Star Cast: Rahul Bhat,Ronit Roy,Girish Kulkarni,Siddhanth Kapoor,Tejaswini Kolhapure,Vineet Kumar Singh,Vipin Sharma,Surveen Chawla.
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Producer(s): Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Mantena, Vikas Bahl, Arun and Vivek Rangachari.
Claps for:Tremendous acting and the overall mood of the film.
Slaps for: Pacing of the film, poor selection of background music, not sufficiently gripping!
Popcorn Refill: During the interval
Story: Rahul Kapoor (Bhat) is a struggling actor who still dreams of that one big break which will propel him into stardom. He has a daughter Kali with ex-wife Shalini (Kolhapure), whom he meets during the weekends. Shalini is chronically depressed and alcoholic, with suicidal tendencies. She is married to a tough cop named Shoumik Bose (Roy), who is a terror to everyone around him. On one such Saturday, Rahul picks up Kali as usual and goes to meet his friend Chaitanya (Singh) regarding an audtion. Kali, who is waiting in the car for her father, goes missing and the only clue, a suspicious street vendor, meets with an accident while being chased by Rahul and Chaitanya. The duo go to the local police station and thus begins an emotional rollercoaster of a ride in the search for missing 10 year oldâ€¦
Performances: What 'Ugly' has is some terrific performances by its cast overall. Rahul Bhat as the struggling actor and father is convincing in his role, with the pain and anguish clearly visible on him. Vineet Kumar Singh is also good as Chaitanya while Tejaswini Kolhapure does justice to her role as the suicidal, depressed Shalini. Siddhant Kapoor as Shalini's brother is totally wasted and is in the movie for only the 'underwear-dance' scene one gets the feeling! Surveen Chawla oozes crass as required for her role as the slimy item-girl but doesn't have enough screen time. Girish Kulkarni makes his debut in Hindi cinema as Inspector Jadhav and is definitely impressive. The real standout here is Ronit Roy. His menacing turn as the vindictive, sado-masochistic but principled super cop is simply brilliant. His ruthlessness will scare the living daylights out of practically anyone! One thing though, this character reminds us of the alcoholic, abusive father's role that Roy portrayed in 'Udaan'. This similarity may just take away the sheen from his role in 'Ugly'.
Direction: This is where the film could have been better. Anurag Kashyap begins the movie with heavy metal music which feels out of place totally! There are couple of instances more where he uses western nusic which just doesn't suit the movie. On occasions, he lingers too much on a particular scene, like the police station one in the beginning. It is humourous initially and then feels overdone. Maybe, it is done on purpose! In the first half, you tend to feel 'where is this film going?'. The first half feels too long and in the second half, it seemed like the director felt 'okay, that's enough, lets end it!' The movie does end on an open note without sufficient explanation, especially about Rahul and Shalini's characters. It leaves you unsatisfied and even though the film is quite dark, it lacks the sufficient intensity to grip you throughout its running time. It just doesn't hit you like it should have! Where Kashyap was really successful is in getting some top-notch performances from the actors involved.
Combo on offer: A dark film which deals with misplaced human emotions driving people to do the wrong thing. Not a family film in any way, watch it if you are in for something really different and a little disturbing!
Final Verdict: We give the film Claps for its acting performances and Slaps for disappointing overall!