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BAMBUKAT (Punjabi) - A brilliant choice of subject supported by all splendid performances gives new hopes to the mainstream Punjabi Cinema. So do watch it taking everyone along in the family and Enjoy! (Review By Bobby Sing).

DISHOOM - One of the weakest and weirdest films this year with continuing absurdities right from the first sequence to the last. (Review By Bobby Sing).

TOBA TEK SINGH - An unmissable adaptation, interpretation, visualisation, expansion, amalgamation and enactment of MANTO's immortal stories by Ketan Mehta and Pankaj Kapur together. (An overview by Bobby Sing) (Movies To See Before You Die - Drama).

The curious cases of lead actors doing similar roles in two films without realizing or revealing intentionally. (A bobbytalkscinema EXCLUSIVE).

MADAARI - Though its not any polished or realistic attempt supported by three fine acts, yet the well-written dialogues and the climax do make you feel like watching A WEDNESDAY sequel. (Review By Bobby Sing)‬.

KABALI - Why our icons agree to do the same things again and again so irresponsibly resulting in such a huge disappointment? (Review By Bobby Sing).

GREAT GRAND MASTI - Learning from the past, its a much toned down attempt mixing the genres of a sex comedy and horror offering a bearable second half. (Review by Bobby Sing).

GURU DUTT as a fun-loving, flirting youngster dancing on a Bhangra based song in one of his last films. (A Remembrance by Bobby Sing).

A positive change is here at Bobbytalkscinema dot com - By Bobby Sing.

KERRY ON KUTTON - Just an interesting attempt giving you nothing in return wasting the potential characters. (Review By Bobby Sing).

 
 
