UGLY – only dark enough to be real!

One does walk on a tight rope with a screenplay, character sketch and an unlit story like that, but only Anurag Kashyap could have created this masterpiece with such finesse.

From the very first frame of the movie, he ties you vigorously to your seat with a rope and keeps tangling and untangling it till the last frame, and you willingly sit there motionless witnessing the this brilliant mystery unfold.

The ugliness of every human alive has been summed up in this plot of a young girl gone missing. Tejaswini Kolhapure, plays a frustrated housewife. The meshed nature of her character travels through time and relationships and starkly convinces us of her existence. Rahul Bhatt shines like a diamond with his crude depiction of a struggling actor who also happens to be a father, the father part being comparatively dormant. Ronit Roy is as extraordinary as usual, so one is not surprised. Be it the police inspector, played by the veteran Girish Kulkarni or the casting director, there is not a single inch of error by any participant to spoil the grim mood and allow you to blink. Surveen Chawla is refreshingly raw with her ‘main tujhe nichod lun’ act.  There are some scenes so irrelevant to the main story that only a director like Kashyap could have managed to place them so relevantly that even they keep you hooked.

The marvel of the story lies in the grave side of all the characters depicted with such realism. The excellent job by the gamut of actors and the hard-hitting screenplay leaves you with something that you cannot wash your hands off, even after a few hours of the movie. It will make you laugh, cringe, gasp and also leave you disturbed, but only to expose you to what exists but you don’t wish to see. Do watch it, and find your own reasons to like/dislike it, but do not miss for it is rightly ugly.

PK – Ye wrong number hai!

There are a few geniuses we have in the industry who do not fall prey to the prosaic and conventional style of film making. Having experienced the rage of ‘jaadu ki jhappi’ and ‘all iz well’ you cannot really blame the audience to expect a masterpiece, from someone who delivers simplistic and thought provoking cinema with a warm smile.

PK on the contrary barely manages to rise above mediocrity.

Vicky in small wonder(if you remember) looked cute with this act, but watching Aamir Khan with his stretched eyebrows and pointy ears for 2 and half hours comes close to being unbearable.The fact that you are able to unveil the story line from the very first motion poster is quite a bummer in itself.

But, if they have still managed to surprise you, the ride ahead might not be sleep-inducing.

An alien landing up somewhere in Rajasthan and slowly catching up to the weird nuances of human lifestyle on Earth is portrayed with sheer brilliance. It’ll make you laugh or at least smile when this ‘nanga punga dost’ poses childlike but relevant questions while on his quest to find a…well something. Then there is Anushka, I might stand against the public opinion but I almost shut my eyes every time she appeared on screen. The necessity to justify a profession with that haircut is beyond my understanding. I think her styling has cheated her talent , otherwise she does a decent job standing next to the perfectionist himself. Veterans like Boman Irani and Sanjay Dutt have been mis-casted like never before, the song ‘tharki chokro’ glorifies the insignificance of ‘song and dance’ in an otherwise socially relevant film. Sushant Singh Rajput is wasted with one song and his romance is short enough to leave no impression at all. There are dollops of emotions stuffed into one movie, so much so that none passes through your skin.

A lot of tried and tested Hirani formulas being repeated, including a lovable dialect, a life-changing phone call, Gandhi factor, a brief love story in background and of course an oddball protagonist give us one unimaginative attempt. The religious conflict is so done to death that daring to portray it again without hurting any sentiments requires the schematic approach that Hirani masters in. Sadly, that too is not novel anymore, the second half of the movie is much like the Akshay Kumar starrer Oh My God, gone wrong.

Music has never been the strongest point with his movies, but this time around it does not even compliment the story.

With its heart in the right place and all pre-attempted ingredients, PK falls flat not due to the performances but due to the mawkish story telling.

This sure isn’t the trio’s best venture, but do watch the movie for Aamir’s intellligent comeback after Dhoom 3, the right flavor of the dialogues, a happy take on a serious subject, and for December hasn’t given Box Office anything better!