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KAHAANI 2 - A casually written crime thriller based on a sensitive subject that happens to be a forced, unrelated sequel with just a better first half. (Review by Bobby Sing).

ARRIVAL (English) - One might have different views overall, but this should not be missed and essentially needs to be seen in the theater as an unmissable audio-visual marvel spreading the message of PEACE. (Review By Bobby Sing).

MOH MAAYA MONEY - Such immature and outdated crime-deceit drama in the present times could have only been made by a team not well familiar with many crime mystery films or (Hindi/English) novels to be straight. (Review By Bobby Sing).

DEAR ZINDAGI - Unexpectedly repetitive and a wannabe kind of film from a promising director, irresponsibly wasting the earnest performances of both Alia and Shah. (Review by Bobby Sing).

MERE SAPNO KI RANI - The one exceptional phrase connecting K. L. Saigal, Mohd. Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Rajesh Khanna together. (Did You Know - 88).

CHAAR SAHIBZAADE : RISE OF BANDA SINGH BAHADUR (Punjabi/Hindi) - With no energetic & exciting portrayal, this can strictly be watched for some lesser known historical facts of the early 18th century, but not as any detailed, insightful account of the era. (Review By Bobby Sing).

DOCTOR STRANGE (English/Hindi) - Begins like a classic but ends on the same routine note with some splendid, worth watching graphics in 3D. (Review by Bobby Sing).

TUM BIN 2 - An emotional first half, likable performances and the nostalgic cult song results in a fairly watchable (average) film, sadly based on an almost exact (cliched) format of its original. (Review By Bobby Sing).

FORCE 2 - If only you interpret a spy movie as nothing else than continuous action, chases, guns, explosions and foreign locations. Strictly avoidable! (Review by Bobby Sing).

ROCK ON 2 - It has a few mature sequences but not recommended even if they offer the tickets in return of the old currency notes. (Review By Bobby Sing).

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December 05, 2016 Monday     

Adding a ‘Part 2’ to the title of a film exploiting the success of its original eventually leads to much bigger expectations that mostly turn out be a big burden for a project instead of any beneficial tag. The fact once again gets proved with this week’s KAHAANI 2, which firstly has nothing to do with its prequel in any manner whatsoever. And secondly can easily be rated as a fine one time watch thriller, if not associated with the exceptional quality and content of the original 2012 hit.

However considering it as a supposedly ‘stand-alone’ sequel promoted as KAHAANI 2, the project largely fails to live up to the expectations and turns out to be a quite casually written film tackling a sensitive subject, remaining more interested in its lead STAR instead of the actual innocent victim facing the ugly abuse.

Beginning with an old melodious song “Yeh Raatein” running in the backdrop making you recall the excellence of cinematography, Kolkatta ambience and a chilling background score of KAHAANI, the sequel unarguably comes up as a fine intriguing film made on an unexpectedly dark theme before the intermission. It certainly grabs you well within the first 30 minutes itself through an emotional introduction of its characters, an unexpected brutal accident and a serious, uncomfortable theme related with a 6 years old girl being abused by her own uncle. No doubt both the writers as well as the director handle the complex and delicate theme with a skillful ease. But the mystery element gets lost before the intermission itself as you very well know who the culprit is and what it’s actually all about.

Sadly the film steps on to a completely predictable and unimpressive track post the intermission following a too casual approach which fails to maintain the sensitive and emotional level experienced in the first half. Yes, the editing still keeps you engrossed playing with the past and present carefully placing it at a fine pace. But the writing fails to maintain the consistency and the script never comes ups with anything convincing or logical in the end in terms of the suspense revealed.

As a result the second half simply lets down the fine build-up created by the initial hour and then we get to see an easily predictable filmy kind of climax, wherein the writer-director don’t even feel like giving any logical reasoning for the proceedings ruining a socially relevant plot.

But keeping the negative pointers for the last, would really like to talk about the casting that truly provides the project, a much desired noticeable or rather unusual edge. As expected Vidya Balan delivers another stellar performance playing a lonely but concerned character saving an innocent girl. The lady shines throughout the film especially in the first half, in the sequences conversing with the girl and her weird family members hiding a disgusting truth. Both Arjun Rampal and Jugal Hansraj pleasantly surprise in their given roles along with Amba Sanyal, a perfect choice made for playing the most cunning one. But personally speaking I simply loved Manini Chadha the most as the simple homely wife of a tensed sub-inspector sportingly ignoring his past.

