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A FLYING JATT - Begins as a fine one time watch spoof but ends with a painfully long second half using a deliberate 'Religious Card' backed by an incomplete awareness. (Review By Bobby Sing).

HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI - A below average, feel good romantic comedy made on a repetitive predictable plot, once again trying to encash PAKISTAN as a comic element. (Review By Bobby Sing).

The inspirations behind SWADES (2004), including a '90s TV series where the director himself played the role of SRK. - By Bobby Sing (BTC Exclusive) (Did You Know - 87).

RUSTOM - Where the first half presents the real life case sensibly, the second half purposefully uses it as a spoof, resulting in a one-time watch crime drama that should have been just between Akshay and Pavan alone. (Review By Bobby Sing).

MOHENJO DARO - Its criminal to choose & agree to this kind of poor script for such a scale, investment and collective efforts by all. (Review By Bobby Sing).

GELO (Punjabi) - Despite its visible shortcomings, this is an appreciable attempt reviving the rich Punjabi literature & its inspiringly bold vision, especially for the young viewers. (Review by Bobby Sing).

BUDHIA SINGH BORN TO WIN - A well-made film on an amazing real life story that leaves you with a severe shock & many unanswered questions in mind raising an important debate. (Review By Bobby Sing).

FEVER - An overstretched thriller that stresses more on long conversations and steamy scenes than its mystery element. (Review By Bobby Sing).

THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL MISHRA - Once again a weird film forcing you to think that how such projects get approved and then made too without any alarm raised in time. (Review by Bobby Sing).

CHAUTHI KOOT (Punjabi) - A perfect example of cinematic art of storytelling with a thoughtful depiction of the dark times in Punjab, without any typical provocative inclusions or the usual biased stuff. (An overview by Bobby Sing).

 
 
