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April 24, 2014 Thursday     

Prahaar - Bobby Talks Cinena,com

There have been some rare instances in Hindi cinema, when a director has not made a film just as a part of his bright career, hasn’t made it for any expected returns and was not looking for any major commercial success either defying the usual industry trend. Films made when the director personally wished to say something significant or give something back to his loving fans which might help them to grow and live a better life. PRAHAAR stands tall among such highly appreciable attempts in Hindi films, which till date remains the only directorial venture of the hugely famous writer-actor-director Nana Patekar. And the thinking actor made this movie just for his own countrymen with a specific social message that we constantly need to fight with the enemy existing within our crumbling society first, before fighting the one attacking the political borders.
Beginning with a one line theme saying ‘A Soldier never quits till he is dead”, the film travels a full circle journey and ends on a highly thoughtful note, beautifully conceived by the director with hundreds of nude kids running along the main protagonist as a symbol of universality and equality among all fellow beings. Having a brilliantly structured script (in four major parts) it makes an important sarcastic comment on the new mean perceptions of life followed by majority of people wherein they do tend to behave as cowards most of the times undeniably.
In the first part of the script, Nana takes you onto the tough journey of military training camps where the young boys are being turned into courageous military men. The authentic commando training scenes in the film are really a treat to watch especially when Nana first performs every difficult task given to the boys himself, to set an example. And believe me, there are not many in the industry who could have done that in such an unbelievable manner without any graphic or camera tricks.
In the second section, it very insightfully shows how the commando training proves useful in fighting the inner enemies of the country too, attacking in the form of terrorists, criminals and underworld mafia. The trained boys rescue a kidnapped school bus from the extremists, which though could have been shot in a much better way (avoiding too many dark scenes) but still adds a lot to the film’s fine build-up altogether.
Returning to the realistic social life, the third part showcases how a common man avoids confronting the bad elements fearing the drastic consequences and instead pays a small amount to buy his family’s peace regularly, posing as a coward. The questionable pattern of living is explained in the words of the elderly man when he says that “We do not fight these goons as we are supposed to be decent people”. But unfortunately Peter, the brightest commando trained by Major Chavhan, has to pay a price for the revolt expressed, which changes the life of every single person related to him unexpectedly.
The final section shockingly deals with how a reputed Army Major tackles this social evil taking it personal and doesn’t feel any regret in going for the extreme solution possible making some brutal killings. So the battlefield changes in this particular part, depicting the need of a strong defense mechanism to be applied both within as well as at the political border of a country unconditionally. And it’s these two concluding sections of the film only which have numerous scenes to hit you real hard and the talented cast perfectly plays them all with sheer excellence, worth experiencing.
For instance,
a. The most crucial scene of the film is when Habib Tanvir slaps Nana saying that your Military training brainwashed my child teaching him how to revolt resulting in his death, otherwise we were all living peacefully before that.
b. The change of character of Madhuri Dixit from a loud, talkative girl to a silent, lost person after the tragic event is portrayed intensely.
c. The shocking sequence wherein the spectators start throwing stones at the Major who is fighting with the goons for their rights only, causing the emotional outburst of Dimple shouting helplessly, really makes you sit back and think.
d. And lastly the final scene of the film wherein Nana is running along hundreds of nude kids, which was later censored for the film’s TV broadcast too (as I can remember) certainly comes up as one of the most thoughtful scene ever incorporated in a Hindi film.

