Bobby Talks Cinema Rss Feed http://www.bobbytalkscinema.com PONNIYIN SELVAN: Part One (PS-I) (Tamil/Hindi) – The making of this visual epic would certainly be a much more engaging watch than the film. (Movie Notes by Bobby Sing)

Ours is a country with an amazingly diverse culture and history, that is still partially taught in schools and colleges as per the regional educational boards. Historical films and historical fictions are thus required to be made making the next generations aware of the lesser-known chapters of the past and the path-breaking creations of our Indian literature. Specifically, when the East is not known to the history and literature of the West and the North is not even familiar with the names of the historical and cultural heroes of the South,
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VIKRAM VEDHA (Hindi) - Why does the same narrative become so flat, routine, and plastic in a Hindi remake? (Movie Notes by Bobby Sing)

Another remake of a mega-hit regional language film, yet again raises the question, that why does the same narrative become so unreal, filmy, forced, and plastic when remade in Hindi? Even when directed by the same director duo, strictly following the similar script progression and presentation, VIKRAM VEDHA surprisingly doesn’t turn out to be equally impressive and impactful as the original.
 
Personally, the news of its remake generated no excitement as VIKRAM VEDHA ori
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JOGI (Netflix) - This is the result when a writer-director known for mainstream Bollywood hits is roped in to make a film on the sensitive issue of the Sikhs Genocide in 1984. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Time heals and time also makes the memories slowly fade away passing through generations after almost four decades of a shocking national shame. That is the reason, many (born later) might not be able to feel the exact pain, trauma, and unforgettable shocks experienced by the people at that time when even the known turned into killers in just a few hours. If truth be told then the November of 1984 was quite close to the scary scenario of communal riots in the country around the independence in 1947.

However, the big difference was
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BRAHMASTRA - An over-stuffed visual extravaganza that gives no emphasis to its writing. (Review by Bobby Sing)
The basic difference between filmmaking in the South and the Hindi film industry can easily be discovered while watching Brahmastra Part One: Shiva - an overstuffed and tiring fantasy thriller. While South cinema extensively works in the writing department post finalizing an exciting subject (as recently seen in Karthikeya 2). Hindi cinema just stops at the choice of subject & doesn’t care about the writing and the script, largely relying upon its evident star enigma and the
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LAAL SINGH CHADDHA - A cautiously made adaptation that falls short of expectations, spreading the message of love. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Forrest Gump (1994) is one of those films that might appear to be dated and a bit unconvincing to many in the present age, as numerous films focusing on such dimwit characters have been released in the last three decades. However, for a larger section of cinema lovers (who saw it in the late 90s), it remains a cult all-time favourite, for two specific features, apart from the adorable, flawless act of the magician Tom Hanks
 
First, the film gets widely quoted in life-te
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DARLINGS (Netflix) - Finds the right subject and tone but doesn’t take off as a taut, satirical thriller. (Movie Notes by Bobby Sing)
Hindi cinema is presently struggling with one of its key merits. And it’s the merit of having exceptionally talented performers who can lift an otherwise feeble or confused film, converting it into something watchable and worth discussing. As a result, here we have formed a trend of witnessing many great performances in not-so-equally great films becoming their only saviour.
 
DARLINGS is the latest example of the same, wherein the lead and supporting actors brilliantly perform their part
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GOOD LUCK JERRY (2022) and KOLAMAAVU KOKILA (Tamil/2018) – Hindi cinema needs to move over forced Punjabification of its films, resulting in weak remakes of their immensely likable originals. (Movie Notes by Bobby Sing)
The popular opinion is that a remake needs to be seen and discussed as a stand-alone film, avoiding the obvious comparison with its source of inspiration. I certainly endorse the viewpoint, respecting the team recreating the content by changing its basic settings and characters as per the requirement of its language and region. However, I cannot continue supporting the same, in case a remake turns out to be quite a weak recreation of an immensely likable original writing, presentation, and performances.
 
The s
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JHUND - A decent film about the social inequalities, promoted with deceiving trailers. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Jhund is the fourth project from writer director Nagraj Popatrao Manjule, inspired by the real-life instances of Vijay Barse, a retired sports professor. It comes post his much-appreciated Fandry, the blockbuster Sairat and a brilliant section of the anthology Unpaused: Naya Safar. The real-life icon (it is based upon) brought forward football players from the slum, introducing slum-football, and Jhund is all about their c
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SHARMAJI NAMKEEN - A befitting swan song of Rishi Kapoor, well supported by Paresh Rawal and Juhi Chawla, but it’s not the first of its kind of experiment in Indian cinema. (Review by Bobby Sing)
The last film of Rishi Kapoor subtly prepares the viewers for a brave experiment in Hindi cinema (featuring two actors playing the same character) through an emotional introduction by Ranbir Kapoor, fondly remembering his father. The heartfelt explanation works and one doesn’t feel awkward watching the actors abruptly changing in random sequences, beginning with Paresh Rawal, quickly moving over to Rishi Kapoor in the very first scenes.
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RRR (Rise Roar Revolt) - A sum of hard-to-believe, spectacular cinematic sequences as a historical fantasy that is worth your time and money spent on the hiked ticket prices. (Review By Bobby Sing)
The much-awaited film of S. S. Rajamouli is here, and it’s certainly worth the wait with a pinch of salt. The renowned director is known for creating a fantasy world of his own and in RRR (Rise Roar Revolt) he does that yet again, but along with exploiting a historical reference as a mere ploy. 
 
Hence, presenting it as a historical fantasy, this is also one of those rare films in which we have to use the phrase, keep the logical minds at home, even when it takes th
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RADHE SHYAM (Telugu/Hindi) - Interesting premise of palmistry and astrology ruined by a disappointing story progression. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Just when the South Indian Regional language cinema had gained a new set of audience in the North, comes a poorly written mega venture featuring Prabhas and Pooja Hegde in the lead disappointing the excited audience. 
 
Narrated by Amitabh Bachchan and set in the 1970s as a period love story, Radhe Shyam had an interesting premise proving the accuracy of palmistry/astrology and its predictions made by a renowned palmist (Prabhat). But the writi
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THE KASHMIR FILES - One of the most brutal chapters of our history gets an equally brutal film, made with questionable intentions. (Thoughts by Bobby Sing)
Have always been supportive of films depicting the dark chapters of history as they rightly serve one of the key responsibilities of cinema, enlightening the young viewers. However, gone are the times when films were seriously made for spreading awareness, without being biased, depicting the reality, educating the young generation. 
 
