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February 09, 2016 Tuesday     
Certain films make you feel so annoyed and restless sitting in the theatre watching an all-star casting that you just wish to catch someone from the team and ask him that whether this was really made on a so called script of say 100 pages? And whether the team really knew what they were making and for what kind of target audience precisely?
Giving that exact experience to the viewer, ROY literally tests your patience in its 150 minutes of lengthy duration and is arguably one of those movies that repeatedly shakes your confidence in Hindi Cinema and its talented film-makers in comparative terms. Supposedly inspired from the romantic link between western directors Quentin Tarantino and Sofia Coppola as admitted by its debutant director Vikramjit Singh in his interviews, ROY straight away pays a tribute to the genius director in its very first sequence with a mention of a two part film. And then begins at such a lazy pace that you are amazed to see the confidence (or over-confidence) of its makers as if they are making a deep psychological thriller with many hidden multi layers with some great poetic depths…………., whereas in reality it doesn’t even have the layers of a simple sandwich.
The viewers keep waiting for it to come up with something engaging after bearing the extremely slow initial 10-15 minutes. But the film is simply not interested in leaving its boring, amateurish or ‘Pakaao’ mode and then keeps moving on a silly self-obsessed path with all worthless content which in turn makes the actors also look like fools acting in those meaningless scenes so professionally. In fact the way they all talk looks like we are listening to a few professors of psychology having a seminar kind of thing on life and its basic issues without caring about whether their words are even reaching out to the audience or not. Making a constant effort to connect or find its storyline, I honestly couldn’t do that after an hour despite few catchy tracks and thus failed to get any of its story progression, cameos or double role as projected.
In short it was Friday the 13th and the date clearly had its impact on our Hindi cinema since ROY turned out to be one of the worst films of the year 2015 without a doubt. However luckily I still managed to have a good time in the single screen theatre post intermission when I joined a group of college friends who were regularly delivering many entertaining comments over the film’s various sequences, making the best use of the dark. And here are some of those funny remarks they came up extempore that actually helped me remaining awake watching the torture called ROY.
Post almost 90 minutes into the film, Arjun expressed
"Main Jab Yahan Aaya Tha To Kahani Nahin Thi".....
A voice from the audience replied,
"Hamare Paas Abhi Bhi Nahin Hai!"
As the song "Yaara Re" began......the college group started singing along
"Yaara Re......Ab Band Kar De Yaara Re.”
Watching Ranbir Kapoor (in a lengthy cameo) walking like a lost soul continuously in the film, a student passed a remark,
“Arey Yeh Itni Der Se Ghoom Raha Hai, Isko Kuchh Karne Ko To De De Bhai!”
And when the film really offered nothing for a long time, another shouted,
“Bhaiya, Woh Kissing Scene Hi Repeat Pe Chala Do, Kuchh To Time Paas Ho!”
Later towards the end, the best of the lot came which unintentionally re-defined the actual state of our Hindi Cinema today entirely depending upon its initials and first three days collections only………and it was…
A character in the film said,
“Mubarak Ho, Saal Ki Sabse Badi Opening Lagi Hai Apni Film Ko"
And the audience reply came,
"Logon Ko Pata Nahin Tha Na Ki Isme Hai Kya!"
The young student might have said that in good fun, but the remark sadly sums up the present sad scenario of the so called ‘Crores Clubs’ just perfectly. And after reading these honest comments of the younger brigade if you still can find the courage to watch this debacle called ROY that should ideally be referred as “Jo Dekhe Woh ROYe”then all I can say is All The Best and nothing else.
Rating : 0.5 / 5 (And that too strictly for its few good songs)
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14 February 2015 / bobbysing /
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Director Manish Gupta returning to the genre of ‘whodunit’ suspense thrillers was enough to give me that much needed excitement as I really loved his THE STONEMAN MURDERS and rate it as one of the best films in this particular category coming from the new age talented actors and directors of Hindi cinema. So eager to see Kay Kay Menon once again in a Manish Gupta film, I entered the theatre in high spirits and came out largely satisfied with another well-paced, engrossing and a fine crime drama giving you the worth of your money spent in those two hours.
Inspired from the infamous Aarushi Talwar murder case that kept everyone guessing till many months (or rather years), RAHASYA comes to the point right away with the murder and doesn’t waste any time on silly introductions breaking the set norm of a Hindi film. It considers the viewers intelligent enough to take this no-nonsense opening spiritedly and then goes on building the suspense factor with its exceptional cast ensemble quite well. The film gains it actual momentum once Kay Kay comes in playing the main investigation officer and his interrogation sequence in the lockup lifts up the story progression impressively.
The interest is kept alive post intermission too as the script unfolds many gripping twists and turns as expected from a worth watching murder mystery. Plus the usual format of the subject doesn’t get monotonous or boring, shifting the suspicion constantly. A song less film as it should ideally be, RAHASYA has an ok background score that could be more exciting as I personally felt, but the cinematography catches the feel of the theme perfectly. Here I would specifically like to mention the way Manish Gupta and his DOP conceive their dark (night) sequences, lighting them brilliantly with a visible distinction if compared to many other films. Interestingly Manish’s THE STONEMAN MURDERS also had the same merit, causing a huge difference in the overall impact of the film that had its major part of the story happening in the night only.
Kay Kay Menon being there in almost every scene of the film post his introduction, plays the intense lead role superbly (in his full form) along with Ashish Vidyarthi, Tisca Chopra, Meeta Vashisht, Ashwini Kalsekar and Manoj Maurya doing complete justice to their given characters in the script. Particularly it was a relief to watch Ashish Vidyarthi back in a good substantial role after a long gap and nice to see Ramesh Deo too in a cameo. However I wish Ashish and Tisca had more scenes together filling in the emotional depth missing in the film as far as the family conflict is concerned.
(Spoilers Ahead)
In other words, despite revolving around a young girl’s murder in her room possibly committed by the father only, RAHASYA doesn’t have that warmth making an instant heartfelt connect with the viewer. It remains a dry ‘whodunit’ crime thriller mostly that successfully manages to keep you engrossed throughout with some evident loopholes that can easily be caught by any avid fan of crime films or novels. For instance, the flats of any high rise buildings in the metros normally never have a false-flooring with that much space to hide a dead body so easily (for so many days!). Moreover the big involvement of Police officer in the case also turns out to be completely unconvincing, hampering its desired impact on the viewer post the climax-revelation.
Having said that, RAHASYA still remains a worth watching movie without any doubt, especially if you are a fan of Kay Kay and this interesting genre of ‘whodunit’ suspense thrillers ending on a shocking note. So do give it a try for sure and don’t reveal the secret to anybody else as a responsible movie-goer, keeping their interest alive.
Rating : 3.5 / 5
(Note : After watching TALVAR (Oct - 2015), I have revised my rating of RAHASYA from 3 to 3.5 admitting my earlier mistake of rating it lower than it truly deserved.)
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31 January 2015 / bobbysing /
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Rang Rasiya

