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December 23, 2014 Tuesday     

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami

A small film offering an unexpected novelty expressed well through its bold and well written content certainly gives you a much better satisfaction than a forcibly hyped biggie supported by a known star. And that’s the reason whenever there’s a film like EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI thankfully bringing that much awaited relief and change, it rightly deserves an extra star and viewer’s support too for encouraging its makers to continue doing the good work in the future.
However revealing the ugly fact, once again there were no takers for this worth praising movie in its first show and I really felt ashamed as the multiplex manager cancelled it humbly expressing his inability to run the film for just one person alone. And while walking back from the theater I honestly felt that Yes, we people deserve all the crap thrown on us in the name of cinema promoted by the big names because we actually have not yet learned to support the right things and discard the bad ones even after acquiring all those major educational degrees and the so called learning.
Anyway moving ahead this usual disappointment I am made to face regularly, if the so called passionate movie buffs of the present world do need a third person’s assurance before going for a small, lesser publicized movie fearing their waste of money and time, then here I am assuring that EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI deserves to be seen, supported and appreciated too. Since we no longer are able to make a strong as well as enjoyable ‘Political Satire’ in today’s highly biased world, particularly in a country like India where films are often targeted for their every small remark made on any known political personality or religious figure.
With its subtle indications towards few real life political names, the film is a well written attempt to expose the silly but unknown backstage truths about the corrupt mindsets where everyone is willing to have the power eyeing on his personal monetary benefits be it a politician, a party worker, a journalist, a mistress, a brother, a son or even a mother having her ‘ultimate end’ closer than anyone else. And amongst these mean, dirty minds lives an honest Municipal Corporation worker superbly played by Anupam Kher, who gets slammed with a corruption notice on the very last day of his service in a shockingly insulting manner by his newly appointed superior.
Now since it will be a crime to disclose the film’s extremely fresh and interesting story-plot killing its main attraction, I would simply like to add that ETKS is a two part film wherein the first half has some extremely powerful family sequences depicting the ideology clashes between the father-son reminding you of the works of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. And the second is full of many satirical, comic sequences through which a strange wish is fulfilled making you recall another classic of the past JAANE BHI DO YAARON.
Personally I would strongly recommend the movie for its first half in particular as it may teach you a very precious lesson of life about how to respect our aging parents giving them our utmost love, care and time before its too late. Admitting our shortcomings, we do tend to lose our temper often facing the difference of opinion with the elders. But idea clashes with the old parents and ignoring/disrespecting or insulting them shamelessly are two different things altogether which need to be understood by every youngster urgently. Thankfully EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI does have that important lesson executed beautifully and thus deserves to be seen for those 30 minutes before the intermission as a must.
Coming to the second half, yes the film has few flaws and for many ‘thinking minds’ it might be quite weird and illogical too in its final hour. But to answer them all, I would like to remind that one of the most famous comedies of Hindi Cinema i.e. JAANE BHI DO YAARON also had all weird and illogical similar sequences in its second half which were never questioned by anyone (in the subsequent years) as the film enjoys an indisputable cult status accepted by one and all. However it’s a different irony that JBDY which at present is immensely famous as an enjoyable laugh riot was in reality intentionally made as a strong political satire on the corrupt system by its makers raising some serious questions. Sadly the satire was forgotten fast and the comedy took all the limelight in the following decades disclosing the unconcerned public mentality as usual.
Returning to the ETKS, it has many excellent satirical as well as entertaining sequences like the one revealing the truth behind the politicians great speeches, a spoof on the famous news anchor Arnab Goswami along with a renowned opposition leader, an interesting interpretation of a party symbol as a thumb shown to the public, the cunning change in outlook of an opportunist mother after the sudden demise of her politician son, the black money lying in the Swiss bank accounts and the evident corruption within the system regarding jobs and homes allotted to the Government employees. The soundtrack doesn’t give anything great to write about but a tight script (moving at a great pace), fine cinematography and an apt background score contributes a lot to its overall impact in the end especially with the track “Break The Line” smartly used towards the climax.
Finding a unique plot for his enjoyable, thought provoking satire, director Ravindra Gautam surely deserves the praises for making a film straight from the heart and extracting many outstanding performances from his entire cast bringing that much needed freshness in our Hindi cinema. Certainly one of those promising names to look forward in the future who can represent the common man on screen so wonderfully proving to be a bright flashing light in the dark cloud of all commercial ventures targeting the first weekend earning alone ignoring the content.
Displaying their highly impressive individual skills it is really tough to pick up any one as the best performer in the well-chosen cast ensemble. ETKS has Anupam Kher once again giving a splendid, flawless performance as the honest father, despite having only few scenes in the script as per its novel storyline. In fact such is the sincerity in his realistic performance that one finds it really hard to believe that he is the same person hosting a talk show on the smaller screen looking quite young and entertaining. Next is Divyendu Sharma repeatedly proving his remarkable talent with an excellent, emotional performance as the younger son going through the sudden transformation. Manu Rishi Chadha gives another fine performance post KYA DILLI KYA LAHORE. Aditi Sharma is the surprise package of the film in an effortless moving act as Divyendu’s love interest. Plus we have Neha Dhupia (with her much publicized tribute to the item numbers of the past), Rajesh Sharma, Uttra Baokar, Asif Sheikh and the entire supporting cast playing their given parts real well.
To compare it with some recent political satires like OH MY GOD!, PEEPLI LIVE and more, I would like to give EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI some extra marks mainly because of its significant depiction of family values which were not there in the above mentioned films talking about GOD, Government and Media but not The Family, which is the most precious and closest asset we have in our given lives. The film not only forces you to think as a satire but makes you shed some tears too which was missing in the above mentioned films as an essential feature.
Also if someone asks what kind of films would you like to be associated with?
Intellectual, knowledgeable projects like HAIDER coming from the mind or straight from the heart movies like EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI?
Then my vote would gladly go for the latter.
With the reason clearly given by the Law of Nature itself, as one doesn’t stop living and the life doesn’t end, if the MIND stops working or starts losing its power in any given point of time but one cannot survive even for a minute if his HEART refuses to beat in its natural rhythm…….!
So as guided by the mother-nature, the heart is certainly more important than the mind and I will always prefer to go with it unconditionally….……whatever be the consequences……..!
Rating : 4 / 5
(Including additional 0.5 only for the touching 30 minutes before the intermission capable of raising a personal alarm in our lives just at the right time before THEY are gone.)
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[Note : If you will not watch a worth applauding effort like EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI on the big screen and would only spend your money & time for just the biggies. Then how are these makers supposed to continue making such great attempts in the future?
Plus unless we support such off-beat, risky, courageous and fabulous efforts rarely made in Hindi cinema, we cannot really complain about the crap being made all around considering the viewers as fools.
So do watch it on the bigger screen and support such films wholeheartedly to bring that much needed change in the coming years.]
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11 October 2014 / bobbysing /
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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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