Equipped with a well-designed Background Score using the compassionate alaaps, PRAHAAR also has a soothing waltz number “Dhadkan Zara Rukh Gayi Hai” with a fine mouthorgan musical piece too used beautifully.
A story written by Nana Patekar himself, the film effectively conveys a message that perhaps people are just worried about themselves and their families only following a mean or coward way of living which cannot ever result in a healthy society. Because a just-social system can only exist when a person starts thinking & caring about the other too and doesn’t try to skip the problem just because it is not related to him or his loved ones directly. It also raises a very important and debatable point that probably one year of army training should ideally be made compulsory for every citizen of the country to realize his own potential, physical capability and the mental ability in order to fulfill his major social responsibilities.
On a concluding note, PRAHAAR is an important film of Hindi cinema as they don’t make films like these anymore and therefore its producer Sudhakar Bokade surely deserves praises for backing up this non-commercial venture way back in the year 1991. With a hope that Nana Patekar soon finds another Sudhakar Bokade for financing his second film, I would recommend PRAHAAR especially to all the young ones in particular, since the film does have the elements which might help you in becoming a more responsible human being living in this fast collapsing social structure around.
Story, Screenplay & Directed By Nana Patekar
Starring : Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia, Madhuri Dixit, Habib Tanvir, Gautam Joglekar, Makrand Deshpande and more.
Music : Laxmikant Pyarelal
Tags : Prahaar (1991), Movies To See Before You Die Thriller Drama, Most Thoughtful films In Hindi Cinema, Must Watch Films List by Bobby Sing, Worth Watching Classics List By Bobby Sing, Not To Be Missed Movies List By Bobby Singh, Directed by Nana Patekar, Madhuri Dixit without makeup, Prahaar means Hitting Hard.
16 April 2014 / bobbysing /
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There is one specific sub-genre in ‘Thriller’ category which is popularly referred to as ‘Prison-Breaking-Movies” among film buffs and THE GREAT ESCAPE can easily be rated as one of the top contenders of ‘The Best Prison Break Movie’ till date without any doubt. Enjoying the cult status of an ‘All Time Classic’,  it is certainly an enjoyable piece of art well supported by a superb background score, fabulous cinematography, realistic art direction and many majestic performances by a highly reputed cast ensemble.
Bringing to screen the real life events of an escape-proof POW (Prisoners of War) camp built by Germans in 1942, the film revolves around the attempt of not one or two but a whole big group of prisoners to make a breakthrough for their ultimate freedom. Already having a history of making multiple prison-break attempts in the past by its key members, the group collectively plans the escape by digging more than one long tunnel and also manages to arrange forged official documents & normal clothes within the jail only by their own influence. Building the excitement with some great memorable moments, its well written script gives you a real good time even when it is about three hours long but never becomes dull incorporating any forced sub-plots unnecessarily. However its quite possible that many youngsters still find it quite calm and slow as per the new-age standards of filmmaking.
Directed by John Sturges the film has been adapted from the book by Paul Brickhill, who had a personal experience of being one of the prisoners of the famous POW camp. The screen writers rope in various elements of tension, friendship, humor and heroism into their various characters heading towards an unpredictable tragedy and the progression truly remains engaging right till the end. Featuring many known names of the western cinema, it has some excellent supporting performances too enhancing the overall impact in an admirable manner and one keeps remembering many of those little precious moments in the film post watching its great climax.
So if you do want to witness an exciting as well as gripping prison break movie based on real life events, well performed by an intelligently chosen cast, then do watch THE GREAT ESCAPE as a must and have a great time with all the veterans.
Directed By John Sturges
Written By Paul Brickhill (Book), James Clavell & W. R. Burnett (Screenplay).
Starring : Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson and more.
Tags : The Great Escape (1963), Movies To See Before You Die Thriller, Prison Breaking Movies, Must See Movies List By Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Must Watch Movies List By Bobby Sing, Worth Watching Films List, Not To Be Missed Movies List By Bobby Sing
13 April 2014 / bobbysing /
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Aakrosh - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

Moving away from the angry young man of the 70s, director Govind Nihalani came up with his own interpretation of a rebellion in AAKROSH meaning cry of the wounded, released in 1980. Reportedly based on a true incident, the film is a hurtful satire on three major aspects of the society namely cast system, corrupt political rulers and the questionable judiciary system failing to provide justice to the exploited victim.
Written by the renowned Marathi writer Vijay Tendulkar, AAKROSH is the debut film of Govind Nihalani which is now widely considered as one of those pioneer films, giving a new direction to Hindi Cinema in those uncertain times. Starring Om Puri, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah & Amrish Puri in its lead roles representing the three aspects of our society mentioned above, the film still remains one of the darkest & scary interpretations of human anger suppressed by the underprivileged poor, waiting to erupt any day like an inactive volcano.
AAKROSH redefined the word ‘Silence’ like never before on the Indian screen as its main protagonist never utters a single word in the entire film until he is forced to express it all in his loud angry roar, sighting another act of exploitation & injustice coming ahead. Presenting the extremely powerful and disturbing subject in his multi layered script pointing towards the completely rotten and unfair social system prevailing in the country, Nihalani brought forward many burning issues through a well written script calling for an individual study of its key characters essentially.
The central figure of Bhiku Lahaniya (Om Puri) & his wife Nagi (Smita Patil) are the ones coming from the exploited labour class who are still living as the undisclosed slaves in an independent country. Young advocated Bhaskar (Naseeruddin Shah) fighting Bhiku’s case is the aggressive, educated youth willing to bring the much needed change, providing justice to his client, exposing all as it should be done in a democratic nation. His mentor advocate Dushane (Amrish Puri) represents those educated achievers who despite coming from a lower (tribal) class, have now earned a respectable status in the society. But even then are still repeatedly reminded of their caste background by some anonymous threatening calls. A social worker points towards the educated rebel activists of those decades who were just reported missing one fine morning without any specific reason or any police investigations. And then the card playing group of the so called elite class symbolizes the ugly nexus between the politicians, police officials and the judicial system which keeps strengthening the class discrimination all over without caring anything about their social responsibilities or the vows taken while joining their reputed jobs.
Having many potent and hard hitting scenes, AAKROSH makes you think about the biased, exploitive world we are living in, repeatedly. But it’s actually the climax which simply knocks the viewer down with the loud roar of Bhiku taking that completely unexpected, brutal decision as his own solution for the problem, unfortunately. Raising many relevant questions, still waiting for an answer even after more than three decades this is surely one of the most important milestones of our Hindi Cinema, which also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 1980, along with six Filmfare Awards in major categories of Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Story and Best Art Direction.
As an excellent amalgamation of performances, cinematography, sound, art and visionary direction, AAKROSH needs to be seen at the earliest as a landmark Hindi film making an urge to think and a highly recommended one too for every serious student of cinema wishing to watch all the precious gems of the past.
Directed by Govind Nihalani
Music by Ajit Verman
Starring Om Puri, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri, Mohan Agashe & more.
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07 April 2014 / bobbysing /
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