Bobby Talks Cinema Rss Feed OPPAM (Malayalam/2016) – A well-crafted crime thriller based on an intriguing plot that gets its major support from Mohanlal playing the blind protagonist. (Review By Bobby Sing)

A novel, intriguing plot in an investigative crime thriller and that too featuring one of the biggest names is nothing short of an exciting news for the true lovers of Indian cinema. OPPAM exactly brings you the same with a premise of a blind lift operator framed for a murder in his building, who both has to prove his innocence and save a kid girl from the killer as her only savior.  

Directed by Priyadarshan, based on the story written by Govind Vijayan, OPPAM features <

KAAKA MUTTAI (Tamil/2015) – You got to see this to value everything you have, much more than the ignored, underprivileged section of our society. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Cinema is storytelling and stories represent our existence, our society and the wide class-divide through its various characters. As a film KAAKA MUTTAI tries to represent the same with a superfine mix of emotions, drama, comedy and a fresh novel idea revolving around two kid boys and their wish to eat a PIZZA at least once in their life in the newly opened local Pizza joint.
The so refreshing film has a delightful, heartwarming first hour and an outstanding finale reminding us of all the lux

THOONGA VANAM (Tamil/2015) – An edge of the seat action packed journey of a night. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]

An official remake of French thriller NUIT BLANCHE meaning Sleepless Night (2011), this is an unusual thriller revolving around a kidnap, drugs, a club, a don and a team of police officer dealing with them throughout a long night. Interestingly the original film directed and co-written by Frederic Jardin was also remade in English as SLEEPLESS (2017) directed by Baran Bo Odar featuring Jamie Foxx in the lead.

In the Tamil adaptation

TC.GN – TAKE CARE GOOD NIGHT (Marathi/2018) – A simple but important film guiding the youngsters and elders who use internet, email and smart phones in an unaware state of mind. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Marathi Cinema has been exploring fresh unconventional themes since the last decade and recently a few thrillers have successfully made a noticeable impact on the viewers conveying a strong social message. Nana Patekar’s AAPLA MANUS did it brilliantly as a social thriller and here we have TCGN - TAKE CARE GOOD NIGHT with a similar outcome pointing towards another importan

EKKEES TAREEKH SHUBH MUHURAT - Painful to watch the supremely talented Sanjay Mishra in such a poor attempt. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]

An unusually titled film, yet again revolving around a marriage and a small town family, EKEES TAREEKH SHUBH MUHURAT actually had a fabulous idea in store that could have resulted in a very fine satire on our religious and social structure. 
Talking about ‘Katha-Vaachaks’ (Religious Orators), which ironically happens to be to be the most flourishing stream in the present, the film begins focusing on this potential theme, but then gets lost in all unimpre

THUGS OF HINDOSTAN - An extremely painful and boring watch as The TASHAN of 2018 despite the presence of both AAMIR and AMITABH. (Review By Bobby Sing)

To begin with, very few films prove to be true & loyal to their strong and powerful title giving you a clear message. Expectedly THUGS OF HINDOSTAN happens to be one of the same, which openly performs a clever thuggery with the audience and that too at cunningly inflated ticket prices, just to set some new records beating the other major hits of the recent Hindi cinema.

However, to be honest, the film truly took me back to the times of mid-80s when we experienced the most awful and disappointing era watching

LUPT - Another wasted opportunity offering nothing new. [TTP (To The Point) Review By Bobby Sing]

A few weeks back we witnessed a new breakthrough in Indian Horror films, in terms of concept and visualization, far different from the usual routine stuff in TUMBBAD. But this week we are back to the same clichéd stuff presented in the typical style where a spirit is taking its revenge from a family for a hidden crime committed by one of them in the past.

Progressing on a completely predictable plot with no unexpected shocks or twists in its storyline, LUPT also disappoints with a below averag

BAAZAAR - A performance oriented film with an exciting first half, an average second and an entirely unconvincing conclusion. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Presenting a fresh premise of stock market and its sudden ups and down, BAAZAAR comes up as a more than decent film that is not any adaptation proving the speculations wrong, but surely finds its conceptual inspirations from films like THE WOLF OF WALL STREET from the west, our own GAFLA (2006), SHIKHAR (2005) and more. At the same time it’s also isn’t any well prepared film on the subject, yet again using the same old Hindi film clichés post a great sta

KAASHI - A lame attempt to make an investigative crime thriller with too flawed writing and execution. (Review By Bobby Sing)
A few films reveal their casual, research-less writing and execution in the first scene itself spoiling the entire experience of watching it in the theater. And that becomes even more painful, when it happens to be a film that looked quite promising as an investigative crime thiller titled KAASHI.

To give you the exact scene without any spoilers, the film opens with a dark sequence of an asylum for mentally disturbed people (rather a jail) and the protagonist is shown scratching

When the discovery rediscovered the discoverer - Prem Nath and Vijay Anand. (Did You Know Facts of Hindi Cinema by Bobby Sing)

Though largely remembered for his famous villainous acts in films such as JOHNY MERA NAAM, DHARMATMA and KARZ, Prem Nath is equally recalled for his memorable positive acts in ROTI KAPDA AUR MAKAAN, KALICHARAN, BOBBY, SHOR, DESH PREMEE and more. However, the versatile actor actually began his career as a hero in the late 40s with AAG, AJIT, NAUJAWAN, AAN, BARSAAT, BAADAL posing as a strong competition to the then super stars.

Associated with Prit

PLOT NO. 5 (Hindi/1981) - A unique but forgotten crime thriller with a few rare features. (Did You Know Facts of Hindi Cinema by Bobby Sing)

Released in 1981, this is one of those forgotten or rather unknown ‘who-dun-it’ crime thrillers written and directed by Yogesh Saxena, which was a unique kind of experiment tried in those changing times that failed to perform at the box office due to its incompetent execution. Revolving around a chain of young girls murdered by a serial killer, though the film cannot be rated as a well directed one, it still had a few engaging sequences repeatedly shifting the suspicion upon its various characters.

Meena Kumari and her ME-TOO moment as revealed by Balraj Sahni in his autobiography. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)

Equal opportunity, status and respect to women, especially the working women has been a burning and debatable issue of our society since the last century. But despite all the promises, assurances and work ethics followed in various streams or industries, a woman still remains the most targeted, vulnerable and assumed person in a workplace, which is nothing more than a shameful truth of our society, we repeatedly keep pushing under the carpet saying “All Is Well" till one of our close ones becomes the victim showing us the

Vijaydashami/Dussehra celebrations remembering an outstanding track and its onscreen execution from the cinematic gem HEY RAM - (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)

Wishing all friends of BTC on the day of Vijaydashsmi (Dussehra), would like to share one of my most favourite musical gem from a bilingual film that has a Dussehra celebration filmed on screen taking you back in time to the late 40s with an exceptionally outstanding composition, rendition and lyrics.

