Bobby Talks Cinema Rss Feed 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
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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PANGA - A simple, sweet and inspiring film, that not only has the Queen, but an equally adorable Jassie Gill and the kid too. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Sports movies always face one major hurdle of being predictable and repetitive due to their monotonous nature of content and story progression. But here, though PANGA has its own share of clichés, particularly in its second half, the film still turns out to be a winner due to its key performances and the subject that more focuses on the challenges of motherhood and a sportswoman deciding to make a comeback in her early 30s.
The sweet, slice of life simplicity in its first half straight

STREET DANCER - A monotonously long reality show trying nothing new except including an important social message and Prabhu Deva performing on his hit song of the 90s. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Coming as the third part of the franchise, one certainly cannot expect any great storyline to be there in a film on dance, dance troupes and their competitions. But as a viewer one at least expects the film to move ahead of its earlier ventures, offering something fresh in terms of either content or presentation.
Unfortunately, STREET DANCER isn’t interested in trying any such thing in terms of novelty as it opens without any interesting build-up and keeps progressing on exactly the sam

KAITHI (Tamil / 2019) - Action genre at its best with a terrific execution and extraordinary lead performance not to be missed. (Review by Bobby Sing)
If outstanding action in films of acclaimed directors from the west is wholeheartedly appreciated by their ardent fans in India, then KAITHI deserves the same amount of praises for its explosive action, mind-bowing conception and outstanding execution on screen with a towering lead performance by Karthi.
A complete mass entertainer emphasizing on its various actions sequences happening in the time period of just one night, KAITHI (meaning prisoner) impressively intro

CHHAPAAK – Wish it was a more powerful film moving beyond the court case and songs, justifying the praiseworthy effort of the supporting cast standing tall with Deepika. (Review By Bobby Sing)
When one of the top most actors of the industry decides to act and produce in a thought-provoking film questioning the social injustice and gender-bias in our society, then that deserves praises without any doubt. And the praises need to be much louder when the subject happens to be the tragedy of a helpless acid-attack victim with no scope of either glamour or crowd-pulling entertainment, for the general Hindi film viewers.
So, when you consider CHHAPAAK (meaning splash) from this p

TANHAJI - Works as an informative historical film with impressive lead performances and a noteworthy climax, relying more on action missing the explosive drama. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Along with being a means of general entertainment, one of the key responsibilities of creative arts including cinema is to enlighten the younger generation about the major historical events and our renowned as well as lesser celebrated icons of the past. Hindi cinema has been working on the same since last decade and TANHAJI is the latest offering in that genre deserving a unanimous appreciation for the attempt made.
Thankfully, the end result is a far superior film than the recent PA

DARBAR (Tamil/Hindi) - Caught in the mess of an image, social messages and unexpectedly poor writing, this doesn't even look like a Murugadoss film. (Review By Bobby Sing)

As the film began, I was stunned to see some poor visuals and casual acts on screen as if it was a B-grade film preparing its base for the entry of a mad cop. The opening few minutes forced me to reconfirm that this was a mega project directed by the renowned and reliable A. R. Murugadoss and not by any of his first assistants. 

The confirmed fact gave me an assurance that something worth watching must be coming ahead and I kept watching it with the good old Rajini performing yet another typical

GHOST STORIES (Netflix) - Only Dibaker comes up with a watchable section and the rest probably took Netflix as the golden egg laying goose. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Discussing the genre first, Comedy and horror have one thing in common and it’s the subjective nature of their impact on the viewers. Subjective, because as a joke or a comic sequence might work or not for different viewers, horror sequences also might succeed to scare a few and turn out to be nothing for the others. 
Moreover, where repetitive comedy might work if done tastefully by the performers, horror doesn’t really work in any similar manner as it doesn’t remain scary anymore. So,

BIGIL (Tamil / 2019) - Post a dicey beginning, this turns into a perfect mainstream entertainer mixing three genres of a gangster movie, sports drama and a women-centric, message-oriented film reaching the masses. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Mass entertainers featuring mega stars have always been a representative feature of Hindi films since the 70s. But sadly, we haven’t really seen many great mainstream movies with a perfect mix of content, action, drama and emotions in the last couple of decades. And even if there have been a few, they were mostly the remakes of their south originals only, that excel in this particular potential genre without any doubt.
Hence there can be no denial to the fact that the makers down South have been deliver

UNDA (Malayalam / 2019) – A realistic eye-opener based on the life of police officials that can also be termed as an outstanding black comedy. (Review by Bobby Sing)
A police unit of a few officers from Kerala is sent to Chhattisgarh on Election duty in a risky area known for its Maoist movements. The nine-man unit is led by Mammootty as a Sub-inspector, but the problem is that neither their leader nor anyone among the officers has any kind of prior experience of providing security in such dangerous region. 
Above all, they neither have the advanced guns nor ammunition to perform the assigned duties. And then expecting them to be provided by the State aut

