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36 FARMHOUSE (Hindi) - The present generation will not believe this is a product from the once showman Subhash Ghai, a hit brand name of the 80s and 90s. (Movie Notes by Bobby Sing)

21 Jan, 2022 | Movie Reviews / 2022 Releases

In the era when Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra, Yash Chopra, and more were ruling the box office, Subhash Ghai was the one director who successfully created a brand of his own working with both known and debutant artists in a chain of successful films with some excellent soundtracks. He was also the one given the tag of Showman after Raj Kapoor and Ghai proved himself as the same with both on and off-screen cinematic celebrations till the late 90s.
The legend is now running a film school, Whistling Woods in Mumbai, teaching cinema to the present and next generation. However, 36 Farmhouse produced by Subhash Ghai, neither represents his iconic stature/vision of the past nor displays anything his film school faculty or students can be proud of.

The film is a strange, inferior product that puts you off within ten minutes of its start and the single murder being committed is the weirdest feature of the film presented as a crime thriller. Sharing the core plot, the only beneficiary of a will, kills the lawyer of his brother visiting the house, willing to meet the old, ailing mother. Now, how on earth the person is going to gain anything by killing the visiting lawyer is the big question? The entire film is based on this bizarre premise with loud performances from names such as Sanjay Mishra, Ashwini Kalsekar, and Flora Saini. Vijay Raaz delivers nothing different from his usual, and only Amol Parashar and Barkha Singh come up with two fairly bearable acts.

Directed by Ram Ramesh Sharma, 36 Farmhouse gets its story, music and lyrics from the veteran Subhash Ghai, who seems to be a completely different Ghai from the one we witnessed as a genius creator in the 80s and 90s. Its an utterly confused project, in which the writing also vaguely tries to incorporate the caste differences and lockdown migration in a visibly forced manner. Besides, the comedy falls flat and the thrill element doesn’t even begin till the lacklustre climax.

Overall, this can easily be skipped and is bound to get lost in the sea of content online within a couple of days. Wonder how such a product can be shown to the students of the film school conceived by their highest authority. Interestingly, around 15 years back, Subhash Ghai produced a murder mystery with a similar title 36 China Town (2006). Maybe there is some kind of numerological or luck factor (assumed to be) related to the creator and the number 36, resulting in nothing.

Rating: 1.5 / 5
(Streaming at Zee5)

Tags : 36 FARMHOUSE Review by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, New Hindi movies reviews by Bobby Sing, New Bollywood Films Reviews by Bobby Sing, New Film by Subhash Ghai
21 Jan 2022 / Comments ( 4 )
Amit Joshi

Bobby ji, for quite some days I am watching Govinda's movie, now I am not able to understand what went wrong with current Govinda now? Lack of skills, lack of direction, lack of zeal, lack of luck or something else, even now the David dhawan is not able to direct ( produce) same kind of cinema which he used to produced with Govinda, what according to you is the main factor behind the downfall of the quality? You should write an article about this means how directors/actors degrade their standards over the time. 

Thanks - Amit Joshi

Bobby Sing

Dear Amit,
These filmmakers are not at fault as both comedy as well as drama in cinema changes every 15-20 years.
The audience too change every second decade and you will find the same happening after 50s, 70s, 90s and 2010s.
This is the transition phase and both the worst and best phase of cinema with a lot of availability, experiments and the films being watched for only 10 minutes before selecting or rejecting moving on to the next.

This has happened with almost every director of the past and those who changed with times their cinema suffered a lot in quality like Yash Chopra.
So this is the transition phase and the next change would be coming when the people will become fed up their mobiles, social networks and this easy availability of things. Imagine the present directors failing with their projects then. 
It is continous circle of creativity and creation.

Brijendra Singh Mathuria

I could not watch even the first 15 minutes.  My sympities with you, you had to watch the full movie.

Bobby Sing

Yes it was an extremely tough watch. But that is the part of our job.

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