The song and the film HEY RAM (2000) is close to my heart for more than one reason and its also rightly there in the Movies To See Before You Die List not to be missed at any

BADHAAI HO - Comedy served with maturity makes this well written film a must watch social entertainer giving a positive message. (Review By Bobby Sing) (Movies To See Before You Die - Drama)
Its trailer was loved by all and the film was expected to do well from the day one of its promotion, instantly becoming a part of the online discussions. But there was one doubt being raised among the praises, that will the overtone of comedy kill the otherwise unusual yet thoughtful social issue talking about middle aged couples? And will the film be able to rise above the ‘in-trend’ repetitive comedies revolving around the middle class families?
Thankfully BADHAAI HO never becom

NAMASTE ENGLAND - Says a few right things in an awful manner as another unrequired Punjabi film made in Hindi. (Review By Bobby Sing)
One of those rare films that strangely begin in the worst possible manner, NAMASTE ENGLAND commences with all illogical and awkward sequences, showcasing the lovers meeting each other in different seasons in Punjab. So the initial 10 minutes only clearly convey the pathetic thought process and poor making of the film as the second project in the franchise post NAMASTE LONDON (2007).
Post the bizarre start, the film desperately tries to get back on track talking about women em

6 Indian Crime Thrillers based on AGATHA CHRISTIE’s mystery novels. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
One the world’s bestselling mystery writers, AGATHA CHRISTIE doesn’t need any formal introduction for the readers, especially for the die-hard fans of crime-mystery thrillers and who-dun-it novels.
The author is hugely famous all over the world and in India too with a regular demand of her books and their reprints being released with innovatively designed covers reaching the younger generation. As a matter of fact, in the last decade or so, many of her famous novels have also been

Rani Mukerji’s HICHKI and its original source FRONT OF THE CLASS - By Bobby Sing
Director Siddharth Malhotra is back with his next venture HICHKI, based on an unusual, never before kind of subject talking about a rare disorder called Tourette Syndrome, in which a person keeps making weird sounds or body movements without any self-control.
Interestingly the director\'s first film WE ARE FAMILY (2010) was also an official remake of English film STEPMOM (1998). And after a long gap of 8 years he comes up with another officia

KAPIL SHARMA will have to accept - a comedy show works as a team and not as an individual. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
The term ‘Expectation’ works both as a boon and a curse in the world of entertainment. At times you like a creation since you didn’t have much expectation from the same and at times you feel cheated, since you had much bigger expectations from an artist, a creator or a team eagerly awaiting their next venture.
Unfortunately the term worked negatively for Kapil Sharma’s comeback show returning after the break and most of us felt hugely disappointed watching the

10 Lesser Known autobiographies of eminent Hindi film personalities - (Articles On Cinema by Bobby Sing)
Before revealing the pleasant surprise, would like to say a few words about the confusing world of biographies, having more than one type in circulation.
The first and most authentic kind of biography is an autobiography (including memoirs or detailed conversations) with or without an associate author mentioned in the credits.
The second is when a different author pens it but as narrated or with the official consent of the artis

BATTI GUL METER CHALU - A relevant plot that gets hugely affected by its lazy writing and seriously annoying use of two words THEHRA and BAL. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Directed by Shree Narayan Singh who last delivered a socially relevant-cum-propaganda film as TOILET – EK PREM KATHA, this is his second project in continuation tackling a burning social issue that yet again remains an average entertainer despite many positives in its concept and performances.
Bringing forward a much talked about problem of shortage of electricity, load-shedding and inflated bills reported in even major cities, BATTI GUL METER CHALU act

SON OF MANJEET SINGH (Punjabi) - A brave, meaningful remake conceived in a vague, defensive mode. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Beginning with the much deserving appreciation, SON OF MANJEET SINGH is indeed a brave project in the present dicey scenario of Punjabi Cinema where the audience is not known to support such meaningful films in the theaters. So the producers (including the famous Kapil Sharma) still backing the project as an official remake of an acclaimed Marathi film certainly needs to be supported and praised as a valuable effort.

However, just noble intentions alone cannot result in a well-made worthy movie since it actually more

TUMBBAD - The overly artistic execution restricts the reach of this must watch ORIGINAL Indian horror film with an important moral lesson. (Review By Bobby Sing)

It’s extremely difficult to explore new avenues, fresh plots and inventive visuals in the Horror genre in particular which more or less survives on clichés and all familiar elements. Plus it’s even more challenging to present such content along with an important moral lesson as found in the famous Indian traditional Jataka Tales or Panchantantra stories, we still remember having read in our school days.

However, a team has amazingly managed to perform the toughest task and that too

FRYDAY - An average entertainer, yet again based on mistaken identities with a better second half. (Review By Bobby Sing)

The biggest merit of FRYDAY is that you get to see an interesting and fresh cast together on screen for more than half of its duration, providing wholesome entertainment without going overboard or being offensive. A typical no-brainer kind of situational comedy aptly titled FRY-DAY, it surprisingly works for a good amount of time and rises much above the last few releases of our good old Govinda.

Featuring Varun Sharma, Prabhleen Sandhu, Digangana Suryavanshi, Bijendra Kala, Rajesh Sharma and more

HELICOPTER EELA - This repetitive mix of all familiar plots, neither connects emotionally nor entertains with its vague comic insertions. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Beginning with the weird title, it actually becomes the biggest downer for the project killing or failing to generate any excitement around even \'a Kajol film\' coming after a long gap. Revolving around the character of a young aspiring singer girl, who later becomes a single mother raising his son running a tiffin box business and then gets admission in her son’s college only to complete her graduation, HELICOPTER EELA comes up as an unentertaining mix of a few familiar and recently used plo

ANDHADHUN - An insanely delightful first half and an absurdly messy second still results in a thoroughly enjoyable must watch. (Review By Bobby Sing)

The latest offering from the new-age master of crime-thrillers Sriram Raghavan is an unusually charming, heavy mixed bag of too many astonishing goodies quickly and smartly served in the duration of more than two hours. The unforeseen elements pleasantly surprise as well shock the viewer as & when the director pulls them out like a skilled magician. And the remarkably shot tense sequences never allow you to take your eyes off the screen especially before the intermission.
To be fai

LOVEYATRI - Cannot get why they ignore the most important thing for the debut films, that has to be WRITING and fresh WRITERS with new innovative ideas. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Openly supported and promoted by Salman Khan, LOVE YATRI is the debut film of three young aspirants namely Aayush Sharma, Warina Hussain (as the lead couple) and Abhiraj K. Minawala as the director beginning their journey with a love story.
To give you the gist, it’s a wafer-thin kind of story-plot told in a too simple way without any engaging novel insertions which is both odd and strange considering the experienced support it had.