UYARE (Malayalam / 2019) - An inspiring, uplifting film about an acid attack victim, focusing on her survival and rise instead of her sufferings. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Knowing about its subject based on a fictional story of an acid attack victim, it is obvious to assume or expect an explosive kind of film focusing on the terrifying incident, its horror, the consequences and sufferings of the girl, with her face and the trauma being in the limelight. However nothing of that sort is true for the Malayalam film UYARE directed by debutant Manu Ashokan starring the talented Parvathy in the lead along with Asif Ali, Tovina Thomas and more

GOOD NEWWZ - With a terrific, entertaining first half & a mild second, it's an intentional comedy made to please the audience, exploiting a bold & serious subject, truly owned by Diljit. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Remaining true to its title, thankfully this time we have the good news of a film being a thorough entertainer tackling a novel and risky subject of sperm mix-up in a reputed fertility clinic known for IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization). 
Focusing on Akshay-Kareena as a couple facing the issue since years, GOOD NEWWZ keeps bringing in smiles and some timely laughter in its initial 40 minutes along with explaining the concept of IVF in a simple language. But the tables actually

The interesting case of Rajiv Kapoor's directorial debut PREM GRANTH (1996) and its link with earlier films - By Bobby Sing
A few days back, in a discussion over films going over-budget, a young excited producer expressed his shock and disbelief knowing how films used to cross their assigned budget in the past unnecessarily. Incidentally, the one example I thought of giving from the 90s happened to be of PREM GRANTH, because of a recently posted video of its on-shoot report on Youtube.
For friends who might not be aware of the film, PREM GRANTH is the directorial debut and the only film directed b

DABANGG 3 - A hurriedly made film focusing on action & songs, as yet another throwback to the 80s repeating the same old things. (Review By Bobby Sing)

The creative bankruptcy in the mainstream Hindi Cinema is being revealed almost every week with only a few exceptions. And DABANGG 3 is yet another example of the same featuring a superstar caught in the dilemma of making what and how after his recent big failures.

In the last few years, Hindi Cinema is largely surviving on three kinds of films, namely, remakes (of foreign and regional language cinema), bio-pics and films revisiting the 80s to be specific. Salman Khan and his creative team kept on tr

EL CUERPO / THE BODY (Spanish/2012) - A must watch thriller and its link with A L’INTERIEUR / INSIDE (French/2007)

Spanish Writer-Director Oriol Paulo is more known for his must watch crime thriller CONTRATIEMPO/THE INVISIBLE GUEST (2016) for two major reasons in India. One because Sujoy Ghosh’s successful Hindi thriller BADLA featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Tapsee Pannu was an official remake of his THE INVISIBLE GUEST. And two, because the original film is also available at Netflix (with English Subtitles) and most of the keen lovers of cinema hav

THE BODY - Shocking to witness an inferior remake coming from the acclaimed writer-director Jeethu Joseph. (Review by Bobby Sing)
If you are into watching Indian cinema made in regional languages then you must be familiar with the name of director Jeethu Joseph. And even if you are not aware of the name, you would have surely seen his recent must watch thrillers as MEMORIES, DRISHYAM, PAPANASAM and OOZHAM in particular.
So, keeping in mind this track record, the news of Jeethu Joseph remaking Spanish writer-director Oriol Paulo’s first mainstream film

MARDAANI 2 - Begins with a solid punch featuring impressive lead acts but along with big cinematic liberties and typical insertions ending on a less satisfying note. (Review by Bobby Sing)
A few films are destined to release just at the right time, becoming more relevant pointing towards an ongoing national issue or social tragedy. MARDAANI 2 happens to be one of those few films, releasing in the midst of a national debate on continuous brutal rapes, murders and state of women in our society in the present new-age.
Beginning with praises, the sequel happens to be a few steps ahead than its first part and more or less follows the appreciable pattern of the outstanding crime-thri

The lesser known, shelved Amitabh Bachchan film directed by Mahmood. (Rare Bollywood Facts by Bobby Sing)
Digging into archives often surprises you and reminds that there is a lot hidden in the past which is still not there in the nostalgic TV programs and online sites/sources, waiting to be found and presented before the lovers of Hindi cinema.
While studying some old journals of the late ‘70s, I just found this valuable info about a film that was announced around 1978 starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha aptly titled LAMBU DADA, but was shelved soon becaus

HOTEL MUMBAI (English/Hindi) - A decent attempt coming too late with nothing inventive enough moving beyond the already known. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]

Based on the horrifying Mumbai terror attacks of 26/11 in 2008, HOTEL MUMBAI has been directed by Australian director Anthony Mars, who narrates it from a different viewpoint of what happened inside the Taj Hotel and how the brave employees saved the life of their reputed guests facing the gunshots.

