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September 01, 2014 Monday     
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 And the intriguing Nanavati Case in Maharashtra was the last one having a Jury verdict in 1959 before the system was withdrawn in India.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.
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19 May 2014 / bobbysing /
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Though the heading of the review says it all, still I would like to share few interesting points about this latest young film made on the lines of some recent successes particularly targeting the (college going) youth & the multiplex audience.
Taking on the bright points first, it’s the debut film of Divya Khosla Kumar (wife of Bhushan Kumar, the young mastermind behind T-Series), who had earlier acted in a big budget film AB TUMHARE HAWALE WATAN SATHIYO (2004) and then also directed few major music videos before taking on to film direction. So looking at the background, she could have easily gone for a safe film featuring a known sellable star without making any big effort. But the fact that she bravely decided to make a project with a completely fresh cast, spending all that time to train them before coming on to the screen, surely deserves some praises in these cunning commercial times, mostly concerned with the initials and the first weekend earnings. So all the youngsters featuring in it must have had a good time shooting with a lot of fun as it seems, but I only wish the team had also worked on its script too with the same devotion and spirit.
Now as backed up by one of top names in the entertainment industry, YAARIAN has a mega budget, a bigger canvas, an eye-catching competitive cinematography and a Hit musical score to do the trick. But unfortunately it relies too much on its catchy music and other technical aspects only and doesn’t care about the most important part of a film i.e. its content or the script. As a result we have a pretty childish mix & match product taking its clear inspirations from earlier hits in this genre like JO JEETA WOHI SIKANDER made way back in 1992, the repeatedly adapted UGLY BETTY T.V. serial concept (2006) and STUDENT OF THE YEAR released just a few years back in 2012.
The film begins on a very routine note and then goes on to offer many seen before, mediocre and even bizarre sequences which should have been deleted right from its first draft only by the debutant director. For instance, here we have a foreign investor who wishes to buy a major part of the school and turn it into a Casino, as if it was being opened like an amusement park for the students. To decide whether the Casino can be made or not a competition is organized between the students in Australia & India, bringing in the ‘Nationality Card’ as a completely weird thought put in by the writers. Further the absurdity reaches its height when in order to win the competition the foreign investor calls in a complete professional sports person to compete with the Indian student contestant, and the Indian School team calmly accepts that like a group of morons having no objection of any sort.
However what disturbed me the most was that despite being a film made by a woman director, it has all the girls and ladies used in it like the objects of lust, a lonely mother is handed over the ashes of his only son just like that, there is a highly insulting scene disgracing our own concept of ‘Bharat Mata’ and then we also have a totally insane smooch between the lead pair which clearly looks like ‘Eating’ and not ‘Kissing’ from any angle.
The film desperately tries to impress you with its well shot cycling and rock climbing scenes coming towards the end, but by then the damage has already been done and the viewer is simply interested in getting away with it as soon as possible. On the acting front, all the young performers become the innocent victim of some extremely poor writing which actually doesn’t let them leave any kind of impression on the end user. Plus the director wastes both Gulshan Grover and Deepti Naval in their small roles and they don’t have much to contribute in the film as per their known caliber. Yes, Divya Khosla Kumar shows some good sparks in the competition sequences of the second half executed well, but in order to make a good film she has to understand the importance of a good script and content before taking on her next project.
In all, YAARIAN does have some good musical tracks to bring in the initial crowd but as a film its simply like a poor amateur version of Karan Johar’s STUDENT OF THE YEAR, which in fact makes SOTY look like a World Classic in comparison.
Rating : 1 / 5 (And that too only for the sincere efforts put in by all the debutants in the film)
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12 January 2014 / bobbysing /
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Zanjeer - The Original Classic“From my childhood, I was just in the awe of this great classic and was eager to revisit it again in the present era for the new audience” OR “I truly adore the original and simply wished to bring it back for the current generation” OR “I watched that brilliant movie more that 20-30 times in my school days and had a big dream to make it again, with some new settings as my own tribute to the classic”……………These are the lines which one might have heard in the interviews of directors who go on making remakes of all the greatest hits of the past, without any appreciable vision or motive. The directors, who are supposedly in love with that trendsetter original hit from years and now are willing to re-live their childhood passion once again, with a lousy version of the same, playing both with the time and money of the viewers, quite arrogantly.
So before moving further, I would just like to ask these energetic directors and their production houses that if they are so much eager & confident to make such cult hits once again then why can’t they make them as a fresh project with A NEW TITLE completely different from that famous and cult, hit NAME of the past. In other words if you are so much in love with that old movie, then why not keep its respected status intact and make a new version of the same, with A DIFFERENT TITLE of your own, for all the new age viewers?
But NO, they cannot even think of doing so, because the whole game here is actually in the title only and if you take away that famous name from the project then it will simply fall flat and would not able to generate any kind of curiosity around the project, as desired. So in my opinion, there is no respect, no passion, no love or no emotional tribute being given here to our cult classics but its sheer business and a well planned earning motive working behind these visionless remakes to make some quick bucks for their producers and nothing else.
In fact, this is the easiest (or laziest) way of making some interesting projects, wherein there is a readymade script and template available to follow and all you have to do is go for a interesting cast and then shoot it right away without any doubts in mind. More importantly, the moment you announce a cult-remake project, the film instantly gets some free publicity in the media with speculations being made all around, without spending even a single penny in just few days. And these are precisely the reasons why there are so many remakes being made nowadays which are all commercially viable and pretty safe projects as compared to the ones made on some new ideas & scripts.
