedy, the chase sequence driving the car sitting on Akshay’s lap, visit to the village meeting Akshay’s parents, finding Amy’s mother, Amy returning to Romania and Akshay turning up there to the finale scene of Amy dressed as a bride, everything is all there in the Korean movie as it is in a different setting of a gangster theme. In fact coming as a big surprise even the very Indian looking scene of the father drawing two images on the muddy floor with a stick......, is also right there in the Korean original expressed beautifully.
So if you have heard that there were certain movies made in the past by keeping along a DVD player on the sets, then this could be a perfect example to prove that ‘rumour’ right. Also raising a finger on director Prabhudeva, asking him a simple question that,
What exactly did he contribute in this latest directorial venture of his to be precise?
- Addressing the Punjabi community -  
Watching films like SINGH IS BLING, I am forced to ask a question from my fellow Punjabi (Sikh) community, that often in social networks and in real life too I meet people who feel offended when someone cracks a joke on Sardars with the reference of names like Santa-Banta and more. The feeling of getting offended is not completely wrong if the matter goes beyond control projecting Sikhs as just clowns, laughing at anything and everything like some dumb characters.
But I frankly fail to understand that what happens to those people when the same kind of fun is being made by a known name so bluntly in a Bollywood film? In other words why they don’t get offended watching a Hindi filmstar making fun of their personality on the screen just like it is done in all Santa-Banta jokes.
Does a mega star of Bollywood projecting himself as a dumb Sikh character doesn’t look like offensive and insulting to those people for some egoistic reason?
Does it become perfectly OK when an Akshay Kumar is doing it in the name of spreading a good word about Sikhism saying a few lines dialogue in the end balancing it all?
In addition, here I would also like to address the local Sikh dancers called on location from various regions of Punjab itself to dance in these film songs that,
When you can easily see that the director is using you as mere foolish props making strange faces at the backdrop just to create a scene, then why you allow him to do so and not refuse doing such stupid gestures dancing at the back?
    (For reference just check the “Aa Mamma” song with proper bearded Sikhs moving their heads in an idiotic manner sitting behind the romancing Akshay.)
Moreover considering it in a broader perspective, when I see the box office results of Punjabi Cinema in the last 4-5 years, then I proudly find that Punjab’s audience has been very intelligent in rejecting almost 95% of those silly comedies made one after another just to encash the comedy wave in the Industry by even the builders and the traders.
But when it comes to an equally silly Hindi comic film featuring a known star playing a Sikh, it strangely earns more than 10-20 crores within the same territory just in the opening weekend. Putting it differently the audience of Punjab prove to be so intelligent in rejecting all childishly made Punjabi comedy films right on the first day itself, but fail to show the same intelligence while rejecting a Hindi film made around the similar theme and format quite amazingly.
As a result, where a badly conceived Punjabi Comedy film is not able to make even 1-2 crores in its opening weekend, there a major Bollywood film featuring a big star presenting the same Punjabi elements in an unappreciable manner goes on to make 10-20 crores from the same people sitting in the theater…!!!!
Now if that is not a clear example of Hypocrisy then I don’t know what really is?
- Two strange things noticed on the screen –
In this last section I would like to mention two unexplainable additions noticed on the screen while watching SINGH IS BLING. Firstly while showing Amy in Romania, there comes a small text written at the right bottom of the frame saying “Shot in Romania”. And secondly just within the first half, we get to see a one second long still picture saying “Smoking is Injurious to health” (covering the whole screen) abruptly inserted right between the running scenes of the film like never before. But I honestly don’t have any kind of information, why these two things had to be there on the screen, serving what purpose?
In all, walking on an identical path, SINGH IS BLING is nothing but a similar re-packaged (copied) product made just to earn some quick weekend bucks at the box office. However it still deserves a few extra brownie points in comparison just because of Amy & Lara alone, to give them their much deserving due.
Rating : 1+1 (With the extra one just for the efforts put in by the two talented girls together.)
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03 October 2015 / bobbysing /
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Talking about the so called remake status of THE SHAUKEENS first, its actually not a remake of any original Hindi project, since even Basu Chatterjee made his 1982 classic SHAUKEEN taking all clear inspirations from an English film titled BOYS NIGHT OUT released in 1962. In addition it also cannot be called as a true remake as the latest version follows a much bold path both in visual and verbal terms. Plus it also adds another fresh plot interfering into the script hampering its original enjoyable spirit to a large extent.
Honestly I was pretty excited to watch THE SHAUKEENS due to its three veterans and the exclusive feature that its story-screenplay-dialogues were written by one of my favourite writer-actor-director Tigmanshu Dhulia. But unfortunately post a fine first hour and a few surprising insertions like a (wasted) cameo of Rati Agnihotri and a song from Anu Malik, the film turned out to be way below expectations, mainly because of the deliberate twists added in its second half. So till intermission it remains a good time pass with a few enjoyable sequences and performances covering up the shortcoming of an overstretched screenplay.
However as the second half begins, the film starts walking on an entirely different (and downward) path, completely hijacked by Akshay Kumar himself, who was actually supposed to be there in a cameo, but probably changed his mind being the co-producer of the film too unexpectedly. Akshay begins well taking potshots on the Industry and its ‘crore clubs’. But then starts taking too much space on the screen ignoring the three main heroes of the film quite strangely. Perhaps the makers forgot that the USP of this particular film happened to be the three middle aged men searching for a girl and not anything else to say it all.