The tragic decade of the 90s in particular, changed the entire scenario of our country, drastically affecting the vision behind our Indian cinema. That’s the reason, th
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NARADAN (Malayalam) - Wish this was a powerful film saying the right things. (Review by Bobby Sing)
In the late 80s, a bold Malayalam film dared to reveal the hidden business of ‘creating the news’ shocking the unaware viewers. Directed by Joshi, it was aptly titled New Delhi with Mammootty playing the powerful role of a political victim. Joshi soon remade it in Hindi with the same title featuring Jeetendra in one of his career-best performances. Depicting those pre-digital times, the story of New Delhi revolved around a leading nati
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AAJA MEXICO CHALLIYE (Punjabi) - A confused version of Amitoj Maan and Sunny Deol’s KAAFILA made with noble intentions addressing the youngsters. (Review by Bobby Sing)
For the last couple of decades, Punjab has been the hub of both legal and illegal immigration through various agencies and fake agents. Most of the youngsters here dream of settling abroad because of their misconceptions and then suffer along with their families when fooled by the cunning agents. Promising them a safe entry into the foreign countries without a direct visa, a chain of agents in different countries use the illegal donkey route (as it is called), smuggling them into those borders before vanishing from the scene. 

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HRIDAYAM (Malayalam) - Simple, sweet and nostalgic. (Review By Bobby Sing)

While school life is sweet having its own memories, its college life that makes a much deeper impact on our psyche and the unsure future. The relationships are a sum of naive and mature emotions and they stay with us for long, defining how we think, live, and conceive our next decades of life.

 As a film, Hridayam beautifully expresses the fact, following the journey of a soft-spoken but strong Arun from his college days to the marriage becoming a father. It showcases the various chal
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MAHAAN (Tamil) - Surprisingly repetitive and overstretched. (Review By Bobby Sing)
With its lead character (Vikram) named ‘Gandhi Mahaan’, the film opens with a Mahatma Gandhi quote pointing towards the freedom to make mistakes. Ironically, the project seems to be the same (a mistake), wherein Karthik Subbaraj (the director) simply repeats an over-exploited plot of a simpleton turning into a gangster, followed by an unconvincing twist in the end.
 
Attempted as an epic creation, Mahaan begins with a black and white flashback intro
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PSYCHO (Tamil) - You might enjoy watching this intense crime-thriller, if only you have seen none of the director’s outstanding works. (Review by Bobby Sing)
The well-known writer-director Mysskin, coming up with a film titled Psycho about a scary serial killer, dedicating it to Alfred Hitchcock (mentioning it in the opening credits) along with the music of Illaiyaraja, was something much more than just being exciting.
 
But sadly, the new age Psycho remains far away from anything even close to being a satisfying watch, keeping in mind the creators and the vision involved in its mak
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MITHYA (Web Series) - Begins on a promising note and then remains watchable for both Huma and Avantika. (Notes by Bobby Sing)
Once again set in a hill station like a few of the recent series, Mithya at least hasn’t got everyone searching for a serial killer for a change. It has a murder, of course, but the focus is entirely upon the relationship between a Hindi professor Juhi (Huma Qureshi), and her student Rhea (Avantika Dassani), making an interesting start.
 
The trouble begins when Rhea gets accused of plagiarism in her writings and that turns her into a psycho youn
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BESTSELLER (Web Series) - Could finish it just because of Mithun Chakraborty playing the investigating officer. (Notes by Bobby Sing)
With an excess of content available at various OTT portals, the one thing any series has to take care of essentially is its start, the initial sequences, and the first 2-3 episodes in particular. Because even if you have something to deliver in the later episodes, the viewers will not wait for that, moving over to another, quickly taking the decision post a disappointing start.
 
That’s exactly what happens with Bestseller, making a mockery of its title, offering an unengaging progression
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WRITER (Tamil) - An exceptional subject, execution and an outstanding lead act makes it a must watch. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Moving over the typical genre of cop movies, Writer comes with an exceptional subject that has never been dealt with before on the silver screen in such a revealing and hard-hitting manner. At one end, it fearlessly depicts the way innocent youngsters get framed to solve the pending cases. But on the other brings forward an issue that presents the human side of the officers constantly working day and night, with no fixed duty hours and holidays.

The film focuses on a soon-to-be-retired head constable, Thangaraj (Samu
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TEEJA PUNJAB (Punjabi) - A hurriedly made film incorporating the farmers’ protest. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Cinema often derives its content from society and its major events, establishing an instant connection with the viewers. At times, such inspirations work wonders for a film, leaving a deep impact on the people. But there are instances when such inclusions appear to be deliberate and hurriedly incorporated to exploit the current trending affairs. 
 
Unfortunately, Teeja Punjab falls in the second category, which probably was started with a different vision and script, but later on, got
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THE GREAT INDIAN MURDER (Web-Series / Hindi) - An avoidable murder mystery that remains lost in its characterisations and cheats the audience. (Notes by Bobby Sing)
A murder mystery going through the backstory of every character involved before reaching the conclusion is a very old format of the genre lacking the required excitement. The Great Indian Murder based on the novel, Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup, follows the same story progression and is quite a tough watch asking for multiple sittings to complete all its nine episodes.
 
(Spoiler Ahead)

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A THURSDAY (Hindi) - A message-oriented project that makes you recall a far superior Kannada film ACT 1978 and the mid-80s Zakhmi Aurat. (Movie Notes by Bobby Sing)
Following the core idea of Neeraj Pandey’s sleeper hit A Wednesday, the new thriller featuring Yami Gautam is another hostage drama repeating a familiar story progression and culmination. Despite the praiseworthy performance of Yami and an important social message about the questionable rape laws, A Thursday keeps struggling to make an impact lacking a fresh approach.
 
It also doesn’t work as a mature crime drama because of its too
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BHOOTHAKAALAM (Malayalam) - When the horror works without any scary ghosts through its superlative performances. (Review by Bobby Sing)
It’s a tough task to conceive a horror film without relying upon the key feature of a scary, disfigured ghost accompanied by an eerie background score and fast edit cuts. Ram Gopal Varma tried to explore the genre subtly in his Raat (1992) which he later remade as a blown-up version Bhoot (2003). 
 
