'Calendar Girls' Movie Review: New Faces, Same Old Story

 
'Calendar Girls' Movie Review: New Faces, Same Old Story
Star Cast: Akanksha Puri, Avani Modi, Kyra Dutt, Ruhi Singh, Satarupa Pyne, Suhel Seth, Rohit Roy, Mita Vashisht

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar

Producer: Sangeeta Ahir, Bhandarkar Entertainment

Claps For: Subject of the film

Slaps For: Done-to-death plotline, amateurish performances, cliched dialogues

What's New: Madhur's take on the power of social media in the life of celebs.

Popcorn Refill: Anytime and we bet you wouldn't miss much.

Story: The story opens with a scene where we are introduced to the five lucky girls who have been short-listed to be the 'Calendar Girls'- The Bong girl Paroma Ghosh( Satarupa Pyre) who faces stiff opposition from her conservative family but yet chooses to pursue her dreams. The ambitious Mayuri Chauhan from Rohtak (Ruhi Singh) whose father looks so excited as if his daughter is going on a space expedition. The Goan lass Sharon Pinto (Kyra Dutt) is in search of her true calling. On the other hand Nazneen Malik (Avani Modi), a Pakistani girl breaks up with her boyfriend in London and flies to India to be the 'Calender Girl'. And finally there is Nandita Menon (Akanksha Puri) from Hyderabad who hails from a family of over-achievers. A case of small towns, mega-sized dreams! But then life is never meant to be easy. After the famed calender shoot, just when these girls think that their life is now a bed of roses, a crucial moment arrives in each of their lives where they are supposed to make a choice that would change things forever.

Performances: Out of this bunch of newcomers, only Kyra Dutt pulls off her role to some extent. The rest of the girls with their hammy acting and wooden expressions highly disappoint you. Suhel Seth, Rohit Roy and Mita Vashisht are okayish in their parts. And guess what! Our director even decides to do a cameo in this film. Reason: Highly unknown.

Direction: Madhur Bhandarkar who gave us some brilliant cinematic pieces like 'Chandni Bar', 'Page 3' and 'Fashion' is back and this time it's the world of 'Calendar Girls' that is on his radar. Going by the plot his latest outing too sounds familiar, doesn't it!? The over-the-top acting, done-to-death story and cheesy cliched dialogues add more to your boredom. Further the multiple under-developed plots leave you a confused soul and after sometime you just don't care about the characters anymore. (Honestly at one point of time I wished that they disappear into that calender). The music and the cinematography too has nothing new to offer.

Combo-on-offer: Dark Side of glitz and glamour+ oodles of skin show

Verdict: We give 'Calendar Girls' Slaps for being such a bore-fest and ruining our memories of previous Madhur Bhandarkar's hard-hitting films!

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