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November 22, 2014 Saturday     
In the present scenario of Hindi films, the first ace you specifically need to play with is ‘Good Music’, which EK VILLAIN successfully displayed a month before the release and won the first round. Next it has to be an appealing young star cast which already has made its ground with some hit films in the recent past and EK VILLAIN did have that second ace in its sleeve too with a fine cast ensemble. Third comes an interesting novel kind of storyline essentially having the element of romance in it, which can be marketed well with some interesting promos and EK VILLAIN smartly acquired this third ace too, though taking it all from a foreign flick unofficially following the ages old trend.
So if one wishes to know about the business aspect then EK VILLAIN is a perfect product to sell with its three aces and should easily make some quick bucks at the box office before any other product gets released on the coming Friday. But looking at the product beneath its attractive packaging, it just remains a well-planned and intelligently marketed soul-less venture without any great quality of its own to make any long lasting impact. And today since our cinema as well as its viewers are fast becoming habitual of these kinds of deliberately made ‘Sale products’ only and not ‘Cinematic Expressions’, therefore I would not be surprised if this also does well at the box office, proving the above fact once again unfortunately.
However for friends who are willing to know about the film in real terms then this is a plain, toned down, inspired Indianised version of the Korean film I SAW THE DEVIL (2010) which purely followed a particular dark genre more interested in showing blood, gore and torture with an element of suspense. But since that kind of brutal treatment was anyway not suitable for our Indian market, so the makers mixed the basic theme of the original film with some romance, suspense, middle class trauma, emotional drama and a bit of controlled violence too, giving it an interesting, unusual title EK VILLAIN.
Now the move was no doubt fine to tone down the gruesome Korean film as per the Indian mindset. But making it with a questionable hasty vision, without caring about any emotional depth or exact characterisations in the script was a pretty bad & cruel decision by the team, ruining the interesting plot.
Beginning with a decent sequence giving the viewer an early shock, the film soon goes into the routine settings of a bubbly, talkative girl trying to woo the tough hero. And then as the songs start coming in, you are quickly forced to assume that an eternal love is already there between the lead pair just out of nothing. Further the narration introduces more phony characters like the irritating gangster, the frustrated middle class man, his more frustrated strange friend, a helpless or rather funny kind of police officer (who is never willing to take any solid action) and then weaves a quite emotionless deliberate film around these all.
The otherwise soothing songs keep coming at regular intervals which start disturbing the pace post intermission and this even includes a well-publicized item number thrown in carelessly (without any need) featuring the sizzling Prachi Desai. To praise the right departments, yes the frames are pretty colourful, the cinematography is impressive, the background score does well and the soundtrack has already proved itself before the release very deservingly.
But what doesn’t work in the film throughout is its shaky writing with cardboard characters, many strange poetic dialogues (not suiting the individuals) and no serious intensity at all similar to mere beautiful plastic flowers having no fragrance of their own, to say the truth. Moreover the silly explanations in many important sequences turn it into a simply below average film like the way its hero reaches the actual killer through a child, how the killer manages to find anyone to murder and that too so easily reaching their actual residence, the strange behavior of the don, the climax having a deliberate social angle and above all the questionable projection of police in the film doing just nothing. Also the whole hospital sequence post interval really made me laugh with such a childish execution wherein doctors are talking to the people so rudely, the nurses are saying to the patient “Janey Kahan Kahan Se Aa Jatey Hain” and a mother telling her child to roam freely in the hospital but don’t go out of it as if it was a shopping mall.
Still among these laughable insertions EK VILLAIN does manage to keep you engrossed for some good 10 minutes when the whole proceedings are showcased in a reverse form connecting it with all the previous scenes of its first half. But then it soon returns back to the same over melodramatic and depthless execution heading towards a lifeless climax, due to which one neither feels anything for the suffering characters nor gets connected to the melodious music as desired.
