Fashion; you never know that from where lines get crossed

Sometimes expectations force you to take on complicated projects. After watching the movie, I knew that writing a review over such fine grained piece of work would be tougher as one needs to get it readable means compact in size, but the details it touches… Anyway….

The well advertised and well announced movie, which was awaited from long. Fashion world; I really unable to find many names, when I think of films fine graining realities of Fashion world in this much closer ways.

After an unnoticed debut with “Trishakti”, Chandni Bar, Satta, Page 3, Corporate and now Fashion, Madhur Bhadarkar now seems to be settled in big ranks and only after Fashion some people like me will be waiting for his next projects for sure. He really amazed me with his fine graining and also leaving some things over the viewer’s notice only, kind of a unique presentation.I could claim that this remarkably mature film is Madhur’s most accomplished work till now, even if Page 3 was a fine grained attempt, but it was somewhat on a lesser larger scale. He seemed to be Brand Ambassador of new age Realistic Cinematography.

Title: Fashion
Release Date: 14th November 2008
Banner: Bhandarkar Entertainment, UTV Motion Pictures.
Presenter: UTV Motion Pictures
Producer: Ronnie Screwwala
Madhur Bhandarkar
Arjan Baweja, Kangna Ranaut, Kittu Gidwani, Priyanka Chopra, Mugdha Godse, Arbaaz Khan, Harsh Chaaya, Sameer Soni, Ashwin Mushran, Suchitra Pillai, Raj Babbar, Kiran Juneja
Guest Appearances:
Madhur Bhandarkar, Manish Malhotra, Karan Johar, Konkana Sen Sharma, Ranvir Shaury and many more…
Production Design:
Nitin Chandrakant Desai
Music Director:
Salim Marchant, Sulaiman
Sandeep Nath & Irfan Siddique
Story Writer: Ajay Monga
Edited by: Deven Murdeshwar
Cinematography: Mahesh Limaye
Screen Play:
Madhur Bhandarkar, Anuradha Tiwari, Ajay Monga
Niranjan Iyengar
Costume Stylist: Rita Dhody
Publicity Designer: Marching Ants

First let’s discuss what one think of Fashion world while standing outside this mysterious world, just by watching a few occasional Fashion shows on FTV. We wonder that how come…

  1. How come all the model seems to be so overly stone faced and under extremely hyper makeup without any reason? Do they feel any emotion? Do they live in this world?
  2. How much attitude they seem to carry, aren’t they seem to selling cloths to aliens only?
  3. How much true the often rumors of exploitation of models and stealing of so much acclaimed designs? Wardrobe malfunctions, Casting couches?
  4. What about Fashion’s high society wild life showcasing Gay relations and drugs all around?

These were the initial question before watching the movie and it gives attentions to all these in one way or another. Still lots of things remained untouched, but one project can’t address everything, still many things left about Fashion world. Even then in the way, this movie satisfies critics, no one stands parallel to it.

This movie is about a girl named Meghna (Priyanka Chopra), who after winning a local beauty contest extends her dreams, to the biggest sky of Fashion World. The girl had a dream and at the same the determination to make it reality, she makes it, but with what she passes through tells many things to the people dreaming for entering into the practical world.

Meghna with her acquaintance Rohit (Ashwin Mushran) starts to interact with pieces of the real world. She comes to meet a few later on closer friends like Janet (Mugdha Godse) and Rahul (Harsh Chhaaya) and Manav Bhasin (Arjan Baweja) in next few happenings and in dramatic ways with just a flip of eyes finds her in front of big names like Anisha Roy (Kittu Gidwani) owner of biggest Profile Agency for Fashion World and Abhijeet Sareen (Arbaaz Khan) acclaimed Big Daddy of Fashion World, owner of biggest company Panache for fashion world.

Once her dream Sonali Nagpal (Kangna Ranaut), soon finds herself replaced by Meghna; not only because of being a new face, but many little things adding into it. Meghna starts running, slowly missing the real world around in her pace. Everything seems to happen logically, in her practical winning eyes till she comes feel that she committed just a few mistakes.

Meghna becomes an overnight success and is everywhere – right from being the showstopper at the biggest fashion shows in town to fashion magazine covers to print ads to TV commercials. The overnight success spoils Meghna and the budding love relationship between her and Manav also comes to an abrupt end. Meghna never gets to know that when she went alike Sonali; the same arrogance, the same freaking and the same fate. Her feet stops only when she finds herself naked in bed with an stranger Black Man for a night stand in overdose of Drug. The ignition of the plot (Sonali Nagpal) seems is taken from the incident of Geetanjali Nagpal; an Ex-Model turned Drug Addict and then found begging on New Delhi streets. I think people should check out following links for the same story

Meghna still finds herself under a shelter due to support of her family, where she come back after that night leaving everything behind. One year passes and after giving all thoughts, she comes back. Comes back to find her all left friends, comes back to tell herself that the mistakes could be altered, comes back to know that is the same fate name of Fashion?

