Director: Anurag Kashyap
Paisa Vasooli: 4 / 5
Now-a-days they ask us to leave our brains at home when we come to watch a movie but for Ugly, we need to polish our brains in advance and remove all the cobwebs which were made by countless filmmakers insulting our intelligence. Kashyap, with Ugly, tests our involvement throughout and takes us on a roller coaster ride except that here we fall face down never to recover. BAMMMM.
A sharply edited (Editor- Aarti Bajaj, Kashyap’s first wife) back-and-forth movie running at a breakneck pace, coupled with amazing background score which never allows its audience to heave a sigh of relief. That is what UGLY is- An uncompromising, forthright movie which can be considered unpalatable by many because we have been mentally conditioned to accept that there can only be a happy ending in Bollywood.
Ugly’s plot is about Kali going missing from Rahul’s car while he is busy sipping tea upstairs; waiting for his friend Chaitanya. They manage to catch hold of a suspect but he dies in a road accident. Police, in the process of beating around the bush, finds out that Police Chief Shoumik Bose is Kali’s stepfather. The entire squad braces itself up for a rigorous investigation. As the search for Kali ensues, ugly truths are revealed, bones are broken, exploits happen and Ugly keeps becoming UGLIER.
Ugly is phenomenal. Each segment of movie making has reached its summit of excellence; be it editing, cinematography, music, perpetual eerie background score etc. One can write countless paeans for the captain of the ship, Anurag Kashyap because Ugly is a triumph in every sense. Needless to say, the performances are just plain brilliant. A captain is as good as his team and Kashyap’s hand-picked team delivers on the hype. Anurag Kashyap struck gold when he bumped into Rahul Bhat while casting of Ugly was on. Rahul Bhat is stripped of all the gloss and frills by the director and all the conventions of a leading actor being a HERO, have been shattered. We need a Rahul Bhat because our conventional HEROES continue to project their aura rather than act. Acting was their job, last time I heard. Ronit Roy picks up from where he left in Udaan and he delivers truckloads in terms of performance. He justifies his role of a Police Chief who scares-the-shit-out of his suspects. After watching Tejaswini Kolhapure master her role of a drunkard mother (oblivious of her daughter’s well-being), one feels sad that why was she robbed off so many opportunities. The actors who make Ugly a masterpiece are Vineet Kumar Singh and Girish Kulkarni. Girish as Inspector Jadhav is brutal and humorous at the same time. He internalizes the role of an officer who loves bickering as much as his job. Vineet ups the ante every time he collaborates with Kashyap. Ugly is another testimony. He is a master of UP-Bihar accent. He tickles our funny bone as well as shocks us with his conniving ways. Surveen Chawla perfects her role of a full time amoral vamp (whose side job is dancing to the tunes of sleazy item numbers)
One continues to wonder how Kashyap manages to incorporate humour in such a racy thriller and the source behind it. If the coordinated encounter of Sultan Qureshi in GOW-2 was funny, if the M-HILAAYIEN (Ladies) sign in the DTC bus in Dev D was funny, the first inquiry scene in Ugly is funnier. We bet it must be Kashyap’s mind behind that cheesy line of a movie poster- Sasura taade, Marda ke aade (Father in law ogles in the cover of my husband). Swear words are plenty but then, that’s how most of us talk. In moments of desperation, the first thing that goes flying off the window is decent language. Sanity is second. Kashyap shows us those nooks and corners of Mumbai of which we are always kept aloof from. He did that in Black Friday, he does it again. He again serves us with a chase sequence (although much shorter than Black Friday’s) which we will remember in times to come. Also, only he can make a MUKHAUTA vendor look sinister.
The degree of detailing witnessed in the movie is exemplary. Rahul- the struggling actor sports a blue stone bracelet (popular as SALMAN BRACELET) so that he can find some luck and has his real life snaps from his modelling days glued to the almirah. On the almirah are stacked buckets of whey protein for him to bulk up. A bachelor’s kitchen contains spilled over maggi and broken egg shells. Chaitanya touches God’s posters even before committing a crime. The family is living in such a small, claustrophobic house that people need to vacate the house so that a woman can change her attire.
Ugly’s climax smacks its audience in their face real hard and makes them feel guilty for having even a flicker of smile on their face while the movie was playing. With this movie, Anurag Kashyap has redefined the term ‘shocking’ so much so that Ugly can as well become an example for it. We are sure that audience will remain glued to their seats even after the end credits have disappeared from the screen. The movie has an ugly message as to what money can do. The most unpleasant fact is shown in the beginning- INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS.
It is a compulsion to watch Ugly because our Hindi Cinema does not churn out gems like these more often. The Moviewala strongly recommends Ugly.
A postgraduate from Symbiosis University & a digital marketing consultant, he loves being sarcastic as it's extremely healthy for the mind & adds up to 3 years to life as well. Cinema is to him what oxygen is to people. A voracious reader who never tolerates anything negative about Matthew Mcconaughey & Govinda.