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July 30, 2016 Saturday     
The name ‘SALMAN KHAN’ has actually become a genre in itself in the last decade or so with a gigantic fan-following coming from every age group. But among the rest, all one wishes to know about his latest venture is that is it worth watching and entertaining enough to be seen once or should be skipped completely saving both our time and money?
So if you are also eager to know about the outcome of his much talked about Eid-release this year, then the good news is that SULTAN cannot be termed as any bad movie at all, since it typically follows the entertaining masala format of our Hindi films and therefore is sure to find its own loyal following among the viewers and fans together leaving more than a decent mark. However the other not so encouraging news is that SULTAN isn’t any specific sport oriented film as projected in the promos, with its major focus on a standard Hindi film love story (where the woman makes her career sacrifices for the man), cleverly incorporating the appealing sport of wrestling/ free-style fighting in its backdrop. But more importantly, SULTAN isn’t any superior, polished or novel entertaining movie as Salman’s last BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN either, that might be disappointing for a few expecting a major triumph.  
Offering a better and more entertaining romantic/musical first half, SULTAN has a song coming at every 10 minutes till the interval and then has a second half completely focusing on the fights ending on a happy note. The wrestling scenes are all predictable without any novel execution or surprises in store but still they do successfully get you involved cheering for the man in the ring, especially in the final 40 minutes. Where the initial hour has a good entertaining pace equipped with  some well-placed humour, it’s the second hour that does have a few drops at intervals before the fights come in reminding you of several films like ROCKY (The English Series), APNE, BROTHERS, the recent DO LAFZON KI KAHANI and more dealing with all similar sequences.
However what still keeps you engrossed are the sincere key performances well supported by the side-characters who never let you feel watching something monotonous or repetitive till the over-lengthy climax. Plus there is an excellent cinematography and background score that provides a finer edge to the proceedings playing the right notes pumping your blood just at the right moments.
Continuing with his innocent persona seen in BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, Salman delivers another much improved and commendable performance putting in some great physical efforts clearly visible on screen. Remaining the life-line of SULTAN, he gets a valuable support from the talented Anushka Sharma, who also puts her earnest effort going through the physical training, but her character remains the most confusing one in the film too (discussed in details later). The other contributing merit in the performance department is the impact created by the talented supporting characters namely Amit Sadh (as the franchise owner), Anant Vidhaat (Sultan's friend), Kumud Mishra (Anushka’s father) and Randeep Hooda (in special appearance) strongly making their presence felt.
In short, no doubt SULTAN serves the commercial purpose well, for which it was made for. But if only Ali Abbas Zafar had worked on the emotional aspect of the film, more than the fights and other commercial elements like songs or else, SULTAN would have touched the level of BAJRANGI BHAILAAN quite easily making it a much better film. At present it certainly is a fine one time watch with a superior first half, but don’t expect a deeply moving, highly energetic or thoroughly entertaining movie of 170 minutes of duration to be exact.
Coming to the major downers, why SULTAN fails to move over just average or above average ratings: (Spoilers Ahead)
Firstly it’s the way writer-director Ali Abbas Zafar handles the major world sports events (by merely giving a caption on screen) wherein both Salman-Anushka easily get shortlisted as Indian representatives in the world over and then keep winning them all too without any obstacles like a piece of cake. These specific moments showcasing the various wins abroad (including Commonwealth, Asian and even Olympics) frankly make the film look like too fake and very casually dealing with the sports events having a huge international fame and reputation.
Secondly it was really surprising to see how an earth shattering family tragedy towards the intermission gets mentioned, explained and dealt with so quickly within few minutes without any exceptional display of heart wrenching emotions and sensitive moments by the actors on screen. It was as if there were some strict instructions from a superior authority that don’t stay at any sorrow or sad scenes for long and finish them fast moving over to the other entertaining ones as soon as possible. Personally for me this was a quite brutal way of depicting such a shocking tragedy.
Thirdly, the moment you see the sponsorship for Sultan being searched in a small local shop selling Pressure Cookers, one really feels strange and awkward together as there is simply no match between the grand event shown and such a small sponsor chosen running a local ‘cooker’ shop. In fact this one insertion simply pulls down the film to much poor level using a cheap trick to bring in some timely laughter.
Lastly but most importantly SULTAN loses its major marks due to a highly confusing and badly written character assigned to Anushka Sharma. Explaining it further, right from the beginning the girl is shown to be a well-educated, real tough character perfectly knowing her chosen priorities of life and in a particular scene is even given long dialogues on woman empowerment and their exploitation in society referring to the male chauvinism. But surprisingly this all goes for a toss just after a few scenes and we suddenly get to see a completely different girl on screen like a split personality.
So first the writer-director establishes her as a focused, powerful sports woman with a clear motive in life of becoming a legendary wrestler and just after 30 minutes makes her behave like an ‘Abla Bebas Naari’ who is dying to get married and is ready to sacrifice all her career ambitions (including the once in a lifetime Olympic selection) for her husband, getting pregnant without opting for any kind of precautions like an uneducated, unaware girl who knows nothing at all. Here though Anushka perfectly plays her part as per the director’s vision, but this was the most absurd characterization I have seen in the recent times and that too about a sports woman who is assumed to be a strong focused personality knowing her moves well.
