The film introduces us to Mumbais C-grade film industry and follows the story of two brothers, who are into producing sleazy horror films in the mid-1980s.
The film introduces us to Mumbais C-grade film industry and follows the story of two brothers, who are into producing sleazy horror films in the mid-1980s. less
“Miss Lovely is dark and disturbing with immaculate attention to detail as it recreates the C-grade film industry scene of the late 80s. The slow-pacing and the underwhelming writing can be frustrating. Watch it, if you are a fan of art cinema.”
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Miss Lovely is set in the seedy C grade film world of the late 1980’s. It took me back to my memories of the morning shows of two theatres in Bombay that do not exist anymore. ‘Pinky’ and ‘Shaan’ were the two theatres, where most of us got our first taste of sleaze.
Vicky (Anil George – looks so much like Vijay Anand) and Sonu (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) are brothers who make sleazy horror films. Sonu is the reluctant one, while Vicky is the dominant brother. The entry of Pinky (Niharika Singh) shatters the idyllic world of the brothers, when Sonu falls head over heels in love with her.
There is so much to admire in the film. If you are a student of cinema there is no way you should miss watching this film in the theatres. The stars of the film for me were Mohannan(D.P), Tabasheer Zutshi(Production design), Dhanya Pilo (Art Direction) and the sound design team.
It is such an indulgent film, that director Ashim Ahluwalia spends the entire first half giving us a peek into the world he definitely seems to be obsessed with. But, in spite of so much going for the film in terms of aesthetic, the story and the narrative didn’t strike a chord with me. My viewing was so disconnected with the story telling, that most of the time I was in awe of the technical aspect of the film. The period detailing, the costumes, the props and the way Mohanan has visualized the Bombay of the 80’s is marvelous.
Word of mouth – Miss Lovely has so much in it to admire but so little to like.
Rating – *** (one time watch – only for its aesthetics)