Bobby Talks Cinema Rss Feed http://www.bobbytalkscinema.com SHAILENDRA and his dialogues - The one facet of the maestro rarely discussed and written about. (EXCLUSIVE By Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com)
Living in the present decade of the 21st century, as a youngster it’s quite possible you might not be aware of the name SHAILENDRA or might not have read about his extensive works of the past. However, even if you were born in the new millennium, what’s simply not possible is that you haven’t heard any of his songs penned for Hindi Cinema (knowingly or unknowingly), as many of them can easily be quoted as anthems representing our film music within the country as well as abroad even in the present era.

https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2288

URF PROFESSOR (2001) – The peculiar case of a Black Comedy Thriller made decades ahead of its time, much before the OTT platforms came into existence here. (An overview by Bobby Sing)
A lesser known film called SANKAT CITY had a low profile release in the year 2009, which only a few film enthusiasts saw in almost empty theaters as usual since it didn’t have any major stars in the cast. The worth watching film went unnoticed then, which now finds a rare mention occasionally at social networking sites by the ones who had seen it in theaters or later online.
 
Directed by Late Pankaj Advani (who unfortunately died at an early age), SANKAT CITY
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2287

The story of a bag full of money in LOOTCASE (2020), CHHAPPAD PHAAD KE (2019) and SANKAT CITY (2009) - An overview by Bobby Sing

In the recently released LOOTCASE (2020) directed by Rajesh Krishnan, a lower middle class worker, Kunal Khemu, accidently finds a bag full of money outside a public toilet. In CHHAPPAD PHAAD KE (2019) directed by Sameer Hemant, a middle class family headed by Vinay Pathak suddenly finds a bag full on money lying along a dead body in the woods when they narrowly escape an accident on a lonely road. And before these both in SANKAT CIT
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2286

YAARA (Zee5) - A questionable remake of a French film which didn’t have anything we haven’t seen before in our own films. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Writer-director Tigmanshu Dhulia (who has also acted in a few films) began with a bang and delivered more than one gems in the early phase of his career as HAASIL, PAAN SINGH TOMAR and more. However, later even when his films became a mixed bag kind of ventures, there still used to be some notable moments in them with the glimpses of his earlier triumphs.
 
Sadly, YAARA comes up as a project, in which you never witness the reputed writer-director in even one se
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2285

SHAKUNTALA DEVI - A film that tells a related emotional real life story, but not the one we were promised or expected to see. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Beginning on a straightforward note, if you are willing to watch something highly exciting thinking about the amazing or rather unbelievable gifted skills of the world famous Shakuntala Devi, then you are going to be disappointed for sure, as the film strangely never focuses on the most expected feature of its subject.

Cannot guess what was the thought process behind the making of this biopic of a widely celebrated, world record holder mathematician, and why it was conceived and written as a film that never deeply
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2284

ONCE UPON A PRIME TIME by Ananth Mahadevan - Strongly recommended as a journey back to those memorable days of Doordarshan and TV in the 80s-90s. (Review By Bobby Sing)
In my personal experience of using social networking sites since last decade, one of the most popular, widely followed and cherished posts here are the ones talking about Doordarshan and its nostalgic content that entertained as well as enlightened us with many finer details of life.
 
Many of us regularly keep remembering and writing on the nostalgic days of watching those fabulous TV Serials of the 80s and 90s. Many of us still love to be in that kind of mindset living with those memorable ch
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2283

GUNJAN SAXENA - An otherwise appreciable attempt focusing on the brave daughters of the nation, that unnecessarily twists the narrative and remains confused about whom to portray as villain in the film. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Screen adaptations of the spirited on-field stories of our brave soldiers have their own inspirational value. And if that story is about a young girl, one of the first woman officers performing such risky operation, then it becomes even more important both for the makers as well as the viewers unarguably.
 
So GUNJAN SAXENA firstly scores in its choice of subject that deserved to be presented on screen and then superbly works in its first 50 minutes in particular, that largely revolves around a
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2282

The IRONY in celebrating 45 years of SHOLAY, quietly robbing the new generation off its Iconic Original SOUND, MUSIC and BACKGROUND SCORE. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
Our generation born in the 70s has lived those years when SHOLAY was one of those hugely famous films, re-released every few months in the local theaters without an exception. In fact among the five-six theaters close to our home, whenever they didn’t manage to get a new film or had some gap weeks in between, one of them always had SHOLAY showing for daily 4 shows till the late 80s and we were always there buying the ticket at least once in those weekdays (skipping the school). 
 
Remembe
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2281

RAAT AKELI HAI (Hindi/2020) and KNIVES OUT (English/2019) - When one film misses the thrill and other delivers it well as an engrossing 'who-dun-it' murder mystery. (Short Review Notes by Bobby Sing)
Focusing on the local ambience of the city in UP, RAAT AKELI HAI has everything required for an engaging ‘who-dun-it’ crime thriller. It has Nawazuddin as the unmarried investigating cop, Radhika Apte as the young girl getting married to a rich old man and an eminent dysfunctional family with its every member as a suspect of a brutal murder. Honestly, at one end, its basic setting straight away seems to be from one of the Agatha Christie’s myster
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2280

Woh Kehte Hain Humse (DARIYA DIL) - A song written by Vitthalbhai Patel and composed by Raj Kapoor. (Articles on Cinema By Bobby Sing)
Towards the late ‘80s, when the original soundtracks used to release months before the film coming in the theaters, DARIYA DIL (1988) directed by K. Ravishankar became famous due to a single track in the album as “Woh Kehte Hain Humse Abhi Umar Nahin Hai Pyar Ki”.
 
The film starring Govinda, Kimi Katkar, Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Gulshan Grover, Roshni, Raj Kiran and more completely owed its moderate success to this one song alone.
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2279

SACHAA JHUTHA (1970) and FAULAD (1963) - The rare and strange feature in their opening credits. (Exclusive Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
Filmmaking is entirely a team effort and the effort begins when the producers are in, who bring in all the money required to initiate the creative process. At times the producer is one individual person and many a time, we have a team of two or more, who collectively produce a film and then share the profits or losses.
 
Having said that, partnerships happen and post the success of a film, they get broken too for various reasons, with the producers opting for their solo projects next gaining some extra confiden
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2278

DIL BECHARA - Watch it for Sushant and Sanjana, who keep trying their best to lift up Mukesh’s debut attempt. (Review by Bobby Sing)
As the last film of a sensitive-thinking actor, the swan song of an artist, who was desperately trying to make his space in the crushing world of glamour, DIL BECHARA surely deserves to be seen giving a heartwarming loving farewell to Sushant Singh Rajput.
 
