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BY-LANE 2 - A short film directed by Utpal Datta as a tribute to Pabitra Kumar Deka. (An overview by Bobby Sing).

Munshi Premchand's short story and those innocent years of playing GULLI DANDA. (Food for Thought by Bobby Sing).

BAANKEY KI CRAZY BARAAT - Its basic plot might be absurd but the performances turn it into a fairly enjoyable film that could have been a lot better. (Review By Bobby Sing).

KAUN KITNE PAANI MEIN - What a wasted opportunity to make a fine satire on a crucial subject of water-scarcity. (Review By Bobby Sing).

PHANTOM - Reading an old Indrajal Comics on the actual Phantom is sure going to be much more logical, thrilling & entertaining. (Review By Bobby Sing).

MANJHI - Watch it as a respect towards the spirited man, his true love and the unbelievable task completed single handedly, much important than a well enacted film loaded with many deliberate insertions. (Review By Bobby Sing).

ALL IS WELL - Post a 100 minutes awful show, it tries hard to teach some family values in vain. (Review By Bobby Sing).

GOUR HARI DASTAAN - A must watch depiction of a shocking true story that is sure going to make us feel the shame contributing in the corrupt system. (Review by Bobby Sing).

BROTHERS - Having a miserable first hour, the remake somehow manages to deliver post intermission due to the brothers, their fights and the father well enacted by Jackie Shroff. (Review By Bobby Sing).

ANGREJ (Punjabi) - The immensely lovable performances, ethnic feel, well written dialogues and a fabulous soundtrack makes this familiar love story a worth watching film for sure. (Review By Bobby Sing).

 
 