However, Bhoothakaalam moves one step further as a psychological, supernatural film made with a ‘holding back’ approach. Ent
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SHYAM SINGHA ROY (Telugu) - Flawed but immensely watchable love story of reincarnation.(Review by Bobby Sing)
A reincarnation love story with the protagonist recalling his previous birth and the beloved of the past is not any novel premise, seen umpteen times before on the silver screen. But the way director Rahul Sankrityan presents it as a superfine mix of fiction, social themes and the present new-age filmmaking, transforms it into an immensely watchable film with some adorable performances.
 
Written by Janga Satyadev, Shyam Singha Roy begins with a present-day story of
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LOOOP LAPETA (Hindi) - Entangled in its time-loop format, this is yet again a messy film following the west. (Review By Bobby Sing)
A keen follower of Hindi cinema of the last two decades would be well aware of the several releases revolving around the time-loop concept borrowed from original films like Groundhog Day (English/1993) and Run Lola Run (German/1998). For records, none of them could impress the Hindi film audience becoming a hit.
 
Ironically, post all those unofficial remakes in the past, now we finally have an official remake of Run Lola Run that yet again fails to leave any k
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GEHRAIYAAN (Hindi) - An Indian love triangle following a Woody Allen kind of vision with Deepika and Naseer as its only two saviours. (Review By Bobby Sing)
The most concerning fact about the present Hindi cinema and its filmmakers is that they conceive their movies with a dual or rather confused mindset guided by two extremely diverse thought processes. At one end, they make films like Gehraiyaan for the Indian audiences but then write and design them following a format highly influenced by western filmmakers such as Woody Allen. Besides, they keep both the Indian and foreign markets in mind while visualising their new-age projects with a conflicting motive o
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FREEDOM FIGHT (Malayalam) - A brilliant, thought-provoking anthology on the ugly social inequalities. (Review By Bobby Sing) (Movies To See Before You Die - Drama)
After the much-acclaimed The Great Indian Kitchen, writer-director Jeo Baby presents an anthology (directing one of its five segments), pointing towards the ugly social inequalities in our society. To clear the confusion over its title, the stories are not about the independence movement or any political revolution. They are actually about the independence of an individual, fighting with the surroundings, the family, and the visibly divisive society. 
 
The thought-provoking stori
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ALA VAIKUNTHAPURRAMULOO (Telugu) - Allu Arjun shines in this entertaining family drama rehashing an age-old plot.
Ticking all the essential boxes of a mainstream biggie, Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (meaning There in Vaikunthapuram) rehashes an age-old plot of interchanging the babies of the rich and the poor. However, despite the cliché theme and the routine build-up, it successfully manages to entertain, focusing on the twist and the family relationships exploiting the emotional quotient. 
 
The film takes a good one hour to come to its turning point, but a well-conceived second half leaves no roo
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Kapil Sharma - I’M NOT DONE YET (Web Show/Netflix) - The show makes one realize the importance and contribution of The Team in Kapil’s success. (Notes By Bobby Sing)
Kapil Sharma began his career on TV channels as a stand-up artist and achieved unprecedented success in a decade, becoming the most successful comedy artist on Indian Television.
 
He returns to stand-up comedy making his web debut on Netflix in a show titled ‘I’m Not Done Yet’. But this time it is about an hour-long show instead of just 5-10 minutes act as seen in his early performances. The duration largely remains the reason one realises that the magic witnessed in his huge
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Anil Sharma's Gadar, Boota Singh and Freedom At Midnight (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
Released in 2001, Gadar – Ek Prem Katha created a storm at the box office breaking many previous records in terms of ticket sales and footfall in the theaters. Despite releasing along Lagaan – another successful milestone creation, Gadar won over the masses in an unprecedented manner, creating its own noteworthy stature in the history of Indian cinema.
 
As shared by the director Anil Sharma in one of his detailed interviews, the fi
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1980s - The decade of charming debuts and love stories in Hindi Cinema popularly known as Bollywood. (Article on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
Cinema as an art of storytelling is ruled by love stories and every new generation has its own cult love story finding an instant connection with the youth. Hindi cinema has witnessed numerous adorable films about young lovers in its hundred years of history, but the decade of ‘80s deserves a special mention among them all for a reason.
 
Widely considered a forgettable decade of Hindi cinema for various debatable elements, 1980s was actually the decade releasing trendsetting love stories exploring the cinema
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SHAVA NI GIRDHARI LAL (Punjabi) - Music is the only saving grace of this clever adaptation. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Supposed to be the most ambitious film of singer-turned actor-director Gippy Grewal, Shava Ni Girdhari Lal also remains the weakest amongst his three directorial projects to date.
 
Completely relying upon his lead role with no major supporting characters in the script, the film features six actresses of the Punjabi film industry namely Neeru Bajwa, Himanshi Khurana, Payal Rajput, Tanu Grewal, Surilie Gautam, and Sara Gurpal, with a sweet cameo of Yami Gauta
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JHIMMA (Marathi) - An expressive, feel-good film especially recommended for the women. (Review By Bobby Sing)
The praises showered upon the Indian regional language cinema in the last few months have mostly quoted the films made in the South, questionably missing the brilliant Marathi Cinema. In fact, it’s the Marathi filmmakers who have consistently delivered worth appreciating projects without relying upon the action or crime-thriller genre.
 
Jhimma is their latest offering, thankfully bringing smiles back to our lives in these tough times of the pandemic. It is said that travelling enriches l
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YAADEIN (1965) - When a single actor film was given FOR ADULTS ONLY certificate. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
The internet revolution revived many exceptional projects like Yaadein, which were either forgotten or rarely talked about in newspapers and magazines in print towards the end of the last century. A first of its kind, daring, innovative and experimental attempt by Sunil Dutt, this was a film releasing in 1965, which truly surprised both the industry as well as the viewers.
 
A never before kind of unique attempt, Yaadein had a soliloquy performance by a single
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SENAPATHI (Telugu) - A slow-burner crime thriller that keeps you thoroughly engaged. (Review by Bobby Sing)
A young cop loses his loaded pistol while chasing a criminal and then the game begins tracking the gun changing hands, resulting in a bank robbery and a series of murders. An official adaptation of 2017 Tamil hit 8 Thottakkal (Eight Bullets), Senapathi also takes its basic idea from Akira Kurosawa’s classic Stray Dog (1949).
 
The film begins with the tragic childhood story of the cop (Naresh Agasthya), narrated in black and w
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REPUBLIC (Telugu) - A bold extension of Nayak revealing the known truth. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Beginning with a George Orwell quote, ‘In our age, there is no such thing as keeping out of politics’, Republic is a bold extension of Shankar’s Mudhalvan that was remade in Hindi as Nayak. An important film of the present times, it is a courageous take on crucial social subjects like rigged elections, political corruption, caste bias, and environmental hazards caused by mean corporate plans supported by the government authorities.
 
