Director: Anurag Kashyap
Release Date: 26 December, 2014
Nasty, Creepy, Evil, Monstrous, Lonely, Miserable, Dreadful, Greedy. When the going gets desperate, the desperate get ugly.
That’s what the trailer of Ugly says in the end note. Text itself suggests how dark it is going to get. Roughly one and a half year has elapsed since Ugly’s screening at Cannes Film Festival. From being called A black diamond that should not go unnoticed to receiving a roaring standing ovation at Cannes, Ugly has amassed all possible sort of acclaim during this interval. Not only did it grace close to 10 film festivals across the world with its presence, it also got released in France in May 2014. Then why have we not witnessed the gem yet? Search-Central Board Of Film Certification.
Anurag Kashyap (AK) sought legal recourse in order to fight creativity breach. He was against the inclusion of **Cigarette smoking is injurious to health** supers the moment someone lit it up on silver screen. Logical enough, right? WRONG. In a country where Shah Bano was denied justice, who the hell is AK. Obviously, he lost the case and now he is releasing the movie with those supers. (At least he dared and recorded his dissent unlike so many others)
A young girl goes missing all thanks to her divorced father’s lackadaisical attitude. He is a wife beater and a struggling actor. Situations go haywire one after another and lives of more than a few people get intertwined. Missing girl’s stepfather is a police chief and her mother is suicidal.
The trailer is tantalizingly fresh. It has managed to tempt its audience. As far as the rushes are concerned, it appears as one hell of a thriller. Background score is fresh and adds to the mystery. Performances appear to be gritty.
Kashyap’s defiance is as inexplicable as his casting process. To cast unknown actors is one thing but to cast actors who were written off long back, is a totally different thing. He does both and does it with oodles of panache. Rahul Bhat (Ugly’s protagonist) quit acting 11 years ago and assumed the role of a television producer. As far as Tejaswini Kolhapure is concerned, unfortunate is a lesser word to describe her fate in Hindi Cinema. Either her movie got banned (Paanch), did not release (Happi) or her role got severely chopped off (Raavan) to the point where even she cannot spot herself in the movie. Taking a cue from Kashyap’s past, even this will hit the bull’s eye (Remember Faisal Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur-2).
Ugly also includes familiar faces: Ronit Roy, Surveen Chawla, Vipin Sharma (Ishaan Awasthi ke pitaji). National award winning Marathi actor Girish Kulkarni will be the surprise element of the movie.
We call Kashyap defiant because in an unprecedented manner, he not only dared to release his movie a week apart from the mammoth PK but also announced its release date just two weeks before its release (One example is elucidated here). Kashyap is sure that his niche audience will definitely go and watch so why bother with exorbitant marketing spends? Will it turn out to be suicidal or will it be hailed as a master move? Only time will tell.
To cut a long story short, The Moviewala strongly recommends Ugly. It will definitely turn out to be a nail-biting edge-of-a-seat thriller. Eagerly awaiting with bated breath.
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.