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September 03, 2015 Thursday     
Court (Marath)An avid Hindi film lover has a quite interesting but unreal picture of an Indian courtroom in his mind full of phrases such as My Lord, Judge Sahib, Objection sustained, Objection Overruled, Order Order, Mere Kaabil Dost, Mr. Public Prosecutor, Case Ki Agli Sunvaayi, Tareekh Pe Tareekh and many more. Almost similar is the case when it comes to the depiction of Police Stations and the investigation process followed by the officers in charge too in our Hindi film scripts mainly looking for some fast paced, exciting entertainment for its paying audience.
However the truth remains shockingly contradicting to the onscreen presentation and that’s exactly what you get to witness in Chaitanya Tamhane's exceptional directorial debut in Marathi Cinema having an interesting cast ensemble and an explosive subject. Based on a completely unbelievable case filed by the State against an old age artist, admittedly the film takes its own times to influence the viewers with a slow paced story progression, resembling the way court cases keep crawling in India till years or even decades. But remaining within this off-beat framework, COURT also makes you feel many painful blows one after another while watching the case proceedings in a strange state of amazement. And further paints a hugely upsetting picture of our present Police and Judicial system forcing you to wonder that how come this brutally honest film was awarded a National recognition by the Government of India itself…..instead of getting banned.
Now being a regional project having a limited release in only a few selected theatres in major metro cities, it’s an acceptable truth that not many would be willing to make an effort to go and watch this outstanding Marathi film while its still being played in the theaters (with English subtitles). Hence to make your realize the mistake you would be committing by missing it on the bigger screen, here are its major exceptional features that might influence you to change your mind and watch it at the earliest in the coming days.
1. You must have seen many films revolving around a false case being filed by the Police officials against an innocent person. But can you believe the height of absurdity when an investigating officer files a case against a 65 years old revolutionary social activist/artist/writer/singer, with a charge that one of his songs talking about suicide, provoked a poor sewage worker to kill himself by getting drowned in the gutter full of hazardous gases.
2. The case not only gets duly filed by presenting more than one witnesses, but it also gets extensively discussed within the court with the lady lawyer reading out many long pages full of false accusations ranging from influencing young minds to terrorism and even making explosives, adding a fine touch of black humour that instantly makes you laugh at the absurdity being practiced within the court itself.
3. The sequences bravely expose the flaws in our police and judiciary system when the police officer has no clues about a letter and existence of one crucial witness but still tries to defend his irresponsible actions so casually. Besides one feels disgustingly surprised when the honourable judge refuses to hear the next case as the lady coming forward is wearing a sleeveless dress that is considered to be disrespectful attire in a court room.
4. Through its various references of the weird case and personal lives of both the lawyers fighting it spiritedly, COURT also mocks at the widely prevalent class divide in our society and issues such as freedom of expression, fake arrests and exploitation of laws by the lawyers themselves ignoring the innocent lives and families being affected severely.
5. The language is a mix of Marathi, English, Hindi and Gujarati too, exactly like you find in the region of Mumbai .
Court (Marathi)Reading the above features, you can easily guess that COURT is not a film for the viewers only interested in their 2-3 hours of carefree weekend entertainment. It’s a rare thought provoking treat coming from our Regional Indian Cinema more interested in presenting its case in front of the thinking viewers. And if you are among those passionate movie-freaks interested in catching all the partially visible meaningful references added in the backdrop then just go for it at the earliest and don’t miss many small but important real life insertions in its brilliant onscreen execution such as:
A. The way the lawyer’s parents treat a stranger visiting their house, who happens to be their son’s client and how the scene eventually turns into a comic one with the reference of lawyer’s marriage.
B. The strange, unconcerned kind of attitude in the answers given by the dead worker’s widow in the court, who later refuses to take any money as help but asks for some work from the lawyer dropping her home.
C. The particular shot of a printing press, where the police officer arrives to arrest the artist checking his new book being printed, but the press worker sitting just a few feet away continues with his work of compiling a magazine pages showing no concern at all.
D. Just study the way, most of the film has been shot with all still frames with the camera placed in a single position making it more real as if one is sitting right there in the theater witnessing the court’s proceedings.
E. And then, many shots continuing to a much longer duration than required with nothing happening on the screen, results in the viewer feeling more involved with the characters and their helpless plight.
In the performances, all inspiring actors (non-professionals mostly) provide a big support to the film led by Vivek Gomber as the defence attorney (also the film's producer), Geetanjali Kulkarni as the public prosecutor, Vira Sathidar as the accused artist/social activist and Pradeep Joshi as the judge. But the choice of other non-actors appearing in very short roles throughout the film could have been better.
Anyhow coming to the most important merit of this well-crafted work focusing on the position of a judge calmly listening to a clearly made-up case by the police, COURT puts forward few extremely significant questions that have never been asked before in the history of Indian Cinema about our Judicial system. And they go as:
Why our judicial system still takes into account the laws enforced way back in the 19th & 20th century before independence when Indians were arguably treated as slaves?
What about the Court’s valuable time wasted on many petty theft cases like the one featured in the film about a lost imported watch allegedly stolen by the neighbour?
What about the time spent on the cases, even the judge clearly knows have been fabricated by the police on some randomly caught person to save their own reputation?
Decency is certainly what needs to be followed while being in a courtroom, but can a judge really refuse to hear a case due to a sleeveless dress worn by the lady coming forward?
Should a particular academic qualification & experience in the field be the only requirement for a person sitting on the honorable position of a judge (deciding upon the lives of hundreds of people) with no consideration of his other personal biases or religious, spiritual and political interests that might influence his decision?
Can the honorable court also go on long summer vacations putting lives of many on hold for a month or so which might find a few accused even dying without seeing the justice being served?
What about the decision in cases dealing with superstition and such questionable practices in our society, if the judge listening to the arguments, himself believes in them personally? (COURT shows the judge to be highly influenced from numerology and use of gem stones  recommending them to one of his close friend/relative too as a solution.)
The film ends with the final 10 minutes revolving around the judge alone and the stress he feels, leaving the viewers with many uncomfortable and horrifying questions about the court-procedures running in their minds. And perhaps the climax (showing him enjoying a picnic with his family, slapping one of the kids for disturbing his sleep), also wishes to present a possible conclusion that after all even a judge is a human too who does have his own personal life, choices and limitations.
In fact that’s exactly what makes COURT a highly recommended movie for all thinking minds. So whatever language or region you belong to, shed all your reservations of watching a regional movie with English subtitles and do yourself a favour witnessing COURT in the theatre at the earliest.
Because knowing the business of entertainment in our country, the film is certainly not going to be there waiting for its audiences in the coming weeks. But it’s indeed yet another important benchmark set by the Marathi film-makers in our rich Indian cinema undoubtedly.
Rating : It right away goes into the MOVIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE list at BTC.
(Note: Just take a look at the film’s brilliantly designed poster having a courtroom with few mainholes and the accused coming out of one with mike placed in front of him depicting the film’s main theme.)
Tags : Court (Marathi) Film Review by Bobby Sing, Movies To See Before You Die List, Must Watch Indian Regional Films, National Award Winner COURT Review at bobbytalkscinema.com, Meaningful Indian Films, Socially Relevant Regional Indian Films, Marthi Cinema pathbreaking attempt, Internationa Awards Winner Court (Marathi), Must Watch Regional Indian Films, Not To Be Missed Cinema made within India.
 
 
21 April 2015 / bobbysing /
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A court room drama portrayed like a comedy, is not something often seen in cinema since its extremely difficult to feature both the tension and laughs together in a script. But in 'My Cousin Vinny' you get to enjoy a commendable amalgamation of these conflicting genres, which can easily be stated as the winning USP of this entertaining film undoubtedly. Based on a brilliant screenplay with many outstanding scenes, it is one of those few films which completely win over the viewers through their written material (dialogues) in reality. So its not a slapstick comedy but an intelligently conceived film which has some humorous court room sequences (maintaining the dignity), perfectly enacted by its entire cast as victims, witnesses, lawyers, judge and other participants in the case.
 
