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Fashion-Faltering Ramp Walk

Hard-Hitting reality, lots of research, quirky one liners, tongue-in-cheek humour, well defined characters, actors surpassing their abilities and…….National Awards. This is a description of a usual Madhur Bhandarkar movie.  But Fashion one of his most eagerly awaited movies ever sadly falls short in many of these provinces. At least its very sad for me a loyal fan of Bhandarkar cinema. I always knew Bhandarkar was not a great storyteller, but he puts his research to good effect in the movies and transforms a very ordinary story on a strong subject into one of the best movies of Indian Cinema. This time too he took an ordinary story with a strong subject but transformation was not great, it looks as though much was lost in translation.

Movie begins with an impressive credit sequence, as the audience is sucked into the dark world of fashion by Madhur Bhandarkar. But from first scene itself the movie takes a plunge as a very weak confrontation between a strict father and free daughter takes place in the backdrop of Chandigarh. The daughter portayed by the elegant and sexy Priyanka Chopra locates to the ‘City Of Dreams’ Mumbai pursuing her dreams. Mumbai is shown from the viewpoint of an aspiring model, the artificially lighted dark alleys, the gay designers , the plastic models and the Moghuls of industry are introduced. As our protagonist moves from audition to audition guided by the awfully harsh voice of Chitrashi Rawat(Komal Chautala of Chak de). You feel sleepy as Madhur Bhandarkar’s usual characters appear and makes the movie crawl. All thees characters are very self indulgent and come from previous Bhandarkar efforts. Priyanka Chopra holds her own as her charcter progresses from a small town girl to a glamorized Mumbai girl. Kangna Ranaut’s character a supermodel goes deep into the labyrinth of Fashion as she shows the ugly province of a Famed State. Mugdha Godse shows great wit and puts life into the film as the not so successful model. Film proceeds with the protagonist doing LIngerie ads due to scarcity of money, you don’t feel sorry for her. She leaves her Uncle’s house to settle with her Boyfriend, oh! did I forgot to introduce his character? He’s the lone ranger of morals in the World pof Fashion, who is not ready to ‘adjust’ with the designers. The Fashion Moghul then gets Priyanka a big show, a spat with designer gets her thrown out of the show. From this point onwards the movie brightens as the Moghul takes it on his ego and makes Priyanka the supermodel replacing Kangana Ranaut. Priyanka’s character reaches another level as the self praising, self indulgent model. She leaves her Boyfriend and takes the dark road to success.

Second half begins with Priyanka Chopra showing the traits of the supermodel with glittering shows and dazzling costumes.  Kangana’s character descends into madness as Coke and other drugs gets better of her. The famous gay designer played by Sameer Soni is shown in a new light as he marries Mugdha Godse to please his Mum and the society. She agrees to keep her life safe, world of compromises expands. Priyanka pleases the Moghul played by Arbaaz Khan. Then comes the bomb as Kangna Ranaut falls victim to wardrobe malfunction and Priyanka Chopra dubs is as publicity stunt showing her supermodel ways. Priyanka gets pregnant with Arbaaz’s child and goes into depression after abortion, as her contract makes sure that she cannot have a child. The dark side of fame is portrayed to perfection as Priyanka is booked for drunken driving splashing her on every new channel and newspaper.  She enters a rift with Arbaaz and she is replaced by someone else. The depression era continues and a brown sugar night with a Black makes her trace back her steps to Chandigarh. She fights her depression and comes back to Mumbai. In Mumbai she is helped by some old friends including Sameer Soni and Mugdha Godse. Trauma of past gets better of her as she freezes on the ramp. Then she finds out about Kangana’s condition and brings her home. She looks after her and reagins her confidence. Last sequence of the film mesmerizes the audience as a disraught Priyanka hears the news of death of Kangana on phone, just before her turn on the ramp and as friends urge her on the audience wait for the Finale, she looks distraught but finally descends into hell as artificial reality is imposedon the scree.

Acting wise Priyanka Chopra gets all the accolades as the model, she plays the multilyerd character to perfection, another revelation in the movie is Harsh Chhaya who plays the character with ease and a certain panache. Kangana Ranaut is passable, she really needs to modulate her voice. Rest of the cast Mugdha Godse, Samir Soni, Arbaaz Khan played their character well. The flaw of the movie lay in the storyline as it was not engagging enough for the audience. The subject was not close to audience as we all know very less abut the subject. The direction is good but the subject and storyline and subject prevents it from being a great film. All in all Fashion is informative and well acted but it fails to strike a chord in the hearts of people. It is a movie for Bhandarkar loyals and fashion related people not for everyone else.

November 2, 2008 Posted by | Movie Reviews | Leave a comment