Not an easy watch recalling the last visuals of his existence irresponsibly flashed all over the social networks, DIL BECHARA hurts you and hurts you pretty badly particularly when Sushant renders those meaningful
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2277

WILD TALES / RELATOS SALVAJES (Spanish / 2014) - So strongly makes you feel the value of that one decisive moment which changes everything in life. (Movies To See Before You Die / World Cinema - Thrillers)
Many a times in life, a wrong step taken in anger, in jealousy, in hate without thinking much, spoils an entire relationship, maybe an entire life with no chances of repairs or going back. Stories have been written around the consequences of such strong moments and films have been made around it too interpreting it in different ways on screen portraying such life transforming sequences.
 
However what this Spanish movie does with the concept goes beyond any routine presentation making a solid, outstanding impac
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2276

TOTTAA PATAAKA ITEM MAAL (2019) - It is ZAKHMI AURAT from the 80s revisited again as the scenario hasn’t changed and perhaps even gone worse. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Writer-director Aditya Kripalani made some news with his TIKLI AND LAXMI BOMB in 2018 that was based on his own book with the same title. The novel turned into a film presented a fresh idea of the Mumbai women sex workers forming their own cooperation kicking out the men-pimps and it won good appreciation for its thought put forward in the festival circuits. However the film was actually a raw as well as quite average attempt in terms of presentation and technique to be honest.
 
Th
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2275

ALBERT PINTO KO GUSSA KYUN AATA HAI (2019) - The title of 1980s thought provoking film used for conveying almost nothing. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
The art-wave or off-beat cinema of the 80s had a prominent film by Saeed Mirza titled ‘Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Ata Hai’ with Naseeruddin Shah playing the lead role of Albert Pinto. The film was all about the anger and helplessness felt by the common man post the emergency era and is considered an important socially thought provoking film of those crucial times.
 
The recent film released in 2019 with the same title does have an exciting cast featuring
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2274

AUTOHEAD (2016) - An innovative but average experimental film with a noteworthy lead performance. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
As suggested by the title, this is an innovative experimental film, completely focused on the central character of an auto-driver and his hidden life of a psycho. Tagged as a mockumentary (with inspiration coming from the similar projects in the west), it begins with a small crew (including the director himself) capturing the daily life incidents of Narayan - the auto driver living in Mumbai.
 
They follow him as he drives around the city picking and dropping his passengers all over the cit
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2273

MAROON (2017) - A daring, experimental attempt that also happens to be an unofficially adaptation. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
An intense psychological drama, this is about a strangely behaving professor dealing with the fact of his missing (unfaithful) wife. The film makes you aware of the scenario and then gives you various ideas about what might have happened to his wife, the possible murder and who would have done that! The narrative begins interestingly but soon becomes monotonous with a dark, depressing tone as the police starts investigating the eccentric professor’s case.
 
Full of psychotic references of hallucinations and su
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2272

TIKLI AND LAXMI BOMB (2018) - A novel and brave premise becomes victim of a loud and uninteresting kind of tiringly long narrative. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Why the world of women sex workers functions only through men and why they themselves cannot run it, also looking after their security on their own is the novel concept of TIKLI AND LAXMI BOMB directed by Aditya Kripalani based on his own book.
 
The protagonists are Mumbai sex workers who decide to get rid-off the middlemen in their trade forming their own system/co-operative wherein help can also arrive if required and the two girls leading them all are known as Tikli
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2271

706 (2019) - BYPASS ROAD (2019) - HALKAA (2018) - SHIMLA MIRCHI (2020) at Netflix (Short Review Notes by Bobby Sing)
706 (2019)
A psychological crime thriller featuring Atul Kulkarni, Divya Dutta and Mohan Agashe in the cast certainly raises the expectations of the viewers. Interestingly, the film also begins at an engrossing note giving you hope, with a missing person reported and a child coming into focus knowing much more than he actually should. But sadly the momentum doesn’t remain the same as the story progresses moving
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2270

TAJ MAHAL 1989 (Netflix) – A pleasant watch with delightful performances that heavily uses the nostalgia to win over the viewers. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Coming as a fresh breeze of relief among mostly crime based content being released left and right, TAJ MAHAL 1989 is a 7 episode light hearted, romantic series talking about how love changes lives of its various characters.
 
Written and directed by Pushpendra Nath Misra, it is set in Lucknow, in the time period of the late ‘80s (as mentioned in the title) with two key merits that make it a pleasant watch taking you back in the era when there were no mobiles, no internet
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2269

SELECTION DAY (Netflix) - A series on young cricketers that misses the required emotional connect and excitement. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
A Netflix India original based on Aravind Adiga’s novel of the same title, this 12 episodes long series based on Cricket has been produced by Anil Kapoor and Anand Tucker as a team..
 
The story follows an eccentric, cricket-obsessed father and his strong will to make his two sons the leading cricketers of the nation. He gets his sons admitted to a reputed school and its cricket academy where they meet a famous coach and their competitors too, who are ric
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2268

STORIES OF RABINDRANATH TAGORE (2015 / Neflix) - A series recommended for all, especially the youngsters for getting introduced to our rich literature. (Short Review Notes by Bobby Sing)
Had missed watching many episodes of this valuable series during its original run at EPIC Channel in the year 2015, so was really glad to catch it again and it is truly worth watching for many important reasons. 
 
To begin with, the 26 episodes of STORIES OF RABINDRANATH TAGORE (of an hour each), take you back to the early 20th century in Bengal, through a note-worthy art direction, lighting, costumes, music and of course the direction of Anurag Basu
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2267

TYPEWRITER (2019 / Netflix) – A decent horror series that fondly reminded me of the 1980s famous Doordarshan’s serial KILE KA RAHASYA. (Review by Bobby Sing)
A Netflix Indian original and an interesting five episode horror series directed by Sujoy Ghosh, TYPERWRITER is a technically rich attempt sticking to its subject, which is far better than many regular horror Hindi films released in the last few years. Set in Goa, revolving around a haunted house, the best part of the series is that it focuses on a group of school going kids forming a ghost hunting club who choose the haunted villa as their first mission to begin with. But as they are about to start their
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2266

SHE - WHAT THE LOVE - KHAN NO. 1 - JAMTARA at Netflix (Short Review Notes by Bobby Sing)
The Indian division of Netflix, continues coming up with average content for its Indian viewers that include their originals as well as the acquired works. Having said that, 3 of the following five series, are still much better if not up to the mark as something highly recommended putting it honestly.
 
SHE 
(2020 / 7 Episodes)
Collectively written and created by Imtiaz Ali with Divya Johry, th
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2265

LEILA – BARD OF BLOOD - GHOUL – BETAAL – ANJAAN Rural Myths at Netflix (Short Review Notes by Bobby Sing)
The Indian division of Netflix – the world’s online content leader hasn’t really delivered in the Indian web-series section of its repertoire that includes their original as well bought or acquired Indian series. So expecting some great series coming up soon, here are the short review notes on the 5 Indian web-series released by Netflix.
 