To be exact, here we have Joe Pesci playing the cousin Vinni, a lawyer who has not been to a trial ever in his so called professional career and his associate (girl friend or fiancée), Mona Lisa (played by Marisa Tomei) who simply doesn’t know when to close her mouth and stop talking. The two continue to be themselves in the court room too in front of the annoyed judge and its their mutual conversations only which simply raise the level of this court room comedy from good to remarkable. The chemistry between the two is terrific and their characters stay with you for long after you have finished enjoying it.
 
Particularly Marisa Tomei turns the film into a complete entertainer and for that she deservingly won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role OSCAR in the year 1993. The fine direction along with some fabulously written dialogues infuses an appreciable repeat value into the film wherein the court room becomes nothing short of funny place full of witty performers. Surely deserving more praises and recognition then received MY COUSIN VINNY is sharp, clever, funny and a hugely entertaining court room comedy which deserves to be seen as a must if you really love to watch films revolving around the court proceedings. Yet for a change, this will not feed you with that usual thrilling excitement of a crime but would sure provide some great witty moments, which you might not have experienced before in any routine investigative films offered in this particular genre.
 
Incidentally the brilliance of MY COUSIN VINNY even inspired the Hindi Film Industry to make a film on it titled BANDA YEH BINDAAS HAI featuring Govinda in the lead. But being a small world today, the similarity in concept was reportedly questioned by the original makers from the Indian production house and the film at present is still lying in an uncertain zone, as it is said. Anyway, since real movie buffs don’t believe in waiting for versions, so just go for this original film at the earliest and have a good time with both Vinny and Mona together.
 
Directed by Jonathan Lynn
Starring : Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei and more.
 
Tags : My Cousin Vinny (1992), Movies To See Before You Die, Court Room Comedies, Must Watch Films List by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Inspiring Films, Court Room Comedy, Not TO Be Missed Movies List by Bobby Sing.
 
 
23 May 2013 / bobbysing /
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Mohan Joshi Haazir Ho - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

With a great ensemble of talented artists, this is writer-director Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s sarcastic comedy which was one of the most important & thoughtful movies made in the 80s (representing the Art Cinema wave) with a strong social message. It is also rated among the most courageous movies made in that era which openly thrashed the flawed judicial system operating in the country wherein a simple court case could take years and even decades to reach any justified conclusion.

The film revolves around a simple “Repairs & Maintenance” case filed by an elderly couple living on rent in an old ‘Chawl’, against their wealthy but arrogant landlord. The case continues till years and meanwhile there are several attempts made to scare the couple to step back but they stay firm on their decision and keep fighting for justice. During this whole drama of their prolonged case, repeated dates and justice delayed, the film gives the viewer a comic account of how the witnesses are bought, lawyers bribed, judges be fooled and the whole ages old judicial set-up is used by the nexus between the landlord and builders mafia for their own mutual benefits. And the one, who actually suffers caught in between this whole rotten system, remains the common poor man who simply remains helpless as always.

MJHH was made in 1984 when the country was still developing and changes were being brought in at a very slow pace. However the sad irony or relevance of this film is that its burning subject still remains more or less the same even today in 2012 after almost three long decades of its release. Our Judicial system still more or less works on the same guidelines where it takes years to reach a conclusion in a case unless it gets some media attention or pressure from the higher authorities.

And that is the reason why I consider MOHAN JOSHI HAAZIR HO as an important film of Indian Cinema as it can be studied as a perfect example of how the medium of films can be used to showcase social problems or to draw the much required attention of the authorities towards a notable issue related with the common man. So do experience this simple classic, if you love watching films made as a funny satire on some important social issues of the 80s developing India. And in case if you are still not convinced then just read the inviting names in the star-cast given below and then decide.

Directed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza
Music by Vanraj Bhatia
Starring : Bhisham Sahni, Dina Pathak, Amjad Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor, Deepti Naval, Salim Ghouse, Mohan Gokhale, Rohini Hattangadi, Satish Shah and more.
Tags : Mohan Joshi Haazir Ho (1984), Movies To See Before You Die Drama Comedy, Must See Movies List by Bobby Sing, Bollywood Art Wave Classics List at Bobbytalkscinema.com, Hindi Films 80s Art Cinema Wave, Hindi Films on Social Satire, Worth Watching Art Movies of the 80s, Sayeed Akhtar Mirza's films.
 
 
03 December 2012 / bobbysing /
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