After Kareena Kapoor Khan starrer Heroine, Madhur Bhandarkar is back with Calendar Girls. Madhur has mostly directed films starring famous Bollywood stars in it, and for the first time he is trying his hands at introducing five actresses. He is known for realistic films and his latest outing is not an exception.
The movie is about five girls (played by Akanksha Puri, Avani Modi, Kyra Dutt, Ruhi Singh and Satarupa Pyne) who are selected for a calendar shoot. The calendar is successful and the five girls become famous. And then starts a journey which showcases the several changes in the lives of these calendar girls. While two girls face a downfall in their career, one decides to get married, one enters Bollywood and one of them happily gets into a relationship with her ex-boyfriend. But, then comes the twists and turns in their lives. The story moves on to show how these five girls handle their lives.
Madhur always comes up with realistic films and tries to unveil the dark side of the dazzling glamour industry; and this time too he does the same. The story has nothing great in it. While in Page 3 he showcased the life of three girls, in Fashion he came up with the story of three models, and now, with Calendar Girls he explores the life of five calendar models. However, what impresses us this time is that he does not only stick to negative aspects of life. He tries to justify the fact that it’s not the profession of a person that steers their personal choices in life, it’s their individual choice on how they want to manage their life. The screenplay of the film lacks a few things. There are five stories being showed in one film and with so many things happening on screen, it might make viewers a bit confused and a bit bored too. If the editing was sharp, than this could have been a better film. The dialogues of the film are strictly okay and easily forgettable. Would like to point out one thing here that due to whatever reason Madhur had to change the word ‘Bible’ to ‘Geeta’, but coming that dialogue from a Catholic character is not so impressive.
Director Madhur Bhandarkar knows his work very well. He knows how to narrate the reality on screen and he does that brilliantly. Well, his direction offers nothing new, but now this is his genre and he has mastered it. It’s his narration style that succeeds in making us hooked to the screen. However, this cannot be stated as his best work.
One of the weakest points of the film is the cast. Well, I am not saying that the actresses have not done their work well, but known faces could have done wonders for the film. But now, the film is made and stars new actresses. Out of the five actresses, it’s Kyra Dutt (Sharon Pinto) who outshines. She performs with maturity and shows that she has everything that can make her a star. After Kyra, who steals the show is Akanksha Puri (Nandita Menon). She looks damn pretty and has also acted very well. Ruhi Singh (Mayuri Chauhan) is next in the list. She is just perfect as the bubby girl and will remind you of the early days of Preity Zinta. Avani Modi (Nazneen Malik) is strictly okay and fails to come with a good act. She has the charm, but fails to handle the emotional scenes. And the last and the worst is Satarupa Pyne (Paroma Ghosh). She is pathetic in the film. She is so bad that even Mugdha Godse’s acting in front of her is like National Award winning. Satarupa should not at all think about doing films anymore. When it comes to male actors none of them have been given a good scope. While Rohit Roy and Indraneil Sengupta are wasted, Vikram Sakhalkar perfectly plays the eye-candy in the film. Madhur shines in the cameo and we recommend that he should try his hands on doing a full-fledged role.
The music of the film is really bad, except one song Khwaishein no other song impresses us.
Calendar Girls Movie Review Final Verdict:
Overall, Calendar Girls is not the best work of Madhur Bhandarkar; however, it succeeds in entertaining us.
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