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A Rare Musical Evening with Ustad Imtiaz Ali Riaz Ali singing some exclusive gems for all true music lovers. (Articles on Music, Poetry and Life by Bobby Sing)
This is a special invitation to all friends of BTC to cherish a rare musical evening with Ustad Imtiaz Ali Riaz Ali (from Pakistan) singing nine exclusive tracks which were recently added in BTC’s Youtube channel. This rare ‘Mehfil’ is a must for every true music lover as it features many ‘never heard before’ versions of some famous songs (mentioned below) which are surely capable of making your day in a remarkable manner.
 
Along with a fabulous work on Tabla &
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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)
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
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RANGASTHALAM (Telugu/2018) - The film I keep remembering for its emotional and prolonged DEATH Sequence. (Movie Notes by Bobby Sing)
The super success of Pushpa The Rise in Hindi has forced many to look into the other films made by the writer-director Sukumar. That is exactly where the debate about the comparison between his last Rangasthalam and Pushpa started at the online portals, with many watching and showering praises upon the film, rating it even better than Pushpa.
 
The comparison is not fair as both the projects belong to different genres focusing on the l
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From Frank Capra to Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Dharmendra, Jackie Chan and Akshay Kumar. (Article on Cinema by Bobby Sing)

Inspired plots or films based on borrowed story ideas from the west have been associated with Hindi cinema since the early decades post-independence. There have been court cases related to plagiarism with the films getting banned and the prints destroyed, but the trend continues even in the present. With the world getting connected through the internet, though officially buying the rights is the new norm, we still get to see films or sequences heavily inspired from the world cinema, without any honest acknowledgement. 

Conside
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KADASEELA BIRIYANI (Tamil) - A dark yet well-conceived experimental film that is recommended. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Though based on a routine revenge plot, Kadaseela Biriyani still delivers as a unique film, presenting the predictable content in the most unusual manner. The bizarre yet appreciable execution turns it into an original film, which is also unsettling because of its gruesome violence.
 
Directed by the debutant Nishanth Kalidindi, it has unique characters of two extremely cruel and one simpleton young brother on their mission to kill the murderer of their innocent father. But just when they reach
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CHITHIRAI SEVVANAM (Tamil) - A social thriller yet again pointing towards the curse of online portals. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Pointing towards a real-life case of sexual assault and exploitation of the victim, Chithirai Sevvanam is about an MBBS aspirant, who goes missing after a sensitive video of her becomes viral. The police inform her father, who then investigates and punishes the criminal on his own.
 
The film strongly makes you recall the basic premise of Drishyam (Malayalam), but then moves on to an entirely different narrative falling back to the cliches. Going back and forth in time, the ini
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KAUN BANEGI SHIKHARWATI (Web Series) - A web-series of ten episodes needs to have content and not just names. (Notes by Bobby Sing)

A delusional King (living in his lost glory) sends a message to his four daughters living their chosen lives in the city, hinting towards his decision of declaring a successor. What he doesn’t convey to them is a huge wealth tax liability on him with a deadline and other grave issues related to his Riyasat. Besides, an income tax investigation is also going on against the King, with the officers probing his dealings, in disguise.

The premise that sounds interesting sadly turns out to be quite unengaging and repetitive right fro
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Radio Playback Indian Podcast Show featuring BOBBY SING - Audio Interview in Ek Mulaakat Zaroori Hai

It was a pleasure being the featured artist in the podcast show of Radio Playback India, Ek Mulakaat Zaroori Hai, hosted by the talented Sajeev Sarathie on 9th January 2022. 
 
A big thanks to Sajeev and team for featuring me in their reputed program. Had a great time talking to him about film music, regional cinema, dubbed movies and the way we used to see films in the single screen theater in the last century. 
 
The 53 minutes interview also feature
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SABHAAPATHY (Tamil) - A below average comedy-drama that begins at interval. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Beginning with a voiceover of ‘Vidhi’ (the fate), Sabhaapathy is a comic fantasy drama revolving around a simpleton having a speech disorder of stammering. As we see the titles, the old man representing fate announces that he will be playing a game with Sabhaapathy’s life soon after a road accident. The accident certainly changes his life when he finds a bag full of notes of 20 crores, falling out of a burning van belonging to a corrupt politician (Sayaji Shinde). But strangely,
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PUSHPA: THE RISE (Telugu / Hindi) - Offers everything Hindi film viewers are craving for. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Post the impressive Rangasthalam (2018), writer-director Sukumar returns with Pushpa: The Rise, the first part of his series on the story of an underdog and his rise in the world of sandalwood smuggling. Taking us back to the time of ‘pagers’, Sukumar yet again delivers a powerful film that has everything Indian masala movies are known for. 
 
Ticking all the essential boxes of its genre, the film begins focusing on an ambitious coolie
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The continuing jinx of the First Friday of the year in Bollywood. (Articles on Cinema By Bobby Sing)
Hindi cinema, popularly known as Bollywood, has always been associated with superstitions, myths, and good omens when it comes to the release of their mega-projects. The use of numerology in the film titles is widely evident, and the releases planned around the festivals mainly in the second half of the year have been there since the last century.
 
However, one of the major festive times of the year is not considered auspicious, but a jinx supported by facts continuing for the last two decades in particular. T
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ATRANGI RE - Ten quality films in a director’s career are surely much better than thirty mediocre ones. (Review by Bobby Sing)
We know Akshay Kumar for completing his films in just a couple of months, moving on to his next, resulting in 2 to 3 releases almost every year. In a recent episode of Kapil Sharma’s show, the actor also revealed that he has seriously advised director Anand. L. Rai to keep the target of directing 25 to 30 films in his career instead of sticking to the idea of making only 7 to 8. 
 
However, after watching Atrangi Re, I strongly felt that certain subj
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Cricket, Comics, Adverts and Movies in the mid-80s. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
Cinema and Cricket were majorly promoted through radio and the only channel of Doordarshan in the 80s. But the era was also ruled by print media with comics and magazines playing a major role in the growth of kids and teenagers. Hence, when the Indian Cricket team won the World cup in 1983, a major boom was seen in print advertisements, comics, and magazines focusing on cricket and the popular national icons.
 
