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May 28, 2015 Thursday     
Ironically the one dedicated follower of MANMOHAN DESAI school of film-making (focusing more on entertainment and less on logic) has not been Hindi cinema but South cinema instead, making loads of such films turning into major box office hits in the last few decades. And that's exactly the reason why we get to see repeated remakes of South films, even of a decade old venture RAMANAA (2002) presented as GABBAR IS BACK since it has all those essential elements of entertaining the masses full of larger than life action, revenge, punchy dialogues and fast paced progression not allowing you to think about the missing logic.
But having said that, following a 13 years old hit revolving around the same ‘all seen before’ crusade against corruption in films such as HINDUSTANI, A WEDNESDAY, HOLIDAY, JAI HO, UNGLI and many more, GABBAR IS BACK has nothing fresh in the name of subject matter and thus isn’t able to win over the viewers wholeheartedly as Akshay’s SPECIAL 26 or BABY. Moreover using the name of the most famous villain of Hindi cinema in its title and main dialogues, the team simply tries to make a fool of their audiences gaining some instance attention since the project has nothing to do whatsoever with the evil dacoit of SHOLAY and his infamous persona.
GABBAR IS BACK begins with a few kidnappings shown in its opening sequences only giving you a feeling of ‘Deja-Vu’ as something similar seen before in Akshay’s HOLIDAY (that was also written by A. R. Murugadoss). So its first 40 minutes are strictly routine with many clichéd and unconvincing scenes served with some good action along with a catchy love song having some hilariously written lines (discussed later in details). However, just when the viewers are about to give up, the director comes up with a terrific hospital sequence, revealing the shameful truth behind the exploitation practiced by the hospitals and their pressurized doctors. The particular sequence wins over the viewers in a big way despite the fact that an exactly similar scene was earlier there in GOD TUSSI GREAT HO (2008) having Priyanka Chopra in the place of Akshay Kumar. But obviously no one is expected to remember that forgettable sequence, not given much mileage in that non-performing project as a comedy.
Anyway getting back to GIB, the film impressively pulls in the viewers just before the interval and then again falls back to all routine stuff like a typical Hindi film made on the ages old formula with only one fresh side-angle of Sunil Grover. For instance in the second half, we have an expected tragic background of the hero where he loses his family, gets humiliated and then decides to change the social system taking the bloody path. There is a well shot song depicting his love life and then later a ‘must-have’ item song too featuring Chitrangda Singh, who was once considered with a lot of respect as a talented actress. As usual, there are mentally lost police officials who strangely know nothing about GABBAR (not even his appearance) whereas the loud, hamming villain more concerned about his ‘brand image’ than his own son’s life, can easily get Akshay’s picture from the CC camera footage of his hospital. Adding to the inspirational angle, a particular sequence of the politician being hidden in his own house is straight taken from Sunny Deol’s GHAYAL and the finale crowd scenes look like something highly overused, preachy and unrealistic. In addition the last scene forcibly incorporating the line “Tera Kya Hoga Kaaliya” fails to make any impact due to its weird placement. In other words, the absurd insertions keep coming one after another without caring about the logic, but the tightly written script progressing at a good pace with a pulsating background score doesn’t let you raise a question putting it honestly.
Not treating its women well, the film has a completely silly role given to Shruti Hassan which she also chooses to perform half-heartedly and then we have the cameo of stunning Kareena Kapoor who is strangely there to provide more glamour and not any (much needed) emotional support to the film playing the victim lady. The supporting cast has its own share of annoying actors like the noisy villain, shouting police officers and the over-reacting doctors in the hospital. Plus though GABBAR has a big team of ‘comrades’ working with him for the cause, but the viewers do not really know even one of them properly by name or face.
In straight words, the film is largely saved by only two names considering the performances. And those are of Akshay Kumar playing the cool revolutionary professor with a winning smile and Sunil Grover as the enthusiastic hawaldaar investigating the case on his own. Akshay remains a pleasing and fit figure on screen delivering all the well written dialogues and action sequences with a charming ease. Whereas Sunil Grover, surprises one and all with his sincere act, coming out of his famous image of a funny women popularly known as ‘Guthhi’.
Musically, the title track of “Gabbar Aa Jayega” is enjoyable, two love songs have catchy compositions (but strange lyrics) and the item song is lifted from a Pakistani number “Kundi Na Kharka Sohneya, Sidha Andar Aa”. Giving you the details of the bizarre lyrics, just sample the following in one of its song,
"Aankhen Coffee Peetey Peetey Mil Rahi Hain,
Aankhen Pyar Ke Jhonkon Se Hil Rahi Hain,
Aankhen Pyar Ke Dhaagon Se Sil Rahi Hain"
Here an interesting point to be noted as that in the Youtube official Jukebox of the film, this song clearly has the third line where the eyes are also being stitched with threads of love. But in the film, this line has been intelligently withdrawn, probably after some objection raised by a thinking mind asking “Bhaiya Ye Ankhein Sil Kaise Sakti Hain?”
