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December 29, 2014 Monday     
There are certain films that need to be released despite being a bad product, just to get rid of them by their makers as they themselves clearly know about the mess but can do nothing about it quite helplessly. ZID is another of those ill-fated projects which though had a fairly interesting plot of becoming an engaging thriller but turns out to be so amateurishly presented and enacted film that one really feels annoyed thinking about the fact that it was supposedly the launch vehicle of another good looking girl from the Chopra family with an inspired foreign angle too.
Loosely adapted from a German film, UNTER NACHBARN/THE GOOD NEIGHBOUR (2011) and re-scripted again with typical Bollywood kind of insertions, it’s a perfect case wherein a fine plot gets ruined by the re-writers focusing more on erotica than the mystery element.
ZID is the debut film of Mannara (earlier known with a different name), who is another cousin of Priyanka Chopra post Parineeti making her own reputed place in the industry. And it is said that the movie was approved by Priyanka only to go ahead. God knows what she saw in the project/script to recommend!
Reportedly director Vivek Agnihotri prepared Mannara for her strange/difficult kind of role, completed more than half of the film and then walked away due to some undisclosed differences, which rightly explains its directionless proceedings post intermission like a lost wandering child.
The film has more than 5-6 songs and a quite deliberate and at your face kind of skin show, probably added later to make it commercially viable catering a particular section of viewers in the smaller centers. However, surprisingly the songs are not that bad in comparison to many other big films but fail to make an impact along with an average cinematography and background score due to all mediocre & uninteresting sequences on the screen generating no interest whatsoever.
In short, if you wish to learn how acting can be interpreted as screaming, emoting weirdly, showing cleavages, kissing wildly and more, then you should ideally see ZID, which is an excellent example of how even a suspense murder mystery can turn out to be so boring and irritating watch at times. Having a pretty confused script, strangely adapted from a foreign film with fine ratings, it simply tests the patience of the viewers and is strongly not recommended, particularly to the fans of this exciting genre. You would not be able to bear it for more than two hours.
Rating : 1 / 5 (including an additional 0.5 just giving it a benefit of doubt of being a disputed project.)
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30 November 2014 / bobbysing /
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As a pleasantly surprising, light entertainer coming from Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi, the insightful director of CHANAKYA (TV Series), PINJAR and the recent UPANISHAD GANGA (TV Series), ZED PLUS can easily be rated as one of the best political satires in the recent times supported by some exceptional dialogues & performances without shouting it loud or going overboard in its more than two hours of duration.
Yes, it reminds you of a few films based on somehow similar concepts and is not a perfect classic as I felt towards the end. But still would like you to watch it considering a refreshing change from the typical romantic comedies and action movies thrown one after another promoted by few big names. Especially for its worth praising writing and dialogues conveying many seriously concerning issues with a great entertaining ease by all talented performers.
In other words, if you wish to witness a film that can simply be called a director’s project from start to finish then ZED PLUS is the one to go for. Performed well by many underrated actors in full control of their director, it’s based on a very carefully written script which is in fact a delight to watch for most of its time and doesn’t disappoint hugely post its intermission too. Beginning with some superb sarcastic comments on the governing people, it takes a good 15-20 minutes for the introductions and then begins the fun quickly maintaining the pace throughout till those (sadly) predictable concluding moments which could have been given a different turn. So its only the final 30 minutes of the film that make you feel watching something obvious and seen before diluting the overall impact of the movie putting it honestly. But as a whole it certainly comes as a much needed relief among the silly crap regularly being offered by Bollywood makers with an amazing consistency.
Actually the best part of ZED PLUS that makes it worth recommending is its story telling, particularly the dialogues full of many brilliant witty remarks, idioms and representation of many recent developments in the country discussed all over. For instance watch out the way it portrays the confusion or debate over the use of Hindi and English in our government matters, VIP culture getting an added advantage disturbing the everyday life of a common man, the media playing a big role in the country’s active politics, terrorism used as a triumph card by the shrewd leaders of all parties and how corruption and sudden easy money pollutes a simple, honest mind too without taking much time in just a few weeks. Personally I loved the ringtone insertion of Vande Matram and the look alike prime minister used very subtly by the thinking director so well in its key sequences.
The script intelligently crafts a fine buildup after the initial introductions and then the superb performers take over from there, impressing you gradually as the story progresses. Adil Hussain as the puncturewala, takes time to grow on the viewers. But once he does, the actor proves his hidden caliber that made Dr. Dwivedi select him among many other known names that could have helped the movie commercially in pure business terms. Adil beautifully portrays the role of a simple man who at first could even allow a passenger to walk away without paying and then later becomes a greedy, selfish man looking at the opportunities coming his way in the film’s second half.
Mukesh Tiwari as Adil’s childhood friend delivers another polished performance showing his already proven versatility yet again. Kulbhushan Kharbanda as the Prime Minister is a perfect choice resembling our current Prime Minister of the country and he is a treat to watch. K. K. Raina, another under-rated actor of our industry plays the PM's personal assistant to perfection. Rahul Singh as the security in-charge, Shivani Tanksale as Fauziya & Ekavali Khanna as Saeeda prove their talent quite boldly, whereas Sanjay Mishra once again becomes the cause of laughter heard in the theater with his repetitive yet superb act of an unknown terrorist looking for his chance to make a big name in the news media. Plus it was great to see Liliput on the screen after a long time as the petty thief among many other familiar talented faces in the supporting cast.
However, the surprising fact remains that Mona Singh turns out to be the second best performer after Adil in the film playing the homely, lovable, honest wife witnessing the change coming in his husband’s persona with the changing times. And she truly nails it enacting her given character wonderfully and you are sure going to see a different Mona here than all her previous performances till date.
Musically, Dr. Dwivedi uses only a few songs and that too as “Sutradhar” tracks sung by Sukhwinder making an enjoyable screen appearance too along with Hrishitaa Bhatt with her well-choreographed dance moves. The songs set the mood right and so does the cinematography and background music of the film taking you into the ambience of a small town with all realistic likable character as seen around us in our daily lives.
Summing up, admittedly many might find it based on a wafer thin & unconvincing plot taking time to grow on the viewer in its initial hour having some underdeveloped side tracks too such as the Sanjay Mishra one. Moreover where the first half can easily be drawn parallels with films like PEEPLI LIVE, the latter makes you recall some earlier much famous political satires such as KISSA KURSI KA, AAJ KA M.L.A RAM AVTAR and more. Yet, I would like to rate ZED PLUS as an attempt above them all due to its simplicity, truthfulness and a well written authentic portrayal of all real life characters capable of transporting you into a different world altogether in its two hours.
So do give it a chance and try not to miss watching this fairly enjoyable, well intentioned comical, political satire in the theaters as the latest pleasant offering from Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi.
Rating : 3 + 0.5 / 5 (with the additional 0.5 for Dr. Dwivedi, for pleasantly coming out of his own set pattern of more serious works)
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28 November 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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