Interestingly, the veteran cricketer Salim Durrani had already feat
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MINNAL MURALI (Malayalam / Hindi) - A lovable Indian Superhero film with a difference. (Review by Bobby Sing)
A superhero fantasy film largely remains the same, with a predictable beginning, progression and culmination, heavily relying upon three things. It has to be a mega-project made on a big budget with a glossy look and a heavy dosage of impressive special effects targeting the youth in particular. 
 
None of the three elements are the feature of the latest Malayalam superhero film Minnal Murali to be precise. It is neither a big-budget film nor has the glossy looks loaded with heavy VFX, bas
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KURUP (Malayalam / Hindi) - A polished but less engaging tale of a notorious fugitive. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Conceived as an insight into the life of the fugitive, still wanted by the Kerala police, Kurup sounds exciting as per its basic premise. A fictionalised account of the real-life incidents of the infamous criminal Sukumara Kurup (Dulquer Salmaan), the film is a tale of four decades, from the mid-60s to the early years of the new millennium. 
 
It begins with a flashback of a youngster fooling his parents and the officers at the Indian Air Force training academy. He soon dr
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FUFFAD Ji (Punjabi) - A family drama that finds it grip towards the end. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Director Pankaj Batra delivered a hit family-comic drama Bambukat in 2016, which had the main track of a tussle between two sons-in-law of the house, written by Jass Grewal. Taking a clue from the same, he now comes up with Fuffad Ji, based on a similar premise of confrontation between the fuffad (father’s sister’s husband) and the son-in-law, written by Raju Verma. Hence, Fuffad Ji can also be called the unofficial sequel of Bambuka
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Bollywood Graveyard Shift - From Anthony Gonsalves to Anthony Hopkins and Horror films.(Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)

There has been a prominent presence of lovable Christian characters in our secular Hindi cinema right from the 1950s, following a set format. But despite films like Anari, Mem Didi, Mera Naam Joker, Anand, Bobby, Julie, and more, the one character that rose to the level of a cult heroic figure, remains of Anthony Gonsalves from Manmohan Desai’s Amar Akbar Anthony (1977).
 
The name of a respected, real-life musician of Goa inspired the character played by
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BALI (Marathi/Horror) - An average horror drama with an interesting premise. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Post the much-acclaimed Lapachhapi (2016), director Vishal Furia returns with another horror drama, Bali, yet again pointing towards an alarming social curse related to the medical profession. The film revolves around a hospital in an old colonial-era building and has kids playing a key role in the script, just like we witnessed in Vishal’s Lapachhapi, also remade as Chhori in Hindi.
 
Focusing on a father-son relationship, the f
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83 (Docu-Drama) - Completely focused on the players and the matches, it’s like an entertaining but incomplete docu-drama, riding high on nostalgia and the splendid performances. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Watching 83 on the silver screen made me thank my stars for being there in my senses, during the era of the 1980s, when both Cricket and Cinema were alive and kicking in their innocent forms.
 
The film made me feel those times, the emotions and that innocence once again when we were just living with a radio, a tape-recorder, a single-channel television, books, and magazines, but nothing else. It brought back the memories of watching the not-so-perfect telecast on a Black-and-White TV along with the family and
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PUKSATTE LIFU (Kannada) - Indian Cinema will miss the exceptionally gifted Sanchari Vijay forever. (Review By Bobby Sing)

It is nothing less than another sad tragedy that a big percentage of Indian movie lovers are not even aware of an extremely gifted, National award winner actor Sanchari Vijay, who unfortunately left this world at the young age of 38 in a road accident in June 2021. An exceptional performer with an amazing versatility reminding you of veterans like Sanjeev Kumar, Vijay was known for his excellence achieved in all character-driven projects in his career of just 25+ films.

Pukasatte Lif
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MAANAADU (Tamil) - A well-executed, captivating film on time-loop concept. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Films based on the time-loop concept have always found it tough to break into commercial potboiler mode, reaching out to the masses. With Maanaadu (meaning conference), writer-director Venkat Prabhu effectively tries the same, coming up with a fast-paced masala entertainer, based on a time-loop twist.

Introducing Silambarasan as Abdul Khaaliq, on his way to attend a wedding, Maanaadu takes some to come to the point but keeps you fairly entertained till the drama begins. Simp
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From News Headlines To Silver Screen (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)

Apart from the biographies of the iconic figures and official films made on real-life events, there is a related genre in cinema that rarely gets discussed or quoted by films enthusiasts. This is the genre in which writers-directors get ideas while reading the headlines/articles in a newspaper or magazine and then conceive an entire film on the same, without disclosing the actual event and names. At times, they honestly reveal the source in their interviews, or the film’s credits, in an indicative manner. But most of the time, it lat
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Release of RAJ KAPOOR: The Master at Work - the book by Rahul Rawail and panel discussion with Ranbir Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
In the opening address of my book Did You Know (Vol.1) featuring 51 chapters on some lesser-heard facts about Hindi cinema, I expressed a serious regret. And it was about the lack of books written on the filmmaking styles, strategies, and work structures, followed by veteran filmmakers of our Hindi cinema.
 
We have got books on different films, their individual study and on the entire repertoire of many renowned directors, written by reputed authors and connoisseurs of Hindi films. But rarely has t
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VELLE - The two Deols deserve much better than such poor remake. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Velle didn’t create any buzz with its unexciting trailer but still, the presence of Abhay and Karan Deol together kept the expectations alive. Surprisingly, the film doesn’t turn out to be anything close to an entertaining watch, despite having an interesting premise and a couple of pleasant songs in the soundtrack (again using Punjabi phrases).

Directed by Deven Munjan, Velle is an official remake of the Telugu film Brochevaruevarura
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CHANDIGARH KARE AASHIQUI - A casual yet important film, wrongly promoted as a Comedy. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Once again, coming up with a subject Ayushmann Khurrana is known for, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is both an important and a casual, careless film at the same time. It’s important as it finds the courage to conceive a rare, mainstream star-studded film on such a not much-talked-about subject. And careless as it purposefully exploits the premise in a light comic manner, promoting as a comedy, yet again relying on Punjabi music and backdrop, blindly sticking to the latest formula of Hindi cinema.


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CHHORII - It marginally works as a fresh horror film, but falls short of its superior original LAPACHHAPI in Marathi, made by the same director. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Chhorii is an official remake of the Marathi horror film Lapachhapi directed by Vishal Furia, which was a sleeper hit of Marathi cinema in 2017. Remaking the film in Hindi, Vishal mostly sticks to the original but also adds some unwanted sequences, giving it a filmy touch. Plus, the Hindi version turns out to be a much more polished and technically rich film in terms of sound and presentation, which ironically hampers its overall impact instead of enhancing it.
 