Coming to the downers seriously damaging a film that could have been another worth mentioning hit of the year 2016, please skip reading the next part of the review if you still haven’t watched the film. (Clear Spoilers Ahead)

1. Breaking the appreciable pattern of its original, this time KAHAANI 2 doesn’t come up with any mystery disclosed in the end that happened to be its major USP earlier. In the present film everything is simply revealed before the intermission itself and there are no surprises left that cannot be easily predicted much before they appear on the screen becoming the film’s biggest downer.

2. Post the recent TE3N this is yet another film which remains more interested in focusing on its STAR, instead of the theme and more importantly the kids justifying the subject chosen.

3. Talking about the sexual abuse of a 6 years old girl by her own uncle. Yes, the ugly sin is committed by the known members of a family only in most of the ‘reported’ cases. But I personally didn’t feel convinced watching an old aged mother too readily allowing his 40+ years old son to abuse her 6 years old grand-daughter for any kind of God-damn reason. For me this was the most unconvincing part of the film that could and essentially should have been dealt in a different, believable manner.

4. Unlike the original, the supporting cast remains fine but isn’t able to deliver anything exceptional in their individual portrayal. Particularly a clear attempt to present a new Bob Biswas (contract killer) in the storyline falls completely flat making no impact of any kind in absence of any solid writing.

5. Everything happens so easily in the film that remains far from convincing the moment one comes to know about it all in the second hour. For instance, a kidnap from a well-known influential family without any problem as such, an absconding lady hiding with a handicapped kid in a town just a few miles away, successfully finding a job developing new identities of both without getting caught by the police, fooling a reputed doctor and a NGO sponsoring the kid’s treatment making all untrue submissions and later flying abroad on all forged documents too after leaving two dead bodies lying on the docks (including a lady inspector).

6. On a lighter note, a beggar finding a lost phone and keeping it in his dirty bag, not selling it off right away doesn't seem to be digestible either. 

7. But most importantly, KAHAANI 2 has a quite stupid portrayal of POLICE in a highly irresponsible manner as if they have no ability to find anyone either in the city or within their own department operating right under their nose fooling one and all (which actually contradicts the superfine depiction of the Police force in its original).

Making it clear, apart from the hard to believe kidnapping and successful hide-out of Vidya living with an easily noticeable kid, there is a lady police officer in the film who happens to be a professional contract killer too, operating since years and the entire Police department has simply got no clue about her.

Moreover the whole department is searching about the family background of a wanted lady but they are foolishly not able to find that she is the ex-wife of their own sub-inspector involved in the same investigations.

In all, disappointing as a sequel KAHAANI 2 can still be rated as a barely one time watch because it talks about a sensitive issue and thankfully doesn’t bore you with a well-paced narration and the first half making a decent impact. Yet the film fails to prove as any above average crime thriller due to its casual and illogical writing in terms of mystery or suspense.

Rating : 2 + 0.5 / 5 (with the additional 0.5 for the brave choice of the subject and Vidya Balan alone shining in a difficult role.)

