Director : Ashim Ahluwalia
Cast : Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Niharika Singh, Anil George, Zeena Bhatia, Menaka Lalwani
Debutant director Ashim Ahluwalia's Miss Lovely is set in the mid 80's involving C grade horror and sex films. The film starts with a dingy theatre filled with men watching a horror clip of a witch grabbing a man by his throat. The film is suddenly stopped and a new film is inserted by Sonu Duggal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) - a sleazy scene with a man all over a woman. On watching the changed film, the crowd cheers with excitement.
Inspite of receiving a tremendous response on the first day of the film, Sonu Duggal is set for a change and get himself out of the C-grade film industry by making a respectable romantic film involving the usual dose of songs, dance and romance. On the other hand, his boss and brother, Vicky Duggal (Anil George) opposes his plan and is hell bent on making his mark in the C-grade movie business with scantily clad women, sex and horror as his primary focus. Vicky has the blessings of some rich investors who are ready to finance his films as long as they are satisfied with the woman around them and live by the expectation - 'Ladkiyan khoobsurat honi chahiye aur besharam bhi'. Sonu is completely opposite to his brother and falls in love with Pinky (Niharika Singh), whom he meets on a train journey and decides to make his respectable Bollywood film 'Miss Lovey' featuring her as his lead and tells her, â€œTum ek din star banogi.â€ But, is Pinky really the person she portrays herself to be?
The film has a documentary feel with gaudy outfits, smoke and accurate locations recreating the shady side of Mumbai with disreputable characters and cheap hotel rooms giving a realistic look and feel to the film. The character played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui is raw, intense and makes you glued to the screen. Although the cinematography is not picture perfect, the rawness captured gives the film more intensity. Inspite of a strong story, the film lags due to its long scenes sans dialogues making you wonder what's going on.
Keeping all this in mind, I would give a CLAP to the film and suggest you to watch the film without expectations and enjoy the pure essence of a new kind of cinema.
NOTE : Miss Lovely competed in the 'Un Certain Regard' section at the Cannes Film Festival 2012 following screenings at other film festivals like Toronto International Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam.