Archive for May, 2008

The Bhatts always are the first on making movies on the most controversial and current topics. With the IPL fever on, they now return with a movie based on the plot of betting and match fixing in cricket along with an elaborate angle of an intense love affair.

The film starts promisingly and ends brilliantly but in the mid it loses pace and interest as the narration stresses more on the love angle than on the interesting betting plot. The first one hour of the movie is exciting and highly enjoyable. Watching it you feel like seeing something new and an unexplored plot. The betting & match fixing scenes in the first half are brilliantly directed by the debutant director Kunal Deshmukh. And when you are expecting more of similar stuff coming later the director changes tracks and takes on the love angle as his main theme.

If the film would have been strictly on the betting and fixing plot then it was a confirm bigger Hit. But unfortunately there is more of sacrifice and love story angle which is quite expected and becomes tiring after a certain point. Though director shows promise in his first movie but he should have stuck to one plot only.

Imraan Hashmi is competent and gives a good performance. It can be counted as one of his finest. Sonal Chauhan looks fresh and ravishing. She has got the talent which will become polished with more of her movies. Jawed Sheikh as the DON shows class and he shines bright in his role. A very unexpected act is given by Samir Kochhar as the police officer. He is excellent in his small part and is an actor to watch for.

Bhatts definitely have a good ear for music and lyrics. Their movies always have some good numbers with meaningful lyrics. Jannat also has got hit music by Pritam. The songs don’t interrupt the narration and have got the soothing melodies. That’s the reason audio companies fought with each other for the music rights of this movie.

If you are a cricket fan and expecting a lot of cricket, betting and match fixing in the movie then you might be taken back. The movie has the main plot of betting but the story revolves more around the match fixer and his girlfriend. That’s the main drawback of the movie. The other weak point is that the background of Imraan Hashmi and Sonal are not explained in details. Sonal just leaves India for a live in relation with Imraan and there is no one in her family who has to be informed. Thought the love proposal scenes are highly enjoyable but after the intermission you feel the overdose of the affair angle.

As per their tradition Bhatts this time follow a similar plot as in “Two For The Money” (2005) featuring Al Pacino. But this time its only an inspiration and not a version. The script also gets inspired by the real life “Coach Murder” incident in the last world cup.

One of the highlight of “Jannat” is its climax, which is unexpected and has a shock for the viewers. After witnessing the climax sequence you feel that the film is good enough for a one time watch. As it has a new plot, good performances and soothing music.

Rating : 3/5 (it should have concentrated only on the betting plot)

As Aamir’ Blog comment was opposed strongly, Shahrukh gave a very cool answer which clearly showed that he took everything in good spirits.

And now Amitabh Bachchan has showed his humbleness and intelligence in his blog in response to the comparison TRP data’s which were earlier given by him.

In Amitabh’s own words,

“There are some amongst you who feel that there has been an attempt on my part to compare myself with other colleagues of mine. This is false and incorrect. I think the whole purpose of my account has been incorrectly interpreted. I have never ever meant that at all. I have never considered myself worthy of such position and have hated such indulgence.

However, if some amongst you have felt otherwise, I wish to sincerely apologize for that and say that I am sorry ! It shall not happen again.”

After these good words by Amitabh, I think Shahrukh and Amitabh both can be called as people who know their responsibilities which come with their fame. And Aamir surely now needs to do something extraordinary to re-build his image.

And many thanks to Amitabh Bachchan for this intelligent gesture which made me a more fans of yours than earlier.

You proved that you deserved to be called Sir Amitabh Bachchan.

In the last few days there were some unexpected, downgrade and un-necessary commenting in bollywood by some of the leading names which forced me to write this article.

Taking into account all the happenings, its about three people who can also be named as the Key Representatives of Indian Film Industry. They are :

Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan & Shahrukh Khan (in Alphabetical Order).

All of them have a different and unique position in one of the world’s largest movie making industry.