LEILA
(2019 / 6 Episodes)
Adapted or based on
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2264

PENALTY - Even Kay Kay fails to lift up this unimpressive attempt. [TTP (To The Point) Review By Bobby Sing]
It’s not any hidden fact that a candidate's regional background plays an important role in various Indian sports affecting the decisions of the selecting authorities. It’s also a widely known fact how even our National Icons from the North East have faced racial discrimination in the past and how young students studying in various part of the country face it even today.
 
So when you hear about a film made on the subject, focusing on Football and a student of north east along with Kay
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2263

AXONE - An important eye-opener film on racial discrimination within the country, that entertains, hurts and makes a serious impact all together. (Review by Bobby Sing) (Movies To See Before You Die - Drama)
In the early 90s, while studying in Delhi University (North Campus), I actually came to know about and personally experienced the racism practiced with the students coming from the North Eastern regions of the country. And the bitter truth is that they themselves very well knew it and always tried to ignore the names called by the locals and even by the students studying in the same campus. I kept thinking about that in the later years too at various occasions, till I had friends from the North East studying along in my post graduate cours
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2262

MARZI (Web Series / Voot) - Fails to do justice with its subject, wasting a potential premise. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
The trailer, the subject and the cast of this series certainly got me interested as something to go for, reminding the recent MeToo movement at social networks. But the other major feature that got me excited was the fact that the series was based on a UK show LIAR and therefore must be having something great to watch, worth remaking officially.
 
However, the outcome didn’t turn out to be as per the expectations as the series loses its focus soon and then goes on adding many
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2261

PONMAGAL VANDHAL (Tamil/2020) - An important theme based courtroom drama, wherein the courtroom sequences do not impress but the shocking storyline and its social relevance does. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
Writer-director JJ Fredrick's message oriented, courtroom drama PONMAGAL VANDHAL (meaning The Princess Has Arrived) made news for becoming one of the first biggies directly releasing on the online platforms in the lockdown months. But honestly speaking, it ideally should have made news because of its important theme of child abuse/rapes, injustice for the victims and police-politician nexus creating a shocking case.
 
However the reason, it couldn’t become the ta
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2260

HASMUKH (Web Series / Netflix) - A series on a psycho stand-up comedian in which the stand-up comedy sequences itself are the most awful ones. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
Known for his stand-up acts Vir Das comes up with a fictional show featuring himself as a psycho serial killer stand-up comedian who gets his feel or will to perform after killing someone around with his belt. 

Taking his clues from Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro’s THE KING OF COMEDY (1982), Vir Das thinks of a great subject mixing stand-up comedy, suspense and thrill of a serial killer film together, but falters in its writing and execut
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2259

Mahesh Bhatt, Kalyanji Anandji, Anjaan and Prakash Mehra’s THIKANA (1987) - (Exclusive Articles on Cinema By Bobby Sing)
In the 80s the craze for Hindi pulp fiction novels was at its peak and many of the stories in them used to be about a protagonist searching for a diary, key or a camera-reel hidden by someone murdered by a known personality of the town. A similar tale of suspense revolving around a video cassette (that happened to be the most trending thing of those times) was also presented in THIKANA along with an emotional family drama directed by Mahesh Bhatt.
 
Though many might not includ
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2258

BREATHE: Into The Shadows (Web-Series/Amazon Prime) - The supporting cast leads the series which could have been an entirely different venture without the twist getting revealed in the mid-way ruining the fine build-up. (Review by Bobby Sing)
As the second part of the series, BREATHE: Into The Shadows delivers almost the same things following a similar pattern of a father committing murders for saving his daughter’s life. Yet again scoring in its technical execution, cinematography and energetic background score the series works well in its first four episodes to be specific, but then starts derailing the moment the twist of the hidden identity gets revealed and the burden entirely falls back to the writing department.
 
Giving the
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2257

SANKARABHARANAM (1980/Telugu) remade as SUR SANGAM (1985/Hindi) - One of the outstanding films on Indian Classical Music that made me realize the importance of watching the films in their original form and language with English subtitles. (Movies To See Before You Die - Drama/Musical)
In the late 80s, as students of music, we got highly impressed by SUR SANGAM (1985) - a fascinating film based on Indian classical music and its exponents directed by K. Vishwanath. The film also won over us as it showed how classical music was being overtaken by the western music in India and how the younger generation was forgetting their rich tradition and heritage that was ironically being loved by the westerners. Plus, in those days Jaya Prada was considered as one of the most stunnin
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2256

KADAKH (2020 / SonyLiv) - Begins brilliantly before moving on to a Hitchcock inspired path, ending on a highly unconvincing note. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
The new venture of actor-writer-director Rajat Kapoor was eagerly awaited as he is not among those directors who would come up with something routine and uninteresting. Plus the execution and performances in his films have rarely disappointed in the past and his last venture ANKHON DEKHI is proudly also there in the Movies To See Before You Die list at BTC.
 
However KADAKH unexpectedly turns out to be just an above average mixed bag imitating a widely seen
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2255

BHONSLE (2020 / SonyLiv) - Wish this was a better film presenting the praiseworthy lead performance, strongly reminding you of the similar theme in Clint Eastwood’s GRAN TORINO. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]

When the lead performer of a bravely made film rises much above the film itself and the team behind the screen isn’t able to support the actor as it should have, then it’s not only sad but highly unfortunate both for the actor and the viewers together.

Putting it differently, BHONSLE written and directed by Devashish Makhija is a film, in which, I would love to praise the performances of the entire cast led by the ever dependable Manoj Bajpai. Would like to applaud the co
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2254

DRIVING LICENSE (2019 / Malayalam) - An exciting and entertaining film that also cleverly points towards the internal politics of the world of cinema. (Review By Bobby Sing)

A new exciting, mainstream film with a leading star coming up with a fresh engaging plot and that too related with the world of cinema itself, should be a reason enough to go for it at once. But if that is not enough, then DRIVING LICENSE narrates a novel subject revolving around a superstar and his officer on duty fan, who decides to take revenge from his icon for an undeserving humiliation.
 