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August 27, 2016 Saturday     
Following a completely familiar pattern of famous superhero films, A FLYING JATT certainly had a great potential in its basic idea of presenting it as a SPOOF that sadly gets used and forgotten within the first half of the film itself quite irresponsibly.
So ‘it all begins well to end up in a mess’ is the best way to describe this amateurishly executed film co-written and directed by the choreographer turned director Remo D’Souza. In other words, the entertaining part of A FLYING JATT gets over much sooner than expected and then all you get to see is a tediously long boring mix of various social drives and religion thrown into the narrative just for the sake of it. In fact after going through all the deliberately added references of air pollution, toxic wastes, green plantation and a fight sequence placed in the space with an old school kind of constantly growling villain named RAKA, I strongly felt like forgetting all about the film and read the good old Diamond comics series of “Chacha Chowdhury and Raaka” once again having much better entertaining stories to share.
Having said that, a few things did make me smile in the film’s initial moments, like watching the mother getting more excited than the son knowing about his blessed superpowers, the superhero dress being stitched by the mother herself, the jatt flying close to the ground level due to his fear of heights, him obeying the traffic signals too while flying, going to the local market to buy ‘Lauki’ and then the couple of scenes interacting with the kids as a clumsy martial art teacher trying to be the best.
However the overall basic structure remains cartoonish and unconvincing from the very first scene itself when you get to see a graphically designed colourful colony and a huge ancient tree besides the river looking like an overdone unreal set that later gets followed by a lousy unoriginal script, all silly cardboard characters and tacky graphical effects generating a feel of watching something made in the last century instead of the new millennium. 
In short, having a painfully long duration of 150 minutes without any appreciable cinematography, special effects or an enjoyable soundtrack, the fun element isn’t really there and the director actually wastes a terrific opportunity of developing a funny Indian superhero spoof series going into many sequels.
In the acting department, no doubt Tiger Shroff yet again comes up with his usual honest performance. But this is his third film (with the first remaining the best) and we are still eagerly waiting for him to choose something much better than these usual, mediocre projects going the easy way. Sharing the good news, believe me or not but the boy was energetically greeted with loud whistles and shouts in a the first show of a single screen theatre, which is nothing short of an achievement in the present competitive world that essentially needs to be reciprocated with a great entertainer as his next.
Playing the leading lady, Jacqueline Fernandez is just there without making any kind of impact in a completely predictable and dull romantic track. A dependable actor like Kay Kay Menon is made to ham constantly. And we also have Shradhha Kapoor featuring in a comic cameo scene that could have been lot better. As a result, despite being too loud and over the top, one still likes the performances of both Amrita Singh as the nagging mother and Gaurav Pandey as Tiger’s only close friend who goes for a sacrifice.
A self-declared eco-friendly film, A FLYING JATT also ends with a quote that happens to be the director’s own with nothing exceptionally new or never heard before. So now we also have directors who are daring enough to end their films with their own quote, instead of introducing the youngsters with a ‘not to be missed’ must-read personality they might not be aware of.
If truth be told, A FLYING JATT is a kind of film that would have never been made, had Remo not delivered two decent successes in the past as ABCD and ABCD2. The writer-director might have had this idea in store since long but without these two films vouching for him - such a casual approach of “Chalo Ek Superhero Film Banatey Hain” would have never got materialized fooling the producers (Balaji Production House) just interested in earning money and nothing else.
So you can go for it, only if you have made some early promises to the kids and now unable to refuse them. But if that isn’t the case, just try to save your money, efforts and time spending it on a better option.
(The basic REVIEW ends here)
Coming to the most important part of the write-up, which might be informative and enlightening for many friends not aware of the actual thought process behind the Sikh faith. The team of A FLYING JATT just uses this religious reference cautiously but in the process also reveals its zero understanding of this particular spiritual path believing in One Supreme Power.
To give them the much deserving due first, the director and his team very rightly guide the unaware viewers about the ‘actual proud connection’ between the time of ’12 O’clock’ and Sikhs related with the history of India. So post watching this film ‘the sick practice of cracking jokes’ should ideally turn into ‘a respect’, remembering those brave Sikhs of the past who fearlessly fought and saved thousands of Indian women from the ruthless Mughals irrespective of their caste or religion.