Zanjeer - The Original ClassicComing to the latest addition in this questionable trend of re-visiting the Classics, it will be a big disrespect towards Prakash Mehra, Amitabh Bachchan, Pran & Jaya Bachchan’s original ZANJEER if I even go for writing a few paragraphs on this Apoorav Lakhia’s ridiculous version. So instead of a review I will mention some great features of this well publicized project (including SPOILERS) and then you can decide on your own that whether you wish to take it as a description of a film or a JOKE loudly cracked by its makers in a proud style.
1. The film opens with a long credits song showing a half naked lady, which straight away puts you off as far as the excitement factor is concerned.
2. Within next three minutes you have a fight sequence of Ram Charan with the background music of “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram” going in a vague manner, which keeps on playing in the entire film as if its a patriotic venture made by the likes of Jha.
3. Priyanka Chopra enters with dance sequence in the Pinki song, whereas in the script she is supposed to be a well educated NRI girl visiting India for a friend’s marriage.
4. Including the credits track, the film features five songs before the interval quite absurdly.
5. Prakash Raj plays Teja in his repetitive style and Mahie Gill is Mona playing it like a silly girl knowing only one thing, i.e. Mona aur Sona (Completely clueless why did she even opt for it in the first place).
6. In one scene of the film, both Teja & Mona are sitting on a couch watching the original ZANJEER scenes of Ajeet and Bindu together. And here Mahie (Mona) says to Teja (Prakash Raj), “Tumhara Chehra Is Teja Se (Ajeet) Kitna Milta Hai?????” Indeed a great insightful thought in a remake.
7. In another scene Mona comes in with a tablet pack for Teja on which its written VIGRA.
8. Sher Khan (Sanjay Dutt) deals in stolen cars and a garage doing their makeovers??
9. Both Vijay (Ram Charan) and Sher Khan (Sanjay Dutt) are shown playing play station games sitting on the same couch in one scene.
10. One of the most bizarre sequences in the film is when Ram Charan straight away drives his car into the slum crashing into people’s homes and crushes them blindly like a mad man. Now he is a suspended ACP who does not really care that there are poor people including old, women, children and animals too living in that congested slum area. And he drives a good distance right into the slums with bombs exploding side by side?????
11. In the climax scene, when Teja’s hand is covered by his shirt’s sleeve then he simply pulls it up deliberately so that Vijay can see the tattoo on his arm and remember his parents murder!
12. Moreover, what can be said about the below average mediocre qawaali which has been added on the lines of the incomparable “Yaari Hai Imaan Mera” so lavishly.
13. Last but not the least, there is one particular dialogue in the film which is disgustingly written in a cheap manner just to bring in that kinky humor pointing towards the sexual relationship between Teja and Mona, which I find highly disgraceful to even mention in this write-up very frankly.
Reading the above mentioned points myself, I don’t think there is anything else required to write about this complete avoidable movie made by a questionable creative team. Putting it bluntly, this is not the work of any film-makers to be precise, but only a planned marketing product by some businessmen who are just looking for a project to get them fair returns. And in the process, they damn care about any respect for the original or creative aspects of the remake which is clearly visible throughout the film till the end.
However, I have no complaints of any sort from its director, writer or producers because firstly there are no creative minds involved here and secondly they have obviously done this with a business motive just like the commercial builders who knowingly use inferior material in their constructions without caring about any drastic outcome.
But yes, I do feel pity for Ram Charan who is a Superstar in South and must have said yes to this ‘first project of his’ in Hindi films just as a respect towards Amitabh Bachchan, Pran and Jaya Bachchan. I loved his brilliant act in MAGADHEERA (2009) and really wished he had made his debut with another worth watching project based on a fresh subject. Plus it was also much painful to watch a renowned actor Atul Kulkarni acting in such visionless venture seriously.  
Zanjeer - The Original ClassicAnyway, what disturbs me the most after watching such nonsensical and not-required kind of remakes is the impact they are bound to make on the current generation, who haven’t watched those famous original classics ever before. To give you a clear idea, just try to imagine what would come to the minds of young boys & girls in the age group of 16-30 years, after watching this brainless new age version of ZANJEER?
Unarguably they would think that, “Was this the one movie which turned the ‘not-in-demand’ Amitabh Bachchan into the ‘much-in-demand’ angry young man of the 70s?”. And “Was this the movie which became a cult hit, making way for a new trend in that decade, without having anything substantial in its storyline, content or execution?"
No doubt there questions all seem to be logical but the point is that,
“Who would make them aware of the painful anguish felt in the eyes of its original characters in Prakash Mehra’s version of the 70s?”
“Who would make them aware of the landmark confrontation scenes between Vijay and the delightful Sher Khan in a fabulous get-up?
“Who will make them feel the subtle romance between the helpless Jaya and Vijay?”
“Who will introduce them to the cunning enigma enjoyed for years around Ajeet and Mona Darling?”
“Who will bring forward the “real friendship” depicted on screen in those years so impressively?” and……
“Who will make them listen to the memorable ageless track, “Yaari Hai Imaan Mera, Yaar Meri Zindagi” which still forces all to dance and feel the magic of music and relationships together?”
I hope somebody takes that step and brings back the magic once again on the silver screen soon. May be, by taking an initiative of organizing “Exclusive Classics Festivals” at some selected theaters, screening all those precious gems proudly like they used to in the 80s. But even if it doesn't happen, we still have got our DVDs at home, so please spare us and stop making such disrespectful remakes of all our loved, reputed classics. 

Rating : 0.5 / 5 (and that too just for Ram Charan’s sincere efforts put in.)

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