Calendar Girls

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)

quick review:

Starts off and continues with awful dubbing, follows up with mostly awful acting, fills up with reinforcing stereotypes and finishes up with predictable story-telling.

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Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Running time: 120 minutes
Genres: Social
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Aren't we done yet with knowing the sleaze behind the scenes of the “glam” world? Maybe we are, maybe we aren't. But isn't Madhur Bhandarkar done making them?

The Calendar Girls trailer seems like a sorry excuse for putting a few skimpily clad women with suggestive expressions and poses. The need to know about the glam world isn't exciting at all. However, if there is hope for a few stories behind the girls, that are well told, I can still make myself look forward to the film. Unlikely as it may be.

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- meeta, a part of the audience

Madhur Bhandarkar must assume your eyes are shut tight for him to call his own films “eye-openers” or he is blind to things that must be going on in the industry to give us such a superficial view. Certainly things far worse must happen in the glam-world than his movies about it say. Having taken this into account, I watch his films as stories rather than revealing account of anything. But Calendar Girls doesn't have that either.

It follows the lives of five girls who have supposedly made it big in the industry because they have posed in a leading calendar. In this age of digital calendars, I don't even know what that means and why that is important. Anyway, moving on, these girls expectedly struggle, make it, break, evolve or give up. Though, there are five directions these lives take, only one of them is half-interesting.

The good bit is that there is not too much drama around the story-telling. Everything is presented in a matter-of-fact tone and just that – a story of a model. But, unfortunately, the characters, their arcs, the lines, the way they say the lines are lacking too.

It is, in fact, amusing the number of times twitter trend is mentioned, making the writers sound like they have discovered a new bird called twitter. And just in case you miss it, they explain what it is all about, which ends up exposing how underexposed the writers are themselves. Like that one person we all know in our lives, who shows off their wealth by mentioning their trip to Mauritius “in passing”.

As smirk-worthy as that is, it is infuriating that the writers must believe they are making a film about women and how empowered they can be. Even if said in jest, “I make women-oriented films because male stars are less professional than women stars” is demeaning to women at so many levels. You give them the benefit of doubt. They must have meant it as a self-deprecating joke; but hey what is self-deprecating about making women-oriented films? They must have meant it as women are more professional; but hey is the comparison necessary and does that mean you'd rather make male-oriented films. Try as I might, there is no good way of making this sound good or even acceptable.

Then the writers run out of occasions to mention twitter and selfie, and go back to tropes like celebrity being paid to attend a funeral. Sure, it is an amusing facet of that world and the associated farce makes you roll your eyes too. But, Mr. Bhandarkar, you didn't think we have forgotten the last time where we saw this, did you?

It doesn't help that hardly any of the actresses can act. Ruhi Singh has a very distracting accent. Her dialogue delivery is actually like that of kids in school dramas. While Kyra Dutt and Akanksha Puri show glimpses of expressions, Avni Modi and Satarupa Pyne are what Madhur Bhandarkar's cameo says about a leading actress – single expression. However, who are we fooling by judging these ladies for their performances, right? They are clearly not here for any of that non-sense.

I must say though, I am a little surprised that the sleaze wasn't as bad as I had expected and it was refreshing to see a Bhandarkar film without a stereotypical, gay fashion designer. Yet, it is always a mark against a film when you start talking about the things the film could've done wrong, but didn't.

- meeta, a part of the audience

33 reviewers(?) - 2 yays 6 so-so 25 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, CALENDAR GIRLS can be watched for its wholesome entertainment value, hard hitting drama and engaging narrative. Or like Madhur Bhandarkar himself would describe it in one word.... 'Jalwa'! ... full review

Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Calendar Girls is more than a decent watch. It's takes a frivolous subject and weaves an engaging story around it. ... full review

So-So, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...Oh , I forgot. There is Suhel Seth playing Vijay Mallaya. Not an easy role to play. And this is not an easy film to make.Bhandarkar manages to make it look easy fluent and fluid most of the way. ... full review