CHEKKA CHIVANTHA VAANAM (Tamil) - An above average gangster movie with a cracker twist, that could have resulted in a great suspense family drama. (Review By Bobby Sing)

One of the pioneer directors making iconic movies on gangsters, Mani Ratnam returns to this overused genre with a multi-starrer film and yet again misses the bull’s eye despite a cracker, novel twist in the script.

A pro in handling many stars together giving them equal screen presence and importance, Ratnam appreciably finds a script doing justice with all and delivers a decent gangster movie that could have been an unusual family drama rising much above the rotten and familiar genre. As a commercial

PATAAKHA - The storyteller in Vishal makes a comeback with an original, novel tale, outstanding performances and an authentic, raw execution that deserves to be seen. (Review By Bobby Sing)

There might be various interpretations of the word \'Cinema\' in both technical and personal terms for different individuals. But as I see it, Cinema is the most powerful medium of storytelling that makes a strong impact on the viewer through a fine mix of its effective elements of sound (audio) and picture (moving visuals) having a much wider reach. So what I personally keep looking forward in films as well as books is fresh, unique plots or storylines, introducing me to many new, unknown characters resu

SUI DHAAGA - A supposedly realistic film made in a superficial deliberate manner, just occasionally making its emotional connect with the viewers. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Hindi film industry is known for blindly following a trend till it starts getting lukewarm response from the viewers or plain duds at the box office. The latest trend among them is of making films on small town realistic stories featuring a big star, which at times also talk about a government initiative in order to have an added advantage. 

Regular releases have been there in the last few years in this particular genre that at present is on the verge of getting repetitive/overused by the mainstream Hindi filmmakers themselves.

Is there a factual error or a new surprising disclosure in Nandita Das’s MANTO? - An overview by Bobby Sing

As an appreciable, worth watching bio-pic on Saadat Hassan Manto’s last few years of life, Nandita Das’s second directorial venture is rich in its craft, execution, performances and a strongly recommended film, especially for the viewers who are well aware of the phenomenon called MANTO.
The detailed review of the film at BTC can be read at the following link:
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MANTO - An authentic portrayal of a writer\'s life post Gulzar’s MIRZA GHALIB that deserves to be seen for its excellence, impact and relevance in even the present times. (Review by Bobby Sing) (Movies To See Before You Die - Biographical)
To be fair, this isn’t going to be any routine review as the subject matter or the MAN himself was way ahead of being just a writer/thinker or a master storyteller. Way ahead, because every single word he wrote in the 1940s and 50s, stands so true and relevant even in this second decade of the 21st century after more than 70 years.
But before moving on to the review, with a heavy heart I have to accept that due to our own condemnable ignorance towards literature, a big majority of youngsters today are n

When MANTO countered The GOD! - A Remembrance - By Bobby Sing
Writing about MANTO’s life, his relation with Hindi cinema and his phenomenal repertoire of short stories, essays, letters and revealing character sketches, I gradually realized that many of the youngsters connected through social networks are not even aware of the incomparable master of his craft and were not being introduced to the writer in any great manner too by the media or the elders giving just a few lines description in a short FB post or a tweet.
So with a humble intention to

How we meet & treat a famous comedian in real life - A heart-wrenching instance from MEHMOOD’s life (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)

Cinema in India is known to be one of the major lifeline of its general public and we do tend to follow the screen stars and their films quite religiously. In fact that is the reason why we often become too serious relating the actors with their unreal, on-screen image and expect them to behave exactly as per their professional persona portrayed in various films.

Though it happens with every famous actor unconditionally, it actually happens in the most pathetic way with the ones playing the roles of villains, vamps and comedians in p

BAAGHI 2 and its more than one inspirational sources. - By Bobby Sing

Revolving around the basic plot of a missing kid girl and the hero being called to find her as the last resort, BAAGHI 2 is reportedly an official remake of the Telugu Hit KSHANAM (2016), directed by Ravikanth Perepu with Adivi Sesh and Adah Sharma playing the lead roles.
Though KSHANAM remains far ahead as a much superior mystery thriller in comparison to its pale remake, it ironically also borrows the basic

The return of realistic, desi, middle class urban families in our Hindi films. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
The late-90s brought a major change or a decisive shift in Hindi Cinema. With the arrival of a new generation of directors, their upbeat urban films and the introduction of a highly potential market abroad, the whole outlook towards making cinema went through a substantial change and so did the portrayal of Indian families in it (targeting both the domestic and the foreign market together).
As a result, for a long time, realistic, middle class families almost vanished from our films and it was all about eithe

When SALMAN KHAN got his inspiration from the comedy acts of SHAKTI KAPOOR. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
Hindi film heroes have been doing occasional comedies in the Golden Era too including stalwarts as Bhagwan, Raj Kapoor, Kishore Kumar, Shammi Kapoor and even Dharmendra, Dilip Kumar and Sunil Dutt at times. However the lead actors prominently taking over the added responsibility of doing comic acts in their films largely began with Amitabh Bachchan in the late 70s, when a few specially designed funny sequences became the expected key feature of his films directed by

The underrated, adorable, new-age onscreen mothers of the recent decade. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)

Moving over the most famous and repeatedly cited Achla Sachdev, Lalita Pawar, Leela Chitnis, Durga Khotey, Nirupa Roy and then Reema Lagoo, Smita Jayakar, Kirron Kher and even Ratna Pathak Shah, this is about those adorable mothers in Hindi films of the recent decade, who silently won over the viewers but still remained mostly underrated, despite making major contribution in their hit films. And I am sure you would agree with the statement while going through the names given ahead, recalling

We cannot afford to lose a gifted artist like Kapil Sharma - Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing

His new show ‘Family Time With Kapil Sharma’ has been reportedly taken off air, but the channel still supports him and he will soon bounce back with the show - is what Kapil has to convey in his latest interviews/reports.