Competently directed by Lal Jr. and written by Sachy, the film jointly p
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2253

How the experience of watching GHULAMI on the first day of its release in 1985 taught us a lot about Hindi cinema. (Those Cherished Moments of the Single Screen Era -10) - By Bobby Sing
The release of GHULAMI in the summer vacations of 1985 can easily be stated as an important milestone in the respective careers of its lead actors as well as my personal understanding of the medium without any second thoughts. I was still in my early teens and the explosive execution on screen was a novel experience for us, witnessing Rajasthan like never before amongst the action performed by the powerful cast led by Dharmendra, Mithun Chakraborty, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Naseeruddin Shah, Mazhar Kh
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2252

DO LADKE DONO KADKE (1979) - Basu Chatterjee’s film based on the idea of confusion between two groups of kidnappers, made two decades before HERA PHERI. (Exclusive Articles on Cinema By Bobby Sing)
Malayalam hit thriller-comedy RAMJI RAO SPEAKING (1989) directed by the duo Siddique-Lal (as their debut film) was remade in multiple Indian languages and also had its two sequels released in the subsequent decades. 
 
In Hindi cinema, it was officially remade by Priyadarshan as HERA PHERI released in 2000 featuring Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal in the lead and it seriously followed the major
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2251

The first ever serials of DOORDARSHAN and I. S. Johar’s rarely mentioned innovative TV series JOHAR KE GOHAR. (BTC Exclusive by Bobby Sing)
Beginning its operations in the early ‘60s from Delhi, Doordarshan extended its broadcast to other major cities of the country in the mid ‘70s. The National telecast began in the early 80s and the Colour TVs entered affluent Indian homes around the Asian Games in Delhi in 1982, a decade before Cable Television got introduced in the early ‘90s.
 
However when you search the web-pages looking for the first-ever
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2250

KORA KAGAZ (1974), its gutsy advertisement and references of similar plots in PHAGUN, IJAAZAT and more. (BTC Exclusive) (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
An emotional family drama revolving around a couple in love and their differences post marriage (caused by the girl’s interfering mother), KORA KAGAZ is directed by Anil Ganguly, featuring Vijay Anand, Jaya Bhaduri, Achala Sachdev, A.K. Hangal and Deven Varma playing the key roles.

A remake of Ajoy Kar’s Bengali film SAAT PAAKE BANDHA (Tied By Seven Steps/1963) starring Soumitra Chatterjee, Suchitra Sen,
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2249

The Chetan Anand and Amitabh Bachchan film that thankfully got shelved at a crucial time. (Exclusive by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com)
Rare pleasant surprises continue hitting hard as we keep digging into the archives of old publications, interviews and more rare sources. And this time, even when a lot has been already written about all shelved films of Amitabh Bachchan, I still could find another unheard of or lesser known film in an old issue of SCREEN newspaper/magazine after the last LAMBU DADA, I wrote about at BTC in December 2019.
(
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2248

Four Important Films at 8th Jagran Film Festival from 1st-5th July in Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi. (Articles On Cinema by Bobby Sing)
The 8th Jagran Film Festival is back in Delhi’s Siri Fort auditorium from July 1st to 5th this week and it has a very exciting and interesting ensemble of films from India and across the world (including feature and short films along with discussions with eminent personalities of Indian Cinema). 
 
Here are the four important movies not to be missed in the festival having some unique features.  
 
The Fakir Of Venice 
Waiting it
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2247

First ever retrospective of RISHI KAPOOR in Jagran Film Festival featuring his 8½ films. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)

The ongoing Jagran Film Festival (JFF) at Siri Fort auditorium, New Delhi has a unique feature that has never been part of any major Film Festival in India. It presents the first ever retrospective of veteran actor Rishi Kapoor and screens his eight and a half films with another interesting story behind the unusual number. 

In its opening-day interactive session, where at one end the organizers expressed their gratitude towards the well-known actor for agreeing to be a part of the festival, Ka
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2246

TUBELIGHT doesn’t impress, but it still had the content, intent & courage to be different. (Articles on Cinema By Bobby Sing)

The unexpectedly lukewarm response for Salman Khan’s latest Eid Release TUBELIGHT is an eye opener for many, shattering a few myths about carefully chosen festival weekends, hardcore fan following and the much talked about star enigma. 

Besides, it once again raises an old debate that whether harsh, negative reviews coming a day (or days) before the release really affect the box office prospects of a movie influencing the audience choice? 

No doubt, it’s the w
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2245

TUBELIGHT - Will it be a much better, entertaining film based on an average LITTLE BOY? (Articles On Cinema By Bobby Sing)
The hit actor-director duo Salman Khan and Kabir Khan are back with their new film TUBELIGHT once again releasing around EID continuing with their smart business strategy. However this time the confidence level is not that high as it was before BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, since TUBELIGHT is officially based on an English film titled LITTLE BOY. And the fact is actually a troubling one as the original flick is not any great, entertaining movie despi
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2244

An India-Pakistan cricket match, AA AB LAUT CHALEN (1999) and those spirited decades before 2000. (Articles on Cinema By Bobby Sing)
RK film’s AA AB LAUT CHALEN (meaning Come, let’s go back) released in 1999 had a few noticeable firsts with the foremost being the directorial debut of Rishi Kapoor (and the only film directed by him till date). Apart from the younger performers making their debut in an RK banner film (including the music by Nadeem-Shravan), it had Rajesh Khanna and Moushumi Chatterjee too along with being one of the very few RK Productions pro
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2243

Rishi Kapoor bashes Anurag, who is also the director of Ranbir’s most acclaimed & successful BARFI. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
Rishi Kapoor bashing writer-director Anurag Basu for being solely responsible for the debacle of JAGGA JASOOS, once again points towards the changing relationships in the industry post every Friday release as per the box office performance of the film.
 
However the truth remains that here the films are not getting flopped, but actually their budgets are. In this particular case too, the mistake was not in the director and his team’s choice of content but
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2242

Don’t get fooled by the easy success route shown in films like SECRET SUPERSTAR. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
It’s good to watch an uplifting movie, inspiring you to follow your passions living a more satisfying life. But it’s sad and unfortunate when a film tries to give the message portraying a false or fake picture of the actual scenario making a fool of its viewers.
 
Taking an example of the recently released SECRET SUPERSTAR, it’s a good entertaining flick featuring some fabulous performances. But at the same time its also a film that wrongly guides the youngsters showcasing an easy
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2241

Manmohan Desai and the record-making year of 1977 (Articles on Cinema By Bobby Sing)
Manmohan Desai as a filmmaker can easily be quoted as the only director who openly defied logic in his films, taking unbelievable cinematic liberties, but still created amazing magic on screen that straight away connected with the audience forcing them to laugh, cry and enjoy forgetting everything else.
 
No doubt, he never got praised by the critics and experts of cinema mockingly writing about his films despite the notable success ratio. But the director repeatedly won over his viewers and that wa
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2240

PORUS (Sony TV Series) - Its first episode is a complete winner, further raising the expectations. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Sony TV’s much publicized mega show PORUS has begun and with only a single episode telecast, it has made an impression that forces one to ask that, Is PORUS the much needed breakthrough Indian Television was awaiting for in terms of content and presentation?
Witnessing an hour long first episode, the answer seems to be positive but still nothing can be said with surety to be honest. Here is the description for the viewers who missed it waiting for the trade reports or the reviews.
 

https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2239


Ashutosh’s PEHLA NASHA and its unique special appearances including Aamir and Shah Rukh. (Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing)
Ashutosh Gowariker – the man behind films like LAGAAN, SWADES and JODHA AKBAR is arguably considered one of the most talented directors of Hindi cinema, ignoring his recent duds that have not been at par with his own set standards in the past.
 