The director does it well with an eye for detail and an amalgamation of real and fictional characters also work fine supported by praise-worthy performances of both Anupam Kher

YEH SAALI AASHIQUI - A courageous attempt by the debutantes relying on a flawed script, reminding you of another much-appreciated revenge thriller. [TTP (To The Point) Review By Bobby Sing]

It is always pleasantly surprising and appreciable if a launch pad of a youngster coming from a filmy family isn’t the usual romantic-musical drama displaying some guts. And that’s the key reason YEH SAALI AASHIQUI deserves praises along with some additional accolades as Vardhan Puri (grandson of Amrish Puri) introduces himself both as an actor and a writer, co-writing this nasty thriller instead of any love saga.
Beginning with the usual rom

PANIPAT - The makers somehow found the courage to make it, but the viewers need to find even greater courage to watch it. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]

A few friends writing phrases like ‘Ashutosh is back’ on social networks in their pre-release reviews gave me hope. But the big hope got completely shattered when even after one hour I was clueless about the uvision PANIPAT was made with and for what kind of audience in particular. 

So once again it was the case of strange praises showered upon a film before release which hardly gives you anything as content except revisiting history in a majestic style with an appreciable grandeur. But wo

PATI PATNI AUR WOH - Far away from a remake, it's a kind of forced, new age sequel that marginally works only in its final 30 minutes. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
A loving small town couple, supported by interesting supporting characters with witty one liners and funny sequences coming one after another is the basic format of many recent films made in a controlled budget. PATI PATNI AUR WOH is just another average movie in that league, made for a certain section of viewers who can see anything and everything presented as a light hearted comedy revolving around the small town families.
Forcibly focusing  on comic sequences and funny dialogues right

CHEESECAKE (Web-Series) - Because DOGS have a way of filling the emptiness, you don’t even know you have. (Notes By Bobby Sing)
A few years back, I was asked to write an article on my interpretation of GOD by a spiritual magazine. I frankly expressed that would not be able to do that but can surely write about something which has similar qualities and is interestingly also known with the reverse spellings of GOD. The editor was quite surprised but she was willing to publish it and I wrote an autobiographical account of my experiences with the living GOD universally known with the exact reverse alphabets as

ONDU MOTTEYA KATHE (Kannada/2017) - The original bald movie that can easily be called a simple, thoughtful Hrishikesh Mukherjee film made in Kannada. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Two years back, I luckily got to see this small simplistic film strongly recommended by a dear friend and loved it to the core not only for its bold and unique subject, but for its treatment too, which straight away reminded me of the cinema of Hrishikesh Mukherjee made with an almost similar vision. 
The Hindi film maestro had a style and a class of his own as he never made intentional comedies to make you laugh. But made thoughtful, light hearted, entertaining comical films that also h

HOUSEFULL4 – With a BAHUBALI inspired action drama in the first half and a loud comedy in the second, it offers too less of entertainment for an inflated ticket price. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Moving over the routine and repeatedly quoted phrases ‘keep the brains at home’ or ‘don’t try to find logic’ in such films, actually the most contradicting reviews and viewpoints always happen to be in the case of comedies, as its not necessary that a joke would work for everyone listening or watching resulting in an unanimous response.

So to give you the gist, where the crude and crass humour might work for many, it didn’t work for me all through a major part of the film and I

ARDAB MUTIYARAN (Punjabi) - An outstanding Sonam Bajwa single-handedly lifts up an average comic, family drama making it enjoyable. (Review by Bobby Sing)
A review of a new Punjabi film is here at BTC as this thankfully rises above the level of an average family comic drama, offering you a fairly enjoyable time and a praiseworthy lead performance in return of your ticket bought.
So even though the film hasn’t got any great stroyline or an outstanding execution, it still works as the director Manav Shah, the dialogue writer and the lead actress together have done some effective hard work on their key character that turns out to be exceptio

THE ZOYA FACTOR - Another unnecessary film that offers nothing except the charm of Dulquer. (Review by Bobby Sing0
Official adaptation of a novel with the same title penned by Anuja Chauhan, it would be really interesting to know that how and why the makers even thought of converting the novel into a film with such a ‘non-film’ content matter. May be they had got the stars, their dates and desperately needed a story/script which they found instantly available as a book called THE ZOYA FACTOR. The story had cricket, fantasy and two lead roles, which perfectly suited the requirement and hence the film was made withou

BATLA HOUSE - A real life inspired, muddled thriller made with a purpose that partially delivers the thrills along with the clichés. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Based on the real life controversial encounter of 2008, on which serious criticism and doubts were raised of being fake, killing young university students, BATLA HOUSE is a muddled thriller that intentionally tries to do two contradicting things at the same time. At one end it tries to convey all about the case in a realistic but partial manner and on the other wishes to win over the box office too incorporating all clichéd commercial elements including a completely forced or out of place item number of Nora Fatehi.