But wait the stupidity doesn’t stop here as the song further says,
"Saansein Achanak Uchhalney Lagi Hain,
Nazrein Yeh Baatein Ugalney Lagi Hain,
Certainly something I haven’t heard before as a reference to ‘Sansein’ and ‘Baatein’ in a love song.
Next coming to the second and more beautifully shot track ‘Teri Meri Kahani’, its lyrics begin with the male singer calling the beloved as a female gender,
“Mujh Mein Safar Tu Karti Rahey,
Har Ik Saans Mein Guzarti Rahey”
But with the very next line the gender changes as,
“Shaam-o-Subah Tu Mera,
Tere Bina Kya Mera”
whereas the singer remains male only. (Chalo Itna To Chalta Hai!)
Summing up, GABBAR IS BACK directed by Krish (from South) has an okay cinematography, clever editing, some powerful dialogues and an uplifting background score, collectively pointing towards a relevant theme of corruption with all noble intentions and two key performances to enjoy. But since its content matter more or less remains the same with nothing fresh or innovative to offer lacking a lot on the logical grounds, the film doesn’t turn out to be anything more than a one-time watch and that too preferably in a single screen theater to have a better entertaining experience.
Besides the fact to be considered seriously is that since the 80s, films have been made featuring a personal mission undertaken against the corrupt system, but this demon of corruption is still haunting us all with no major change seen in the last few decades. May be because we widely consider such attempts made just for our three hours of entertainment alone and the message is not to be taken along while moving out of the theatres contributing in the social drive. So if possible just think about it too in case you enjoy watching the typical masala entertainer looking forward towards a better society ahead for the coming generations.
Rating : 2.5 / 5 (Including additional 0.5 only for its noble, inspirational theme.)
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01 May 2015 / bobbysing /
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Hindi remakes of our regional cinema have always been there since decades and the idea has mostly worked whenever incorporated with some apt additions and much needed changes as per the Hindi speaking audience. Hence, before going into this particular direction, it is to be essentially understood that INDIA is like a sum of many different regions, cultures and mindsets having their own lovable traditions and humour too. So a joke which might work in Bengal or Tamilnadu, may fall completely flat in MP, UP, Delhi or Punjab and the other parts of the country in all possibilities.
Therefore an almost scene to scene remake with just the translations made is not the right procedure to be followed and the director has to re-write the original script with all the major changes required keeping in mind his exact target audience and its key region. Unfortunately in his latest comic venture, veteran director Satish Kaushik simply ignores and skips this most important step of making a remake and thus fails hugely in his attempt to deliver an enjoyable entertainer to the viewers. Moreover even the changes made to convert it in a Mumbai kind of film also prove to be a big downer, resulting in a quite weak product as per director's own set standards in the past. An official remake of Bengali hit BHOOTER BHABISHYAT (2012) directed by Anik Dutta, the film is supposedly a horror comedy which is neither spooky nor comic with almost ‘none’ entertaining moments in its 2 hours of badly written stuff performed by many known names.
It begins well but then takes too much time to come to the point (almost 20-25 minutes), before introducing the entire cast. Its basic plot talking about a joint home for a group of ghosts coming from various regions and time periods is surely interesting enough with a great potential to exploit. But the poor writing simply ruins everything and the silly adaptation even becomes unbearable in its second hour with too many forced in sequences and below average songs. Moreover the climax unimpressively tries to bring in the satire element too in vain, pointing towards the construction mafia operating in the major cities.
In the performance section, the entire cast ensemble including names such as Anupam Kher, Saurabh Shukla, Jackie Shroff, Chunkey Pandey, Yashpal Sharma, Rajpal Yadav, Rajesh Khattar, J. Brandon Hill, Vijay Verma and Meera Chopra utterly fail to deliver any kind of enjoyable act and the only two actors who do manage to leave some kind of impact remain Parambrata Chatterjee (also there in the original too) and Sharman Joshi. Taking about its comedy, the single joke which actually works comes from the veteran Asrani saying, “Main To Gareeb Aadmi Hun” in a hilariously helpless mode repeatedly. Mahie Gill tries hard to generate some laughter with her old time dialogue delivery style but she strangely gets only a few scenes in the film, contrary to what was being promoted in its promotional campaign. The camerawork doesn’t add anything special in the film’s mediocre treatment and the same can be said about its background score or art direction too coming up with nothing above the routine.