Aamir Khan – Considered as one of the finest Actor with a different thought procedure. Believes in re-inventing himself and has recently proved his excellence also as a director with “Taare Zameen Par”

Amitabh Bachchan – The Living Legend, mega star and actor par excellence who was the Shahenshah of Bollywood as the Angry Young Man in 70s and early 80s. Still doing amazing work at an age of 65+ when all his co-stars are no longer into screen existence. Undoubtedly the world famous representative of Indian Film Industry, without whom no chapter on Indian Films is complete.

Shahrukh Khan – The current heartthrob and most loved child of destiny who is the current Badshah of Bollywood. He is the lifeline for the youth and hugely famous in overseas market. Though he is more known for his mega hits than his acting but no doubt he has given some of the most successful movies ever in Indian Film History. Along with acting, he has also proved his great business mind and has a sharp sense of humor. Every youth related to India in any way knows the name SRK all over the globe.

Now the point to think is, that all the above three men have nothing more to prove to the outer world. They have done almost everything in their successful careers, have achieved unbelievable heights, have won hearts all over the world, and more importantly still roaring and energetic enough to reach more heights of success in the coming years.

The million dollar question is that when they have achieved so much by the grace of almighty, then are they not intelligent enough not to involve in silly and unnecessary commenting about each other. Does their intelligence is only for the movie making and acting. It seems that they have learned all the acting skills and conquered billions of hearts but they still have to conquer the feeling of JEALOUSY & GREED.

It all started when people started comparing Amitabh Bachchan’s success with Shahrukh’s. It was obvious as these are two most famous names from Indian Movies. Still this comparison could have been avoided as they both are of different age, both have a different era in which they ruled and moreover Shahrukh himself said that he used to see Amitabh’s movies in his school days. So whereas Amitabh is a veteran actor respected by Shahrukh himself, on the other hand now, Shahrukh has his fingers on the pulse of youth of the current times. So the comparison was not needed at all. Both have fans all over the world and both are the Badshahs of Bollywood in their respective times.

Between these two, Aamir Khan entered the fight with first a comment over Amitabh and his “Black” and then he targeted Shahrukh and his No.1 position. With a touch of humor Aamir gave a statement that Shahrukh is No.2 in Bollywood. No one had questioned his position but the statement was capable enough of starting another cold war with Shahrukh.

But the response of Shahrukh to this statement was surprisingly intelligent, soft and soothing. Many including myself were expecting that this is start of another rivalry with SRK. But amazingly Shahrukh came with the coolest response and said “Yes, Aamir may be true”.

In my opinion that showed the right kind of teaching Shahrukh has got from his teachers. I was very pleased with this kind of response as now there was nothing more to fight for Aamir. So the controversy stopped there.

Then there was another controversy with Shahrukh playing harsh humor games at the Filmfare programme along with Saif. That act was not taken sportingly by many in the Film Industry but no one spoke as later they all decided to take it with good spirits of fun. Once before also Shahrukh had made a comment on “Amar Singh” and his looks, which was very politically answered by Amar Singh later. This was really not needed and could have easily been avoided by Shahrukh.

Three days ago Amitabh Bachchan gave some data’s in his blog to show that his “KBC” show was more popular than Shahrukh’s “KBC” and he also pointed that the latest quiz show of Shahrukh is also a FLOP.

That was the most unexpected comment for me coming from Amitabh Bachchan himself as it is his personal blog. I couldn’t understand what was the purpose of it and what was the use of all those data’s in his personal blog which is supposed to be a platform for interacting with the fans. This was really like deliberately putting coal to the fire of cold war between the two.

And when I was still thinking why those data’s were given, here comes a latest from Aamir Khan, with the most shameful one about his fellow actor. In his blog he starts a write up with a story about a house he bought and the caretakers of that house have a dog with the name of Shahrukh.

What a strange, shameful and hugely unexpected statement it is.

This is not fun, this is not humor. In my opinion this is something to do with hidden agendas.

I love Aamir Khan and his mastery over his art, I love Amitabh for his number of memorable acts and the most cherished movies, and I love Shahrukh for his youthfulness and intelligence.