In short, apart from its hit soundtrack, there is only one department where director Mohit Suri has proved his caliber as an experienced director admittedly and it is the performance section having three sincere acts extracted from its key characters. Leading the trio, Siddharth breaks through his set image and impresses playing the tough gangster. Riteish slips into the double layered character like a pro and Shraddha though irritates in the beginning but then manages to make a decent impact in her short role gaining the viewer’s sympathy.
In the supporting cast Aamna Shariff acts fine as the nagging wife, Shaad Randhawa gets no support from his given role and Kamaal R. Khan has just been signed in to spice up the film after his newly found fame on Twitter & Youtube. Talking about the projected Don, I love my ‘O Meri Munni & Jalwa’ man a lot but Remo in the film was a big miscast frankly.
To conclude, actually the concept behind the original film I SAW THE DEVIL and the title EK VILLAIN is that we all have a hidden villain inside us, who suddenly comes into existence in an extreme situation when someone hurts our beloveds unexpectedly and then we all split into a twin personality unknowingly. The meaningful theme is beautifully portrayed in the well-conceived Korean film, but gets completely lost in the muddled script of EK VILLAIN which is nothing more than a mixed sweet & sour dish well-presented in a superbly decorated plate without any appreciable taste.
So you can watch it if you must but only for its three sincere performances alone.
Rating : 2 / 5
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27 June 2014 / bobbysing /
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An almost full theater for 1920 EVIL RETURNS in a multiplex on the first day itself (also a holiday) clearly proved that there are still enough fans of horror genre, desperately waiting for a good Hindi horror film from long. But unfortunately once again they all are served the same mediocre stuff from the house of Vikram Bhatt, which has got nothing exceptional as associated with the brand of 1920. May be the result is such since this time the unrelated sequel is not directed by Vikram but by the debutant Bhushan Patel, who mainly falters in the opportunity given due to a poor and unconvincing writing.
So even when the film gives you some well executed scenes depicting the possessing spirit, heavily inspired from William Friedkin’s Cult Horror film “The Exorcist” (1973), it overall fails to impress because of an all predictable, soul-less storyline penned by Vikram Bhatt himself along with Amin Hajee. As a result, 1920 Evil Returns just remains a quick sequel, purely made to en-cash the brand value of both Vikram Bhatt’s Horror Cinema and 1920 in this festive season and nothing else. It begins on a confusing note and then continues its uninteresting run till the interval without moving any further as far as the plot is concerned. And then in the second half too it rarely manages to scare you off in its prolonged climax shot well. At times, the scary sequences even turn out to be funny instead of frightening when the ghost starts singing songs and keeps laughing weirdly.
With the actual twist in the script unfolding only in its last 40 minutes, the film relies mostly on repetition and unwanted songs which ideally should be strictly avoided in this particular genre. But as per the routine, the director keeps throwing one love song after another at regular intervals into the film and ruins an otherwise decent soundtrack by Chirantan Bhatt including few fine tracks such as “Uska Hi Banana”, “Apna Mujhe Tu Laga” & more. Apart from the soundtrack the film also has a fine Cinematography which again gets overshadowed by a loud and annoying background score which sounds the same as Vikram’s earlier movies.
Moreover 1920 EVIL RETURNS remains a hushed-up project in its performance department too as no particular actor is able to contribute in the film through his acting skill other than Tia playing the lead role of a possessed girl. Both Aftab and Sharad Kelkar fail to impress mainly due to the lackluster roles given to them and Vidya Malvade simply stands wasted. Further the viewer is not able to find any emotional connect with the sufferers on the screen because of a feeble screenplay which neither establishes Love or Fear in its 2 hours of duration.
To put it together, after watching 1920 EVIL RETURNS you can easily add the name of Vikram Bhatt in the list of those famous film-makers who have now found a new style of making films on a fixed Template or Pattern. In clear words, after Madhur Bhandarkar and Parkash Jha, here is Vikram Bhatt with his new horror film made on a preset template to win over the audience. Now whether you want to be fooled again or not, the choice is all yours.
