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Fashion critic rating (Hindustan Times): 3
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Fashion critic rating (DNA India): 2.5

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Fashion  (2008 - Hindi)

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  • Fashion rating: 8 out of 10(Pravir wrote on 02 Nov 2008)

    Ek Aur Tasveer Ka Doosra Rukh.

    Fully committed to explore and showcase the other side of all verticals of our society, Madhur Bhandarkar once again ensembles a near perfect star-cast for a plot woven around a seen but lesser exposed fashion industry lifestyle. Here is how he succeeds in this…

    A local beauty queen Meghana (Priyanka) of Chandigarh aspires to become a supermodel against the wishes of her parents (Raj Babbar and Kiran Juneja), and proceeds for Mumbai. Her struggle starts with meeting designer assistant Rohit (Ashwin Mushran) and model coordinator Shomu (Chitrashi) to get her first audition and meet her future boyfriend Manav (Arjan), but nothing clicks in her career initially. She gets her new portfolio done with costly ace fashion photographer Kartik Suri (Rohit Roy) and gets the finance by working first as a party escort, then doing a lin-je-ree ad (exclusively made for Srilanka and Bangladesh!!), all through Shomu. She gets to meet fellow model and her future best friend Janet (Mugdha). On Kartik’s recommendation she meets up with profile agency owner Aneesha Roy (Kitu Gidwani) and through her she extends her circle to “Panache” owner Abhijeet Sareen (Arbaaz), ace designers (mostly gays) and other socialites. Confident and ambitious as ever, once she starts on the ramp, she quickly moves up the ladder by first becoming show-stopper, then becoming the face of “Panache” replacing the high-headed, arrogant and drug-addict Shonali (Kangana). In the process, she lives-in with Manav, and later breaks up with him to move her company provided apartment, becomes a muse of Abhijeet and starts taking everything she loathed earlier (smoking, drinking, drugs, one night stands with strangers). Her fall-out with Abhijeet results in major damage with makers turning breakers. Disillusioned, she goes back to her parents, and comes back with a bang getting support of her father, best friends and mentors…

    An interesting mix of real life characters, incidents and fiction makes it a decent “masala” view. Prime focus is on the female protagonists, thereby making the scope less for the male star-cast. The writing is gripping and even a lengthy near 3 hours long screenplay doesn’t become loose at any point. Though I feel, it focuses more on the characters than at the industry intricacies. Dialogues hit below the belt on many occasions, as there are direct remarks on known personalities. Mahesh Limaye’s camerawork is excellent. Fashion choreography by Lubna Adams and Achala Sachdev is top-notch.

    Performances: Meghana’s character is the only one in the film where all the dimensions of life are touched, and Priyanka delivers superb performance (her best after Aitraaz). This was much awaited and truly deserving for her. I wonder why she kept Madhur on hold for months before accepting the role. Kangana doesn’t act, but lives the character of Shonali to perfection (though her role has few shades of “Who Lamhe”). It’s the best launching pad a model could imagine, what Mugdha got in her role. She looks good, confident and delivers a lovely performance. The good thing is that she’s got strong acting scenes needing her to perform, rather than limiting to the ramp-walks. Kitu Gidwani is in terrific form showing varied colours of her character as the film progresses. She deserves much more attention and meaty roles in films. Chitrashi Rawat is deliberately funny and works fine in her role. Rest of the supporting cast is alright.

    Music: Salim-Suleiman’s music is apt for the mood of the film. Most of the songs are used in the background and on the ramp. “Jalwa” and “Mar Jaavan” stand out in the album and picturised nicely. Background score is excellent.

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