Sadly that’s the only positive feature related to Sikhism in the film to be honest. And everything else simply reveals that the writer and director neither did some relevant research nor had any kind of ‘learned advisor’ in the team telling them the actual facts. Because if truth be told then the entire film revolving around miraculous happenings and blessed superpowers is strictly against the concept of Sikhism or Sikh faith to be precise.
Putting in clear words, neither the sect nor the divine Guru Granth Sahib teaches or supports MIRACLES in any form whatsoever in its 1430 pages. So Sikhism simply denies the concept of such magical superpowers given to a particular human-being treating him or her special above than everyone else.
Bravery to be displayed as warriors fighting for justice is one of its significant lessons taught as a way of living. But Sikhism never believes in seeking, using or depending upon any miracles or superhuman powers to win over the evil or tough times as shown in the film. 
Secondly, displaying their ignorance and lack of understanding, the writer-director proudly showcases Sikhs worshipping an ancient old tree in the film having Khanda (a religious symbol) engraved on it, which again is strictly against the basic principles of the Sikh faith, which doesn’t believe and allow indulging in any kind of idol worship, be it a photograph, image or symbol engraved on any surface or tree.
Thirdly, where at one end the director strongly portrays Sikhs as highly positive and courageous people fighting for others, there he also shamelessly presents the Punjabi mother as a heavy drinker and a loud outspoken lady, holding glasses and asking for bottles in many key sequences. May be Remo was following the widespread misconception about Punjabis (Sikhs) mostly considered to be regular drunkards (tankers) and meat eating people by many (which again reveals no research of any kind made before writing the major characterizations).
Fourthly, the title of the film says A FLYING JATT as if Sikhs and Jatts are synonyms and there is no Sikh in existence who is not a Jatt, again giving you a crystal clear glimpse of the miniscule understanding the writer-director had of this particular community.
In reality if Mr. Remo and his team had made a thorough study then they would have kept the title as A FLYING SIKH and not A FLYING JATT. But probably since the title of FLYING SIKH was already taken up by the respected Milkha Singh, so they had to opt for something else and decided to call it A FLYING JATT without having even an iota of awareness that Jatt is a caste division and not any synonym word that can be used in place of Sikh.
Lastly sighting a hilarious addition by the thoughtful director, in the whole film Tiger keeps flying as a clean shaven superhero forgetting his original identity of a Sikh. But the moment he is made to wear a Pagdi in the climax, suddenly there also comes a faint beard on his face to suit the proper image of a Flying Sikh as required, which actually made me laugh out loud, LOL as they say to be honest.
Next opening a Pandora box, despite having all these visible faults in presentation of a particular sect, if this film was duly shown and approved by some reputed Sikh Organisations before release and they readily allowed this all to be shown in the name of Sikhism and Sikhs, then this fondly makes me recall a famous sheyr (I am not aware of its original writer) which goes…,
“Gar Kulhaadi Mein Lakdi Ka Dasta Na Hota,
To Lakdi Ke Katney Ka Rasta Na Hota”
Hope it delivers the unsaid message to one and all showing them the mirror.
Concluding the whole discussion, I would like to end with a simple question that kept disturbing me throughout the film focusing on a Sikh Super Hero……….that,
Isn’t the concept of A SUPERHERO itself far away and above any kind of particular religion?
Isn’t A SUPERHERO supposed to be free of all religions whatsoever and act beyond this man made limitation itself?
OR The moment one becomes the chosen one blessed by The Supreme Power as A SUPERHERO, then can he still afford to remain a Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Christian or more following such a narrow mindset?
In other words, what Religion has to do with A Superhero?
or
Why to bring in Religion while you are going for a Superhero film who is actually supposed to help everyone irrespective of any region, religion or colour?
Expressing my personal opinion, its much easier to accept and imagine A SPIDERMAN, A SUPERMAN or A BATMAN without clinging to the concepts, costumes or symbols of any particular sect but its completely illogical to accept and support a superhero film belonging to any specific religion at all as that itself is contradicting to the very thought of A SUPERHERO.
More so because in this way we will even divide our SUPERHEROES into Hindu, Sikhs, Muslims and Christians following a sheer stupid thought process poisoning the innocent minds.
So with a humble request to Mr. Remo with folded hands, please let the SUPERHEROES of our kids remain The SUPERHEROES free of these questionable divisive religions creating another sick war.
Just give it a thought!
Rating : 1.5 + 0.5 / 5 (with the additional 0.5 for spreading the much needed right awareness about the time of 12 and Sikhs not known to majority of people)
Tags : A Flying Jatt Review By Bobby Sing, Indian Superhero Spoof Film, A Flying Jatt Film Review by Bobby Sing,
 