Ratings : 1 / 5
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02 November 2012 / bobbysing /
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Makkhi - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

From the last few years, I was gradually forming an opinion that probably the good old days of Indian Cinema with the passion of trying something exceptional & out of the box are now over. The ‘Commercially Viable Business Models’ served in the name of Cinema are repeatedly making their presence felt and since the viewers are also interested in watching such projects only without any strong content, therefore there is no stopping to this trend as its seems.
But fortunately this myth of mine was proven wrong when I watched some recent outstanding masterpieces made in the South like MAGADHEERA & EEGA, both directed by S. S. Rajamouli. These films once again made me proud of our Indian Cinema and I was extremely delighted to know that there still are some exceptionally talented film-makers in our country who are capable of pushing the envelope further in a manner which is undoubtedly equivalent to any kind of cinema being made in the other parts of the world.
In few strong words, if you are an Indian and consider the Hindi Cinema the only worthy representative of our Industry in the world over then you are seriously unaware and utterly wrong because you still haven’t watched some “mind blowing” and “creatively shattering” stuff being made in the South from decades.
Beginning my praises for this Indian masterpiece called EEGA (Makkhi in Hindi), I would personally recommend watching it in its original language as the process of dubbing extracts many things out of a film unintentionally. The exact feel of the concept gets compromised somewhere and that surely hampers the overall impact of the execution which cannot be avoided. EEGA can easily be included in the list of films which can be seen in their original language without any hesitation at all, despite of the fact that you will not understand even a single word spoken in the entire film. But in case you are not willing to watch it in Telugu, then essentially watch it now in Hindi as the film will delightfully open some new enlightening doors for all the die-hard movie lovers in India, introducing them to the enjoyable world of cinema being made in the southern part of our country, deserving much more praises than being currently showered upon.
Perhaps, releasing the dubbed version of EEGA was a right decision by its makers too since this kind of gigantic movie strictly cannot be re-made again and it will be a purely silly decision if a person even thinks of trying it again in order to give some better results. The film features such innovative & incomparable graphical animations which have never been used before in Indian Cinema, far ahead than the ones featured in some recent Hindi films. In fact after watching EEGA, I was forced to admit that the talented director Rajamouli has successfully passed his own creative standards set in MAGADHEERA, which was certainly not an easy aim to achieve without any doubt.
Returning to the film itself, honestly it doesn’t need a review at all but only deserves a write-up to inform the hungry viewers that if you are really interested in seeing something exceptionally made in our own country then you got to see EEGA/ MAKKHI at the earliest and that’s it.
However for friends who would still like to know more about it, for them its based on a plot which you will not like to believe easily. But director Rajamouli will make you believe in it through his highly convincing execution in those two outstanding hours and you will feel like having watched something extraordinary as never before. As I said earlier, the film pushes the envelope of Cinematic Entertainment in India further and following are my questions in support of this statement in order to make it more entertaining for the readers.
Can you ever think of a hero being reincarnated in the world again in the form of a Eega/Makkhi/Fly?
Can you ever imagine a Fly taking revenge from his killer like a filmy hero with all usual pump and show?
Can you think of an animated fly giving a great performance along with doing comedy and some outstanding action scenes to get its mission complete?
Can you ever think of falling in love with a Eega/Makkhi/Fly enacting on screen?
Or To make it more specific,
Can you ever think, that you will cheer for a Eega/Makkhi/Fly in the theater, getting out of the way of a speeding bullet just like Salman Khan or Akshay Kumar does in their action movies?
No, probably you won’t even think of witnessing any such acts on the Indian screen, which director S.S. Rajamouli unbelievably brings in for you in his mega venture EEGA. In my opinion EEGA would have been the perfect choice for the OSCARS this year as it has got the content to prove the world that Indian Cinema is in fact capable of a lot more than just love, songs & dance or poverty by the road side.