Struggling through the initial days of his career performing in various musical shows and then reaching the heights of success through his small screen entertainment programs, the name Kapil Sharma is now known to people of every age group without an exception. The man

OCTOBER (Hindi) & RANGASTHALAM (Telugu) - How they both use a similar plot so differently - Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing

The recently released OCTOBER directed by Shoojit Sircar is based on an emotionally, touching plot wherein a young, trainee boy working in a five star hotel (played by Varun Dhawan), becomes so concerned for his beautiful colleague, who unfortunately goes into coma, after meeting an accident while celebrating a party on their hotel terrace.
The incident actually hits him hard, the moment he comes to know that the girl was asking for him, just before falling f

NANU KI JAANU - An unexpectedly absurd horror comedy featuring the \'selective\' Abhay Deol. (Review By Bobby Sing)

The only name that made NANU KI JAANU look like a fresh, exciting project was Abhay Deol, and unexpectedly he only remains the most unenergetic or uninterested actor among the entire cast, sleepwalking throughout the film, as if completing a project accepted by mistake or for some other personal reason.

It begins on a decent note reminding you of Delhi’s Punjabi settings as seen in the cult KHOSLA KA GHOSLA. But the moment an item song is there featuring (t

BEYOND THE CLOUDS (Hindi) - A Majid Majidi film missing The Majid Majidi. (Review by Bobby Sing)
If you are well familiar with the much-appreciated works and stature of director Majid Majidi in world cinema, then you will readily agree that Majidi making a Hindi film revolving around Mumbai is nothing short of ‘a major event’ for Indian Cinema, the producers and the entire team associated with the project undoubtedly.
So I was excited enough to watch one of the most awaited films of the year for moviebuffs like us. But the excitement didn’t take long to get ove

DAAS DEV - This time Dev gets lost in an ambitious, political mess resulting in nothing. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Writer-director Sudhir Mishra returns after a gap of five years with his reverse or rather unusual adaptation of DEVDAS, which is surprisingly much less impactful (even if compared to his least appreciated film INKAAR), hitting you as a major disappointment. So though many might be able to find some hidden metaphors in the film making a conscious, personal effort, DAAS DEV simply remains a below average, messy affair, that can easily be rated as the weakest film from the d

AVENGERS series and the joy of watching mega multi-starrer Hindi films of the gone era - Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing

The latest offering in the AVENGERS series has taken the box office by storm and shaken the filmmakers as well as the trade pundits giving them a marketing lesson, which ironically is the one, we ourselves used to successfully thrive upon in the past.

So whether one finds Avengers: Infinity War a thoroughly enjoyable or an underwhelming film individually, the fact remains that it strongly reminds you of the era of mega multistarrer Hindi films, that used to become the much awaited projects

The confusion over more than one Dadasaheb Phalke Award - (An Overview by Bobby Sing)
It is happening since last few years, wherein people begin congratulating the in-news recipients of A Dadasaheb Phalke Award and get later informed that this was not the prestigious award they had in mind, but another reputed award given by an association. The confusion is quite evident as the title is same and all the awards are being given respectfully remembering the pioneer producer-director-writer, Dadasaheb Phalke, known as ‘The Father of Indian Cinema’.

The making of MERI JUNG, its famous courtroom scene & American film ILLEGAL - An overview by Bobby Sing
Released in 1985, MERI JUNG was a critically acclaimed film with praiseworthy performances and a novel kind of subject revolving around lawyers and their questionable practices in the court playing with the hidden truth. Directed by Subhash Ghai, the film won both the Best Supporting Actors Filmfare awards for Nutan and Amrish Puri along with other major nominations. And it actually established Anil Kapoor as a mature actor, who never looked back

DAANA PAANI (Punjabi) - Storytelling at its best in the recent times making you recall the golden era of Punjabi Cinema. (Review By Bobby Sing)
When a film turns out to be a pleasant surprise taking you back in time, making you recall gems such as CHANN PARDESI and MARHI DA DEEVA, then it is nothing less than a big achievement in the present scenario. And DAANA PAANI successfully performs the difficult task, presenting a strong point in the market that is so scared of trying something fresh other than the usual safe genres.
But first of all let me humbly remind, that if Cinema is storytelling

OMERTA - A well-performed but pointless film that fails to connect with the viewer - Review By Bobby Sing
Biographical account of a young drop out from a reputed school of London becoming an Islamic fundamentalist, getting trained at a terror camp in Afghanistan, turning into a brutal murderous agent, is nothing new we haven\'t seen before in the \'world cinema\'. But it does turn out to be something really intriguing when you are told that it\'s about the same man who was responsible for the abduction and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, along with being a key name involved with Osama Bin Laden in the 9/11 att

MANMARZIYAAN - When theme of LOVE gets over-stylized with forced dialogues & unreal characterizations, then it all looks FAKE despite an interesting soundtrack & fine lead performances. (Review By Bobby Sing)
The bold and courageous Anurag Kashyap – known for his inclination towards crime, criminals and real but twisted characters or stories returning back with typical Bollywood romance was inviting enough to expect an intense, out of the box and revealing love story featuring an interesting cast. 
But sadly MANMARZIYAN doesn’t work for me and fails to deliver anything fresh or novel in the name of content, which was supposed to be the very first element expected in an Anu

MITRON - A familiar but surprisingly pleasant rom-com, family drama with an appreciable first half, an appealing female lead and a routine finale. (Review By Bobby Sing)

There is no denying the fact that whenever we watch a film knowing nothing about it and expecting the least, then even an average project manages to entertain giving you a fairly good time. The fact perfectly fits on the experience of watching MITRON this week, which surprisingly turns out to be a pleasant romantic comedy with an appreciable first half focusing on the family drama and the issues faced by an unemployed educated boy and an ambitious educated girl willing to prove herself.