Therefore even if SULTAN turns out to be a fair entertainer due to its various merits, these four major downers don’t allow me to give it any higher rating honestly above than the average one.
Anyway concluding the review in a novel style,
the following are the thoughts I had in mind while watching SULTAN in the theatre written in chronological order.
  • Begins calmly, making a base for Salman’s grand entry.
  • Sultan enters in a wrestling scene with loud cheers and roars.
  • The not so great first two songs still sound fine while watching them on the screen.
  • Shooting on location always helps for generating the realistic local feel.
  • A dialogue makes a reference to Shah Rukh Khan and the crowd explodes.
  • The romantic angle takes the film back to routine but still engaging.
  • 4 songs are there in the first 30 minutes with 'Baby ko Bass Pasand Hai' making a mark as a ‘routine’   marriage sequence track.
  • There is potty humour in the dialogues too. May be its the in-thing nowadays.
  • Comedy takes over the narration with some enjoyable sequences & dialogues offering fine, light entertainment post the ‘Baby’ song.
  • A strong dialogue rendered by Anushka on ‘woman empowerment’
  • One good thing is that they have not tried to hide the height difference in the lead couple.
  • More songs are there at regular intervals converting it into a purely masala movie with a bit of everything  till the first 45 minutes.
  • A few scenes remind you of the famous ROCKY series in English.
  • The 6th song is thrown-in within the first 75 minutes and its not interval yet.
  • Surprised to see so casual and careless depiction of major world competition fights ruining the fine build up dropping the pace.
  • Many cliched references are there not suiting the tough character of Anushka at all.
  • A real earth shattering tragedy comes in but again depicted so irresponsibly without the required amount of emotions, as if its nothing much of a shock to all the characters involved.
  • That’s interval after 85-90 minutes and it’s a typical masala movie projecting everything from major international fights to emotional tragedies so casually lacking the emotional aspect.
                                         ----- INTERVAL -----
  • The narration comes back to the underdog theme and shows some sparks.
  •  Another average track is here but people still waiting for the best song to come.
  • Amused to see them finding sponsors for a big sports event in a local shop selling pressure cookers!
  • The Martial Arts den is shown to be based in old Delhi's Chandni Chowk, where the lanes are so narrow that two people cannot even pass without touching each other!!!!!
  • Here is Randeep Hooda after 100 minutes into the film.
  • It goes into completely predictable mode in the second half losing the grip.
  • Again back to the training sessions like the first half.
  • Hooda without the physique is actually a misfit as a trainer but he still manages to excel in his given short role.
  • After forgetting Anushka and her family for a good half an hour a scene shows them again, going back to the references of ROCKY series.
  • The cooker shop sponsorship again pulls back the film to much inferior level.
  •  A big winning fight is here, the background score perfectly turns it into a heart pumping sequence and this major freestyle fight is the key point of the film coming after almost 130 minutes bringing back the cheers and shouts in the theatre as a celebration.
  • Post the impressive fight the visualization again goes back to all casual and predictable standards having a monotonous tone.
  • Another typical filmy disco sequence is squeezed in between the crucial fights.
  • And the only best track of the film “Jag Ghumeya” is here after around 140 minutes.
  • The term used as 'Romeo Wrestler' in a dialogue clearly gives you the commercial vision behind the film, vaguely presenting it as some realistic biographical account of a fighter (that looks completely fake and filmy from the very first scene).
  • Surprisingly the entire feel of Haryana and the magic of local language simply vanishes from the narration and dialogues in the second half.
  • The final 30-40 minutes is like watching a newer version of APNE or BROTHERS due to the all routine and seen before kind of fight sequences.
  • The winner is Sultan…… but wait, what about Anushka? So the director brings her back into the ring giving her a respectable status which surprisingly was not taken care of in the middle presenting her as ‘An Abla Naari’.
  • Anyway all is well that ends well and here is their kid girl in the dress of a wrestler too ending it on another Bollywood-ish note.
In short this is tailor-made crowd pleaser film written on a set Hindi film formula as a cocktail of love, romance, songs, sacrifice, tragedy, sports, fights, drama and a lot more woven around the one man, Salman Khan. It will sure set the box office on fire, may be breaking more records as expected, but the film isn’t any exceptional great attempt missing a big opportunity to be the rare sports movie based on Indian wrestling.
In fact this is a usual love story presented as a sweet dish soaked in the ‘chashni’ of ‘Indian Wrestling’.   
Coming to the repeated gutless gesture of increasing the ticket price by all multiplex owners (before SULTAN) posing as the new-age legal black-marketeers, I personally have been writing against this sick practice on Facebook since last many months. But have now decided to register my revolt or anger by deducting one star from the rating of every such big film for which the prices are raised shamelessly before the initial weekend.
For information of friends coming up with justifications that the Stars are vocal about this too but are unable to do anything, every big star of today has a kind of ownership over his project in one way or the other. So if they are willing, they can easily force a change thinking about the common man and their own fan-following in particular.
But ‘if only they are willing’ remains the key phrase.
In other words, in today’s evident scenario if any of the three Khans ruling the industry cannot do that, then nobody can…………..!!!!!
So though this is not going to make any difference to anyone related to the films, the industry or the loyal viewers, this is my own way of revolting against this ‘Sick Exploitive Practice’ by deducting one valuable star.
Rating : 3 / 5
(with the additional 0.5 specifically for the pulsating background score that actually forms the soul of the film enhancing its overall impact to many folds.)