So-So, by Gayatri Gauri, FirstPost : ...Calendar Girls works purely because of its debutante actresses, along with their male co-actors. Simply put, their performances rock ... full review

So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...Anil Pandey’s screenplay and story lacks definition and bite while Abhiruchi Chand’s dialogues are devoid of any sharpness or depth. So it’s all left to cinematographer Harri Vendaantum and editor Devendra Murdeshwar to pick up the slack.... full review

So-So, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum??? Well, if you are expecting a hard-hitting film like Madhur's classic films, then you will end up with a huge disappointment. But as said earlier, in comparison with his last few realistic films, this movie has something better to offer. This calendar might not be something to cherish for a lifetime, but still has few events of likes and dislikes. ... full review

So-So, by Jyothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster : ...Last Word: Though it is predictable, the fast pace of the film does not make you bored at all. It is worth a dekho even though it is stereotyped. The voyeurs will be more than happy with what is on show. Literally... full review

So-So, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...Dialogues don't help. Nazneen's boyfriend snarls she'll become a 'bleddy cheapo' while Mayuri is constantly praised, "Tum bahut aage jaogi" - which is not something you can say for this film that, despite all its curves, stays flat. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Here’s a thought: Filmein toh bahut banti hai, par kuchh filmein aisi hai jo release nahin honi chahiye. After Calendar Girls, it will take a lot for Madhur Bhandarkar to redeem himself. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ... bad lines, bad makeup, bad clothes. And bad co-stars. At some point, the film gets all meta on us by having Madhur Bhandarkar appear as himself. He sings his praises without a hint of self-awareness, without an iota of shame. I finally understood why his films don’t have comedy tracks. His delusions inspire more laughs than anything he could dream up.... full review

Thumbs down, by Preetii Kulkarni, Bollywood Life : ...If Heroine was bad enough, this film is worse. The girls flit through the frame listlessly. They mouth hilarious dialogues and try to make sense through the wafer thin plot. So, after watching this film there is only one question which pops in my mind. Why, Madhur, for the love of God, would you dare to make such a film? ... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...The plot is superficial, the dialogue is awful and the film shoddy in every way. Not one of the girls can act—maybe that was not the criterion for casting them. Bhandarkar could pass off his previous cut-rate cautionary tales as exposes, Calendar Girls is just a crass, feel-bad film. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...While trying to show how predatory men and women feed on women who are confident enough to use their beauty and body to achieve success, he does exactly that. Almost every scene, every dress, every touch is shamelessly mercenary and seedy. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Parichay Mehta, Desi Martini : ...You wouldn't want to hang their Calendar in your house for sure. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini : ...Sorry date nahi hai... full review

Thumbs down, by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini : ...Verdict - A rehash of his earlier films, Calendar Girls has no new insights and a slack storyline. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Tushar P. Joshi, DNA : ...What to do: Calendar Girls is Madhur Bhandarkar's weakest attempt at trying to revisit his old formula and create something interesting. Stay away. ... full review

Thumbs down, Economic Times : ...While Madhur Bhandarkar tries washing away the grease paint off the glamour industry, he desperately seems to be recycling the content from his previous films, thus offering nothing new to his audience.... full review

Thumbs down, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...Like most Madhur Bhandarkar movies, the production design falls flat on its face, as does the music. The cinematography is rather shoddy, which is where the root of the problem lies. The visuals are just not pleasing enough, nor do they seem authentic. The music is equally insipid. In short, Calendar Girls is just another Madhur Bhandarkar movie that relies too heavily on the shock value and on monotonous clichés, as opposed to a tight script. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Move on Madhur, films like HEROINE and CALENDAR GIRLS don't work, not if you have no insight and intelligence to flesh it out. Maybe you could do a movie called 'Director'.... full review