LAAL KAPTAAN - Probably the most weird and directionless project of the year with an otherwise commendable presentation and art-design. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Though director Navdeep Singh’s earlier two films were highly influenced/inspired from English movies [MANORAMA 6 FEET UNDER / CHINATOWN (1974) and NH10/EDEN LAKE (2008)], they still were more than decent films winning critical acclaim. So as a filmgoer one could expect anything from the director but not an entirely visionless, confused and unengaging film as his third directorial venture, to be honest.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Navdeep comes up

P SE PYAAR F Se FARAAR – The Friday star rating advertisement of the film in HT City successfully fooled me and I bought the ticket. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Usually I prefer watching small, lesser known films as it is really a delight to find a gem among such silent efforts made. Had personally seen the way KHOSLA KA GHOSLA was not being sold after getting complete and then began a trend in Hindi cinema post its release after one year or more of moving through various production houses and distributors.
Moreover, was still reluctant to watch a film with an unusual title P SE PYAAR F SE FARAAR, as now a lot of must watch content is eas

CHHICHHORE - Despite being sum of many earlier films, it still works hitting the emotional quotient well along with a praiseworthy editing, well-chosen cast & performances giving an important message. (Review By Bobby Sing)

There are two basic ways of winning over the audience having their own set of expectations from the director and the stars. One is to present a completely fresh storyline with new characters conveying something novel or unique. And second is to impress them with a thoroughly entertaining narration saying the same old things already seen in many earlier movies.

Believe me, if the first one is quite difficult to achieve, the second is even tougher in comparison, as you have to say the repetitive things but in a non-repetitive manner ke

THE SKY IS PINK - A thoughtful, emotional bio-pic made from heart that sadly suffers due to an uneven narration, length and avoidable average songs. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Sharing a sad, tragic true story of a family’s inconsolable loss, one cannot and should not find faults in the real-life story content to begin on an honest note. But since it has been presented as a film for which a ticket needs to be bought, hence the praises and criticism here is just for the cinematic presentation on the screen, without making any comment on the unfortunate, actual happenings faced by the Chaudharys. 

Beginning with the merits, it's a sincere and heartfelt attempt made by writer-director Shonal

WAR - YRF does it again but in style completely relying upon its two stars. (Review By Bobby Sing)

To begin with the gist, the team at YRF does it again post the major debacle of THUGS OF HINDOSTAN, but this time they do it with style heavily banking on the WAR between their two leading men Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff. The film has almost no one else in its entire lengthy duration of 156 minutes and the icons thankfully manage to lift it up to the level of watchable, because of their (various) timely entries and superbly shot action sequences reminding you of the fa

PRASTHANAM - Choice of which South Hit needs to be remade, how and when, is also a skill that is not possessed by all. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Hindi cinema is known for blindly following a trend, and the trend of going for a remake of an original regional language hit has been more visible in the last few decades in particular.   No doubt, remakes have always been there in the history of Hindi cinema since the early decades. Plus, it certainly helps when the same director is called in to make a Hindi remake of his regional language hit presenting it with the same vision, changing the basic settings as per the Hindi film audience.

PAL PAL DIL KE PAAS - Wish the father had let another director direct his son choosing a better theme and content for his debut film. (An honest heartfelt expression by Bobby Sing)
When BETAAB got released in 1983, people thronged the theater to watch Dharmendra’s son on screen as he was one of the first few star-sons to debut in those times after Kumar Gaurav and Sanjay Dutt. Plus Dharmendra had his own charm (still going strong in the ‘80s) and a humongous fan-following much more than both Rajendra Kumar and Sunil Dutt in that particular era. Moreover, those were the days when a hit soundtrack of a film release

SECTION 375 - If a complex courtroom drama leaves you in two minds seriously thinking about the case, it deserves to be seen as a must supporting such rare cinema. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Courtroom Dramas usually have a set format, wherein a case is being fought between two characters or parties, and as a viewer either you already know the culprit or you get to know it towards the end as a sudden disclosure. So most of the times, it’s always convincingly black and white, with the evil getting sentenced and justice getting served providing a much relieving satisfaction to the viewers.
However very rarely comes a film showcasing a courtroom drama, which not only leaves you in two minds con

