UGLY MOVIE REVIEW
- Genre: Thriller
- Cast: Ronit Roy, Rahul Bhat, Siddhant Kapoor, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Surveen Chawla,Jayant Gadekar
- Director: Anurag Kashyap
Ugly Opens the Ugliness Inside
It is evident that Bollywood films are taking new turns with the new breed of directors such as Vishal Bhardwaj, Dibakar Banerjee or Anurag Kashyap. It is evident from the new stylization in the making of their films, realistic treatment, sharp dialogue, use of black comedy and of course a new age catharsis offered to the audience, that draws them nearer to the content of the movies no matter how disturbing the feeling is.
Kashyap’s new venture, Ugly, appropriately follows this genre. With a very small but interesting storyline of girl’s sudden disappearance, Kashyap opens a broader door of ‘ugly’ human mind and the suppressed emotions. After this 10 year old girl disappears from the car, his father, an actor by profession and his friend, a casting agent, heads to the local police station for lodging a complaint, and thus starts the noir thriller, when after a witty conversation with the inspector, they themselves become the prime suspects.
Kashyap leads the film to a wide variation of characters, who are motivated by greed, lust and mean emotions and try to save their own skins. In order to do so, they lead themselves to further mistakes. The gradual progression of the film towards a very dark and bitter world is adequately supported with dim lightings, black humor and ironic situations.
Though most of the actors in Ugly seemed quite monotonous, due to lack of humor in their characters, Rahul Bhatt and Tejaswini Kolhapure, stands out respectively as an aspiring actor and his alcoholic wife. So does Ronit Roy in the role of the brutal police detective. Other actors who make their marks in the film are National Award-winning Marathi screenwriter and actor Girish Kulkarni, Siddhant Kapoor as the brother of the wife and Vineet Kumar Singh as the casting agent. In case of the woman characters Ugly superbly offers an open ended psychology filled with perverseness.
Ugly is not a nail biting thriller. It has many turns that halts it from a straightforward story. But it makes the audience feel the real ‘ugliness’ inside human mind. There lies its success. Watching Ugly is definitely disturbing but the impression that it leaves, is long lasting.