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ADBHUTHAM (Telugu) - A novel sci-fi romantic drama based on time travel theme that could have been a lot better. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Amalgamating a science-fiction plot with romance, Adbhutham begins on a shaky note showcasing a young boy and a girl on the verge of committing suicide, not known to each other. Some magnetic field abnormalities weirdly connect their mobile phones and they start receiving each other’s messages just before they are about to give away their lives. The annoying conversation makes them postpone the suicide and they begin fighting over the messages and calls, resulting in a new relationship.
 
Till
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CHURULI (Malayalam) - A mystical and abstract cinematic presentation with a limited appeal. (Review by Bobby Sing)
With Churuli, Lijo Jose Pellissery takes us on to an abstract cinematic journey, quite different from his earlier much-appreciated projects. His films have always tried to convey much more than plain storytelling with a visually atmospheric presentation. But Churuli almost entirely focuses on the same that can also be considered as a downer, resulting in a limited appeal.
 
It begins creating a mystical ambince, with a poetic text slide, a voice-over, and a short animation. The voice-over n
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The curious case of Spin-offs in Hindi Cinema - A detailed study (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
Post the trend of biographical movies, the latest buzz in Hindi cinema is of spin-off films based on the famous characters of hit movies/series of the past. A few weeks back we had the web series Special Ops 1.5: The Himmat Story based on the key character Himmat Singh (Kay Kay Menon) of Special Ops (2020). And this week, we have the digital release of Bob Biswas featuring Abhishek Bachchan, as a spin-off revolving around the cold-hearted killer of Kahaani released in 2012
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BOB BISWAS - An unexciting spin-off that misses the kick of its original character. (Review by Bobby Sing)
In the world of cinema, a lot depends upon the luck factor and what projects come your way, even if one has the gifted talent. Unfortunately, Abhishek Bachchan remains associated with average films and Bob Biswas turns out to be nothing different directed by the first-time director Diya Annapurna Ghosh.
 
Written by Sujoy Ghosh as a spin-off exploring the most appreciated character of his Kahaani (2012), Bob Biswas sho
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MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR (Telugu) - An average romantic comedy on the lines of Doordarshan serial MR. YOGI. (Review By Bobby Sing)
In the late 80s, Ketan Mehta created a popular social-comedy T.V. serial Mr. Yogi for Doordarshan, based on a Gujarati novel featuring Mohan Gokhale in the lead. The story revolved around an NRI (they used to say ‘foreign returned’ in those days), who meets several girls for his marriage, keeping their zodiac signs in mind, and goes through hilarious experiences. Mr. Yogi is still remembered as one of the most popular Doordarshan serials of the 80s.
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ANNAATTHE (Tamil/Hindi) - Hugely disappointing offering nothing except the superstar. (Review by Bobby Sing)
In an episode of Kapil Sharma Show, producer-director K. C. Bokadia revealed that he somehow managed to sign Amitabh Bachchan in the 90s, having no script or even a basic story in hand. When the icon questioned him about the subject and script, Bokadia said, “Ab aap aa gaye hain toh story bhi aa jayegi, ab story laana mera kaam hai”.
 
This exactly seems to be the case with Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe, directed by Siva
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DYBBUK (Hindi) - Why a film becomes less effective in its Hindi remake even when directed by the same director? (Review by Bobby Sing)
Written and directed by debutant Jay K, the original Malayalam film Ezra (2017) is a decent supernatural thriller made on a novel and interesting premise of a Dybbuk–an antique box possessed by a spirit.
 
With the reference to Jewish folklore and centuries-old backstory of a tragedy, Ezra is not any outstanding film, to be honest. But it’s indeed a sincere, watchable attempt that delivers the scares, focusing on the lady of the house and her husband in particular.
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ANTIM - Nothing new, yet far better than Salman’s recent releases, with an impressive lead act by Aayush and an energetic background score. (Review by Bobby Sing)
As a film prominently promoted and led by Salman Khan, Antim neither has any novel subject nor tries any innovative narrative to say the familiar things. Yet, it turns out to be far better than his recent releases, as it keeps focusing on its lead characters without getting into any unnecessary subplots. You don’t get to see the usual loud Salman, forcibly mixing action with comedy and there is no comic character accompanying him in the key sequences. For a change, he never raises his voice
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CHUMBAK (Marathi) - A sincere effort that keeps struggling to hit the right note. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Directed by Sandeep Modi, and co-produced by Akshay Kumar’s Cape of Good Films, Chumbak talks about the dark zone of our society in which the unaware people get targeted through fake chit funds schemes, dubious phone calls, and e-mail lottery scams. 
 
Focusing on a few characters, it begins with Baalu (Sahil Jadhav), who loses all his savings in a small-time investment plan run by a fake company. Left in a helpless state, he decides to get that money back by further robbing a person
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GARUDA GAMANA VRISHABHA VAHANA (Kannada) - Powerful filmmaking that deserves to be seen in theatres. (Review by Bobby Sing) (Movies To See Before You Die - Thrillers)

There are broadly two ways to win over the audience fulfilling their expectations. One is to come up with something entirely fresh that has not been said or seen before. And second is to present the familiar things in a surprisingly innovative manner, providing a novel experience grabbing the audience from the collars. While the first option is certainly a tough one to crack, the second is even more difficult to deliver, reinventing the routine presenting it differently.

Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana successfully cr
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Tryst With Destiny (Web-Series) - Watchable for the cast ensemble and the first insightful episode in particular. (Review by Bobby Sing)

With the title inspired by the famous speech by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India, Tryst With Destiny is reportedly a film that has now been presented as a web series on the OTT portal.
 
An anthology featuring four stories about the cruel inequalities in our society persisting since independence, the series majorly becomes watchable because of its talented cast ensemble and the first episode in particular.
 
Making you recall the innov
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DHAMAKA - Tries to convey the eye-opener facts but falls way short of even MADAARI, forget A WEDNESDAY. (Review by Bobby Sing)
It was strange to see an official remake of the Korean film The Terror Live (2013), when we already had our original A Wednesday released in 2008 and Madaari in 2016, exploring the same subject in a much more impressive manner, strongly making a point.
 