It begins with a light hearted

MONEY HEIST (La Casa De Papel) (Netflix Series) - A must watch heist series with ample twists and turns to keep you hooked throughout. (Movies To See Before You Die - Thriller)

A simple looking, mysterious man, known by the name of The Professor’ plans the biggest heist in the history and recruits a team of eight having an individual skill or ability to perform the difficult task. Their aim is to get into The Royal Mint of Spain where the national currency gets printed and then escape through a hidden tunnel with the maximum cash.
Frankly the above synopsis certainly sounds clichéd reminding you of several heist movies a

YEH MERI FAMILY (Web-Series) - Do not miss this adorable journey back in time as the new-age MALGUDI DAYS. (An overview by Bobby Sing)
The new millennium might have given us a lot in terms of material pleasure and ease of living life with even more than required. But the one aspect of life that has unfortunately suffered in the last two decades has been the loving warmth within the family members, the closeness between the siblings, the joy of sharing and caring for each other and the art of living together which was once the key element of our life in India.
Particularly the childhood of our kids, their bachpan has actually suffered the mos

PALTAN (Movie Review) - Works as a decent informative film if not as an energized, spirit-booster like BORDER. - By Bobby Sing
With PALTAN, J. P. Dutta completes his trilogy of war movies post BORDER (1997) and LOC KARGIL (2003), coming up with a film which thankfully is not as shoddy as it seemed to be from its poor trailers and songs. The director happens to be one of my most favourites since his first venture GHULAMI (1985) and the one who presented Rajasthan like nobody else on the screen, before or after him since the mid-80s. Luckily I watched PALTAN in the same single scree

THE NUN (Movie Review) (English/Hindi) - Doesn\'t deliver the expected scares or mystery as a big disappointment. - By Bobby Sing
She made us scream and shiver with fear in her short appearances in the previous films and then successfully managed to do the same in the trailers too raising the expectations of getting some scariest stuff in a film solely focusing on her character alone. 
However the result turns out to be exactly opposite of the big expectations made, as THE NUN neither comes up with any compelling mystery nor the much awaited spine chilling scares making more noise for nothing deceiving the true fan

GALI GULEIYAN (Movie Review) - A visually realistic & complex experiment that isn\'t engaging and convincing enough despite Manoj Bajpayee’s bravura performance. - By Bobby Sing

To begin with I personally love watching experimental films getting into the unexplored dark zones of life and our hidden psyche. But the experiment has to convey something significant finding that most important connect with the viewer in terms of a life-lesson, a severe shock or a novel unpredictable plot forcing us to think beyond the usual or the impossible.

Honestly where GALI GULEIYAN works in its technique, characterization and performance department, it fails to establish that connect in terms of the chosen

LAILA MAJNU (Movie Review) - A confused, bland and over-ambitious venture that is neither an innocent love story nor a matured one, wasting a fine soundtrack including a brilliant \'Haafiz Haafiz\'. - By Bobby Sing
A love story never works due to its storyline, which more or less moves around the same structure. It actually works due to its fresh innocence featuring two young lovable faces or due to a couple playing bold, mature characters very well knowing the world around or simply because the viewer falls in love with the love-buds (either the boy or the girl) and wishes to see him or her again in repeated viewings, enjoying the love story in an adorable state of awe.
Sadly this new age adaptaion of LAIL

RADUAA (Punjabi) - Redefines the term TACKY, messing with Time-Travel (Review by Bobby Sing)
Beginning with the praises, its really heartening to see Punjabi filmmakers exploring new genres and subjects in order to bring in the much required breakthrough in Punjabi Cinema. But at the same time it’s disappointing to see the writing and the writers not being given their due importance in the process, assuming it to be something that can easily be tackled on the floor or covered through known artists on screen having their own fan following.
Interestingly both the above mentioned points are the fe

Do you copy from Hollywood films? - Yes I do & most of you know it! - says S. S. RAJAMOULI. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)

With an outstanding box office record, director S. S. Rajamouli is presently among the top most directors of Indian film industry enjoying a cult status. His films such as MAGADHEERA, MARYADA RAMANNA, EEGA and the latest BAHUBALI (1-2) have given a new definition to filmmaking in the country and the name is presently adored with utmost love and respect by both the viewers and the filmamkers unanimously.

However, if we go through a series of videos posted online at Youtube by

An American horror film with references of Indian spiritual traditions and BHAGAVAD GITA - Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing

Indian horror movies are often seen revolving around a spirit or a possessed man/woman with strong references of the Church, eventually ending with the ritual of exorcism performed by the father. At times a cross is also used as a holy instrument to fight and keep away the violent ghost or spirit. And that’s because most of the horror films in India are largely inspired from the west and thus the obvious reference of the Church. In fact, a few ‘Vikram Bhatt’ brand Hindi horror movies, are even based in the west o

On Teachers\' Day - An important lesson for the youngsters. - By Bobby Sing (Those Cherished Cinematic Moments - 8)
On the day dedicated to our teachers, I am lovingly remembering one of the most amazing masters I was blessed to be with, learning the basics of Hindustani Classical Music for a few years, Pandit KAILASH PAWAR - the renowned Sitarist-Composer (residing in Delhi).
Though he was in Delhi, I was fortunate to get in contact with him quite late, just a few years before he went abroad and then finally left for his heavenly abode in 2006. But those few years spent with him gave me SO-MUCH that

STREE (Movie Review) - Ignoring the flaws, watch it for its novel premise, hilarious dialogues and Rao-Tripathi duo in particular bringing the house down. – By Bobby Sing
It’s extremely difficult to deliver both a satisfying horror film and a thoroughly enjoyable comedy as two standalone projects, since a faulty execution can easily turn them into cheap, B-C grade kind of ventures focusing on the wrong elements. However, it becomes even more difficult when you decide to make a horror-comedy amalgamating the two genres, promising an unusual kind of entertainment to the dedicated fans.
Similar attempts have certainly been there in the recent past of Hindi cinema as

YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA PHIR SE (Movie Review) - Yet again a poorly executed sequel, despite a decent plot and the surprising cameos. - By Bobby Sing
The mad, blind sequel mania has reached such a stage that now we are witnessing sequels being made of just average films like HAPPY PHIRR BHAG JAYEGI and sequels of flops too as YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA PHIR SE.
The third film in the franchise actually should not have been made learning from the poor public response to its part two released in 2013. But the Deols still went for it and the result is yet again quite identical as a badly executed film that fails to e

KASHI NO DIKRO (Gujarati / 1979) - The other MOTHER INDIA of Indian Cinema nobody talks about. - By Bobby Sing (Movies To See Before You Die - Drama)
Writing about this lesser known classic, at one end I feel sorry for every sincere movie lover in India, who wrongly considers Indian Cinema largely equivalent or represented by just the Hindi films. But on the other, I feel immensely proud of the exceptionally rich and outstanding cinema made in the Indian regional languages in our country that is so potent and impressive in its social values as well as storytelling, frankly beyond comparison with the present stuff being offered to the new generations.

