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Nothing exciting about ‘Ugly Aur Pagli’

August 1, 2008

In retrospect, I should have just switched off the television. But I didn’t. I watched “Pyaar Ke Side Effects” in its entirety – barely 24 hours before I was treated to the wannabe version of the film – “Ugly Aur Pagli”.

Naturally, the whole thing was doomed from the start.This is not to say the two films have similar storylines, but the producers and lead actress are the same, and you can’t help get the feeling the second film is trying hard to measure up to the first.

uglyaurpagliMallika Sherawat is Kuhu, a ranting, raving, dominating hottie aka Pagli while Ranvir Shorey is quite likeable as Kabir Achrekar, a middle-class Maharashtrian boy who falls head over heels in love with Kuhu.

The story moves along at a leisurely pace, and halfway through the film, you are wondering what the point is.

Kuhu makes Kabir do all kinds of slavish acts (riding saddle-less on a bicycle, wearing six-inch heels, and making the rounds of a film production company to sell her script) — all of which he does, without so much as a whimper.

Oh, and along the way, Kuhu also slaps him, in almost every scene, for seemingly no reason. Hence the tagline ‘99 slaps, 1 kiss’.

Kabir is hopelessly in love with this female terror but Kuhu can’t get over her dead boyfriend. Of course, you know how this one ends. I don’t even have to say it.

Mallika hams her way through most of the role but manages to look ravishing doing it. She should not cry on screen though (I cringed through all of her scenes).

And Shorey does a good job with the helpless boy act. But it’s still tough to believe both of them are supposed to be playing college students.

Watch out for some good performances from Bharti Achrekar and Sushmita Mukherjee who play Kabir’s and Kuhu’s mothers respectively. That was about the only refreshing part for me.

Comments

she was the ugliest pagli no doubt. but the movie had some good scenes and ranvir again proved that he is a good actor. nothing exciting, but not that bad, u’ll agree i guess.

Posted by santosh | Report as abusive
 

uts a complete rir off from the Korean classic “The sassy girl”.. 80% of the scenes and dialogues are copied exactly..I mean its so awkward they even copied the dialogues frame to frame.. n u cant mistake it for origianl cos its so pathetic.. ppl who made this one shud be tried for wasting our precious time.. n the scriptwriters and director shud b banned from making any more …

Posted by hellboy | Report as abusive
 

Not so bad as u hve described it. Ranbir is at his best and makes sure u giggle all through out d movie. Though the stroy line is not so good, but definetly can be watchd once :-)

Posted by Piyush | Report as abusive
 

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