Perhaps the makers intentionally wanted to stress on the role of media in such incidents and how they sell these inhuman attacks just to gain their TRPs. But even if that was the
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DOCTOR (Tamil) - A quirky dark comedy that gradually finds its grip as an entertainer. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Writer-director Nelson Dilipkumar delivered an unusual dark comedy, Kolamaavu Kokila as his successful debut attempt in 2018. The film featuring Nayanthara in the lead was loosely based on an inspired plot but was brilliantly conceived as an entertaining black comedy revolving around a young girl taking up crime to save her family. In his second venture, Nelson follows the same basic thought but shot on a much wider scale, having a lot of blood too, with the lead character being a
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THANA SADAR (Punjabi) - Yet again follows the typical Bollywood format. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Punjabi cinema has successfully cracked the comedy genre in the last decade, but still struggling to deliver worth appreciating films in the other genres. Taking one step forward and two backward, the cinema here largely gets conceived in the awe of Hindi films and Thana Sadar is the latest example proving the fact.

Following the typical format of a Bollywood masala movie, the film yet again presents all the familiar elements of a larger-than-life hero (a cop), his slow-motion entry, confrontations, action (
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RED NOTICE (English) - The multiple heists plot is the only saving grace of this average action comedy. (Movie Notes by Bobby Sing).

A big-budget American action-comedy, Red Notice has the world’s greatest art thieves looking for the three jewelled eggs that were gifted to Cleopatra two thousand years ago. Two of the eggs were found by the farmers in the early 20th century, but the third one remains missing. (This is a fictionalised account of history created for the project.)
 
The film features Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds together going after the antique eggs, which might sound inter
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Special OPS 1 and 1.5 - Follows a novel format, conveying the familiar things in a well-executed Season One but an average Second. (Review by Bobby Sing)
First Season: Chasing the unknown mastermind of the 2001 Parliament attack, Special Ops follows a novel narrative of conveying the proceedings through an official questioning of RAW agent Himmat Singh (Kay Kay Menon). The non-linear format of storytelling is the key merit of the technically rich series and performances keep you involved led by the exceptional Kay Kay.
 
As Himmat Singh discloses his task forces of five agents sent to various parts o
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PAANI CH MADHAANI (Punjabi) - A sum of unconvincing plots in a forced period drama. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Taking you back into the 80s, Paani Ch Madhaani makes you recall the casual filmmaking of that era when a big number of directionless projects got made without even having a locked script in hand. A vague story idea was followed, with nothing concrete on paper, and scenes were written on the floor before shooting the sequences as per the dates of the cast.
 
The film makes you remember those times, as it exactly appears to be the same, made with no logical flow of story progression, with the narrative jumpi
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LOVE STORY (Telugu) - A sensible twist, dances and performances make it worth watching. (Review by Bobby Sing)
The only way to make the familiar love stories work is to present them as an entertaining amalgamation of three elements in particular. An adorable lead couple, pleasing catchy music, and a twist that hits the viewers hard, coming unexpectedly.
 
Love Story, directed by Sekhar Kammula, exactly does the same, incorporating the important elements in three different sections of the film, resulting in a fairly entertaining watch. In the first section, we get to see the childhood of a bo
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SOORYAVANSHI - Repeats everything familiar with the cameos being the only saving grace in its long action-packed climax. (Review By Bobby Sing)
A Rohit Shetty film is known for its typical entertainment following the set format of Hindi cinema, focusing on loud drama, style, songs, and action. The viewers are very well aware of what they are going to get in his 150 minutes of presentation, but also expect something novel in the director’s every new project keeping the excitement alive.
 
Sadly, that is one key aspect of Sooryavanshi, in which it miserably fails to deliver as per the expectations. The much-awaited project hasn&rsq
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THINKALAZHCHA NISHCHAYAM (Malayalam) - A family drama with a superfine touch of comedy. (Review By Bobby Sing)
The plot of a marriage celebration in a family with relatives coming in and the girl looking for her chance to elope with her boyfriend, has been there in quite a few films in the past. However, what writer-director Senna Hegde does with it, along with a fabulous cast and a competent technical team, is worth recommending as a well-made, enjoyable film.
 
Bringing in the much-required freshness to a predictable and familiar theme, Hegde focuses on the traditional lifestyle of the region, the peo
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Jaspal Bhatti - The R.K. Laxman of Punjab (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
Being able to write and create knowing the pulse of the common-man, is certainly one of the greatest blessings from existence. Jaspal Bhatti was one of those immensely blessed personalities who could do that in just a few minutes, putting forward fresh ideas full of entertaining satire and comedy.
 
Beginning his journey from the innocent days of Doordarshan with projects like Flop Show and Ulta-Pulta, Bhatti can surely be quoted as the R. K. Laxman
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The chapter on Teesri Kasam and Shailendra in Xth Class Hindi NCERT Textbook. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
Cinema in our country has always been considered the most popular means of entertainment, having an incredible power to influence the masses. The screen icons are often invited to join political parties for the same reason, and the medium is regularly used to spread awareness about social welfare programs and state promotional campaigns run by the government.
 
However, we still haven’t started considering Cinema as an important representative of our rich cultural heritage or a significant part of our bas
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The astonishing viewership of dubbed films and Ray’s Apu Trilogy in Maithili. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
Indian Cinema has a distinctive edge over the world cinema in terms of its range of languages. In simple words, where every country makes movies in its official language representing its region, culture and people, Indian cinema includes films made in over 15 regional languages (including Hindi), proudly representing the secular and cultural heritage of the country.
 
However, such a huge repertoire of films made in different Indian languages also remained the reason for their limited reach and lack of awarenes
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When Shashikala played a Hindi film actress as Sheela Devi. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
If Pran as the villain was known for portraying terror on the screen, the two vamps representing hate in Hindi cinema were Shashikala and Bindu, largely remembered for their cunning, negative portrayals in many hit films. 
 
However, avoiding the familiar path, this is about an unusual, and lesser-talked-about film of Shashikala, in which she neither played a vamp nor had any grey or typical character, the actress was mostly known for. The film is
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RAHI - K. A. Abbas and Dev Anand’s English film in 1952. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
In the last few years, much has been written about two rare and lesser-seen films of Dev Anand made in English, also featuring other renowned Indian actors in the cast. These include The Guide directed by Tad Danielewski released in 1965 and The Evil Within directed by Lamberto V. Avellana released in 1970. Unfortunately, both the attempts couldn’t influence the viewers in the west and were declared unsuccessful ventures despite many known international names associated with their ma
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NADEEM SHRAVAN : The hit-machine of the 90s. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
The elderly music connoisseurs strongly believe that the golden era of Hindi film music ended in the 1960s. Their next-generation proudly talks about the music in Hindi films during the ‘70s, fondly remembering R. D. Burman. But they together more or less refuse to acknowledge the melody making a comeback in the 1990s, representing the generation gap.
 