DREAM GIRL - An enjoyable one time watch, missing the finesse and the effortlessness seen in the recent hit attempts in this particular genre. (Review by Bobby Sing)
The moment I saw the trailer of DREAM GIRL, the first thought I had was of a sub-plot and an interesting character seen in the National Award Winning CHILLAR PARTY called Googly - a young man born with a voice of a girl. On the advice of a kid, he decides to try his luck as a radio jockey posing as a girl and discovers a new path in life leading to success.
Maybe the writers got the fruitful seed of their script watching Googly in CHILLAR PARTY, or maybe they based it on the

Ranu Mondal’s real life instance was surprisingly there in a Dev Anand film released four decades back. – By Bobby Sing
A poor girl singing at a railway station or in the daily passenger local gets spotted by a music director accidently traveling by the train on a rainy day. Noticing her untrained but melodious voice with an amazing tonal quality, he decides to give her a chance and takes her to his studio for recording a film song. He gives her a surprising make-over, encourages her to sing the fresh lyrics and gets the recording done resulting in a great hit track.
Reading the above you must be thinking about the recent disc

SAAHO - A poorly conceived mega project that further hampers the image of Indian Cinema made in the South among the unaware and ignorant movie lovers. (A painful sharing by Bobby Sing)
Beginning with an honest confession, it’s really tough as well as painful to write about a mega film like SAAHO that offers you nothing great or positive, almost nothing at all except some hard worked actions sequences and some grand visuals. 
Moreover it’s really hard to write about a reportedly 350 crore film, during which about 7-8 people sitting around me in the theater didn’t return to their seats post the intermission.
So this is not

MISSION MANGAL - A proud SPACE MISSION presented in the format of a silly but entertaining HEIST MOVIE, mocking the Science and the Scientists in order to please the box-office. (An Analysis by Bobby Sing)

The experience of watching the latest project in the line-up of all real life inspired, nationalistic films successfully followed by the new age Bharat Kumar thankfully taught me a few interesting as well as important lessons, that are sure going to be a good read, if not anything else, due to the obvious reasons.

Firstly it made me realize, that even after almost four decades of watching Hindi movies in theaters on every Friday, I still get excited as a film begins, still get carried away by a brilliant start and st

KOTA FACTORY (Web-Series/TVF) – Brilliantly presents the loving relationship between students and a popular teacher but along with some forced insertions promoting the coaching business. (Review by Bobby Sing)

Moving ahead from the first season of LAAKHON MEIN EK, this is a pleasant surprise as an entertaining educational satire representing the present generation’s struggle with the competitive examinations. Focusing on KOTA in Rajasthan, a city known to be the hub of reputed coaching institutes, the term FACTORY in the title refers to the process - in which students are treated as mere products and their families are charged a bomb to prepare these quality products ensuring their secured future.
In the pres

LAAKHON MEIN EK (Web Series/Prime) – The series took me back to the days of rich Doordarshan Serials that had the power to enlighten as well as transform. (Review by Bobby Sing)
In the midst of huge sea of content being released online, I found the two seasons of this particular series as a fresh breeze with subjects having something important to say related with our divisive social structure and the typical robotic life. Giving a pleasant surprise it took me back to the days of rich Doordarshan serials, when we had such an amazing variety on only one TV channel being aired for a limited hours in a day. The serials of those times not only introduced us to many classic creations of Indian literatur

JABARIYA JODI - Nothing really works when both the love story and the characters remain confused, forced and fake. (Review By Bobby Sing)
At times watching a film makes you feel sad for a particular actor who is otherwise so deserving by all means, but somehow keeps featuring in seriously weak and forgettable ventures disappointing one and all. Had this exact feeling while witnessing a completely avoidable and poorly written film JABARIYA JODI, and the one who made me extremely sad was Parineeti Chopra.
Perhaps she is a perfect example of proving how LUCK plays a far important role in films or entertainment ind

BENEDICTION (Hindi-Punjabi/Semi-Film) - Breaks the set pattern, establishing a new benchmark for films made with a religious overtone. (Review by Bobby Sing)
In the present decade we have witnessed several short films promoting Sikhism and the Sikh thought of spirituality believing in One Almighty and Humanity made by young talented Sikh directors. But among those, only a few have managed to move above the set format, proving their understanding of the medium and subject as spirited new-age filmmakers with an outstanding blessed potential. 
Writer-director Harjeet Singh Oberoi is not just one

KHANDAANI SHAFAKHANA - A potential opportunity missed due to poor writing and execution blindly following the trend of a few recent hits. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Hindi cinema is known for blindly following a trend started by a few hits in a particular genre and KHANDAANI SHAFAKHANA is the recent example of the same. The film which actually promised a lot in its trailer tackling an unusual and bold plot full of many hilarious situations sadly turns out to be almost nothing, irresponsibly wasting a great potential opportunity.