Interestingly the actor-turned-director actually began his career in direction with two complete washouts as PEHLA NASHA and BAAZI, which were both heavily inspired from the Weste
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2238

AJJI - A brutally realistic, shocking stunner, that sadly falls short of becoming a masterpiece. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Though based on a similar premise as recently seen in MAATR, MOM and BHOOMI, AJJI still stands far ahead of these films in terms of vision and execution. But at the same time, it also falls way short of becoming a rare masterpiece too, finding an easy way out as the only (clichéd) solution or culmination.
 
Revolving around a grandmother (addressed as Ajji in Marathi), the film yet again focuses on the rape of a minor and her poor family living in the slums facing the ug
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2237

JULIE 2 - Promoted as an erotica it vaguely tries to play every trick of the trade resulting in a poor film. (Review by Bobby Sing)
The film was promoted with full page adverts in all leading newspapers of the country a few months back and everyone was amusingly surprised to see the name of Pahlaz Nihalani as the producer, who had just left the chair of Censor Board chief amongst loads of controversies and fingers raised on his style of working with the scissors. 
 
Hence, looked upon as one of the biggest ironies of the present times, JULIE 2 was widely considered as another ‘B-grade’ erot
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2236

How the industry expects people to come for the smaller films at such high ticket prices? - (Articles on Cinema By Bobby Sing)
To begin with, let us take a look at some films released in the last few months as WAITING, PHULLU, RAAG DESH, SNIFF, TRAPPED, RUKH, NEWTON, RIBBON, KADWI HAWA and AJJI (released this week only).
 
To give you the ground reality, none of the above mentioned films are any below average, forgettable ventures and each one has something fresh and novel to present in terms of plot, execution and social message too. However the other bitter truth remains that I saw each one of the them wi
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2235

Aamir Khan, Meenakshi Sheshadri and Rajkumar Santoshi’s DAMINI (1993) - (Articles On Cinema by Bobby Sing)
Rajkumar Santoshi’s DAMINI (meaning Lightning/1993) is widely considered as one of the most hard-hitting Hindi films made on the subject of rape, class difference and court trials representing the suppressed voice of a woman and the power of truth.
 
Though I would love to go in details, praising the various aspects of the film, both on and off the screen giving them their deserving due, but since many must have already read a lot about the film at various platforms, so would lik
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2234

Instant tribute notes posted in minutes on social sites (followed by the routine posts), have actually KILLED our emotional depth and sensitivity - by Bobby Sing (Few Life Inspiring Words and Positive Shares)
It’s quite understandable and very fine if a true fan personally remembers the birth and death anniversaries of his most favourite artists and wishes to post, write about them on those special occasions. 

But just imagine, if a young person is doing a job in a media publication or portal and is given a complete excel sheet of Birth-days and Death-days of all known artists of Hindi Cinema, with the assigned duty of purposefully posting, tweeting and writing about each
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2233

Raj Kapoor, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and their ANAND (1971) - Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing
In the present age, every new film on the plot of ‘terminal illness’, unanimously makes us recall the one iconic creation that literally immortalized the subject, written and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The film aptly titled ANAND, representing both the protagonist’s identity and his spiritual state of mind, had a unique and unusual cast, presenting Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan enacting two of the most adorable characters of our Hi
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2232

ITTEFAQ (1969) - A brave and unusual ‘inspired’ classic directed by Yash Chopra. (Movies To See Before You Die - Suspense)
In the creative world, a classic gem actually gets made when no one is trying to create any masterpiece making some kind of conscious effort. And ITTEFAQ is certainly one of those unintentional classics made just as per its name, by a coincidence, a mere ITTEFAQ that happened in the year 1960 as a result of an unavoidable delay in finalizing another film produced by B. R. Productions
 
However it turned to be a rare, quality surprise for both the viewers as well as the i
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2231

5 worth praising Hindi films of 2017 that sadly couldn’t find their deserving audience. - Articles on Cinema by Bobby Sing
Blame it on the biased exhibition system followed by the multiplexes, lesser attention given to the smaller films, odd show timings killing the inspiration, unwillingness to try something unknown or above all insanely high ticket prices making a big hole in the pocket, the truth remains that here a big majority doesn’t go for the smaller films unless there is a big controversy or OSCAR news associated with it to be specific.
 
So almost every year we get to witness some worth praising smaller projects tha
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2230

5 real life inspired Hindi films of 2017 you might not have even heard of (Articles on Cinema By Bobby Sing)
Since last few years, multiplexes seem to follow an initial three day release policy for a smaller, lesser known film with selective show timings given for only Friday to Sunday. The film is simply taken off on Monday or its shows get cancelled if there are no viewers coming up for the same, despite its exceptional content and relevance in comparison to the other major releases. In fact that is the reason why we don’t get to see many such smaller gems in absence of a noteworthy publicity campaign or information provided by the media
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2229

Majrooh Sultanpuri ki nazm, Lata Mangeshkar ke naam - shared by S. M. Mehdi. (EXCLUSIVE by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema)
To begin with, there are very few blessed names in Hindi Cinema who remained witness to the changing eras, right from the early decades of the black and white films to the new digital age of Cable revolution and hundreds of TV channels airing 24 hours of content just for the sake of it.
 
The one name that quickly strikes our mind is no doubt of Gulzar, beginning from the early 60s and still writing for the young filmmakers in the present decade of the new millennium. However the other veteran
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2228

The never before LOCKDOWN and rediscovering yourself with a small experiment/meditation – (Few Life Inspiring Words and Positive Shares) - By Bobby Sing.
A new reality is here in front of the entire world with nations facing completely unexpected situations never imagined before and everyone struggling for his/her existence admitting the reign of a supreme power.
 
(To keep the write-up free of any religious overtones, I am staying away from relating that supreme power with any kind of religion whatsoever, giving it a more pure, sacred and indescribable mystic identity.)

Living the last few weeks locked up in our homes, we all must have e
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2227

MOTICHOOR CHAKNACHOOR - Keeps struggling to rise above just another average, small-town comic drama revolving around a marriage. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Small town films made on a modest budget, relying on a key-namer and a comic subject are the most saleable projects in Hindi Cinema since last few years and MOTICHOOR CHAKNACHOOR is yet another product in the line offering the same old things.
 
