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Miss Lovely  Rating: 3.37/5

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:Masand’s verdict ( CNN IBN)

I’m going with three out of five for Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely. Selected to play in the prestigious Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes film festival in 2012, it’s an unconventional watch, yes, but it’s also refreshing to see a different kind of Indian cinema make its place in the world.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Bollywood Hungama Team Site:Bollywood Hungama

While the first half takes the viewer through a series of events, sequences, action, drama, s** trade, skin show, sleaze etc., the viewer is left wondering as to what’s the relevance of the film’s title to all this. It’s only in the second half that the reality dawns on the viewer. However, the problem is the slow pacing that acts as a roadblock. On the whole, MISS LOVELY is worth a watch for its taut screenplay, fine performances and the detailing that has gone into recreating the bygone era. At the same time, it caters more to aficionados of meaningful cinema!

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World ( Hindustan Times)

In places, I struggled to understand the narrative. And beyond a point, the lack of dramatic momentum was frustrating. Ashim’s characters are fascinating but in places, his telling is labored and self-conscious. I really wanted more clarity. And yet I recommend that you see Miss Lovely. Yes, it is an acquired taste. But Ashim Ahluwalia’s distinct and intriguing voice is one more sign of how fundamentally and excitingly the Hindi film topography is changing. I’m going with three stars.

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Ratings:– Review By: Komal Nahata Site:ZEE ETC Bollywood Business

The story, by Ashim Ahluwalia, is quite scattered and it does not really engage the viewers.  The characters, enacted by mostly new actors, haven’t been established because of which comprehending the drama becomes even more difficult.  Also, the entire film has a very depressing feel to it, making it so much less enjoyable for the audience. The climax is dull, drab and dreary. On the whole, Miss Lovely is a fare more suited for the festival circuit. At the box-office, its run will be far from lovely. Flop.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV

Dark, disturbing and disorienting, Miss Lovely is the sort of film grips viewers by the gullet and drags them into a claustrophobic crevice. In other words, it isn’t an easy film to watch. It demands total attention and a willing surrender to its unusual narrative rhythm. The visual texture, the editing patterns and the sound design of this provocative portrait of Mumbai’s dystopian s**-horror film industry of the 1980s are all aimed at generating discomfiture.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Madhureeta Mukherjee Site:Times of India (TOI)

Documentary filmmaker Ahluwalia has shot this film in a docu-drama style, with retro-arty feel, taking you into a blast from the past. But the plot unfolds at a lethargic pace, with long-drawn scenes filled in with few dialogues. Some crucial scenes lack the emotional depth and connect you’d expect, inhibiting us from empathising with the protagonists. Nawazuddin shines brilliantly even in the smoky shadows of this s**ploitative world, Niharika and Anil play their parts well. The film is stylishly sleazy, that’s what works for it. Watch it for a retro-ride into the nak** innards of a soft-porn world and its bared bosoms.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Paloma Sharma Site:Rediff

A much-touted film festival favourite, Miss Lovely is a frustrating film. Neither does it go forward, nor does it go back — it only keeps a steady pace where it is like a creaky old rocking chair. The script is not exactly Miss Lovely’s strong point.But the film has achingly pleasurable performances from the cast and the brilliant sound design. The one good thing about watching Miss Lovely is that now when I tell people that I’ve watched it, they might mistake me for an intellectual.

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Ratings:– Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

It makes no excuses for any of its characters, but it does tell us where they are coming from. It has no distracting schmaltz, but a great deal of empathy. Ahluwalia gives us marvelous atmosphere, terrific detailing, just the right grunge and grain in the characters and an unexpected emotional punch: this is a film I want to embrace. This is a film that unsettled me, and moved me. This is also a film I will savour for a long time.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Mihir Fadnavis Site:FirstPost

Some will appreciate Miss Lovely for its experimental arthouse style. Others will hate the film and call it a slow, story-less and pointless exercise in indulgence. But those like me and most desi D-grade horror fans will be fascinated to see (and hear) how 80’s low budget Hindi horror movies were made and delve into the unglamorous world of their production. Miss Lovely breaks a lot of ‘Bollywood rules’. You can bristle about its indulgencies but I’ll still prefer a movie that fiddles with the rules over an easy commercial one. Especially if it has a climax that features blood and a Nazia Hassan song.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi

Miss Lovely is superbly acted, exquisitely shot and brilliant directed. Donning a sinister look, the film traverses you through the Ramsay-ish era of 80s’ Bollywood which is conspicuous of its mystically grey ambiance, sleaze and the horror it entailed. Ahluwalia has made one challenging film which shatter the typecast of commercial movies that this industry comes up with. With its dangerously done climax, the film is extremely bemusing and yet every bit fantastic. A sure shot must watch.

