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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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Before going for this much praised venture by all, I had a few questions in mind that “Is this film giving too much emphasis to the importance of knowing and speaking ENGLISH unnecessarily?” Or “Is it just another film supporting the idea of English language and its superiority in this new global village of 2012?”

But thankfully, all my doubts didn’t come true as ENGLISH VINGLISH doesn’t venture into that arena at all and is actually a well made film about an Indian housewife’s self-pride and her regained confidence. Its director Gauri Shinde’s debut venture executed beautifully, which neither offends the people fond of using English in their daily conversation, nor it forgets to feel proud of our own Indian languages lead by Hindi. So there is no debate being discussed here about the importance or superiority of English language all over the globe and the film simply revolves around an emotional and socially relevant family plot which needs to be seen by everyone in the family, especially the kids.
In few words, it’s a simple film full of many enjoyable & emotional sequences which are pretty close to what we daily face in our routine lives. Having said that, the new age (nuclear) families in the cities today, may not face this problem due to their higher educational upbringings (of both husband & wife). But still majority of our Indian population faces many similar problems with the language, cleverly depicted in the film without going over-board.
EV begins calmly with the charming Sridevi returning on the screen in her simplest avatar. She straight away wins your heart with her elegant presence and makes the viewer realize that no one can ever look more innocent on the screen than Sridevi, even today. The first half of the film is a complete winner as it never stresses upon the language, has some really good soothing songs and also holds a very entertaining pleasant surprise for the viewers, which is going to impress them all unanimously. Plus I really loved the way Sri declares intermission with an adorable Michael Jackson step right in the middle of a foreign street forcing you to fall in love with her respectful character played effortlessly.
Post intermission, the proceedings become a little slow and the script doesn’t progress with the same energy of the first half. No doubt, impressive sequences keep coming in after every few minutes but still I strongly felt that the writer/director could have avoided the intentionally added love angle in the script used quite elaborately (Can't we make films without any love triangle?). Because due to this one insertion and all that tension generated towards the climax, EV does not turn out to be that exciting post intermission as per the expectations raised by its initial hour. The fun element goes missing in this crucial moment which eventually affects the momentum for a while. However it all ends on an impressive note and you are bound to have tears in your eyes watching Sri’s last speech at the wedding rendered superbly. In fact this concluding scene of the film clearly reveals the reason why the veteran is widely considered as one of the most talented actresses witnessed by the Indian Cinema till date by one and all.
Regarding its inspirational factor, EV has only got some slight resemblances with the famous comedy serial ZABAAN SAMBHAAL KE or with its original version MIND YOUR LANGUAGE but nothing more than that since it actually deals with a completely different subject about a housewife and her personal fight to prove herself in front of her husband and kids.
Apart from its admirable simplicity, EV also has an impressive Background Score and some good soothing songs well composed by the talented Amit Trivedi. And he is fast becoming the most sought after music director by the thinking directors of such off-beat subjects. Cinematography adds a lot to this lovable venture along with a balanced art direction and a decent costume designing which catches your attention.
ENGLISH VINGLISH is purely a Sridevi film from start to finish and the reputed actress rightly chooses a good script which was just perfect for her much awaited come-back. Interestingly the subject of this film is also quite close to Sridevi’s Television debut in the serial titled MALINI IYER (2004) wherein she played a South Indian girl adjusting in a Punjabi family. But here since the setting is changed to English and the foreign locations, so the canvas gets much bigger with a mass appeal. And after watching it, you cannot even imagine anyone else doing the role of Shashi in ENGLISH VINGLISH with such innocence and conviction. The character wins over the viewers in just a few minutes and then you take her home along with you after that memorable final scene written & performed thoughtfully.
Priya Anand as Sridevi’s niece strongly stays there in the film along with Sri and the girl has got both the looks as well as the spark to do a bigger act. Adil Hussain, as her husband and Sujata Kumar as her elder sister perform well in their important roles along with Sulbha Deshpande, who is a complete natural making an appearance after a long gap. From the cast playing Sri’s co-students at the English class, French actor Mehdi Nebbou says a lot with his expressions and acts fine but strangely there is no explanation given in the movie for what he actually says in all those French dialogues. And talking about the surprise element which I would not like to disclose…………, he is truly magnetic.
Moving ahead than just being a film for your entertainment, ENGLISH VINGLISH also gives two important messages to the society, particularly to the Indian Society mentioned below :
One, it’s really not fair to consider the humble house wives taking care of our homes as the least contributors in our daily life or in our materialistic growth (as done by the husband in the film). If truth be told then they are actually the “Base Makers” of that delicious “Life Pizza” we all keep on enjoying day after day without any routine hassles and obstacles. In straight words, whatever peace of mind we all working men enjoy in our daily 10-12 office hours, is all due to that ‘someone’ who is there taking care of our food, clothing and everything in that house called HOME without making a single complain at all. So those silent home-makers strongly deserve an equal status and respect by every single person in the family without any questioning.
Secondly, it’s about the delicate issue of the changing relationship between the growing kids and their parents in our present age families. The issue gets highlighted through two child actors in the film namely Shivansh Kotia (Sri’s son) and Navika Kotia (her daughter) who has a problem with her mother’s inability to speak English. The girl feels insulted by this and takes no step to teach or help her own mother overcome this minor problem in her life, which she could have done easily. And this is the other issue which deals with the “Respect Factor” needed to be maintained between the parents and the growing kids of our families, who in most of the cases, think to be much more knowledgeable and ahead then their own parents & grandparents in many fields.
It’s a known fact that the world is fast going through many technological and social changes which reach the younger generation much sooner than all the other age groups. But that doesn’t mean that the young ones are allowed to make fun of their elders (or tease them) taking advantage of their advanced knowledge about the surroundings as shown in the film. Ideally it’s the duty of the younger generation to teach or to take along their parents and let them enjoy the new blessings of this advanced world too as they rightly deserve it. The mistake is finally realized by the daughter in the film while Sri delivers her emotional wedding speech in the end with twinkles in her eyes and their loving hug brings the family back together as never before.
Therefore, ENGLISH VINGLISH is a film which deserves to be watched not only by all those HOUSE WIVES who need to re-invent themselves urgently but its even a more essential watch for all the HUSBANDS and KIDS since it has got a valuable lesson for them too in its 135 minutes of entertainment.
So do watch it with everyone in the family together and have a good time.
Rating : 3.5 / 5
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