But I don’t love any of them when they indulge themselves in such disgraceful kind of activities. This is pulling the trade and all the people involved with it to the minimum level. This shows that they don’t understand the responsibility which comes with fame. This shows they all are two different personalities when it comes to competition.

Till now if I see all that I have written in this article, it seems to me that the person who has contributed the least in this all is Shahrukh. Though he has made some harsh comments in some instances but he has never been disgraceful and disrespectful to his co-stars in order to show his supremacy. He has shown that he has the class to respect the seniors of huge stature such as Amitabh and also has the humbleness which stops him to make strong and cruel statements which may give rise to further controversies.

Now after Amitabh gave the not needed data’s in his blog and Aamir wrote the most disgraceful words in his blog I expect that Shahrukh will respond as for sure, but will respond very gracefully with elegance of his own.

And regarding his response, I have a personal request for Shahrukh Khan,

Dear Shahrukh Khan,

I have not been the greatest fan of yours but I have always admired the spirit and energy you have. You are no doubt the most favourite child of Destiny but this success also delegates a huge amount of responsibility on your shoulders.

Now that our loved Indian Film Industry is the most talked about in the world and people from all corners read the moves and statements made by our idols. I expect that you understand the importance of this delicate moment. I can understand what it may feel reading those lines written by Aamir Khan with your name in it.

But I request and expect that as an intelligent and learned man, you now will not make any further similar statements as an answer to this.  Your answer will be the most read and talked about in the whole world and your words will also represent the psyche of our Indian Film Industry and its respected participants. 

Though I would prefer, you remaining silent to this as that will be that best answer. But still if you choose to answer then please think a thousand times before you do that, and you have to choose your words with the greatest care.

At present you are the current representative of our Indian Film Industry all over the world and you very well know that. So let your good education of Delhi show in your response.

I am sure that your intelligent response to this,  will lift the image of Bollywood all over the world instead of degrading it further.

That’s what I expect from an intelligent performer called Shahrukh.

my wishes for all the three stalwarts of Bollywood 

Aamir, Amitabh & Shahrukh (In Alphabetical Order of course)

This is bobbysing signing off…

Frankly speaking after some big recent flops, I decided to leave all my expectations at home before watching “Bhoothnath”. And what a pleasant and quality surprise it was. Director Vivek Sharma’s debut movie is purely as per the tradition of BR films, who believe in simple family dramas told in a sober way. It is not a scary movie at all, but on the contrary it is a loving, emotional family movie, mainly for the kids.

As a cool breeze in the summer, here comes a novel script with a new outlook towards the “Atma” phenomenon. Don’t expect a tried and tested formula, as the movie does have some fresh content with an emotional touch. The usual family drama is also there which can be termed as the trademark of BR films. But putting all together you will enjoy watching it with your family, especially with the kids.

The main character of the movie is a 8 year old “Aman Siddiqui” playing “Bonku” who becomes friend with the spirit in his house. Amitabh Bachhan plays the old man (the spirit) living in the house and is visible only to Bonku. The child Aman has given a splendid performance high on confidence. He has delivered an act at par with the veterans. Amitabh Bachhan has again proved that he is the “one & only” in the industry capable of giving such performances at this age. The people who gave comments about his retirement should start searching places to hide after seeing Bhootnath.

Though the movie starts a little slow but then picks up fast as the spirit is introduced. The first scene of Bonku’s interaction with Amitabh is well executed and has excellent special effects. The best scene comes before the interval when Bonku gets injured in an accident. This well written and brilliantly executed scene at once connects you with the key characters and you start enjoying the movie more.

The second half is heavy on emotions, but all the emotions are on the happy side. You enjoy the tears along with the happenings on the screen. The last 20 minutes of the movie are very well written and directed. The director is right on his tracks all the way and does a brilliant job in his first venture. He shows his hold over the medium as he talks to the point and has very less unwanted scenes in the script. It is clear that he doesn’t believe in too much style but believes in content told in a simple but impressive way, without any gloss.

