Miss Lovely - takes you into a world you can live without going into - the sleazy world of "horror" films that are intended to titillate. A world of two brothers making such films - one who wants to move on to porn films and the other who wants to make a clean, romantic one. It is an uncomfortable ambiance and very intentionally so. Which is fine, only that it overtly tries to go all "art-house" cinema on you.
Flitting between showing you the behind-the-scenes of B/C grade films and the inner angst of a crew member whose heart isn't into it, Miss Lovely's writing doesn't do justice to either the plot or its characters.
Sure, I admit, I am not the biggest fan of B-C-D grade films, so the theme of the film itself isn't as appealing. On the other hand, I am always ready to travel with a character, whatever its background. But, Miss Lovely, denies me that. And that's more frustratingly than usual because it didn't have to do much to hook me in.
It has the most brilliant performances and the setting is as real as it gets. It has quirks that catch you smiling wryly at the dark humor. It is commendable indeed, that with a theme such as the porn world, the movie doesn't get too graphic. Given all of that, I am ready to let go of the typical elements the film engages in - the jealous dying "star", the clamoring of struggling actors who can stoop to any levels to land a role in a film, and so on.
What the writing fails to understand is that with a setting that is far removed from our real worlds, it becomes ever so important to engage the viewer either in the narrative or with the characters.
One thing that troubles me with films is when the camera gets over-excited. I understand the hand-held jitters bring out the confusion on screen - both apparent and inner, but the impact on me is lost when its overdone. In fact, in this one the hand-held sequences are done with close-ups that ironically distance you from what's going on in the film.
That's the root there, the connect - which isn't there. Certainly a downer, for a film that wants you to experience, rather than just superficially know. Yet, you cannot take away from the fact, that it is brave indeed to make a film like Miss Lovely.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Subhash K. Jha, Apun Ka Choice : ...Miss Lovely" takes Indian cinema to another level. The view may not be pretty but it is unfailingly provocative and exhilarating. This film is not for the squeamish... full review
Thumbs up, by Tushar Joshi, DNA : ...Miss Lovely is heartfelt , entertaining and technically superb. Watch it for its performances and a sneak peek into the dark abyss of the smut films of the 80's... full review
Thumbs up, by Swayamsrestha Kar, fullhyd.com : ...Watching Miss Lovely is hard work. Not because it is bad. But because it is rather good, and in a very different way than what we are accustomed to. Bring your thinking caps... full review
Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza,, Glamsham.com : ...MISS LOVELY is art-house cinema at its best. Dark, deceitful and diabolic. The movie ventures into the commercial world of sex, X-rated movies and the business behind it... full review
Thumbs up, by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times : ...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.... full review
Thumbs up, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Films like Miss Lovely are a diminishing species. Brimming with an extravagant concept, the film is made with poise as it captures the dark world of sleaze and horror.... full review
Thumbs up, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...Sure Miss Lovely isn't for everyone, but if you're truly a cinephile, you should have no difficulty in finding merit in this layered, moody piece. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...But for filmgoers who love cinema that pushes and prods them into new directions, no matter how baffling, Miss Lovely is bound to be a memorable treat... full review
Thumbs up, by Anuj Kumar, The Hindu : ...A true blue independent ﬁlm! Nawazuddin shines through this amoral world. When his eyes are at play you don’t need the dialogues. Anil George is an interesting find and so is Niharika Singh. She is again someone, whose eyes are an asset. ... full review
Thumbs up, by IANS, Zee News : ...‘Miss Lovely’ takes Indian cinema to another level. The view may not be pretty but it is unfailingly provocative and exhilarating. This film is not for the squeamish.... full review
So-So, by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India : ...Nawaz, with those pain-filled eyes and a beautifully broken face, breathes life into the traumatised Sonu. Other new and unfamilar actors also catch the eye, be it Zeena as Poonam, Niharika as Pinky or Menaka as Nadia. The most compelling presence, however, is Anil George as the flashy, florid, ambitious and rapacious elder brother Vicky, in whom I also spotted a faint touch of Vijay Anand.... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...Miss Lovely, on the other hand, works only in parts because it tries too hard to ‘be’ the film, rather than expose its sordidness.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...But what’s the point when viewer keeps getting disconnected from the story and characters? In the case of Miss Lovely, the subject and style is far more absorbing than the film. Too bad, really! ... full review
_sabari: miss lovely. take a bow. what a movie.
walkingmandar: "Miss Lovely is excellent." - Arvinder Singh Lovely
VishaalVermaa: You will not forget Miss Lovely ever. Excellent. What a vision this guy Ashim Ahluwalia had for Miss Lovely.... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=643674639007623
Subhash_ati9: 'Miss Lovely' couldn't get a distributor till Nawazzuddin got famous. Watch this movie. It's got standing ovations worldwide.
shubhaS: Nawazuddin's brilliance in Miss Lovely has to be seen to be believed. Watch the film.
sachinchatte: Better late than never, Miss Lovely is here. Not faultless but an A class tribute to the B grade films of yore.
reallybadhairda: miss lovely is lovely.
NotSoSnob: so dont Miss it :) RT @reallybadhairda miss lovely is lovely.
NiteshSquare: Miss Lovely is in Cinema now! Go watch it guys. A film which makes you face real life in good way. DO not miss @N1har1kaS1ngh's performance!
nishantkavi: Miss Lovely ★★★★
jeetbasu: 'Miss lovely' is brutally honest on the face cinema...though i think the film's pace was slightly slow in the second half..but must watch!!
HitheshDS: Miss Lovely is like Boogie Nights but not as good as that one but definitely very very good
DIRECTOR_speaks: Only films like 'Miss Lovely' keep me interested in Cinema... Tired and sick of 'Feel Good' and pretentious Films....
Devs3: Saw Miss Lovely. So sleazy that it'll make u cringe but that's what the story is about. Very well shot, brilliant acting. Not every1's cuppa
BollywoodF: Film review: 'Miss Lovely' is heartfelt and technically superb
AnilAy4134: miss lovely ke liye congrets.................niharika singh .................tourism colony patel nagar dehradun.
AmitYad22036000: 'Miss Lovely' is heartfelt and technically superb & the cast is remarkable and the film is rich in its material.
1yrold: Miss lovely is such a fabulous film, sure in a good way. Brilliant direction, the recreation of that period. And performances.
varunvarghese: 2nd half of Miss Lovely does bring some respite.
chink_ster: Masterful recreation of the seedy '80s in Miss Lovely. Just wish they had had more fun with the world. #couldawouldashoulda
Sholoana1: Miss Lovely is the world’s first ‘A’ grade film with a ‘C’ grade backdrop! http://sholoanabangaliana.in/blog/2014/01/18/miss-lovely-is-the-worlds-first-a-grade-film-with-a-c-grade-backdrop/#ixzz2qkbK9Iz0
pranayzodiac7: I went to miss lovely to see the workings of c grade filmmaking and a solid story, but was dissapointed by confused direction and no details
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