LESS – 1 for the 'Shameless Increase In Ticket Prices' for which no STAR seems to be concerned at all.

NET RATING : 2 / 5
(with a hope that this Multiplex Mafia, Industry and Government together would soon look into the price issue and save the theater experience fast slipping away from the reach of a common man.)

 

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06 July 2016 / bobbysing /
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The subject of inter-faith love affair involving a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy or vice-versa written against the backdrop of communal riots has been a subject of our cinema since last many decades reminding us of films such as BOMBAY, DAHEK, GADAR and many more. However the present SHORGUL is certainly a product that got conceived sighting a good opportunity to encash the public sentiments over the recent Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013, the name of which had to be changed to Malihabad in the film to avoid any direct provocation.
Thankfully, there can be no such issue created by the film itself as its neither any powerful, hard hitting drama nor makes any deep, thoughtful impact that can lead to any serious consequences. In fact this seems to be the very reason, why it got easily cleared from the Censors as it isn’t any dangerously fiery or influential film that can actually cause any serious damage to the society. Yes, it has a few scenes of poisonous speeches given by the leaders to their loyal followers, but they are still far less poisonous than the ones we regularly get to read/witness in real life by many known politicians. Moreover the overall impact of the film is so lifeless that the sequences don’t even get registered or remembered after a while or so.   
Beginning with a silent scene creating the tension, the film straight away goes into an item song with the credits, clearly showing the intentions and limitations of its director’s vision. Presenting some fine build up scenes in the next 20 minutes, SHORGUL raises the level to a decent mark but then again falls back to the routine, below average execution in the next hour with nothing significant happening in the riots sequences too making it pretty ordinary.
Bringing reliable actors into a project certainly pays, but it’s always the writing that can actually make them shine along with an impressive execution. A capable actor cannot lift up the sequences alone without the backing of his talented writers and directors, which is precisely the scene in SHORGUL, wherein you repeatedly feel veterans like Ashutosh Rana and Jimmy Sherigill trying their best performing in the given scenes. In the supporting cast Sanjay Suri, Alam Khan, Hiten Tejwani, Eijaz Khan and the actor playing the Shakuni Mama kind of character are fine, whereas both Suha Gezen and Anirudh Dave struggle as the college going couple.
In the technical department, where the camerawork & art direction successfully creates the local feel, the background score and soundtrack simply fail to contribute with two unofficial version kinds of songs too including one inspired from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's 'Tumhen Dillagi Bhool Jaani Padegi' and the second taking it all from “Arey Ruk Ja O Bande” by Indian Ocean earlier included in Anurag Kashyap’s BLACK FRIDAY.
In all, despite having two terrific actors in the cast, SHORGUL isn’t able to present the situation in any great manner and director due Jitendra Tiwari and Pranav Kumar Singh lose a big opportunity to make it on an open weekend.
Rating : 1.5 / 5
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01 July 2016 / bobbysing /
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Beginning with an essential declaration, this is strictly the review of the director’s onscreen portrayal of a tragic real life story with my utmost respect and sympathy for Sarbjit and his family suffering for more than two decades caught in the sad political mess between the two neighbouring countries.
As a film SARBJIT made me extremely sad, since I witnessed a sincere and honest actor painfully going through some extreme level of preparations for his impressive and haunting performance only to get brutally betrayed by his writer and director, who couldn’t give him a film equivalent to his amazing and worth applauding efforts made, to be honest. In fact this is one of those most unfortunate instances of Hindi cinema, when an actor puts-in all he has got in his performance (suffering a hell lot of things) assuming it to be a great milestone film of his ongoing career, but the director is busy focusing on other bigger STAR featuring in the film showcasing his limited understanding of the subject bowing down to commercial world.
So irrespective of the project being a complete non-performer on almost all grounds, I would personally like to congratulate Randeep Hooda for such a frightening realistic act depicting the helplessness and suffering of his given character on screen to such astonishing effect.
SARBJIT also made me remember my ‘commercial arts diploma’ days in the 90s when I realized that, “Nothing can be more disastrous for an artist, if his mediocre piece of art becomes a success and wins some reputed awards too due to some unknown reasons”.
It’s disastrous as that gives the artist a fake assurance of having done something exceptionally good beyond the usual. And this false assumption only becomes the biggest hindrance in his future works or creations with an invisible over-confidence resulting in some bigger mediocre products, which exactly happens to be the case with director Omung Kumar and his career beginning with MARY KOM.