The makers do try hard but its core subject gets deliberately stretched resulting in a tiring second half and the writing doesn’t offer anything exciting to keep you invested. Hence, it more or less remains a simple and sweet film with the support
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2226

SAAND KI AANKH - A too convenient & filmy representation of an inspiring real-life story, this still deserves to be seen by girls and families with their young daughters. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Based on the hard to believe achievements of both Chandro and Prakashi Tomar beginning their journey as sportswomen in their middle age, SAAND KI AANKH is no doubt an inspiring film for the youngsters, especially the young talented girls fighting with the world largely ruled by the men in power. The real-life is story is bold, explosive and stunning to such an extent that if you are not aware that it all actually happened in reality, you are sure going to consider it fictional, simply writ
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2225

MADE IN CHINA - Interesting but unexciting and repetitive resulting in an average film. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Would like to begin with a mention of a full-page advertisement that came in the national newspapers on the Friday, MADE IN CHINA got released in the theaters. It had the excerpts of all 3+ and 4 star reviews given by various critics and entertainment portals before even the official release of the film.

The advert really made an impact as the film also had an unusual cast and trailer too indicating towards a fresh content and premise. But then as I watched the first show, a beeped line in its key sequence got m
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2224

DRIVE - A direct online release is nothing bad, but this film certainly is and should be avoided even there. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Films releasing directly online is not any unusual concept and its not always related to badly made films to be precise. The trend has been there in the west and it has recently started here in INDIA through the new online portals. However, the major difference is that here it has actually started with a badly made film and that too coming from the production house of Karan Johar. 

Directly releasing at Netflix, the film is titled DRIVE starring Sushan
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2223

COMMANDO 3 - A well-intentioned but below average attempt featuring two exceptional performers, who sadly are not getting a well-executed film they truly deserve. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Though the second part of the series didn’t get any high ratings by the critics, it still comes up with a third one, which actually shows that the sequel must have resulted in some returns to the makers in one way or the other. And if a certain section of viewers loved watching COMMANDO 2, then they are sure going to find many similar elements in COMMANDO 3 too, may be in a higher dosage with much more intensity and gore. 
 
Hence the third part of the series can cer
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2222

MERE BAAD (1988) - A lesser known off-beat film that might not be a gem but deserves to be seen for its heart-wrenching story-line and the lead performance. (Review by Bobby Sing)
The decade of 80s is often ridiculed for its directionless mainstream films mostly focusing on action and all cliched, forced drama. Numerous Hindi movies made by the South filmmakers in a repetitive format were also the key projects seen in this particular time period. However, many worth watching gems in the off-beat genre were also the part of the same 80s, still remembered for their vision as well as content made by the renowned film-makers.
 
To be fair, though MERE BAAD directed by
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2221

ROUGH BOOK - Though I wished it to be a lot more exploring the important subject, but it still should be seen for the attempt made and the message questioning the set patterns. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Having the experience of being a teacher in both the era of with and without the Internet and ‘Google Baba’, I have personally witnessed the change in attitude of students from completely trusting their teachers to abruptly questioning and looking at them doubtfully relying more on the web search engines & wikipedias. Moreover, post I left the teaching stream, the scenario got even more complex and confused when the young students started learning their initial lessons in almost everything
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2220

KITNA BADAL GAYA INSAAN (1957) – The earlier unofficial Hindi remake of SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS more than two decades before SATTE PE SATTA. (Exclusive by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com)
Two recent unrelated news reports about two distinctive films encouraged me to pen this write-up with some exclusive information on inspired Hindi movies that might be new for many.
 
The first news was about The National Film Archive of India getting hold of a rare reel of a 1957 banned film featuring Kishore Kumar in the lead titled BEGUNAH. The reel was found after six decades of a court case against the film, when the charge of plagiarism made by Pa
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2219

CHOUSAR FIRANGI (2019) - This is an unheard of, lesser-known, must watch gem that can also be termed as a much darker, new-age IS RAAT KI SUBAH NAHIN. (Review by Bobby Sing)
The biggest joy of watching cinema is experienced when you get to watch a completely unheard of, lesser-known film and it turns out to be a well-made gem with no known actors on screen you are familiar with.
 
CHOUSAR FIRANGI is one of those pleasantly surprising smaller-gems, which though has a seen before theme but does get the execution superbly done by writer-director Sandeep Pandey extracting worth appreciating performances from the entire cast including Pratiek Pa
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2218

THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR - A positive but average fairy tale account of a journey with nothing exciting or extraordinary. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Directed by Ken Scott, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is a English-language, light-hearted adventure movie starring Dhanush, as his first international project releasing in the major parts of the globe.
 
Based on the French bestseller novel titled The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas (also the co-writer of the film), it has been shot at various internationa
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2217

MARRNE BHI DO YAARON - Makes a fool of its audience through false promotions as this is not a comedy as projected and not any enjoyable film too. (Review By Bobby Sing)
The lead actors Krishna Abhishek (also the producer) and Kashmira Shah (who has also written and directed the film as her debut venture) came at Kapil Sharma Show and promoted the film as a light hearted comedy without revealing its key plot cracking jokes with Kapil. Besides, every single poster of the film projected it as a comedy and the trailer showed Krishna in different get-ups hilariously conversing with other characters giving a subtle reference towards Life and Death.&nbs
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2216

KISSEBAAZ - The execution messes up a potential idea and the promotions deceive the viewers focusing on Pankaj Tripathi. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
As a small town political-crime drama with romance as its basic seed, KISSEBAAZ did have a potential idea involving a confusing-mistaken identity and a non-linear narration capable of teasing the viewers.
 
But the way it has been clumsily written and directed, the film actually annoys instead of entertainingly confusing or generating any kind of curiosity guessing its finale twist. The tacky execution and uneven editing never lets the plot find its grip right from the initial sequences and tha
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2215

Madhubala and her faith in Sikhism organizing Akhand Paaths - As revealed by the maestro S. Mohinder (Exclusive By Bobby Sing)
The name S. Mohinder doesn’t need any introduction to the knowledgeable lovers of Hindi as well as Punjabi film music. However, the harsh truth is that a big majority of generation born post the ‘80s largely knows him only through the soundtrack of the cult musical classic NANAK NAAM JAHAZ HAI (Punjabi/1969), which itself deserves a detailed chapter to be written on its conception, vision and melodious renditions - mainly including the sacred verses from Sri Guru Granth Sahib. 
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2214

MISSING ON A WEEKEND - The mystery doesn’t engage which has to be the first feature of a who-dun-it suspense drama. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
The very first requirement of a murder-mystery involving successive killings of members of a young group visiting Goa has to be an engaging narrative that keeps the viewer excited and guessing with a twist coming in every 10 minutes or so. The shifting of suspicion and investigation finding new clues at regular intervals heading towards a surprising culmination is always expected from such who-dun-it suspense dramas and rest has to be done by the performers and director presenting in an engrossing manner.
 
