Release Date: 25 September 2015
Starring: Akanksha Puri, Kyra Dutt, Avani Modi, Ruhi Singh and Satarupa Pyne
Directed by: Madhur Bhandarkar
Produced by: Bhandarkar Entertainment and Sangeeta Ahir
Story: Madhur Bhandarkar
Music by: Amaal Mallik and Meet Bros Anjjan
Duration: 2 hours and 11 minutes
Censor Rating: A
About Calendar Girls
Director Madhur Bhandarkar is known for exposing the other side of the glamour and showbiz industry with his movies. After unmasking the world of entertainment and fashion in his movies like Fashion, Heroine and Page3, the unconventional film maker new film Calendar Girls has been released. As the name suggest, the movie is about the lives of the calendar girls. This time, Bhandarkar has not signed any popular face from the Bollywood; in fact, he has presented the audience with five new faces to provide a glimpse of the real life of the calendar girls through his film. Will Madhur’s charm and direction draw audience and critics to the theatres? Let’s see!
Calendar Girls revolves around five girls who hail from different parts of the country – Nisha (Ruhi Singh) from Rohtak, Paroma (Satarupa Pyne) from Bengal, Sharon (Kyra Dutt) from Goa, Nandita (Akanksha Puri) from Hyderabad and also Nazneen (Avani Modi) from Lahore, Pakistan. The girls have been selected to pose for the most renowned annual calendar which is a joint effort between business tycoon Rishabh Kukreja (Suhel Seth) and his photographer friend Timmy Sen (Rohit Roy). What happens after their calendar releases and how their lives take a turn is what the film is all about.
When you have seen awesome movies like Page 3, Chandni Bar and Fashion, and you get into the theatres just because it’s Madhur Bhandarkar’s next flick, then definitely you have high expectations from the movie. But, after watching Calendar Girls, you will somewhat feel betrayed as this time Madhur has failed to meet the expectations of the audience. Gay designers, flashy Page3ites, high-profile people and many more from the glamour world; we have seen all of these in Madhur’s previous works.
The five actresses look each others’ clones and lack the acting skills. At times, in a scene or two it seems that one of the actresses is getting better than her previous scene. But, overall they dissatisfy you with their similar expressions and disappointing dialogue deliveries.
In a nutshell, Madhur has shown something very similar to what he has already shown in his earlier ventures. For a change, he himself has made a cameo in the movie and in one scene explains why he always make women oriented films.
Rohit Roy, who is seen in a cameo in the first half has done justice to his brief appearance. Suhel Seth who plays Vjay Mallya does not have much to do in the movie; in fact, writers should have focused and developed a strong role for him in the script.
There are five songs in the music album, composed by Meet Bros Anjjan and Amaal Mallik. The music and songs of Madhur’s films have always been a hit but unfortunately none of the songs in Calendar Girls has gained much popularity or a place in the musical charts. The background score in the movie will keep reminding you of the similar music that you have heard in Heroine or Fashion.
Details of songs in the movie:
1. “Awesome Mora Mahiya”
Music: Meet Bros Anjjan
Singers: Meet Bros Anjjan and Khushboo Grewal
2. “We Will Rock The World”
Music: Meet Bros Anjjan
Singer: Meet Bros Anjjan, Neha Kakkar and Khushboo Grewal
3. “Shaadi Wali Night”
Singer: Aditi Singh Sharma
4.”Khwaishein (Rock Version)”
Music: Amaal Mallik
Singer: Arijit SIngh
5.”Khwaishein (Film version)”
Music: Amaal Mallik
Singer: Armaan Mallik
The only good point about the movie is that it turned out to be the same as expected – the same plot, structure and essence. The other good thing is Madhur has shown the massive use of social media among the models and actresses, which is of course a trending thing nowadays.
The film lack newness; in fact, Madhur could have named it as a sequel to Fashion. Enough of realism and dark side of the glamour world has been shown in Bollywood by now. You can easily relate to some scenes that you have seen in Madhur’s previous movies; looks he has taken bits and pieces from his own creations and has brought them together in Calendar Girls. If the script could have been stronger, it might have earned some points for the movie.
Skimpy clothes, leggy beauties, cheesy dialogues – if you can tolerate and find these things impressive then you can go and watch Calendar Girls; otherwise giving it a miss won’t put you at any loss!
Calendar Girls Rating: *1/2
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