 
26 August 2016 / bobbysing /
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If a project doesn’t have anything fresh to offer in terms of storyline or concept then the only thing that can work is an outstanding execution forcing the viewers to forget about the clichés and just enjoy all similar ‘seen before’ sequences in a different or novel manner.
Unfortunately the above cannot be said about this week’s HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI as the film doesn’t turn out to be any great laugh riot or a fine entertainer revolving around a familiar ‘border-crossing’ subject that was recently seen in FILMISTAN (2014), WELCOME TO KARACHI (2015) and SARABJIT (2016) too (though based on a sad, tragic real life account of a poor victim).
Coming straight to the point, HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI isn’t any badly made or unbearable movie to be honest. But it isn’t any highly entertaining or a great laugh riot either, contrary to the impression created by its wisely cut trailers featuring the most enjoyable scenes.
Giving the director his deserving due, this is certainly a much better attempt by Mudassar Aziz in comparison to his DULHA MIL GAYA released in 2010. Mudassar purposefully keeps it light and bright without including any drama or heavy emotional moments. But that is exactly the reason why every relationship seems to be so superficial and unconvincing on screen without any emotional depth. On the other hand he does score some positive points by not allowing any jingoism or unnecessary political comments in its various sequences happening in Pakistan.
Produced by Anand L. Rai, the film has some big similarities with the characters seen in his TANU WEDS MANU that might be unintentional. But revolving around a runaway bride, a few sequences strongly remind you of films such as JAB WE MET (its over talkative Punjabi girl Geet), SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE (its opening moments) and more.
Beginning on an impressive note with kids playing cricket in the locality, a Punjabi family celebrating their pre-marriage function introducing the would-be couple and the bride running away shocking them all, HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI actually works fines as a decent, average entertainer till intermission mainly due to some well written dialogues & sincere performances bringing in the timely smiles.
However the way writer-director tries to make you laugh with all casual, forced sequences in the second half frankly derails the fine progression unexpectedly and the film turns into a routine, repetitive fair ruining a potential base. As a result all you get to see in the second half are the usual mad chases, a silly kidnapping, everyone crossing the border without any hassles, unrequired complications and a laughable presentation of police and politicians in Pakistan treating them as some silly comedians.
For instance, a supposedly funny sequence over the tea (post intermission) clearly reveals the difference between a naturally conceived comic scene and a forcibly created artificial one by the writer. Further a Hindu marriage sequence involving a disguised Pandit in a big political event organized by a known Pakistani politician in Pakistan itself comes as an amazingly laughable insertion before the obvious climax.
Surprisingly in a film titled HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI, Happy actually vanishes for a good amount of time in the middle with the focus shifting to all other characters. And that was really strange to notice since the story was supposed to be of Happy and not of Abhay Deol or others to be precise. In the technical department both the cinematography and the background score try hard but are not able to lift up the film due to a completely unexciting second half. Using the short versions of its few songs playing in the backdrop, the director doesn’t let them hamper the pace. But there still isn’t any great track that forces you to search for the song or look for its complete original soundtrack online. 
Playing the lead role Diana Penty returns to the screen after a gap of four years post COCKTAIL (2012), but her act isn’t anything superior than what we had earlier seen in her first film. No doubt she tries her best as the free spirited chatterbox  Punjabi girl, yet the faulty accent and a confused focused of the script doesn’t let her outshine her previous performance to be honest. On the cost of being harsh, though she looks great on screen in both western and Indian attires having an adorable smile, but that magnetic charm still isn’t there that can justify three men falling for her in India as well as in Pakistan.
Both Abhay Deol and Ali Fazal perform their given roles with a natural ease and the same can be said about the Pakistani debutant Momal Sheikh along with the veteran Jawed Sheikh. However Kanwaljeet is just okay playing the ‘not-so-disturbed’ father of a young runaway bride who has somehow reached Lahore. In other words, the two actors who actually contribute the most are Jimmy Sheirgill and Piyush Mishra offering some fine enjoyable moments in their individual scenes. Interestingly where I felt sorry to see Jimmy yet again playing a character who always loses the girl in the end with a painful smile, it was great to see Piyush’s fabulous portrayal of a Pakistani cop with a fine diction of Urdu language and an impressive comic timing (though the multi-talented actor always performs remaining so close to the thin line of overdoing it.)
Overall with a much better first half, HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI strictly remains a below average, feel good rom-com made on a repetitive, predictable plot that is certainly going to be more enjoyable if seen on a TV channel without spending a heavy amount on the tickets making some extra effort to go and visit the multiplexes.
Rating : 2 / 5
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19 August 2016 / bobbysing /
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Swades
Though SWADES (2004) was not a major box office charmer as per the expectations raised, yet it successfully won hearts and is widely considered as one of the finest works of three creative men namely, Ashutosh Govariker, Shah Rukh Khan and A. R. Rahman.
Apart from its heartwarming subject, lead performance and a melodious soundtrack, another contributor who silently left a mark on almost every single viewer watching the film remained Gayatri Joshi, who looked gorgeous in her first and only appearance as an effortless actress playing the role of Geeta. In fact such was the impact of her adorable act that the girl and her only film appearance is still remembered as one of those most lovable performances by many Hindi cinema enthusiasts including myself.
Receiving widespread critical acclaim, SWADES was also regarded as one of the finest films of the decade and along with CHAKK DE INDIA is often quoted among the career best performances of Shah Rukh Khan in an off-beat experimental film, other than his more famous ventures.