GENIUS (Movie Review) - A debut film doesn’t work when it is made as a personal show-reel ignoring everything else. - By Bobby Sing
In the 80s we had the trend of introducing star-sons with an entertaining mix of almost all the elements in a project ranging from a disturbed childhood, unaware youth, budding romance, betrayal, revenge  and more including emotions, action, songs, dance, drama and everything Hindi films are known for. 
The formula went through a qualitative change in the new millennium when even debut movies were carefully planned focusing on the subject and storyline catering to a whole new generation well aware o

HAPPY PHIRR BHAG JAYEGI (Movie Review) - A forced below average sequel of an average original, hijacked by Sonakshi sidelining the original Happy. - By Bobby Sing
Sequels have been raining since many years as they are preferred by the production houses and financers are more keen to invest in a franchise instead of a fresh, uncertain project. However it really looks strange as well as desperate when we get to see sequels of even average films as HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI released in 2016. And it further seems weird when we also find the lead character being replaced by a bigger star (taking an undue advantage of his/her status) sidelining the original actor.

Mirza Ghalib and Allama Iqbal in Mani Ratnam’s DIL SE (1998) - (DID YOU KNOW Facts of Hindi Cinema by Bobby Sing)
One of those classics that got their much deserving praise and a respectable status in the history of Hindi cinema years after their dismal performance at the box office, DIL SE is probably the most loved and cherished Shah Rukh Khan movie even among the youngsters, who had not even reached the age of adolescence in the year of its release in 1998.
Largely remembered as well as represented by its outstanding soundtrack (by A.R. Rahman & Gulzar

GOLD (Movie Review) - You can watch it to know about the important historical event & its final 30 minutes, thankfully rising above its loads of shortcomings. (by Bobby Sing)

Hockey as a game has a lot to do with pace and constant happening on the field, repeatedly bringing the spectators on to the edge of their seats. Sadly GOLD, based on the sport, misses this important feature as a film and doesn’t offer any highly engrossing content in its majority of duration till it thankfully comes up with an impressive patriotic finale in its concluding half an hour.

Neatly directed by Reema Kagti, GOLD honestly isn’t any great or outstanding film revolving around the

SATYAMEV JAYATE (Movie Review) - Hindi Cinema desperately searching for its new-age Dharmendra and Sunny Deol leading the action genre. (By Bobby Sing)

Action genre has been the favourite and safest bet at the box office since the mid-70s and 80s, though a lot of crap has also been served in the past hampering the genre itself. Such films have regularly been there in the list of new Hindi films released every single year but they also miss having any major representative as Dharmendra or Sunny Deol in the present. Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan and more have repeatedly tried to be in that space coming up with their ac

DAKUAAN DA MUNDA (Punjabi) - A simple yet honest and inspiring biographical that doesn\'t fool around and conveys an extremely important message to the younger generation of Punjab. (Review by Bobby Sing)
A biographical film on the life of Mintu Gurusaria, a former Kabaddi player who later got caught in the web of crime and drugs but successfully came out becoming a journalist, DAKUAAN DA MUNDA thankfully doesn’t get involved in any self-praise or preaching resulting in a fairly engrossing film and an inspiring watch.
Directed by Mandeep Benipal, it frankly makes an impact with its simplicity and complete focus on the subject despite being a project made within

THE MEG (English) - Another monster movie that doesn\'t deliver as per the promises made by its impressive trailer. (Review By Bobby Sing)

A certain kind of excitement is always felt before watching a monster movie and the trailer of THE MEG successfully created the same reminding you the thrills and chills of JAWS that still remain effective even after four decades of its release in 1975. In addition I was also eager to know about the myths related to Megalodon through the film, an extinct species of a giant shark, about which my nephew knew much more and had a lot to share.

But sadly, once again a monster movie p

VISHWAROOP 2 - A shocking, disappointing mess, unexpectedly coming from the thinking actor-director. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Coming as a prequel as well as a sequel to VISHWAROOP released in 2013, the latest Kamal Hassan venture continues from exactly the point where it left in the first part, but never turns out to be any gripping spy thriller, unexpectedly coming from a thinking actor-director.
The film surprisingly never succeeds in making any kind of connect with the viewers throughout its more than two hours of duration, though it desperately tries to do so with some deliberately added sequences related with a

THE GUIDE (English/1965): Detailed scene-wise story progression of the rare film - By Bobby Sing (Bobbytalkscinema Exclusive)

When I first wrote about the original English version of GUIDE in 2014, including it as a complete chapter in my book DID YOU KNOW (Vol. 1) - it was all about the film’s conception, making and box-office performance, sharing interesting facts not known to many young lovers of Hindi cinema. But now before releasing the ‘Revised and

MULK - Hindi cinema thankfully finds its spine back in Sinha’s best work till date that deserves to be seen and applauded. (Review by Bobby Sing)

The very first thing that comes to your mind post watching MULK is that what was Anubhav Sinha (the director) doing with films such as CASH, RA.ONE and TUM BIN 2 in the last decade or so forgetting his own skills. MULK introduces us to a completely different Sinha never seen before and the fact also makes us realize that how we-the viewers are at a loss if a capable director loses his focus and ground, dealing with the tough competition.

KARWAAN - An average entertainer based on a novel concept that promised a lot more. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Praising the novel effort made, it’s certainly not easy to make an entertaining road movie without any dragging moments. And its even more difficult to conceive a comical movie revolving around deaths and two dead bodies getting exchanged reaching the wrong families. KARWAAN directed by Akarsh Khurana bravely merges both the plots together and delivers an average entertainer that actually promised a lot more in its exciting promos.
With one of its lead actors (I

FANNEY KHAN - A feebly executed, confused film that doesn\'t serve any purpose at all. (Review by Bobby Sing)
An official remake of a Belgian film EVERYBODY’S FAMOUS (2000), I personally couldn’t find any reason why its rights were taken and why this remake was made in the first place. Not having seen the original movie, now either it has to be an entirely different film altogether somehow impressing the producers to go for an Indian remake or they intended to make something else which couldn’t be there on screen ruining their noble intentions. In any case FANNEY KHAN neither follows any logic nor has any highly

SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER 3 - It strangely looks like a stuck film released with a bad edit that rarely makes sense. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Director Tigmanshu Dhulia’s new release is a perfect example of two widely known facts about our Hindi film industry. One – it clearly reveals how meaningless sequels are actually ruining the worth of their original films. And Two – how the industry and the star-system mercilessly destroys its own talented directors who are capable of making world class gems.
In specific words, when you get to see a film like SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER 3 directed by the man behind new-age class

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT (English) - The outstanding action, stunts, camera, sound, BGM and an unbelievable Cruise makes it an explosive big screen experience that should not be missed. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Sixth film in the franchise and the second directed by Christopher McQuarrie, FALL OUT is probably going to be rated amongst the best in the series, as an action-packed thriller with many jaw dropping moments offered in its stunt sequences. Yes, the film does have its own share of minuses, but those luckily fall way short of the plusses, resulting in a worth watching film that truly deserves to be seen as a big screen experience.