Learning from her mistakes, getting her old friends back as she were true from her once in front of them, she again come to face the world. Trembles once, but relations again come to give her chance to win and when she reaches the edge of making it, she found herself losing Sonali, now days under her guardianship. The message was clear… not everyone gets chances to come back.

This was the story, which was so fine grained that you didn’t found many even if you try for the flaws. Yes, it has its share of flaws like being too lengthy almost 3 hours (2 hours and 50 mins precisely) and missing details from others side than the “showstopper” herself, but for me, it was justified for a critic point of view and thanks to Madhur, he didn’t compromised.

What I really got amazed about was the look and attitude engraved by Kangna. She really looked like a super model, somewhere Priyanka was way behind her, even after her till now best emotional appearance on her credits, somewhere Kangna leaves other behind by stone faced presence and perfection on stage like I myself went on googling that if she hails from Fashion world and I admire her most as she was not. But for me, she proving herself as a find for film industries.

Second fact that was troubling me was “Are all designers and people involved backstage in Fashion Industry seems to be Gay?” Madhur admits here

Really feeling so so much about this movie, but it’s been just a little late and many good things has been said about this movie, so better to watch the movie with full attention than just reading the review. Although for insights of characters, you may check out review on Wikipedia

The scenes I loved from the movie are plenty, but the meaningful to me were the following:

  1. The first fashion show pictured in this movie, probably the most authentic and impressing one.
  2. When Kangna doesn’t turn back after wardrobe malfunction and we still confused that it was coincidence or …
  3. When Meghna answers to Abhijeet in front of his wife Avantika (Suchitra Pillai).
  4. When Meghna woke up from bed and gets herself naked with a stranger.
  5. When Meghna finds Manav moved on in his life.
  6. When under tears Meghna still finds her way to walk on Ramp finally with full confidence with straight eyes in front of all cameras.

Do you need any reasons to watch the movie? Are you still confused and waiting for others approvals and opinions? Don’t think even once, it’s the Show Stopper… go for it.


Strangers; Best thriller produced in recent months …

An extremely interesting entertainment, which made me write again, although was in way to write over other movies as well, which came in between but ‘Strangers’ came to be winner at the end. A must watch.

We might have heard about such a concept in few short stories and it is obviously possible that the similar story might already been realized into movie earlier but the same fact doesn’t make its credit any lesser. But putting the name for the reference “Strangers in the train by Alfred Hitchcock”

Extremely interesting dialogues, highly intellectual ways and things, which make your mind scratched, are the USP of this movie. I loved the way dialogues were here, something like I seen in Cheeni Kum, but this time, it was full fledged. Lovely…. Engaging… What more I could praise. One of the best thriller produced by bollywood in last few months.

Title: Strangers
Directed by: Aanand L Rai.
Written by: Gaurav Sharma and Himanshu Sharma
Production banner : Sahara one Motion Pictures
Produced by: Uday Tiwari
Music Directors: Vinay Tiwari
Editing: Sanjay Sankla
Javed Akhtar
Playback: Lata Mangeshkar, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal
Cinematographer: Manoj Gupta
Cost: Kay Kay Menon, Jimmy Sheirgill, Nandana Sen, Sonali Kulkarni, Kittu Gidwani.

Jimmy; in one of the best roles of his life yet, Kay Kay Menon; as we may expect from him, Sonali Kulkarni; according to her caliber and class and Nandana Sen; brilliant just like Jimmy.

The story started with two strangers males meeting in a train and then interesting conversations between them, which was initiated by Rahul (Jimmy); a writer …. I could relate myself with him so well and so it was already interesting for me and the plots and dialogues made it extremely interesting to me.

Sanjeev and Jimmy have their stories to share, their life story, what was common? What was to be common in them?

Rahul’s Story: A writer, which come to meet a beautiful girl in an unusual ways and his engaging ways connected her close to him in a short period and they got married. But as the nature, soon the same things which attracted them, come to be the problems. After coming into love, he lost his writing skills and I liked when he described in words that how he lost and why writers write. Worth hearing 😉 He started suspecting her wife along with his irritation over himself and like other writers are his silence along with the girl side silence as well come to make the things more worse. All was because of no communication between them.

Sanjeev’s Story: A businessman, who was in a nice life, with a nice wife, but things changed when she lost her mental stability due to death of her son in an accident and finally it started making him distracted to her till an extent that he come to think about killing her. But was this only reason?

The train journey ends with proposal of Sanjeev to Rahul to kill his wife and he will kill his and in this way, both of them will be out of their troubles and in this way, it comes out to be a journey of lifetime. But what was still left in the story… yes there was a big twist in story…. Watch it for the same…. You will like it… its something like we seen in “Chocolate”, but this time story was not fake in any side, but still the suspense and psychological thrill.

Lots to write about this movie and analyzing the relations, but .. leaving that part, because of some reasons. Cinematography and dialogues are the area, which could brought awards for this movie and if Jimmy may manage to get any award then it would be a new changing cinematic face. Background score and each thing about this movie was world class and intellectual enough. Probably, it’s the effect of corporate in Bollywood now, it has to be change its face for better and worthy movies. Again a movie for the class and has the perfect standard. Better watch it than reading this review only.