Directed by Shilpi Dasgupta, the biggest and perhaps the only appreciable merit of the film is that it cleverly chooses an interesting b

ARJUN PATIALA - 'For no reason at all' - as said in one of the dialogues of this vaguely made film. (Review By Bobby Sing)

In his interview with Bollywood Hungama, Diljit Dosanjh naively admitted that he neither remembered the exact details of his role nor he had seen ARJUN PATIALA as presented before the audience. The confession frankly reminded me of Govinda in the 80s and before him Shashi Kapoor who was even given the tag of ‘Taxi’ by his elder brother Raj Kapoor for running from one studio to another twice or thrice in a day for different film shoots.

JUDGEMENTALL HAI KYA - A brave but tiring, performance oriented psychological thriller that remains experimental throughout without delivering the promised content. (Review by Bobby Sing)
To begin with praises, here we have a brave, experimental psychological thriller which has not been the genre frequently tried in Hindi cinema. Plus JUDGEMENTALL HAI KYA has its merits in its performances and enjoyable use of influences ranging from Sririam Raghavan, old Hindi film songs, immersing cinematography, fine sound design and background score as well as execution and writing (in parts). But the issue is that the niche audience interested in watching such cinema, actually prefer to watch it on the

The web-series KAAFIR made me think how the perception of Journalism and Journalists has drastically changed since the last decade. - By Bobby Sing
Recently the episode of Kangna’s verbal clash with a journalist and KAAFIR the new web-series at ZEE5 made me realize and think, how the perception towards Journalism and Journalists has seriously changed since the last decade and how one of the most responsible profession is no longer seen or co

The two films in ARDAAS series (Punjabi), Gippy Grewal and Hrishikesh Mukherjee - By Bobby Sing
To begin with, this is not any detailed review of the latest Punjabi release, the second film in ARDAAS series titled ARDAAS KARAAN, as I wish to convey something more important which you might not find mentioned in details in the numerous reviews of the film on the world-wide web. 
However for friends still willing to read in short, the second film in ARDAAS series is yet again a heartfelt amalgamation of many relevant social plots with a similar religious tone (in a much more preac

JHOOTHA KAHIN KA - A lifeless comedy based on an outdated and repetitive theme of mistaken identities already exploited umpteen times in Hindi cinema. (Review By Bobby Sing)
Smeep Kang, the director of JHOOTHA KAHIN KA is a reputed name in Punjabi Cinema and is the man behind some mega blockbusters and hit Punjabi comedies. The theme of mistaken identities has been the favourite of this talented actor turned writer-director since his early directorial ventures such as CHAKK DE PHATTE (2008) [inspired from THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MAY (1998)]. And he continued with the same in more than 4 films of his, including a Punjabi remake of ANGOOR or Shake

FAMILY OF THAKURGANJ - A film in which you keep waiting for its talented cast to deliver, but it never happens till the end resulting in a big disappointment. (Review By Bobby Sing)

At times a trailer doesn’t excite but one still remains interested in a film because of an outstanding cast ensemble probably coming together for the first time. FAMILY OF THAKURGANJ releases as a similar case and the excitement was indeed there to watch veterans as Pavan Malhotra, Saurabh Shukla, Jimmy Sheirgill, Mukesh Tiwari, Mahie Gill, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Yashpal Sharma, Manoj Pahwa and more clashing on the screen in a gangster-family drama.

However, what actually gets presented as a

SUPER 30 - Wish such important and inspiring subject was dealt without forced filmy insertions restricting its reach and impact. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Fulfilling the social responsibility of the medium, movies need to be made on the subject of education inspiring the younger generation and bio-pics certainly need to be there, based on the life experiences of the exceptionally talented and blessed achievers as Anand Kumar of Bihar.
However, when a film is made without any mission, missing the required vision, blindly following the trend of making quick bio-pics, then we get projects like SUPER 30, which remain quite dwarf in

The curious case of "Mere Angne Mein" from Prakash Mehra-Amitabh’s LAAWARIS (1981) - Exclusive by Bobby Sing from the upcoming book - DID YOU KNOW (Vol.2)
In the world of music or rather Hindi film music, at times a film song gets hugely famous, becoming a cult in the later decades and we easily start assuming a lot about its conception, unintentionally influenced by the big names involved.
The description matches perfectly with the curious case of “Mere Angne Mein Tumhara Kya Kaam Hai” from Prakash Mehra’s LAAWARIS released in 1981(music by Kalyanji Anandji), featuring the angry-young man Ami

MALAAL - Once again brings forward the debate on poor remakes and nepotism. (Review By Bobby Sing)

When neither the debutants nor the execution sets the screen ablaze and when nothing engaging happens even post 20 minutes into the second half, then one gets forced to think that why this film was made, why such clichés were repeated and what was there in its original that it was chosen to be remade in Hindi after a long gap of 15 years?