Stating the drawbacks first, the one thing that really comes as a big d

THE BRIDE WORE BLACK (1968), Francois Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock – Probably the only cinematic example of its kind. - By Bobby Sing (Movies To See Before You Die – Suspense)

THE BRIDE WORE BLACK is a French film (La mariée était en noir) made in 1968 that has been the inspiration for many filmmakers and their revenge based thrillers made in the later years. However the film itself has an interesting story of inspiration behind its own conception as well as execution connecting two master directors.

Talking about the creation first, it is based on a crime novel by William Irish (real name Cornell Woolrich), whose works were repeatedly adapted in fil

DHADAK – When just one change simply ruins an otherwise watchable film. (A Detailed Review by Bobby Sing)

Remaking one of the most successful Marathi film (SAIRAT) as a mainstream Hindi film was never going to be any easy task for any filmmaker for sure. Plus DHADAK even had an added pressure of being the debut film of Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi and (in one way) the debut film of Ishaan (Shahid’s half-brother) too since his first film BEYOND THE CLOUDS (Hindi) was not a mainstream commercial movie seen by many.

VADHAIYAN JI VADHAIYAN (Punjabi) - If only you can laugh on anything and everything served as comedy. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Watching this latest (yet another) comedy from Punjabi Cinema made me recall the times of the mid-80s to 90s when new Pakistani comedy plays used to come every 3-4 months as two-audio cassettes set and in VHS tapes. The plays mostly used to feature almost the same team led by Umar Sharif and we all really enjoyed them a lot both in audio and video formats particularly in the late 80s and the early 90s. Slowly and steadily their stage acts started getting repetitive and the impact diminished leading to a sharp decl

SOORMA - The fact that it is based on a real life inspiring story remains its biggest merit. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Continuing the bio-pic mania in Hindi cinema, here is yet another film based on the life of a sports person which is actually unique and different from the others, due to a sudden unexpected twist not related to the game itself. It’s about the comeback of Sandeep Singh, an Indian hockey player and Arjuna awardee whose journey towards his goal suddenly got disrupted by an accidental gun-shot changing his entire life. The film is about how he bounced back displaying a gifted courageous spirit and then went on to win mo

Sacred Games (Netflix Series/Season One) - An updated, uncontrolled version of GOW with an added Police angle, that is superfine in its technicalities but actually deserves to be seen for its supporting cast. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Beginning with the praises showered on the social networks first, it all depends upon what you are actually looking for in your chosen content among the wide choice available at the new online streaming portals. In case you are only interested in the technical excellence of the film/series, its direction, short-taking, lighting, the created ambience and the performances ignoring the actual plot or storyline, then SACRED GAMES is sure to make an impact, particularly when you are already half influenced and in awe of the nam

THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR (Hindi) - A familiar but well-made horror flick with an emotionally shocking flashback. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
Yet again based on a familiar premise of a family shifting to a haunted house, THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR works because of its gripping narrative and a shocking message oriented flash black related to a Chinese couple and their daughter living in the same house (back in the 1930s).
Supposedly based on a true story, the film was simultaneously shot in three languages (Tamil, Telugu and Hindi) and has been skillfully directed by Milind Rau along with a fine camerawork, backgr

EZRA (Malayalam/2017) - Decent but inspired horror drama with some novel settings. [TTP (To The Point) Review By Bobby Sing]
Written and directed by Jay K, EZRA (a Hebrew name) features Prithviraj and Priya Anand (Fukrey/English Vinglish fame) in the lead and follows an appealing storyline of a haunted box/trunk bought by a housewife as a beautiful antique piece. The box actually happens to be a dybbuk or dibbuk box, possessed by a spirit, waiting for getting opened since a long time.
Giving more emphasis to its spooky ambience and storyline, EZRA sco

VEEREY KI WEDDING - Gives a real tough time in the theater as an unbearable, poor film. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Once again set in Delhi, revolving around two brothers of an affluent family and their proposed marriages, VEEREY KI WEDDING is a sheer torture that reveals the poor vision behind its writing, dialogues and direction within the initial five minutes itself without any holding back. So just after a few scenes, you very well know that it’s not going to be an easy task sitting through this awful, badly conceived film for the next two hours.
The execution takes you back to the forgetful era

PARI - Bold and brave but misses the entertaining and excited moments expected from a Horror flick. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Continuing the disappointment in this potential genre of Hindi horror movies, PARI (co-produced by its lead star Anushka Sharma), turns out to yet another well-intentioned attempt that fails to deliver or satisfy the huge followers of the genre. Giving the credit where due, the film certainly deserves praises for intentionally willing to break a set pattern/template of Horror movies in Hindi Cinema. And has a fine edge in its technical excellence too seen in its rich atmospherics, cinematography, colour-to

VEEREY KI WEDDING or VEERE DI WEDDING - 2 new Hindi films with almost similar titles. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)

Hindi cinema viewers have seen different films with similar titles releasing after a gap of decades like AANKHEN, DOSTANA, SHANDAAR, BARSAAT, HERE PHERI, DILWALE and many more. These are not remakes but completely unrelated films reusing the same old titles. On the other hand, we have also seen more than three films made together on the same subject of Bhagat Singh’s life story with different titles, confusing the audience in the beginning of this new millennium.

However as

LAMHE, GUIDE and the inspiring link between their energetic dance sequences. (DID YOU KNOW Facts of Hindi Cinema by Bobby Sing)
As two path-breaking attempts of Hindi Cinema braving the odds in two entirely different eras at the gap of three decades, both LAMHE (1991) and GUIDE (1965) had unconventional themes based on love and relationships, that didn’t result in any similar outcome at the box office surprising many. Interestingly, where a bold GUIDE was readily accepted by the viewers in the 1960s, there a brave LAMHE got rejected by the same viewers in the much developed and progressive 1990s.

