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September 15, 2014 Monday     
The first curiosity one feels towards the movie knowing its unusual title is that what could be this LIST made by Amit Sahni different from the earlier Bucket Lists & many more seen in several films? But sadly, the exciting mystery dies in just few minutes into the film, when Amit turns out to be nothing but another version of Mr. Yogi looking for a perfect girl with some specific qualities written in his so called list. And the moment this fact gets revealed, you feel like saying, Oh Not Again please!
Frankly post Ashutosh Gowariker’s big debacle & many other projects made on this identical concept, it was really strange to see that such kind of boring and routine script was approved by the makers quite ignorantly. Or probably it was done by few persons who are well aware of many popular Hollywood rom-coms made in the west but haven’t seen our own Indian projects made with the similar themes in the past as it seems. Anyway in short the story of the film can be described in these indicative pointers beginning with one Mr. Yogi, his list of qualities to find in a girl, meeting a girl who has nothing out of the list but likable, beginning of a sweet relationship, entry of another gorgeous business women, a quick second affair, then break up and that too with a break up consultant, return to the original girl realizing the true love and that’s it.
Enacting this rotten storyline Vir Das tries to play his part of a new age Mr. Yogi as if it is something epic being made, speaking right into the camera (conversing with the audience) taking the straight clue from Kavin Spacey in HOUSE OF CARDS Series. The girls visibly prove that this one of their first projects got by chance and the actor playing Vir’s close friend poses to be another Love Guru without any impact. Above all there is a pug featuring in the film too named Noni Singh and that should say a lot about the mindsets behind the project to be honest.
The cinematography, background score & art direction tries to give it a young feel in a very uninteresting manner and once the secret of Amit Sahni’s List is out, the film becomes a continuous drag towards the end along with many mediocre songs, which might sound ok to many youngsters as a soundtrack unrelated to the film.  
In short, it’s really weird to see that the directors are not willing to take up some novel concepts in their films made without any big star cast. Because in reality that remains the only way, they can make their presence felt in front of the other big projects marketed so well. And since AMIT SAHNI KI LIST doesn’t offer anything fresh in its content or execution, therefore you can easily give it a miss to catch up later at any channel in the coming months. But that too along with performing some kind of creative multitasking for sure, since the film seriously doesn’t deserve your complete attention.
Rating : 1 / 5
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28 July 2014 / bobbysing /
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While watching many western court room dramas, you might be wondering looking at the ‘The Jury’ sitting in the court, as that is not the procedure followed in Indian Courts at the present. However that was not the case more than half a century before as ‘The Jury’ prominently used to be a part of our judicial system too, giving their mutual verdict on the cases based on majority of votes. And the intriguing Nanavati Case in Maharashtra was the last one having a Jury verdict in 1959 before the system was withdrawn in India.
The case was about a naval officer murdering his own long time friend, a rich well known person of the high class social circle, who was having an illicit affair with the officer’s wife in his absence. The case became a historical milestone when the jury declared the accused ‘not guilty’ and the trial judge referred the case to the high court after feeling that the jury was somehow not able to deliver the justice or was misled.
The news of the case being referred to the Bombay High Court became the talk of the town and despite all the public agitations & media buzz, Nanavati finally got life imprisonment for the murder as the ultimate justice. Later The Supreme Court also upheld the verdict as it but after much public uproar, the government granted pardon to Nanavati in 1961 and he left the country forever to settle in Canada. Studying the particular case and its questionable initial verdict influenced by various reasons, the jury trials were abolished in India in 1961 and Nanavati case was the last trial with the jury in our country.
The case became a major inspiration for few books and also inspired two major Hindi films by renowned names as mentioned below.
Ye Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke - Bobby Talks Cinema.com1. Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke / Love & Passion (1963) – The debut production of actor-producer-director Sunil Dutt (under the banner of Ajanta Arts), the film was directed by R.K. Nayyar and featured Sunil Dutt, Leela Naidu, Rehman, Ashok Kumar and Moti Lal in the lead roles. Though it begins with a disclaimer that its all based on fictitious characters and also has a filmy climax quite different from what actually happened in the famous case. Still its real inspirational source was widely known and its courtroom scenes were of immense importance, brilliantly enacted by both Ashok Kumar and Motilal playing the two lawyers.
Apart from being a tense courtroom drama, it also had some great memorable songs composed by Ravi and penned by Rajinder Krishan like “Rooh Khatam Ho Gayi” & “Tum Jispe Nazar Dalo” & more. In fact the film begins only with 3 back to back songs in the first 15 minutes itself and then slips into the court room sessions as per its basic subject. Plus the other truth about this courageous effort remains that it eventually flopped at the box office impressing only a certain sections of viewers and not the masses.
Achanak2. Achanak (1973) – After a decade post YEH RAASTE HAIN PYAR KE, the renowned writer-lyricist-director Gulzar made a different, experimental kind of film on the same subject which was more a story of love and betrayal instead of a courtroom drama. In actual terms, the Nanavati case only forms the basic plot of ACHANAK and the film mostly revolves around the main protagonist’s army training scenes, his days spent in a hospital, his running away from the police and the chase sequences clubbed with the flashbacks of his past till the climax.
Featuring Vinod Khanna, Lily Chakravarty, Om Shivpuri and Iftekhar in the lead roles, it does not have anything to do with the courts and was fairly accepted at the box office too as an emotional story of vengeance. Interestingly despite being a Gulzar film, it’s a song-less venture and only uses the hit song from SUJATA (1959), “Suno Mere Bandhu Re” in few of its sequences partially.
In comparative terms, both the films inspired from the Nanavati Case deal with the subject distinctively and have their individual important value in the history of Hindi Cinema. But in case you are more interested in the court case and the jury abolition plot alone, then YEH RAASTE HAIN PYAR KE is the one entirely based on the case causing a major change in Indian Judiciary.