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02 December 2016 / bobbysing /
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ArrivalA science fiction revolving around alien invasion on the planet generally gives you an impression of another disaster movie with mass destruction of life and property on screen featuring some heroic figures saving the world, presented with the help of exceptional computer graphics.
Thankfully ARRIVAL doesn’t deal with any of such repetitive content and offers a completely fresh take on the subject focusing on communication with the visitors understanding their existence, language and vision instead of straight away destroying them all through some aerial explosions.
The film begins with 12 huge mysterious (vertically oval shaped) UFOs appearing at random locations all over the globe and a team headed by a linguistics expert (Amy Adams) along with a physicist (Jeremy Renner) being sent to communicate with the creatures knowing their real intent. So discarding the most obvious assumption about the genre, the film doesn’t feature any action packed destructive sequences at all and therefore turns out to be a pleasantly novel and completely ‘distinctive venture’ for a change, with a quite peaceful progression.
Based on a short story titled ‘Story of Your Life' by Ted Chiang, ARRIVAL has been directed by Denis Villeneuve who probably has formed a habit of delivering cinematic masterpieces in his career displaying an amazing consistency (do not miss his shocking INCENDIES (2010) at any cost!). Interestingly Villeneuve’s present film deals with no action as such despite being a science fiction. In fact the action here is more ‘intellectual’ in nature with some very fine ‘spiritual’ touches added beautifully. In other words here the destruction or explosions are more emotional and cerebral to be exact, bringing you on to the edge of your seats especially in the final hour.
The film begins on a touching note introducing us to Dr. Louis Banks and her kid daughter, later reappearing as flashes into the progression making a thoughtful connection. In the initial moments you got to see it with a lot of patience as its not a routine alien movie delivering the exciting moments at once. The narration takes time to sink in and then slowly comes to the jaw-dropping revelation of the two exceptionally created aliens communicating with Dr. Louis in particular.
She visits them along with the team more than once in the film and their interactions are thoroughly recorded for further studies and analysis. Each new interaction with the aliens gets the viewers involved and then they are slowly sucked in through the mesmerizing, breathtaking presentation post the initial 40 minutes.
Describing it differently it will be more appropriate to call ARRIVAL as a not to be missed ‘Audio-Visual masterpiece’ more than a film that essentially needs to be seen in a well-equipped theatre enjoying the outstanding visuals and sound designed by all true geniuses. The effective performances get supremely enhanced through the combined efforts of composer Johann Johansson, cinematographer Bradford Young, editor Joe Walker and the art department, together leaving a magical impact on the viewer lasting till several hours. Especially the sound literally transports you into a hypnotic trance with an amazing mix of tones giving many spiritual hints and unexpectedly timely scares too.
Though in the end, I did find the film to be much less descriptive than desired moving into a somehow predictable and dramatic zone getting more concerned about the entertainment factor. But still that doesn’t allow me to cut short the praises it truly deserves becoming one of the few unmissable films of the year 2016.
Concluding it on a more introspective note, as an intelligently crafted film ARRIVAL sincerely points towards the present scenario of our world too wherein we (the countries) are not interested in getting united even in such drastic times of a scary alien invasion over our blessed planet.
Besides, it can also be described as an important Anti-War film strongly trying to give the core message that where the aliens might be more interested in discussing humanity and peace; we the Earth-ians are strangely more inclined towards self-destruction and wars proving much backward and self-centered in comparison to those mysterious creatures.
In all ARRIVAL can easily be rated as a pleasantly different must watch ‘Audio-Visual Treat’ in the genre of science fiction that should also be shown in schools all over the globe in order to spread the message of Peace and Universal Harmonious Existence.
Rating : 4 / 5
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27 November 2016 / bobbysing /
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When you are making a crime-deceit drama in the year of 2016, then you obviously need to keep in mind the present technological and scientific developments in the field of investigations and then carefully pen down a script wherein a crime is planned taking good care of the same leaving the minimum loopholes.
(Clear Spoilers Ahead)
However what can one say about a film releasing in the present era made on the decades old outdated plot of ‘his own death’ staged by a person in heavy debts for his insurance money. And further focuses on a supposedly clever hero too, who doesn’t even bother to find a person or body of his same blood group to be presented before the police and insurance agents as a proof of his own death. Also here is a film, where we don’t even have any official or detective interested in investigating the unusual death (involving a completely burnt body) coming from the insurance company and then such an intelligent hero who even casually goes to a mortuary asking for a body without hiding his own identity. Moreover the man dares to return to the town too visiting his own apartment (post the staged death) without any disguise whatsoever, probably considering himself as the invisible man coming straight from the novel of H. G. Wells.
Wasting its entire first half on the build-ups and detailed introductory sequences that could have been easily edited in the opening 20-25 minutes, MOH MAYA MONEY actually begins just before the interval and then simply fails to make an impact the moment you come to know what the mystery is actually all about.
No doubt we have some fine performances from the lead (Ranvir/Neha) and supporting cast in this song-less crime thriller that might appeal to the viewers who don’t really care for the clues left or are interested in solving the mystery themselves. But for the ones who are die-hard fans and regular readers or followers of this particular genre, the film is going to be nothing more than a kids play to be honest.
Praising the debutant director Munish Bhardwaj for building a realistic (Delhi) feel throughout extracting mostly natural performances following a non-linear narrative, it was really shocking to see how he carelessly handled the mystery and completely ignored the simple loopholes in a crime plan executed in such an amateurish manner.
Overall, you can surely go for MOH MAYA MONEY as a casual time pass watch catching it on a television channel, but its certainly not going to be any amusing film for the friends, seriously into this particular genre of crime and mystery thrillers. May be we will get to see a much better film from Munish as his next project specifically taking care of its writing department.
Rating : 1.5 / 5  
Note : The outdated subject strongly reminds you of hit films like Billy Wilder’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY that came more than seven decades back in the year 1944.
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