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    ‘A’ grade film about ‘C’ grade Film Industry in late 80’s! Dark & disturbing! [3.5/5]

    Much before the current ‘Salman-Akshay & now everyone else’ dominating world of non-sense action thrillers, existed the times of Bollywood’s guilty pleasures confidently called as ‘C-Grade’ films. The period when soft-porn sleazy horror flicks were considered the most profitable idea of mass entertainment. The period when ‘Ramsays’ were more a rage in show-business than ‘Benegals’ & ‘Nihalanis’. Ashim Ahluwalia’s MISS LOVELY takes you back to the very same fascinating era but in a very dark, disturbing, unsettling and highly absorbing tone.

    Set in Bombay Film Industry of late 80’s, MISS LOVELY is an atmospheric tale of two brothers [on the suggestive lines of ‘Ramsay Bros.’] trying to make it large in a parallel running darker side of mainstream cinema that is destined to find its end in an illegal commercialization of sex & porn. Vicky Duggal [Anil George] alongwith his younger brother Sonu Duggal [Nawazuddin Siddiqui] makes movies with plump-chubby women of desire in ill-fitted blouses and blood-red lipsticks for clients who only bother about filthy exhibition of female body. These movies are in general those ‘extra reels’ that get added in between shows at single screen cinemas to give viewers maximum pleasure and their value for money.

    Where Vicky is unabashedly passionate about making money through these movies, Sonu seeks a way out of all these filth and wants to make ‘ceretainly not with Kumar Gaurav’ but a romantic film. Soon he finds his leading and love-lady too in Pinky [Niharika Singh]- a small town girl with twinkled eyes. Rest is the series of betrayal, hope, dream and passion…all in a dim-lit dark shade.

    Ashim Ahluwalia masters in soaking you in the not-so-lovely shocking world behind the curtains where C-grade films rule. The nuances and the settings are perfectly captured through lenses. The lighting sets the swing in moods from cheap flashy parties to excessively melodramatic & multi-colored shooting sequences and the shady-murky times of harsh rejection from reality. The soundtracks are varied, apt and interestingly engross. You can easily find the transition stage from subsequential in quality music pieces in movies to jazzy Biddu-Nazia Hasan eon of Music videos in 90s. Production-design succeeds well in recreating the atmos and the textured look of 80s.

    Performances here are subtle, realistic and innate. Nawazuddin is known for the kind of acting his role demanded. He impresses with his honesty mixed with brilliance that never allows you to doubt on the standing of his character. Anil George though looks methodical & disciplined in most of his portrayal. Niharika Singh brings a breezy break with her innocence in playing a small towner.

    This all can never be completed without making it loud & clear that MISS LOVELY takes on a world popular in mass but is not everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to an overall movie experience. It does have an arthouse movie feel with less dialogues, engaging but slow pace, lack of hardcore non-sense entertainment & anything that is regular and in routine these days. It is a film for cinema adults. [3.5/5]

  2. Hi Gaurav
    I agree with your above content.
    But actually this movie made me remember of Ed Wood(1994) Directed by Tim Burton huh…

    Yes this is quite an experimental film about B-grade movies in Early 80's.
    In some parts it is a bit slow but keeps you engaging in its drama and the world of B-Grade Cinema of early 80's.

    Nawazuddin is good in his part and other actors are also up to the mark.
    Direction i would say is okey but what i was impressed of its was Cinematography and some pieces of Screenplay.

    Over all Background Score was ok and keeps engaging.

    Over all the Movie was good. I really wish that Ashim Ahluwalia the director of this movie will keep on making More intelligent films rather than making senseless comedy action stuff.
    My Rating 3/5

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