In straight words, when nobody informed or rather alarmed Omung about his strictly average film with a big miscasting of Priyanka Chopra as MARY KOM (winning National Award by chance), the director went on to make SARBJIT with an even bigger miscast of Aishwarya Rai as the STAR sister, proving to be a major liability for the project instead of any valuable asset.
Anyway keeping in mind the end result, SARBJIT is sure going to disappoint Randeep Hooda the most in comparison to anyone else and I seriously wish he had made all those painstaking efforts raising many big hopes for any other film and director instead of this below average one.
Giving you an idea of its strange, highly filmy representation of a real life tragedy, SARBJIT begins with a search-out scene, a flashback and a song introducing Randeep with 8-10 pigeons sitting on his both hands spread wide, clearly exposing the vision of its award winning director.
Next what remains the most annoying feature of the film throughout its 132 minutes duration is the mixed broken language using Hindi-Punjabi together that sounds awfully bad when deliberately used by the actors with the wrong and highly funny or rather ridiculous accent. The fact really made me wonder that why can’t a real-life story from the region of Punjab adapted on the screen in Hindi language? If you are too keen of keeping it realistic then make it entirely in Punjabi, but why to ruin the beauty of two different languages mixing them in such ‘brutal’ manner?
Apart from this unbearable language, the other major factor that repeatedly puts you off is the insertion of unwanted average songs at such crucial points of the film that one seriously begins wondering that were they really interested in bringing this ‘real life tragedy’ before the nation or were just willing to use it as a typical Bollywood film with an aim of encashing the emotions as usual. Supporting the statement the film has 3 songs before the intermission and 2 thrown in the second half too when it’s all supposed to be so tense and full of anger or hatred.
Mentioning the other absurdities, Aishwarya looks fair for a good part of the film but turns dark just before the intermission with the growing age. However post interval she again gets her fair complexion back and post a few scenes again starts looking dark which strangely doesn’t catches the eye of either her director or the continuity supervisor kept for this specific purpose. Adding to the amazement, Aishwarya turns old as the years pass but Richa Chaddha doesn’t, may be because she refused to put the white powder and decided to revolt against the rising age of her given character. Besides it was really bizarre to see the original photos of Sarbjit being used in many of its key sequences that are supposed to be of Randeep Hooda playing the character (who doesn’t even have a round face if compared to the real Sarbjit). Testing the viewer’s patience, the director goes in a docu-drama kind of mode in the second hour and then tries to add a detective-thriller angle too finding the actual man planning the bomb blast, who is nowhere to be found later in the story proceedings.
Thankfully, the torture, the climax and particularly the jail-meet sequence featuring the entire lead cast becomes the major highlight of the film without any slightest of doubt. The scene makes you feel for every single character emoting on screen with tears in eyes but sadly remains unable to save the otherwise casually directed film having a lot of potential.
In fact, even Aishwarya tries visibly hard to portray her difficult role of a courageous sister without any glamour or help coming from the make-up dada. But when the director only is willing to make her shout, scream and point fingers at the officials in Pakistan (like Sunny Deol) with a weird Punjabi accent, then the actor can do nothing but just let it go hoping for the best in the final edit trusting the man in command.
Richa Chaddha is the second name in the film the director is not really aware of. But the incredibly talented lady goes for a kill in just the one scene given to her like a wounded tigress. The film also has a decent supporting cast doing their jobs well, but Omung is neither interested in them nor in some other finer details of the story focusing on just the STAR, the exaggerated melodrama and the overdone acts. He refuses to talk about any other angle in the plot except Dalbir Kaur and keeps narrating the story from her perspective alone in a partial manner.
In other words, with a fine cinematography and background score, SARBJIT narrates the struggle for justice assuming everything in simple black and white, but has no space for the suspicious areas representing the grey tones. And keeping that in mind the best title of the film would have been SARBJIT DI BHAIN (Sarabjit’s sister) instead of SARBJIT alone (and this is not said in any lighter tone making it pretty clear.)
Summing up, a product like SARBJIT is there because there has been a MARY KOM in the past and its quite dangerous when such mediocre products start getting appreciation and awards undeservingly. Having said that the film still can or rather should be seen honouring and respecting the efforts made by Randeep Hooda.
Rating : 2 / 5 (and this 2 entirely belongs to Hooda and their meeting sequence alone.)
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