UGLY – Movie Review
Posted by Vivek on May 27, 2013 | 1 Comment
PRODUCER – DAR Motion Pictures, PHANTOM
DIRECTOR – Anurag Kashyap
WRITER – Anurag Kashyap
CAST – Ronit Roy, Rahul Bhatt, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Anshika Shrivastava, Girish Kulkarni
MUSIC – GV Prakash Kumar, Brian McOmber
Ugly, the most talked about film from the Indian diaspora at Festival De Cannes, 2013. The film dabbles in multiple shades. The highly entertaining and “peeling of the onion” thriller element and the more mundane elements of the humans involved in the thrill. Unfortunately, for the thrill seeking audience, the element of mystery starts well, then meanders and finally comes to a forcing shocking halt. It is the human drama, that then begins to take center stage and becomes more interesting.
However, the movement between these two genres, achieves the basic object of keeping the audience on their seats, hence from that point of view it moves along crisply.
There are elements of forced shock and darkness which actually take away from the seamless flow of the film to its logical end.
A story and a film become more interesting if supported by solid acting. In this department UGLY passes with an A+ grade. Some amazing performances by Ronit Roy, Rahul Bhatt, Girish Kulkarni and Tejaswini, keep the drama even more engaging. Ronit, Rahul and Tejaswini are proving that Bollywood is changing, actors are now getting a second innings to their career and this innings is proving to be more impactful for them.
The editing is crisp, but the story telling somewhat is confusing at times although it does fall into play eventually, especially in scenes involving both a dialogue and an action to re emphasize a point to the audience and the music fully supportive of the film. The underlying humour is evident in the scenes involving the character of Girish Kulkarni. The film does contain a strong message, actually multiple, without going into preachy overtones.
The highlight- definitely the strong onscreen performances!