The question must have been there in your mind while watching many other weak remakes too adapted from their Indian regional language originals, strangely backed by some big names. The contra

ARTICLE 15 - 'Crime Bahut Door Hua Lagta Hai….. Door Hota Nahin Hai' - Watch this as a must to question yourself about the centuries old discrimination practiced in both rural and urban regions. (Review By Bobby Sing)

As a change, this time I have more to talk about the subject than the film, which powerfully brings forward an age old issue through its well-directed and superbly enacted narration that deserves to be seen.
Beginning with the harsh truth of the present era we have been witnessing since last many years. Cinema once used to be made with the sole purpose of entertaining the viewers along with projects made to enlighten, raising some relevant questions on our society as well the social

KABIR SINGH (2019) - As a frame to frame remake, it has the exact merits and shortcomings of the original, featuring an impressive Shahid and the same dumb character of the otherwise new-age girl. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the man behind the original ARJUN REDDY (Telugu/2017), I personally found KABIR SINGH creating a very similar impact as an almost frame to frame remake with all new faces and languages (Hindi and Punjabi). The film would have been ruined helmed by another director, but thankfully it has the same exciting execution, pulsating background score, likable songs and powerful performances more or less maintaining the same level.

The Hindi version does have its own m

ARJUN REDDY (Telugu/2017) - The raw, intense storytelling works in favour of the film with an excessive length and problematic characterizations, reminding you of RGV and Amitabh’s MRITYUDAATA. (Review By Bobby Sing)

In the mid-90s Amitabh Bachchan tried to make a comeback with Mehul Kumar’s MRITYUDAATA produced by Amitabh’s own company, playing the character of a well-known surgeon addicted to drinking. The film didn’t work despite the hype, a hit song (along with Daler Mehndi) and a potential plot. However it did made me think about an idea that what if a surgeon is so addicted to his bottle that he goes on performing many successful operations in that drunkard state without

DEHAM The Body (2001/English/Hindi) - Govind Nihalani’s first dystopian film in English alarmingly visualizing the future. - Exclusive by Bobby Sing

George Orwell wrote a dystopian novel titled Nineteen Eighty-Four (aka 1984), published in the late 1940s, which is unanimously considered as one of the most definitive futuristic novels of the 20th century. The novel visualized a future (of four decades ahead) with complete control of authorities over the individuals, privacy as a myth and people more treated as robots under the constant surveillance of an omnipresent government represented by the Big Brother. Translated in almost all important languages of

REVA (Gujarati) - A predictable yet meaningful, soothing film that makes a strong connect with the region and its audience aptly using some well-conceived songs. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Since last few decades, I have many friends settled abroad, who make regular or irregular visits back home and there are sharp contrasts in their viewpoints regarding the life in India, the people and the traditions in comparative terms. 
Where a few have completely changed with no intention to come back or not appreciative of the life here, a few are still deeply connected to their country and desperately wish to be here again after some years to live their concluding decades.

GAME OVER - An average experimental attempt that only works in its ambience & performances, but doesn't offer any engaging mystery with an unrequired hangover of GROUNDHOG DAY. (Review By Bobby Sing)

The good news is that this is a Tamil-Telugu bilingual film that has also been released in Hindi, dubbed by the makers themselves, saving it from the uncaring, poor dubbing by the Youtube channels. But on the other hand, the not so favourable news is that GAME OVER isn’t any outstanding film of its genre or rather just an average film to be honest, that fails at many levels, despite scoring well in its technical department.

Directed by Ashwin Saravanan, the best section of the film remains its

BHARAT - Having its share of liberties and forced humour, the film still works due to its strong emotional connect, a noteworthy supporting cast and all pleasantly surprising cameos apart from the most popular icon. (Review By Bobby Sing)

The mainstream Hindi Cinema mostly relies upon or largely gets represented by its strong emotional connect with the viewers through its icons and a talented supporting cast making a solid impact. Keeping the same in mind, BHARAT is a differently adapted, Indianized version of the Korean film ODE TO MY FATHER (2014) which fails at many levels but thankfully scores in both these departments along with many pleasant surprises (cameos/references) and a Salman Khan, courageously trying to fi