However not many are aware of the fact that the basic idea of its storyline or rather the exact idea of its major content came from a TV series aired at ZEE TV titled “Yule Love Stories” in the year 1993-95. And you are sure to get amazed reading the following pointers revealing the specific references taken from the two particular episodes of the series titled VAAPSI.
A. The director Ashutosh Gowariker himself played the character of a foreign returned young man in the serial that was enacted by SRK in SWADES using the same name as Mohan Bhargav.
B. In the serial too, Mohan first visits an old age home to meet his Kaveri Amma (the name remains the same in the film), but finds that she had already left the place a couple of years back and is now living in a small village with her young grand-daughter.
Yule Vapsi
C. Next there is the book shop sequence as seen in the film where Mohan agrees to sit behind the counter for a while on a request made by his owner friend. A customer steps on the books, a girl confronts him pointing out his mistake, Mohan watches them both, the girl brings a lot of books to the counter, keeps telling the right total while Mohan is calculating and then forgets to collect the change before leaving.
D. Post the book shop sequence, the lavish caravan features in the serial too and Mohan travels in it to the village Kaveri Amma is supposed to be living.
E. He reaches there and surprises Kaveri Amma exactly in the same manner as Shah Rukh Khan greets her in the film and then meets Geeta - the girl he had earlier met in the bookshop. (Again having the same name as used in the film)
Yule VapsiF. The story keeps proceeding on the similar lines and among other exactly identical scenes (as seen in the film) we have Mohan living in the caravan itself, an innocent postman/postmaster getting confused over the unknown inventions like FAX (it gets converted to E-mail in the film), Geeta angrily talking to Mohan while he is taking a bath, Mohan visiting the school and sitting in Geeta’s class as a student, his confession of love made in the classroom itself (standing next to the blackboard) and then both Geeta and Kaveri Amma not agreeing on leaving the village to get settled abroad.
G. However in the serial it all ends when instead of flying back Ashutosh decides to stay in the village along with Geeta and Kaveri Amma.
H. Considering the rural environment, amazingly even the house of Kaveri Amma in the serial reminds you of a similar one seen in SWADES and if I am not wrong then even after a gap of almost a decade, it’s the same actress (Kishori Ballal) playing Kaveri Amma in the film too who actually enriched the serial with an immensely likable warmth and natural ease.
Hence a major part of SWADES more or less remained exactly identical to the storyline and execution of these two-episodes of the series titled VAAPSI produced by Odyssey Video Communications Ltd. for Zee TV. Unfortunately the recently uploaded episodes (at Zee's OZEE app and website) don't have any credit details as such but according to an unconfirmed information available at a link it was Anand Subramanium who directed the two episodes in the mid 90s. Interestingly in case of the film SWADES, the credit of Story has been given to M. G. Sathya & Ashutosh Gowariker whereas Screenplay has been credited to only Ashutosh Gowariker.
Coming to the final section of the film related with the problem of electricity in the village, it was highly inspired from a real life incident when a NRI couple returning from abroad actually built a power generating unit in a village of Maharashtra.
The two social activists were Ravi Kuchimanchi and Aravinda Pillalamarri who returned to India with a mission to serve the country and through the collective efforts of the local villagers and other social organisations (Narmada Bachao Aandolan) were able to build a small power generating unit in the village of Bilgaon, Maharashtra in 2003. The successful initiative soon became a benchmark in the field of rural development and gained even more popularity around the states post the film’s release in 2004.
But unfortunately three years later in 2006, an unexpected flood washed away the innovative, inspiring project coming as a big blow to the villagers and the entire region again went back into the same decades old forgotten era of the ugly darkness.
As per the latest news reports, the project lies abandoned today due to various reasons including lack of water-flow in the river, no revival initiative by the state authorities and the usual hiccups. (Details of which can be read in the links shared towards the end of the write-up)
Among the other worth mentioning features of this new age classic:
1. The film begins with the quote of “Mahatma Gandhi” and interestingly its lead actor is also named as Mohan, most probably inspired from the real name of Gandhi as ‘Mohandas’. And the worth contemplating quote is,
“Hesitating to act because the whole vision might not be achieved, or because others do not share it, is an attitude that only hinders progress”
2. The Opening titles also mention a book "BAPU KUTI: Journey In The Rediscovery of Gandhi" by Rajni Bakshi as an inspiration, since it’s about the people who courageously left their respective corporate careers only to work for the community following the principles of Mahatma Gandhi.
And you can also spot the book lying on the desk in the scene, when Shah Rukh Khan is preparing a carry bag for Gayatri in the book shop.
3. Beginning with the sequences of SRK working in NASA, SWADES is the first Indian film to be shot in the premises of NASA Research Centre and the project SRK is working upon in the film is also an actual NASA project as reported. (The opening credits duly thank the Centre in details.)
4. The soundtrack of the film has a unique instrumental version of the song “Yeh Jo Des Hai Mera” with the lead melody played by a Shehnai, a short phrase of the same melody repeated throughout and a continuous chorus kind of sound that seems to be clipped from another track of the album (quite innovatively). Certainly an exceptional attempt made by A. R. Rahman that actually becomes a major highlight of the music album, probably being the only official instrumental version of a film song using the Shehnai.   
5. Lastly in another track “Pal Pal Hai Bhari” where the act of Ramleela is being staged in the second half of the film, one of the male voices singing the song is of director Ashutosh Govariker himself.
No doubt with such interesting lesser known features SWADES has a lot that can truly inspire many young creative minds as a worth watching new-age classic of Hindi Cinema.  
Cheers!
© Bobby Sing (Harpreet) – Bobbytalkscinema.com
17th August 2016
(With A Big Thanks to CHRIS for reminding me of the subject in his valuable comment) 

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