Thumbs down, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ...Bhandarkar had a revealing, emotional and realistic story at hand; something that could have made for a compelling watch. The narration, bland and plain dialogues and bad acting (save for one or two actors), however, kills the experience. Yes, you won’t lose much even if you give a miss to this film. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Mihir Fadnavis, Hindustan Times : ...There’s one sequence in which a series of lecherous men exploits the nubile young girls; the lack of subtlety is unsettling and the poor direction makes it unintentionally funny, so you end up laughing helplessly as the tacky melodrama unfolds on the screen. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Shomini Sen, IBN Live : ...In fact, the film’s biggest flaw is that it fails to surprise the audience making the entire experience dull. There were moments where the audience in the theater were completing sentences before the dialogues were said on screen. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...Calendar Girls is a complete let down on all fronts, acting, writing and direction. Nothing real or reel in this film is appealing and hence I am going with a 1.5/5 for the film. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...The writing, especially the English dialogue, just makes things worse. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...What worked for Bhandarkar in 2005 in 'Page 3' can obviously not work in 2015 because he is unimaginatively and rather cockily serving us the same dish in a different plate. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...The only good thing about Calendar Girls is that it will provoke many guffaws owing to its unintentionally hilarious scenes and dialogues. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Adman and occasional actor Suhel Seth pops up in a few scenes in the guise of a flashy entrepreneur. His opening line, spoken in a boardroom, sums up the film: Why are you guys behaving like dolts?Take the cue. Give Calendar Girls a miss. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...The waiters, the nameless models, the random Rajasthani turban'd footmen, the young man leading a chant outside the Pakistani model's house in Bandra... They're all trying to get noticed by standing out, and Bhandarkar never seems to care that each of these aspirants -- in their desperate urge to be different -- renders the entire scene incoherent. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Things end pretty badly for most of these girls, which makes you wonder what the film is trying to say. That you do a "bold kaam" like appearing on a swimsuit calendar and you'll be punished by the morality gods themselves? Or that the world makes sure things are tough for calendar girls? ... full review

Thumbs down, by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu : ...The two piece advice is stay away! ... full review

Thumbs down, yahoo! India : ... This nonsense defines this movie, which plays up stereotypes, is performed and produced like it’s a long episode of a TV serial and is clearly meant to titillate and shock.... full review

Thumbs down, ZEENEWS.COM : ...It might be a good idea to wait for his next, "Airhostess," which is subtly announced in this film. At the end of "Calendar Girls", the film simply states: "Life is all about the individual choices we make." One wonders, if this is actually a warning message for those who intend to watch this film.... full review

28 tweeters(?) - 10 yays 4 so-so 14 nays

vishwajeet00007: Watch calendar girls released today. Vry entertaining n realistic cinemas.

varonbksharma1: Calendar Girls.. Once again a thought provoking cinema from Madhur Bhandarkar

sanmarch: Calendar Girls , another domain specific presentation by Madhur Bhandarkar. Controlled n nicely narrated subject. Good Movie

rahultungatkar: Madhur sir, we saw your movie calendar girls & u have delivered a master piece again.why don't u take up airhostess or airline as next movie

PlanetGoaTweets: Calendar girls....it's a go ahead watch...

hkaur051281: Madhur ji ur movie . Calendar girls . Very gud ..

gmukerjea: So go watch calendar girls...

girdharcasting: go watch movie "CALENDAR GIRLS"Awesome story superb direction by #MadhurBhandarkar Casting director me #girdharswami

chinar_26: Movie #calendar girls.. Nice movie

azam_sra: It's a decent movie, had fun with the Calendar Girls,@imbandarkar hats off to [email protected] #movie #CalendarGirls http://twitter.com/azam_sra/status/647550941223260160/photo/1

skjbolly: #CalendarGirls is not an awful film. Critic's Rating: ✨✨✨ http://skjbollywoodnews.com/2015/09/calendar-girls-review-not-bad-at-all/4137240.html http://twitter.com/skjbolly/status/647814684268097536/photo/1

Majevichar: Ok type these calendar girls, its very much true but not fascinating, should come up w/different stories now

khalidrafiq141: Calendar Girls review: It's tacky, melodramatic, disappointing but still better than Fashion http://t.co/27NyWGm0nu

anirudhbb: Calendar Girls was not outstanding, but was not a disaster either. True narrative of how things are...very watchable at least once. #fb

ThePaglaCow: The acting in Calendar Girls was so fake it put Donald Trump's hair to shame. #CalendarGirls

surunaik14: Stupidity.... Pls give  Calendar Girls a miss

stakhil: #CalendarGirls Review - Watch 'Fashion' instead... http://stakhil.wordpress.com/?p=286

shubhamgargabr: We have become bored by seeing this fake movies Bhaag jhoony,Calendar girls Let's bring @SunnyLeone leone @emraanhashmi On same track

shenoy70: Reel life and real life are both flops for CALENDAR GIRLS!!