Cheers!
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19 May 2014 / bobbysing /
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Ankur Arora Murder Case

Just two shows on the first day and less than 10 viewers in the theater for a rare Bollywood film made on the subject of medical malpractice! Why?
Because in our country we don’t really like to see or talk about the real problems and just wish to enjoy a fantasy world presented along some action, dance and music, featuring our favourite actors. Also, because here cinema is just meant for ‘a time pass entertainment’ and is not considered anywhere close to something significant like literature, music or painting. As a result, neither the exhibitors are willing to give any major attention to off- beat projects like these, nor the viewers are interested in WASTING their time on such meaningful, preachy and socially relevant movies quite frankly (Pun intended).
So in that scenario, when one clearly knows that it will be tough to get a good number of shows as well audience into the theaters, I would first like to congratulate the producers of ANKUR ARORA MURDER CASE, who had the blessed vision to finance such a film for a market which is widely known to stay aloof and discourage this kind of film-making from last few decades. Thankfully we still have such responsible people in the industry who do care to address some burning issues of the society through the medium of cinema, so all is not lost yet.
Talking about the film itself, usually I am not supportive to projects which unofficially borrow from some hidden foreign sources heavily. But ANKUR ARORA MURDER CASE can be left as an exception since it does raise a very important issue of our Indian society at present, regarding the questionable status of life saver DOCTORS & their Private Hospitals. The whole medical premise of its script and the proceedings of the court with the mention of number1 being changed to 9 is straight away taken from Sidney Lumet’s THE VERDICT (1982) starring Paul Newman, which itself is a true masterpiece from the West revealing the ugly commercial aspects of this noble profession (Included in my ‘Movies To See Before You Die List’ too). Interestingly the makers of AAMC are widely publicizing it to be based on a real life happening. But if it really is about an actual incident then either this is a rarest of rare case of real life copying the reel life or The Almighty must have seen THE VERDICT before repeating an exactly similar case in this part of the world.
However getting over with the inspired status of the film, AAMC is a decently made flick focusing on an irresponsible mistake by a famous and reputed doctor, who instead of admitting & apologizing, tries to cover up the case with his powerful influence. As the truth comes out, a case is filed on the hospital and the doctor, turning the film into a court room drama in its second half which is both intense and emotional in its execution. Now though it surely could have been much more hard hitting and impressive in its overall portrayal of the issue as expected. Yet it is no doubt a pretty decent and worth praising attempt from the entire team for sure, including many spellbinding performances from the cast led by Kay Kay Menon.
Ankur Arora Murder CaseIn few words, AAMC deserves to be seen both for its crucial issue raised, as well as for its brilliant key performance by Kay Kay as the culprit doctor, Tisca Chopra as the helpless mother and Arjun Mathur as the honest intern together. No one can deny the fact that Kay Kay is one of the most under-rated actors we have at present who truly deserves more good roles and praises both. But here Tisca Chopra shines even brighter in the film as the silent mother witnessing the justice denied by the court with only her tearful eyes looking into the dark. The lady once again proves the unexplored hidden talent in her, post TAARE ZAMEEN PAR in 2007 and she truly needs to be given much more chances like these to come up with even better. Arjun Mathur makes the best use of the opportunity given in the role of a revolting intern having a ‘still alive conscience’ and Vishakha supports him well as his colleague. In the court room sequences, Paoli Dam delivers a powerful act playing the lawyer with some great dialogues and Manish Chaudhari, Vishesh Tiwari (The Kid) and Harsh Chhaya perform just fine. The camera captures the tragic emotional sequences in the film beautifully and the Background Score gives it full support in generating the desired impact.
Admittedly, it’s not a great classic film which would force you to stand up and clap as you might be thinking. It has its own set of flaws, like an unwanted sub-plot of suicide attempt along with the love angle & few songs, as usual. But still it does successfully makes you think about the state we are living in, wherein the established doctors are more worried about their huge hospital running expenses and the intern doctors are more worried about their future careers instead of admitting the mistake they all had made in the operation theater.
It makes you fearful, watching the way a reputed doctor performs a minor operation with an absent mind and over confidence leading to some adverse consequences beyond control. And it even forces you to question that have we lost this noble God-like profession too in the current monetary race of our blind society?
AAMC also needs to be considered as a trend setting film because we have simply stopped making projects talking about our own social issues quite sadly and moreover the viewers too have stopped showing any kind of interest towards such relevant movies. In fact that is what we have lost in our Hindi Cinema since the 80s and the only film which was made on this issue of ‘Medical Malpractices’ happened to be NASOOR in the year 1985 almost three decades back. Honestly it was quite surprising to see the film written & presented by the recent ‘Horror specialist’ Vikram Bhatt and skillfully directed by a not so known director Suhail Tatari. So these two men also deserve their own share of praises for coming up with this thought provoking film in the present commercial times.
As a concluding message, we need to grow up and support films like ANKUR ARORA MURDER CASE because it’s a universal cause the film has been made for. A medical condition doesn’t differentiate between a rich or poor coming from any region or religion and thus the film should be taken as a “Wake Up Call” for every single person reading this review, especially the aspiring doctors and the ones currently practicing the divine profession.
Nevertheless, the other side of the coin is that in the new millennium, we are certainly not willing to see any film questioning our own corrupted souls & social system together. So I can easily predict that this is going to be a FLOP and there will be no-one to see this in the theaters in the coming days. In India we have a die-hard habbit of not addressing an issue till it reaches our own homes and we are not used to being shown the ugly mirror with the truth, right at our faces.
Rating : 3.5 / 5
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