Hindi Cinema has never been keen on making enlightening biographies, especially of any talented creative artists born in our part of the world in the last century. In the beginning we made movies on all mythological characters and then the focus shifted on to the life of key historical figures, freedom fighters, rebels and occasionally a sportsman or a business tycoon too as seen in the recent times. But very rarely we have made a film (not documentaries) on any creative artist of our country who had an exceptionally god gifted talent in any particular artistic stream and celebrated his entire life with the blessed art right till the last days.
Thankfully, RANG RASIYA is one of those rare and important biographical dramas based on the life of 19th century painter RAJA RAVI VARMA, who was the pioneer artist, painting the divine Indian GODS and GODESSES on his canvas with an exceptional grace and beauty. Directed by Ketan Mehta the period drama stars Randeep Hooda and Nandana Sen in the lead but unfortunately remained in the cans for six long years since its completion in 2008.
Now where a few blame the internal disputes of the makers as the cause of this long delay in its release, others mention its extremely bold scenes as the key reason for getting stuck in the censors, in order to avoid any communal unrest among the people. Anyway, whatever the reason might be, the sad irony remains that despite being a rare, courageous film made on one of the most famous Indian painters (who earned a world acclaim too), the project could found no takers till recently, when Randeep Hooda became a part of some highly successful films at the box office making a name of his own. Hence where the censors & controversies can be termed as the front side of the coin, the completely business minded & cruel exhibition norms of the industry form its other hidden side, never giving the much needed support to such artistic films since last many decades of our film-history to say the bitter truth.
Moving ahead, the film has now reached the theatres and is available for all the lovers of such meaningful or enlightening cinema waiting desperately. But if in case it fails to find a decent number of viewers in the theatres post this prolonged wait, then it will declare we the audience too as a part of this questionable partial system ruining such great attempts made, on a constant basis.
Recalling my experience of watching RANG RASIYA, I luckily saw it in a Film festival last year and was simply enthralled by the life experiences of the celebrated painter RAJA RAVI VARMA and the hardships he had to face leading him to the court of law on the charges of spreading vulgarity. Based on the biographical novel by Ranjit Desai the film passionately talks about Varma’s obsessive art and the struggle to practice his free artistic expressions depicting the mythological characters creatively. And many would be stunned to know that though his exquisite paintings were getting famous all over the world in that particular era, the artist was arrested in his own country on the charge of obscenity and offending religious & cultural sentiments of the public by painting in an indecent manner.
Frankly, RANG RASIYA was an eye opener for me too as I was also not aware of such astonishing facts about one of the greatest Indian painters of my own country. And that is exactly why bio-pics need to be made like an effective means of spreading awareness in the present generation to be precise. Yes, technically it can easily be called an artistically inclined film made with a sincere motive accompanied by a decent cinematography, average soundtrack (which could be much better) and impressive performances by the entire cast led by Randeep Hooda and the gorgeous Nandana Sen.
However it’s not the technical qualities for which the film is being included here in the list of must watch movies, but it’s the informative value of its shocking as well as educative content which essentially needs to be told to our younger generation and not to be slipped under the carpet as some forgettable part of our history. So ignoring all the controversies and unnecessary delay over its release, I would like to recommend watching RANG RASIYA as a must, since its a film which would straight away remind you of a sharp contradictory truth of the recent times related with another legendary artist M. F. Hussain.
Putting it more clearly, what we did with M. F. Hussain is nothing new as the same had been done with Raja Ravi Varma too way back in the 19th century. So its only the calendar changing its dates, whereas our thinking patterns still remain the same insulting the creative minds of the nation, giving them awards posthumously and refusing their respected dues in their lifetimes following a shameful pattern.
With a hope that the future India would learn this important lesson of giving that ‘artistic freedom’ to its creators through this brave, thoughtful and honest depiction by Ketan Mehta, do watch this at the earliest and know more about your history with a different perspective.
Directed By Ketan Mehta
Written By Sanjeev Dutta & Ketan Mehta
Starring : Randeep Hooda, Nandana Sen & more.

(NOTE : Originally posted in March 2014 and reposted the edited version after the film's official release on 7th November.)

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07 November 2014 / bobbysing /
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