SHAH5490: "Calendar Girls" #disaster for @imbhandarkar

scroll_in: #CalendarGirls is yet another tacky Madhur Bhandakar moral science lecture. http://t.co/GsBKBtOedm http://t.co/577oKXy0Ov

ruchi1621: "DVD lagake Fashion dekho ghar pe"!

PopcornnBeyond: Calendar Girls - Best left on the calendar only! Nothing new on offer in Madhur Bhandarkar's new movie...https://t.co/16Zikfmq6q

PJdiploma: Saw calendar girls. From the looks of it, Madhukar bhandarkar should only shoot d start n copy paste rest from any of his prev movies. Na?

pavankajhonka: Calendar Girls,Bhaag Johnny and Kiss Ko Pyaar Karoon all three releases this Friday have earned a combined rating of 1.5 Star ⭐️

CescyJose: Worst mistake of my life was to go watch Calendar Girls. Utter Bullshit. The girls are not even good looking.

BollywoodFansLK: Madhur Bhandarkar, Calendar Girls has single-handedly washed away your credibility as a filmmaker! http://t.co/9KSbAH0xcU

anbubooms: Calendar girls!!! Paisa waste!!!

1 readers - 0 yays 1 so-so 0 nays

Not Interested in Watching, by Fan

Not Interested in Watching, by TimELiebe : Clearly India Needs Its Own "Category III" Like China Has!

Want to Watch, by Indian Short Movies : I want to watch this.

So-So, by Anup

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  • Violence: None
  • Language: A few abusive words mimed while they are over-recorded with a lesser abusive word.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Lots of nudity, a few makeout scenes. One character is an high-end escort girl and there are others who of course take up her service.
  • Concept: Follows the lives of 5 women who are calendar girls under the premise of showing the big bad world they live in.
  • General Look and Feel: Nothing extraordinary

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Indian Short Movies

This may be a good movie as Madhur Bhandarkar usually picks one topic and do good research before making it. Will watch.

Fan

@Meetu: stop self-inflicting yourself by forcing to see (almost) every film that hits the screen. It is quite alrigt if you decide to skip some absolute rubbish film - I think that the vast majority of wogma visitors are mature enough to understand why you don't go to every film. I know your standard line of defence: however bad or boring the work is at the office, one needs to go to the office :-) True, but in your case you have that rare choice of saying today I am not going to the office.

Thanks for the support @Fan. In my defence, I did skip Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon, didn't I? Though I must say, I did check for shows and would've seen it if it were convenient. :P

Anup

Despite of any interesting performance other then Kyra i find the movie better then HEROIN which was totally boring and although this was not much of interesting but also not boring to me.. Thanks to skipping all melodrama and Rona Dhona and the short length of the movie..
It was just flat.. Neither going upward nor downward..

Fan

@Meetu: yeah I noticed that you did skip the Kapil Sharma magnum opus.

I assumed that in your eyes it is so bad that it is not even worth the self-infliction like Hero, Katti Batti or Calendar Girls. Or knowing your views on Grand Masti type films, I thought that you bracketed Kis Kis Ko Pyaar Karu in the same category (which might not be incorrect)

What @Fan said, @Meetu - Why on Earth would you inflict this movie on your poor abused eyeballs?

I'm getting a distinct whiff of "daring" "adult" movies from the 1960s, when I was a kid - which are horribly dated now....

@Fan I did try. :D

@TimELiebe a creature of habit, over-sincere? Who knows what? But here we are.

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