In all, this is a perfect example of how poor writing can make a complete mess of a fine, novel plot and also a film which clearly indicates that a remake should not be made just as a mere translation of the original taking the easy path (& avoiding all the re-working required essentially). On a concluding note, only a few weeks before we saw TOTAL SIYAPAA being rejected due to the same mistake made and now its GANG OF GHOSTS also strongly proving the point once again.
Rating : 1 / 5 (Just for the novel story plot in its original script)
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22 March 2014 / bobbysing /
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This is one of those ‘exception to the rule’ films, which still gets rated as an essential watch despite being just average and having many major glitches in its execution to put it honestly. So getting over with its weaker points first, the film’s basic plot is now widely known to all after the recent controversy over its title and the court case filed by the original Gulaabi Gang’s leader Smt. Sampat Pal. A well made documentary on the amazing social work by this famous women group was released just a few days back. And though the film is not entirely based on the real life facts, still it is quite evident from where the idea has been borrowed for its basic theme.
Directed by Soumik Sen, GULAAB GANG is a sheer commercial adaptation of a serious mission wherein the women power is shown in full force with some well directed confrontation and action sequences along with many punchy dialogues. But since the director also had the knowledge of music, so to display it loudly he goes on adding numerous average as well as not-required songs in his narration right from the first few minutes to the last. Also including a clearly forced HOLI song in the final moments, in which Madhuri starts singing and dancing right after a pretty serious sequence in an utterly silly manner. So mainly due to this worst feature of the film (i.e. the songs), GULAAB GANG fails to make that desired impact which could have easily been achieved with just a theme song being played repeatedly.
The film begins at a very lazy pace coming to the point after a long introduction and the entertaining tension actually commences, once Juhi Chawla enters the scene with her cunning smile. Later it keeps moving as a bumpy ride with some worth applauding high points coming after regular intervals. However many routine seen before sequences hamper its overall pace post the intermission and then the all hurried up, illogical climax ruins the entire build up quite badly.
So then why I am still interested in recommending the film for all the Hindi cinema lovers willing to see something great? The reason is that yes GULAAB GANG turns out to be a clear masala interpretation of a relevant theme as expected, yet it gives you something unique and entertaining in few of its well conceived sequences focusing on the powerful clashes between the two veterans i.e. Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit, executed like never before. Its indeed a treat to watch the stunning Madhuri walking with her solid attitude in slow motion along with the pumping music playing at the back. Plus the pleasantly shocking Juhi replying to Madhuri’s every move with just a playful, teasing smile like a typical shrewd politician.
In fact here I would like to admit that though the project was widely promoted as a Madhuri Dixit film in its entire promotional campaign and print advertisements. But in reality its Juhi Chawla who makes a more killer impact in her first ever role of a vamp unarguably. Hence as an exciting surprise, here we have the beautiful Juhi in a completely new negative avatar played real well, offering a lot more than the viewer’s expectations from the talented actress. In other words, where Madhuri’s decent attempt struggles to make an instant connect due to her mixed language (accent) or all meaningless songs (dances), there Juhi takes the full advantage of this unintentional flaw and emerges as a clear winner in this onscreen contest evidently.
Now if truth be told then the only person responsible for this visible imbalance in the two key portrayals is the music composer residing inside the body of the director only, who forced him to put so many songs & dance numbers into the film, which actually weakened the entire aura around Madhuri’s strong character of a revolting lady ultimately. In other words, if only this film was made with just a theme song and stressing more upon the balanced depiction of both the clashing characters thoughtfully, it would have surely become a gem of a trendsetter in all possibilities, as it seems.
Technically speaking, GG has a splendid camerawork complementing the enjoyable actions sequences of the film superbly and one really keeps waiting for all the tension filled scenes of Madhuri-Juhi together, eagerly. The novelty of a woman standing against another evil woman, moving away from the routine stuff keeps the interest alive and its truly a treat to watch only for these specific scenes alone as mentioned before. In the supporting acts, Divya Jagdale performs a bit over the top in a forceful mode but both Priyanka Bose and Tannishtha Chatterjee are wonderfully natural. All the men featuring in their various negative roles are fine, especially the one playing the local politician forced to face the cruel humiliation.
In short, do give GULAAB GANG a chance, especially for the two veterans clashing with each other like never before and I am sure you would not regret the decision made, celebrating this year’s Women’s Day with Madhuri and Juhi together.
Rating : 2.5 + 0.5 / 5 (with the additional 0.5 only for Juhi Chawla’s winning act.)
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09 March 2014 / bobbysing /
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