Unf
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2213

ONE DAY – Anupam Kher does a Naseeruddin Shah in this mediocre moral crime thriller. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
In A WEDNESDAY (2008) - one of the best thrillers of Hindi Cinema, Naseeruddin Shah played the ethical rebellion and Anupam Kher enacted the role of a senior police officer after him. Now post a decade in ONE DAY (2019) – Anupam Kher plays a retired judge becoming an ethical rebellion and Esha Gupta enacts a police officer investigating his crimes.
 
However, the truth remains that apart from this reverse similar
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2212

SHARMA JI KI LAG GAI – When even the cast knows that there is no comedy happening in the shots being canned. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
At times looking at the names in the cast of a supposedly unconventional comedy generates some kind of excitement before its release and one wishes to watch it expecting the unexpected. That was exactly the case with SHARMA JI KI LAG GAI too, when I read the names of Krishna Abhishek, Brijendra Kala, Mukesh Tiwari, Hemant Pandey, Sunil Pal, Mugdha Godse and more playing the key roles in a film revolving around sex-columnist of a weekly newspaper.
 
However, the unexpected was n
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2211

THE FAMILY MAN (Web-Series / Prime) - A true to its title investigative crime thriller, focusing on the witty protagonist juggling between his official duty and family responsibilities. [TTP (To The Point) Review By Bobby Sing)
To be fair, talking about an underpaid intelligence officer and his associates investigating a suspected terrorist operation, THE FAMILY MAN has nothing novel or fresh in terms of a subject or plot. It has a familiar story progression, saying the same old things, yet again mentioning Kashmir, the Islamic terrorism and much of the already seen before in its first few episodes, before it actually moves to Kashmir introducing a new key character.
 
But in spite of this familiarity, THE FAMILY MAN
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2210

PIHU - A short film’s content presented as a 93 minutes painfully long, avoidable movie. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
Novel and worth trying experiments are always welcome in the world of off-beat cinema. But before trying them, a self-assessment also needs to be made, that whether the chosen idea is even worth going ahead as a full length feature film or not.
 
Sadly, the assessment completely went wrong in this case, as PIHU is nothing but a 10 minute short film’s compelling idea, unnecessarily presented as a 93 minutes long, painfully tiring film that keeps annoying constantly post its initial 15 minu
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2209

DELHI CRIME (Web-Series / Netflix) - Emphasizing more on the investigations and Police personnel involved, this is an engaging watch with the only limitation of a one sided perspective. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Delhi Crime is a web-series revolving around the aftermath of the horrifying gang rape case of December 2012 that shook the entire country, resulting in an unprecedented public as well as political revolt beginning from New Delhi. However here the proceedings are more about the investigations and incidents post the heinous crime, depicted with a one-sided perspective of the police that actually works for most of its time, if you are not expecting or interested in watching something else about the crime itself.

https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2208

BALA - Made on a familiar and repetitive pattern of Ayushmann films, it’s an above average attempt that tries to be a social-message oriented film towards the end. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Beginning with a clarification - as it was being speculated, BALA has nothing to do with either UJDA CHAMAN or its original Kannada film ONDU MOTTEYA KATHE meaning ‘Story of An Egghead’. Directed by Amar Kaushik, BALA has been made on the same familiar and repetitive pattern of Ayushmann films, wherein the key novel USP remains his unique personal problem involving every family member, which keeps resulting in many humourous situations
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2207

UJDA CHAMAN - Perfect example of how an official remake completely ruins a must watch original turning it into a loud joke. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Many a times while watching a Hindi remake of our own Indian Regional language films, we are forced to think that why the hell this film was made and what was so good in its original that it was chosen to be remade?
 
UJDA CHAMAN is exactly that kind of a poorly conceived film, which is an official remake of the much appreciated 2017 Kannada film ONDU MOTTEYA KATHE meaning ‘Story of An Egghead’. The original is a light hearted, entertaining as well as a tho
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2206

The amusing story behind the melodious track “Kabhi Raat Din Hum Door Thhey” involving Shashi Kapoor and Kalyanji-Anandji (Bobby-Talks-Cinema Exclusive)
Before the 80s, it was the era of hours and even day or night long sittings of writing and composing songs, wherein all blessed creative personalities used to sit together in a room, brain-storming over the lyrics and different compositions, leading to the final versions of specific songs to be recorded in the coming days. 
 
Thousands of stories can be narrated about those song-music sittings involving the stalwarts of our Hindi film music right from the initial years. But unfortunately, since we were nev
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2205

KAAMYAAB - A worth appreciating, heartfelt attempt focusing on the life of lesser known actors who rarely get the focus, name and fame. (Review by Bobby Sing)
There are some immensely valuable groups/pages at Facebook with loads of exclusive information about many unknown or lesser known actors of Hindi films, who couldn’t make it big in their careers and remained there standing in the same frame along the main leads for decades. Highly knowledgeable die-hard fans of Hindi cinema (in age group of 40-70+) regularly keep posting quiz questions about such artists and also make efforts to find their current whereabouts. Thankfully a few resourceful writers even manage to meet them and
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2204

BAAGHI 3 – If only you can accept any kind of ‘border crossing’ exaggeration in the name of action and entertainment. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Nobody goes to watch the third offering of an action thriller franchise like BAAGHI 3 featuring a shirt-less Tiger Shroff on its posters, expecting some kind of intelligent or great film. Leaving the brains at home – as it is said – all one wishes to see a fair entertainer with some explosive actions scenes and Tiger killing it on screen with his unbelievable kind of dare-devils.
 
However when a film (yet again) adapted from a 2012 Tamil film VETTAI, amazingly writ
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2203

DOORDARSHAN - An inspired but exciting plot that doesn't work due to its average execution and writing, wasting a potential cast. (Review By Bobby Sing)
A mother of a young boy goes into comma before the Berlin wall collapses and then regains consciousness months later, post the historic German reunification. But the problem begins when the doctor says that she will not be able to bear any sudden shock or change in her lifestyle. Therefore, the son decides to recreate the same kind of nostalgic settings in his house as they were before the fall of Berlin wall with the help of his friends.
 
The above description is of the German movie GOOD BYE LENIN
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2202

THAPPAD - An important, eye-opener film that could have been more impactful but still essentially deserves to be seen with controlled expectations. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Post his thoughtful movies on the subject of religion (MULK) and caste (ARTICLE 15), writer-director Anubhav Sinha once again comes up with an issue-based film as THAPPAD pointing towards domestic violence and women considered as property by the male dominated society right since the beginning.
 