Particularly, if you are a fan of animation films featuring many real life characters too, then do watch it essentially by taking a leave from your office or business. And if you are a student of animation and excited enough to learn this art beyond the usual, then just bunk your classes for few hours and watch EEGA with your whole group together at the earliest.
Having said that, its quite possible that for a certain section of viewers it may turn out be highly unbelievable, crossing the limit of imagination and ridiculous. But for friends thinking on that terms, I would like to say that EEGA is a perfect example of how a person can have the blessing of not only thinking out of the box but also possessing the exceptional unbelievable talent to perfectly execute his irrational thinking in an incomparable manner, making it highly entertaining and convincing.
Yes it’s a bit repetitive and lengthy too which will obviously give some reasons to all the reviewers for a star less or so. But for me even thinking of making a film on such plot deserves half the marks and then doing the job with an unimaginable conviction, making it highly entertaining and believable gets the other half. So it goes way beyond ratings due to this very reason as per my review.
Regarding the argument over the inspiration factor here, there have been many movies made in the West revolving around insects and similar concepts. But they all are either animated films for kids, scary/horror movies or disaster films where the insects grow to an extraordinary size, killing the human race vaguely. References can also be drawn from similar subject in FLUKE (1995) and COCKROACH (2010), but still they are not a thriller or a revenge drama with such magnificent special effects as depicted by Rajamouli in his latest flick. Hence EEGA does enjoy its own distinct position among the top films made in this particular genre in the entire globe without any question.
Well supported by a pumping background score, its an exciting roller coaster ride with no predictable turns or any usual glitches. The film has sequences which would make you sit straight on your seat with excitement like the one when the fly is chasing the villains car or when its trying to get away from the attacking eagles in the end. Musically it has few catchy songs composed by M.M. Kreem which put the movie on a soft mode as it begins. But once the action gets started, you don’t really mind watching anything else and get involved with EEGA instantly. Cinematography along with some brilliantly conceived animation offers you something never seen before on Indian screen till date and this should give you enough indication to watch it as soon as possible.
Its not an easy task to act in a film which mainly depends upon an animated character, found no-where around when the scenes are being shot (as they are all added at a later stage). Hence the entire cast surely deserves a special mention here for acting naturally just imagining the proceedings as per the instructions given by their visionary director. And for that I would really like to applaud the visible efforts made by Sudeep, who never makes you feel that he is actually reacting to literally nothing. Such is the impact of the game being played between Sudeep and Eega, that after watching the film, next time a fly will come near your face, eyes, ear, mouth or nose then instead of getting rid of it with a blow you will try to see it more closely, as if its another EEGA born again for a specific purpose on earth.
To put it more bluntly, EEGA is an Indian film which will even make the Western producer-directors sit back, take notice and ask that, Who’s this person in India making such kind of films so beautifully?
Earlier I had an opinion that only World Cinema has got some courageous directors who simply don’t like to make all those usual movies and always try to give something novel and fresh in their each new project. But now after watching both MAGADHEERA and EEGA, I am forced to change my opinion as we too have a talented creative visionary known as S. S. Rajamouli who can easily be called our Indian Magician capable of making gems equivalent to any quality cinema being made in the rest of the world.
Yes, magician is the right word to describe director S. S. Rajamouli, as I have watched his three films in a row and with each new film he has taken a giant leap ahead which I haven’t seen in Hindi films post the 70s quite honestly.
So Kudos to the creative director SSR and hats off to both his imagination and execution which arguably is beyond comparison with any other director at present in the entire Indian Film Industry. As I remember, I experienced this kind of experimental innovation tried in Hindi cinema few years back while watching A Wednesday…., and now its EEGA which forces me to give the entire credit of this not to be missed venture to only one person and that’s its magician director S. S. Rajamouli.
And this is my standing ovation to your passion for movies Sir!
Rating – A milestone achievement in Indian Cinema, simply beyond any rating.
So just don’t miss it!
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11 October 2012 / bobbysing /
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