Performance wise, no doubt both Aman & Amitabh are at the top of the list. Juhi Chawla is fresh and bubbly as ever. Surprisingly Shahrukh Khan (in special appearance) gives a very soft and underplayed performance and manages to impress in the few scenes he had. There is one under-rated actor in the movie who shines bright in the climax and he is Priyanshu Chatterjee. He is a bundle of talent still waiting for the right opportunity to come his way and he proves this in his small role in the movie. Satish Shah is enjoyable as the School Principal but Rajpal Yadav is completely wasted as a mad man. 

The weakest point of the movie is its music by Vishal & Shekhar. This is their second let down in a row after “Tashan”. If only they had given some better songs, the movie would have been more enjoyable. Still it was nice to hear Amitabh & Juhi Chawla singing a song. Sukhwinder’s voice was perfect in the climax song. And the act by Aman & Amitabh was of first rate in the song “Mere Buddy”. They both look very cute together in the Hip –Hop avtar.

In nutshell, “Bhootnath” is an entertaining family movie, with two Amitabh’s in it, one 8+ and one 60+.

Rating : 3.5 / 5 (lost points mainly due to music)

You may not be a lover of war films, but watch this eye opener to feel the pain and hardships faced by the civilians in a war scene. There are many untold secrets of a war, which if told openly can bring mankind to the deepest shame. The movie is about such an unbelievable but true incident during the Vietnam War. A group of 5 military men, in order to have a good time, kidnap a local girl from a village in their way. Even after the strong opposition from one member in the group the girl is brutally assaulted and then killed by these men. Brain De Palma, the reputed director, films the intense moments as a master.

Among the most touching ones is the death scene of the girl on the bridge amidst the bullets shot from all sides. And the trauma faced by the girl makes you think hard after the film gets over. Words like World Peace, Global Village, and One Mankind are simply meaningless when these kinds of incidents come out of the carpet. The title “Casualties of War” points toward the question that – Who are the real casualties? The soldiers who die fighting for their country or people like this girl, who had nothing to do with the war. A strong, thought provoking film for the mature audiences. A must watch for youngsters who sometimes get carried away with the circumstances.

Directed By Brian De Palma

Starring : Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly & more.

This splendid movie deserves to be in the curriculum of every acting school in the world for the fabulous job done by its lead actors. It’s a movie about the life of a physically disabled man who has got the courage to fight and learns to paint with his left foot. It captures the moments in his life from his childhood to his youth.

The director tenderly explains the pain, love and affection felt by this strong man. Daniel Day Lewis plays the role of Christy Brown with class. In few words, I rate the work of Daniel Day Lewis in this film as one of the top 10 best acts in the world of cinema. Not for a single moment, you feel that he is acting and actually he is not physically disabled. He grabs you from your collar and amazes the viewer with his superb and flawless acting. The best part of the direction is that it is not asking you to feel pity about Christy. You are bluntly shown both the good and bad sides of the character and how he feels realistically in different situations. Another brilliant aspect of the script is the relationship between the mother and her disabled child. The feelings they have for each other, and how they fight with the outer world. No doubt the OSCAR for both the best actor and the best actress went to this movie along with other numerous awards. Don’t expect it to be a tear jerker or a highly emotional film, because it is neither of these. It is a simple movie about the story of a man who fights his disability with the help of his family and you may not find it entertaining enough. But its like a text book on acting which is a must to read (see), if you are a student of cinema.

A special praise for the amazing child actor Hugh O’Conor, who played the young Christy Brown. He has really given an incredible performance. Interestingly Daniel Day Lewis insisted on being on his wheel chair always between the shots and also tried to eat and drink like Christy, the disabled character in between the shooting. I think this example of method acting rightly deserves to be seen at the earliest.

Directed By Jim Sheirdon

Starring : Daniel Day-Lewis (as Christy Brown), Hugh O’Connor (as young Christy Brown), Brenda Fricker (Mother), Ray Macnally (Father), and Fiona Shaw (Doctor)