Incidentally as far as the subject is concerned, THAPPAD happens to be the most important and necessary film among his courageous trilogy as both reli
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2201

JOSEPH (Malayalam/2018) - A unique, emotional crime thriller featuring a rock-solid, terrific performance that stays with you along with the scary mystery. (Movies To See Before You Die / Suspense)
Crime thrillers normally win over the audience with their exciting execution and suspense that gets revealed with some unexpected twists and turns towards the end. The feature is right there in this impressive crime thriller revealing a scary mystery. But what makes JOSPEH a unique crime thriller is its emotional execution, brilliant characterisation and an outstanding lead performance that stays with you for long post watching the film.
 
Directed by M.Padmakumar, JOSEPH has a
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2200

BHOOT: The Haunted Ship (Part One) - The scariest feature of this horror film is in its title that says Part One. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Despite having an unexciting trailer, hope was still there as Dharma Productions was coming up with their first dedicated horror film and Vicky Kaushal was playing the protagonist in an entirely different genre for the first time.
 
But unfortunately, when the supposed to be horror film began with the sequence of the hero rescuing a group of young girls from the dock after fighting with the goons, it became pretty clear that this is yet another film made without any vision, just to enc
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2199

SHUBH MANGAL ZYADA SAAVDHAN - Focusing more on the family and their reactions instead of the couple, it remains fairly entertaining despite many forced & weird insertions. (Review by Bobby Sing)

The latest offering from the star enjoying a dream run at the box office has a continuing title SHUBH MANGAL ZYADA SAAVDHAN which is a formulaic, bold, clever, flawed and entertaining venture, all at the same time. An explanation of these features will give you a clear idea about the film as its review. 

The movie is formulaic as it follows the same old, overused but still potential (as well as working) format of Ayushmann Khurana movies, wherein he has to confront a novel and unusual problem (ra
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2198

JALLIKATTU (Malayalam/2019) - A jaw dropping, visual experiment that forces you to think, how the hell they pulled it off with such conviction & perfection without any story telling as such. (Movies To See Before You Die - Adventure)
Have always been stressing upon the fact that cinema is the most impactful art of story-telling through the powerful medium of visuals and sound. However, at times we also witness cinema creating sheer magic without having any emphasis on a storyline, entirely focusing on metaphors, mesmerizingly conveyed through its powerful visuals and sound.
 
Lijo Jose Pellissery’s JALLIKATTU is exactly that kind of a rare film, which just revolves around a buffalo escaping its slaughter, running into
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2197

MALANG - An almost tasteless KHICHDI with only Disha and Kunal giving you at least something to watch. (Review by Bobby Sing)
The glimpses of a clumsy murder mystery or crime thriller were right there in the trailer but MALANG strangely turns out to be not even that almost ruining its potential premises. 
 
Beginning like a taut ‘who-dun-it’ thriller (with a well shot sequence), it surprisingly wastes the entire first half in its unconvincing romance and average songs focusing on the cinematography, locations, costumes and style, before delivering something interesting (post interval) trying the damag
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2196

JAI MUMMY DI - Another casual and routine romantic comedy written around Delhi Punjabi families taking its basic idea from a Vijay Anand classic. (Review By Bobby Sing)
It has to be credited as an achievement, as Luv Ranjan has slowly and steadily formed his own group of filmmakers and actors, which he keeps introducing along with repeating them in his various projects as a producer or director. JAI MUMMY JI is another of his projects as co-producer, wherein he presents debutant director Navjot Gulati who had earlier written RUNNING SHAADI (2017) having a similar Punjabi backdrop. 
 
The film has its
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2195

PAGALPANTI - The new tradition of 'Kuchh Bhi' continues with this so-called comedy, literally representing its title. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Last week we witnessed a film trying to recreate the era of 80s with a vague kind of presentation focusing on action and typical heroism prevalent in our Hindi cinema. And this week we have the same novel tradition of adding “Kuchh Bhi” as content continuing in PAGALPANTI that is supposed to be a clean, enjoyable comedy with an interesting cast. 
 
Easily one of the weakest and most awful films of director Anees Bazmee, PAGALPANTI perfectly justifies i
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2194

MARJAAVAAN - Sum of random scenes & borrowed songs stuck in the 80s, this can easily be retitled as KUCHH BHI. (Review by Bobby Sing)
In the recent past, a number of attempts have been made revisiting the ‘80s mainstream Hindi. But its tricky to make those kinds of films as the definition of cinema has completely changed in the past two decades, particularly post the introduction of world wide web and social networking.
 
Even star-studded attempts didn't click like Sajid Khan’s HIMMATWALA and more, but for some reason writer-director Milap Zaveri dares to try that again and fails miserably in his
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2193

LOVE AAJ KAL - A confused, unimpressive and strictly avoidable remake of director’s own 10 years old film, which wasn’t any classic either. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Beginning with ‘a first’ related with the film, LOVE AAJ KAL happens to be the only remake which has its original film’s review too posted at BTC, released just a decade back in 2009. So, it’s the fastest remake by a director of his own film which wasn’t any classic either, largely recalled for its hit music and lead performers.

The headline of the original LOVE AAJ KAL review at BTC said “Starts off maturely, entertains in parts and ends with a routine drama”. But
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2192

SHIKARA - A soft film on an open wound that makes a decent impact mainly due to the impressive new faces. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Releasing in the times of extreme opinions and biased viewpoints, Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s SHIKARA based on the forced mass evacuation of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir in January 1990, happens to be a film that both works as well as falls short at various levels of its execution of the crucial issue.
 
Presenting a love story with the backdrop of Kashmir and a span of three decades, what works in SHIKARA is its emotional pull and the heartfelt portrayal of personal losses and fears experienced by
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2191

Rahul Rawail and Sunny Deol’s BETAAB, the making of its fabulous title music by RD Burman and the story of painted horses. - By Bobby Sing
The fact that documentation of our cinema and the film making process of our renowned creators was never done when they were active and in their supreme form was once again recalled attending the launch function of CINEMAAZI – a new initiative to respectfully remember, cherish and document our golden past as well as the present.
 
The event was graced by Sharmila Tagore, Rahul Rawail, Pankaj Udhas and many more eminent personalities. And among their interesting conversations w
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2190

JAWAANI JAANEMAN – The end product badly suffers when a sensitive subject is forcibly presented in a comic manner adding all the familiar and repetitive elements. (Review by Bobby Sing)
The film releasing without much promotions did have some kind of excitement due to it unusual subject and interesting cast featuring Saif Ali Khan and Tabu. But unfortunately, all the positive vibes more or less fail to deliver as neither the writing nor the direction presents the novel and sensitive subject with any kind of emotional depth or compassion.
 
Despite having a fresh, unexplored plot of a young daughter coming to meet her biological father for the first time, who is liv
https://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=2189