Anyhow due to this big miscalculated move, the film fails to pick up in its later reels, ending on another flat note all of sudden and surprisingly has many vulgar dialogues too which frankly were not expected from both Tigmanshu Dhulia and the director Abishek Sharma who superbly directed an all clean, entertaining comedy movie called TERE BIN LADEN in the past. Also I would like to mention here a particular sequence in the film, wherein before going to Malaysia, Piyush Mishra is shown coming out of Delhi’s OSHO WORLD shop situated at ANSAL PLAZA holding a five CD set of “Sambhog Se Samadhi Ki Ore” in his hands. Now its quite evident that many in the country as well as abroad still associate OSHO with the word SEX showing their uneducated and underdeveloped state of mind quite clearly. But why Tigmanshu and Abishek added this specific scene into the film is really doubtful and it strongly makes me think that,
“Did the two talented film-makers intend to make fun of those unaware section of people who still ignorantly associate the mystic master OSHO with SEX or they both themselves are a part of those silly mindsets still playing with the same ridiculous ideas about OSHO even in 2014?”
I will definitely try to find the answer to this question if I happen to meet them ever in the future but anyway returning back to the film,  its soundtrack offers a mixed bag with two catchy and two awfully rotten numbers like “Ishq Kutta” and “Alcoholic”…………what kind of songs were these really, I failed to understand. Placed in New Delhi and Mauritius, its cinematography doesn’t offer anything great and the same can be said about its background score and editing too which actually makes the film a bit lazy and stretched unnecessarily at regular intervals.
So what’s there in the film that it can be watched once?
- It’s the cute acts of three fantastic actors Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra playing the three sex-starved men looking for girls. Anupam plays it subtly but brilliantly (once again) along with Piyush expressing it wildly (he is a delight to watch). But the lead here is taken by Anu Kapoor enacting the bachelor Casanova with a bindaas touch, being their ‘all knowing’ leader of the expedition And the three put up a great show for the viewers in their scenes together. Lisa Haydon is just fine lacking that sensuality even in her almost none clothes and Cyrus Broacha is good but doesn’t get much to do in his limited scenes post interval.
Concluding the write up, yes you can watch THE SHAUKEENS once for the three veterans, but I personally wished to see them much more in the film than presented. In other words, I was there to watch these three exceptionally talented actors in the film from the first frame to the last and not any big actor-producer coming in to take all the limelight, ruining it all. And I really wish THE SHAUKEENS was made focusing on the three Shaukeens only and not anything else just for the sake of it.
Hence give it a try if you wish but in case you havent seen the earlier Basu Chatterjee’s highly inspired but classic version of 1982 then go for it as a must and have a great time with Ashok Kumar, A. K. Hangal and Utpal Dutt playing the dirty trio.
Rating : 2 / 5
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08 November 2014 / bobbysing /
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In the mid-90s, when the cable channels took over the responsibility of making family dramas for their daily viewers with all tried and tested formulas, Hindi film-makers stopped making them and “Family Genre” vanished all of a sudden from our Hindi cinema. Still occasionally films like BAGHBAAN, ENGLISH VINGLISH and more successfully tried to keep the genre alive and a similar kind of attempt is also made by director Indra Kumar in his latest venture SUPER NANI, which can also be termed as a comeback film of the ageless diva Rekha.
Reportedly based on the hit Gujarati play 'Baa Ae Maari Boundary', the basic plot revolves around the lady of the house going through a shocking makeover regaining her forgotten self-respect and passions of life. It readily reminds you of Sridevi in ENGLISH VINGLISH and also brings back the memories of Rekha’s own hit KHOON BHARI MAANG wherein too she comes back as a supermodel (though there is a huge difference in the basic theme and age factor depicted in both the movies).
SUPER NANI begins on an emotional note talking about the importance of mother in every family and then goes on to introduce all seen before kind of characters reminding you of the 80s family dramas, especially the ones featuring Kader Khan and Govinda. Director Indra Kumar keeps the movie crisp with all fast moving sequences along with his typical insertions of humour like the Gay Yamraj. Plus the timely introduction of Anupam Kher in another weird comical get-up saves it from becoming a drag putting it honestly. In addition, Rekha sportingly doing all those ‘Filmy’ sequences referring to Madhubala, Nargis and even Amitabh Bachchan, spreads smiles among the audience, particularly impressing the middle aged ones sitting in the theater.
The film holds your attention well before the intermission, but in the second half gets back to everything predictable, seen before and over melodramatic quite sadly. In short, this easily could have been another ENGLISH VINGLISH banking on the comeback of a veteran artist. But its routine screenplay, uninspiring songs and a climax similar to BAGHBAN doesn’t let you praise the film as anything fresh or well attempted by the experienced team. Yet, a must mention point remains that after a long time here is a family drama with a Bhajan in its soundtrack breaking the set trend. However I terribly miss the traditional rhythm and the sound of Indian instruments in such songs very frankly.
Coming to the performers, needless to say that SUPER NANI entirely belongs to Rekha alone, still the noteworthy acts include the one coming from Sharman Joshi and Anupam Kher playing the Nani’s school time friend. Though the faulty Hindi accent of Sharman remains unconvincing throughout and should have been avoided. Nevertheless the talented actor manages to put up a good show along with Anupam Kher in the film’s second half. Randhir Kapoor, as the husband is ok contributing nothing new and the same can be said about Rajesh Kumar, Anchal Dwivedi and Shreya Narayan too (who impresses in her few scenes later). Shweta Kumar, on the other hand gets nothing much to do as the film’s heroine unfortunately, whereas Vishakha Subedar plays her typical role of a bai in a perfect style.
Summing up, SUPER NANI is all about the star of the film Rekha, right from the first scene to the last and she has once again delivered a polished act in her various avatars, looking stunning even at 60. So if you are a true fan then should certainly not miss the opportunity to watch her on the big screen after so many years in a full-fledged role. But if you are not, then can easily wait and watch after its DVD release or on a channel airing soon in the next few weeks.
Rating : 2 / 5
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