GAMAN (1978) - Main Apne Saaye Se Kal Raat Dar Gaya Yaaron. (Movies To See Before You Die - Drama)
With its title meaning Departure or Migration, GAMAN is about the life in metro cities and how they transform a human into just a number or a name in a scary uncaring manner. It’s the story of a person coming to Bombay (now Mumbai) in search of work and living, but finding it extremely tough to adjust into the alien world of mean people, betrayals and all unexpected paradoxes in the new fast paced life.
It presents the chaotic life of a metro city and the way it deals with humans or hum

NA BAIRI NA KOI BEGANA by Surender Mohan Pathak: This is not just a biography, but a highly engrossing TIME MACHINE. (Book Review By Bobby Sing)
One of the most famous Hindi crime fiction writers of the last century and certainly the most famous name in his field in the present new millennium, SURENDER MOHAN PATHAK doesn’t need any introductory note in an article, especially for the readers of Hindi Crime fiction novels in India since last five decades.
In reality, five decades (i.e. half a century) is an exceptionally long time to remain active in a field. And then getting more popular in the recent years, is nothing short of &

CHANDNI (1989) and our desperate search for Cognac (Konyak), Jo Sharaab Nahin Hoti. (Those Cherished Cinematic Moments: 7) - By Bobby Sing
Just a day before I was discussing the way Yash Chopra inventively used the immortal song “Haye O Rabba Nahio Lagda Dil Mera” by Reshma (Pakistan) in his film CHANDNI in the introduction scene of his two heroes. And then in the early hours of this morning got the news of Sridevi’s sudden demise in the age of just 54!
The shocking, sad news sent me back in time in the mesmerizing world of memories and also made me recall a life-teach

SONU KE TITU KI SWEETY - Fresh, engaging and entertaining despite its conceptual issues. (Review by Bobby Sing)
The title might sound odd and a tongue-twister to many, particularly to those who are not familiar with the men-oriented world of Luv Ranjan and his series based on bromance. But for the ones who enjoyed his earlier films focusing on the new-age relationships and their hilarious clashes, this is going to be a laugh-riot and thoroughly enjoyable film despite its conceptual issues.
Mentioning the winning features first, SONU KE TITU KI SWEETY works for its fresh concept, entert

WELCOME TO NEW YORK - A pathetic brand endorsement shamelessly presented as a film. (Review by Bobby Sing)
There are films made on con-men and there are films that try to con the viewers without any guilt or shame. Shockingly WELCOME TO NEW YORK is the one belonging to the second category, which in fact is not even a film, shrewdly made as a shameless endorsement of IIFA (International Indian Film Academy Awards) supported by many reputed names.
Giving you the actual picture, it seems they shot certain sequences during the IIFA Awards abroad when almost all the key names of Hindi

Disappointing But True - JOHNNY GADDAAR was adapted from a French crime thriller. - By Bobby Sing
Informative articles on Hindi films as undisclosed adaptations of some foreign movies is not any new subject in Indian cinema or in Indian film journalism. However it really hurts when it turns out to be one of your favourite films from a director having a reputation, widely known for his innovative and path-breaking attempts in the recent times.
Hence without going into any introductory details of one of the most loved and appreciated films of the last decade JOHNNY GADDAAR (2007) and its ta

SURENDER MOHAN PATHAK - The name who exposed the hypocrisy of publishers & media in India. (An overview by Bobby Sing)
To begin with, this write-up will not get into the initial years of Hindi pulp fiction in India (quoting Ibne Safi, Jasoosi Duniya, the narrow lanes of Meerut or Delhi-6), as a lot has been already written and read in the last few years on the said subject in details. Also this personal piece will not get into how popular Hindi pulp fiction has been since the 60s, how Surender Mohan Pathak became the KING of his profession around the 80s-90s or how he introduced many enter

LAAVAAN PHERE (Punjabi) - An above average entertainer from two experienced and creative minds of Punjabi theater and cinema. (Review By Bobby Sing)
There can be no denial to the fact that Punjabi comedy largely or entirely depends upon dialogues or verbal conversations, instead of funny slapstick sequences to be precise. Hence the moment a team/writer cracks the dialogues perfectly right, half the battle is won and the rest entirely depends upon its fresh storyline, performances, execution and music wooing the audience, always willing to watch a Punjabi comic entertainer.
Keeping the same in mind, LAAVAAN PHERE works well in its dialogue

AAPLA MANUS (Marathi / 2018) - A must watch mix of entertainment, thrill, suspense and a shattering social message, we rarely get to see in our Indian Cinema. (Movies To See Before You Die - Suspense / Drama)
Adapted from a play written by Vivek Bele interestingly titled as KATKON TRIKON (meaning ‘Right Angled Triangle\'), this is a strong message oriented film smartly presented as a dramatic crime thriller revolving around a mysterious incident, wherein an old man falls from the balcony of his high rise building apartment. 
Coming to the point in its first scene itself with Inspector Nagargoje (Nana Patekar) visiting the scene, AAPLA M

THE POST (English) - A brave film that remains equally relevant for India and its media-circus talking about \'Freedom of Expression\'. (Movies To See Before You Die - Biographical / Historical)
As a true account of a major event of world-history, THE POST might be a film about the past, but is perfectly relevant in the present times too (may be even more relevant) when the ‘Freedom of Expression’ is being questioned and challenged all over the world by the people in power.
Reminding you of the classic ALL THE PRESDIENT’S MEN (another important film on the theme of free journalism), THE POST is not only a brave pr

NANKANA (Punjabi) - Too simplistic and snail paced, with the only merit of being at least better than all the regular comedy craps. (Review By Bobby Sing)

To clear the major misconception related with the title first, NANKANA has nothing to do with the cruel massacre of Nankana Sahib (now in Pakistan), an unforgettable chapter of Sikh history witnessed in 1921. Secondly it just vaguely presents the brutal riots between the three communities in 1947 and doesn’t display any great interpretation of the same. Thirdly it doesn’t entirely focuses on the relationship between a father and son, as showcased in the trailers. And lastly, instead of u

Prabhat Pheries and Gurdas Maan recreating his cult-spiritual track from UCHA DAR BABE NANAK DA post three decades. (A detailed analysis by Bobby Sing)

One of my early memories of the 80s includes a ‘Prabhat Pheri’ attended in Patiala close to my relatives home at Anardana Chowk, where Gurdas Maan sang a Shabad and we kids played the manjira, consciously trying to be on the beat. His dholak player used to be a friend of my uncle and it was just the time Gurdas Maan’s name had become a national rage post his ‘Dil Da Mamla’ song performance in the New Year Programme of 31st Decemb

PADMAN - A fine, educating docu-drama that ideally should be seen taking the family along. (Review by Bobby Sing)
In a country like India, where a lot still needs to be done in the field of education and medication, where people still follow sickening traditional rituals related with women in particular and where ‘periods’ are still considered to be a shameful taboo subject……, informative and educating films certainly need to be made and Stars should ideally support such projects making their own contribution in the movement leading from the front.