CHOPSTICKS (Hindi/Netflix) - Yet another average attempt to recreate the magic of KHOSLA KA GHOSLA. (Review By Bobby Sing)

A few years back Abhay Deol had almost earned an image of doing worth watching, off-beat projects breaking the set pattern, but for reasons unknown, he couldn’t maintain or build up upon the same. As a result we saw quite a few average to mediocre films of his in the recent times and the present CHOPSTICKS is no exception in the list delivering nothing fresh or entertaining despite having an interesting premise.
Beginning on a promising note introducing the lead character of

HOSTAGES (Web Series/Hotstar) - An above average thriller with nothing extra ordinary or out of the box. (Review by Bobby Sing)

The new web series at Hotstar revolving around the family of a reputed doctor taken as hostage by a group of masked men is an official Hindi remake of the first season of a well-received Israeli series with the same title. It features Ronit Roy, Tisca Chopra, Dalip Tahil, Parveen Dabas and more playing the key roles with a political angle too, as the demand is to kill the Chief Minister on the hospital’s operation theater by the doctor in charge, the lady of the house Tisca Chopra.

A scene to

SEARCHING (English / 2018) - As parents we just assume that we know everything about our young teenage kids, but actually we don’t. (Movies To See Before You Die- Suspense)

Aptly named as SEARCHING this is a unique as well as a game changer kind of investigative drama/thriller that actually deserves to be seen as a must for its outstanding, experimental shot taking and execution, much more than its suspense or the finale revealing the hidden mystery. 
The film takes you into the world of a lonely widowed father, searching for his missing young daughter, also helping in the investigations conducted by a specially assigned lady police officer for the case. It

BOMBAIRIYA - Confused as its title, this can only be seen for Radhika Apte and that too if you must. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]
The title appeared to be confusing yet interesting, indicating something novel tried in a film based upon the life in Mumbai or Bombay – the city having a character of its own. The film calmly begins introducing a number of characters and sup-plots depicting the happenings within a day or so but then goes on overdoing it in almost every department shattering the expectations.
As a result, after about 50 minutes of its less than two hours of duration, BOMBAIRIYA turns out be nothing more

DE DE PYAAR DE - Not entirely a comedy but a worth watching entertaining take on modern age relationships with a terrific Tabu, charming Rakulpreet and a new Ajay Devgn. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Writer-director Luv Ranjan has mostly been associated with Hit films made on unusual modern age relationships that have also been accused of being misogynistic and morally wrong in their biased presentations. Ironically, he made one issue based film on Marital Rape titled AKAASH VANI (with his favourite lead actors) but it failed miserably at the box office, though included in BTC’s Must Watch Films with some outstanding tracks composed by Hitesh Soni and lyri

PM NARENDRA MODI - A projected bio-pic with loud exaggerations inspired from the real life events, luckily releasing on a perfect Friday. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Most of the bio-pics (especially in Hindi Cinema) are made to celebrate Success and very few talk about the Failures or grey shades in the life of any celebrated icon. BUDHIA SINGH is one biographical film I recall in the recent times focusing on both the success and failures of an achiever, but the rest more or less remain indulged in glorifying the chosen personality in one way or the other.

INDIA’S MOST WANTED - A potential plot told too simply without any excitement or thrill. (Review by Bobby Sing)

The trailer didn’t create any excitement and Arjun Kapoor yet again looked like not interested in his job in the few sequences shown in its promos. So the only appealing elements related with the film were its genre of a real life inspired crime thriller and the competent director Raj Kumar Gupta, the man behind films such as AAMIR, NO ONE KILLED JESSICA and RAID

However this time the end result is just better than the writer-director's worst film GHANCHAKKAR

STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2 - A poor replica completely relying upon Tiger Shroff, taking the viewers as granted quite confidently. (Review By Bobby Sing)

Dharma Productions, Karan Johar, director Puneet Malhotra and team are back with a sequel or next in the series as STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2, which carelessly remains the same old film presented in the same old familiar style with a new cast. 
So SOTY 2 has everything what you witnessed in the first film, revolving around a school/college where students are never found in the classes, teachers are portrayed as morons, the dresses are more like of a fashion

SETTERS - Despite flaws, it engages and entertains as a taut thriller, successfully conveying what WHY CHEAT INDIA failed to do in a similar attempt. (Review by Bobby Sing)
Post making a worth praising film DHOOP back in 2003 and some duds later in the last two decades, director Ashwini Chaudhary comes up with SETTERS based on a just one film old novel plot, which we recently witnessed in Soumik Sen-Emraan Hashmi’s WHY CHEAT INDIA released in January 2019. Incidentally there was a sub-plot on this subject in Tigmashu Dhulia’s MILAN TALKIES too released in March this year.