However, the fact remains that Hindi film music did witness a big revival beginning from the late ‘80s with films like Lal
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JAI BHIM (Tamil/Hindi) - Depicts the brutal reality that makes you feel the shame, pain and anger. (Review by Bobby Sing) (Movies To See Before You Die - Court Room / Drama)
Aptly titled Jai Bhim, the film opens with a ‘no holding back’ sequence, showcasing the spine, presenting a real-life case of police atrocities and exploitation of the tribals. These initial moments not only force you to sit back, taking it seriously but also provide an eye-opener account of the ground reality of the tribe and their daily life activities.
 
For the viewers, well aware of-the-art cinema wave of the 70s and 80s, Jai Bhim would bring back the memories of a much more
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HUM DO HAMARE DO - If only you don’t mind watching yet another film made on the age old, repetitive plot of hiring fake parents for a marriage. (Review by Bobby Sing)
The film strongly points twoards the most decisive difference between Hindi films and the regional language cinema being made within the country in the present era. While the films made in the regional languages rarely come up with projects having the same old plots, the Hindi filmmakers still like to rely upon all overused, repetitive plots continuing for decades, trying nothing fresh. 
 
While the regional languages cinema even manages to add a novel angle into the most cliché love stories, the Hi
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SEETHARAM BENOY: CASE NO. 18 (Kannada) - Engaging in parts, lacking in execution. (Review by Bobby Sing)
A tough cop gets transferred to a remote region where he gets involved in a case of unsolved serial burglaries across the villages. His reputation is at stake as just after his arrival, the burglars even target his home, challenging the police department and his investigations skills. But the scenario changes when a murder gets connected with the case, shattering the cop’s personal life.
 
Performing the lead role of the police officer in his 50th project (in the Kannada film industry), Vijay Ragh
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JINNE JAMME SAARE NIKAMME (Punjabi) - A casually made film in the awe of Hindi Cinema (Review By Bobby Sing)

The most concerning feature of Punjabi Cinema is its writing, that largely remains inspired or conceived in the awe of Hindi cinema. Repeatedly borrowing their basic plots from the hit Hindi films, here almost all the writers and directors have a keen desire to somehow make it to Bollywood and that’s exactly what affects, or rather ruins, their present assignments.

Continuing with the same old format of casually written and hurriedly made projects, Jinne Jamme Saare Nikamme is yet again a Punjabi comedy-drama
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Twelve must see regional language crime thrillers from South. Indian regional language cinema wins the battle from Bollywood in the lockdown era. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)

The word ‘positive’ has gained a new scary meaning in the present era related to covid. However, the one ‘positive’, bringing in some encouraging news, is the extremely positive response of pan-India viewers to the regional language movies, now easily available on the OTT platforms.

As a fact, the Indian cinema made in regional languages never enjoyed a wide acceptance all over the country because of various reasons, including many misconceptions. Thankfully, the ‘lockdown era’ finally triggered th
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Woh Kaun Thi (1964) and its undisclosed secret. (Did You Know Facts of Bollywood by Bobby Sing)

Often referred to as ‘The Alfred Hitchcock of India”, Raj Khosla was one of the most talented and versatile directors of Hindi cinema who displayed an amazing range in his projects beginning from Milap and C.I.D in the mid-1950s. A glance at the list of his directorial ventures would make you wonder about the variety of subjects explored by the maestro, who had a great sense of music and was also known for his creative picturization of melodious songs on the screen.
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The questionable portrayal of Sikhs in Hindi Cinema and the changing trends. (Articles on Cinema By Bobby Sing)
The new release Sardar Ka Grandson yet again raises concerns over the fake and stereotyped portrayal of the Punjabi/Sikh community in Hindi cinema. It has a plot focusing on the last wish of a grandmother, who weirdly gets addressed as ‘Sardar’ by everyone in the family living in Amritsar. The unusual name is annoying as nobody in Punjab or Punjabi/Sikh families ever calls their grandmother ‘Sardar’. Plus, the argument of ‘the head of the family’ also falls flat, as then it has to be &ls
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The lesser-known sequel of EK DUUJE KE LIYE (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
Path-breaking films of their times often get embedded in the fond memories of viewers experiencing their successful run at the box office. Many of such classics continue to impress the next generations too, because of their exceptional content, music, and execution. The beginning of the ‘80s witnessed quite a few trendsetting films laying a new foundation in Hindi cinema and Ek Duuje Ke Liye (Made For Each Other/1981) stands tall among them all for its exceptional merits.

Directed by the veteran K
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Father Songs in Hindi cinema - A myth breaking perspective. (Exclusive Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
It would not be an exaggeration if it’s said that Hindi cinema has been a mother-driven cinema or obsessed with the sentiments of a mother. The thought process got perfectly explained by Anand Bakshi in his song “Baap ki jagah maa le sakti hai, maa ki jagah baap le nahin sakta” in Dard Ka Rishta. The poetic lines beautifully presented a fact that cannot be denied.
 
However, this continuous feature of songs devoted to mothers in Hindi films also led to a myth that we haven’t got
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Is it the first Hindi film pointing towards Time Travel made in 1976? (Exclusive Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)

Time-Travel has always been an exciting subject in world cinema that became a cult phenomenon post the American classic Back To The Future in 1985 and its sequels. Quoted as one of the most successful and influential series, it not only inspired films and TV series but also became the base material for several books, games, and apparels all over the world. 

Its strong influence was also seen in India when a famous TV series in the late 80s had its clear traces revolving around school kids and their adventures. T
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VINCI DA (Bengali) - The unconvincing premise and a similar plot in a section of RAY (Hindi) titled Bahrupiya. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Have been an ardent reader of crime fiction stories and novels, that often get quoted as the inspirational source of many films made in this genre. However, a particular insertion in these always used to disappoint and ruin the entire build-up of a case, whenever the protagonist disclosed ‘A Mask’ being used for his crimes as a disguise, fooling the people around. The mask theory always appeared to be fake, unconvincing, and amateurish, suddenly thrown in the climax, taking the readers for granted. A kind of escape route of the
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