I can see Ungli pulling on urban chords just with the angst against rickshaw drivers. But, beyond that, the rest of the trailer seems same old fight against corruption and the system in general that we've seen in umpteen number of films, especially in recent times.
The cast by itself is exciting after some of the films in recent times, we have seen Randeep Hooda and Kangna Ranaut in. Unfortunately, though they don't seem to be doing anything ground-breaking here. It all boils down to how many tricks Ungli can pull out of the hat that we haven't seen before. Or at the very least show us a new facet on how it can be told.
Totally neutral about this one. Which also means, all set to be swung over in the right direction.
- meeta, a part of the audience
"Common man and his angst" I don't think this topic is getting old in India any time soon. Especially, if there are new ideas, how much ever impractical they might be. And new, easily palatable solutions, which even more easily invoke activism is exactly what Ungli offers.
The impressive thing about the writing is that it not only picks topics that you and I encounter on a day-to-day basis and provide its own style of solution. It goes a little beyond. It creates an intriguing character and gives the character a dilemma - a real dilemma that you can see him fighting within. That doesn't take away from the fact that the "ungli activism" episodes themselves are pretty well thought out.
I especially enjoyed the rickshaw episode. No, not because it is closer to heart. Maybe a little because they picked an issue that involved civic sense. Maybe a little more because it was not against the usual suspects - politicians/law enforcement. Even a little more because they dared to point a finger at the not-so-rich class. But, the most because of the point in the story that it is done. And how, these facts - that the target is not the typical ones and not rich creates unforeseen complications. Also this triggers a change in the dynamics of the relationships between other characters.
Such slight detail in writing is so rare in Hindi films, especially the mainstream films that I take delight in them. It comes as an icing on the cake, when the performances are mostly restrained and there's no melodrama. Of course, the whole "angst" bit does come across as dramatic at some points. But then again, I can see myself getting worked up as much, when I see a car halting in the middle of the road to drop someone off. Here, the issues were larger and the reasons too.
Randeep Hooda, Emraan Hashmi, Angad Bedi and Neil Bhopalam all play their bits well and actually look like real people in the real world. Maybe that self-referencing line by Emraan Hashmi could've been avoided because it just reminds you of the actor rather than keep him character.
On the other hand, I liked the fact that Neha Dhupia and Kangna Ranaut who came into the industry banking heavily or used heavily for their oomph-factor, are now slowly taking on non-glam avatars. Just that neither of them wore anything blingy was good enough too.
I guess it was too much to ask the makers to avoid an item number. Shraddha Kapoor trying to make a some point with her appearance as a bar dancer. An item number that doesn't even have her lip-sync one line properly while the man in the song does the honors.
These things in the beginning of the film make you a little wary of what's to come. But as the movie proceeds, such annoying bits are kept at bay and you settle in. And you actually get involved.
An engaging film Ungli is. But like observed in another film not too long ago, "Human behavior and life doesn't change in 3 hours."
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...D'Silva has taken dollops of cinematic liberties and one can even see the residue of RANG DE BASANTI (which he co-wrote) but the movie does connect... full review
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Wequar2000: Indian film UNGLI and today.s Pakistani politics, interesting to watch; Fight against corruption.
srushtik: Guys if you haven't watched @emraanhashmi 's #ungli yet , go watch it today ! Complete entertainer which wins your heart !
SrinjoyMukherji: #Ungli is a great film!!!! Great job by @karanjohar ji ....... I love this film!! Everyone in this film is very good!
soHELLbaba: Frndshp day valentine day celebrate karna banta hai To Ekk din expose the corruption day banate hai... #ungli #Fever
shaswat49: So finally watched an Awesome Bollywood movie after so long #Ungli !
sharikkh: Ungli...nice film...as always emraan is awesome... Fight against corruption.. Nice thought wish dis cud be applicable in present situations.
Saurabh_Vaish: #Ungli is GOOD!! 3.5stars to this @karanjohar @DharmaMovies production. Nice story, fast paced and good acting by all..
Sajid71409191: Watched ...but is emraan as cameo? #Ungli @UngliTheFilm superb movie
sahu_in: After watchin' #ungli its like, Gotham has Batman, Mumbai gets its own Ungli..Look up and feel safe from Corruption.
Rushes: Wish there was a real #Ungli gang
rs_praveen: #ungli #ungli #ungli mast h yaar. . . A must watch. . .
MYHARTSRK: #Ungli Is A Good Watch ' Loved It
mr_abhisek_de: Watched #Ungli. We really need such non-profit-org in India to #ConquerTheCorrupt. I know how it feels. I'm myself a victim...
khnaveed: #Ungli very nice #Bollywood movie to watch, if you really like plots on corruption. # http://twitter.com/khnaveed/status/538770481696878593/photo/1
kaupar: Just watched #Ungli ..nice movie.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl1UPQbIQ4s&feature=youtu.be
jha_siddhus94: #Ungli has an interesting concept. @RandeepHooda shines out. My Rating : 3.5 /5 stars.
imuhk: An excellent Bollywood flick. #Ungli
imrajeshchauhan: All right our rock star #Angadbedi is back again on screen. With a blockbuster #Ungli must watch @BishanBedi proud father you are sir
ImHimanshu_7: #Ungli @VishalDadlani AwesomeMusic
iamsalman143: #Ungli is just mindblowing..... @emraanhashmi you were rocking as always.. ♡♡♡ brilliant performance
IamDev427: Watched #Ungli does even our normal society also need the same sort of gang to completely decimate the corruption?! #GoodMovie
HRangoonwala19: Ungli is such a nice movie tho
HitGal_Hashmi: yes, watched #Ungli! loved d story n of course, emraan's character n acting! :*
drskbheda: UNGLI::A very timely made film as the need of time is justice to the poor and needy and remove corruption in all sectors-Govt.-non-Govt..!
dipalibkn: #Ungli .. nice movie with good msg .. bade dino baad ek aachi movie dekhi :)
dilLogical_rahi: Watched Ungli and enjoyed it !! 3/5
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akshatahegde07: Ungli is a thought-provoking and inspiring movie for the youth #Unglimoviepublicreview, #Unglimoviereview http://www.india.com/showbiz/ungli-movie-public-review-a-thought-provoking-and-inspiring-movie-for-the-youth-says-audience-207275/
ajeetpanigrahi: #Ungli Movie is very good. Entertaining and yet meaningful. Dont go after ratings by others and go for it. Worth a watch.
achalsharma17: #Ungli nice movie to watch let fight togther against this #Corruption and make them our #India free and better place to live
Saif_Attar: Ungli is a average mvie , first half is manageable ,whre second half is quite interesting, overall movie contains nice msg @UngliTheFilm
rrrajat: Ungli 2.5/5
rajathkumar: Also saw Ungli. Its less Hashmi & more Hooda. Not sure how Dharma has added value. Nothing like a Dharma film. Decent watch. Not great.
MrCoffeekhor: #Ungli movie! The positive about it that was it stayed to its name. Ungli word was uttered many times in the movie. Rest, okay'ish flick.
kneekeytha: #Ungli one time watch
gourabkundu: Just watched #Ungli - another of those 'could hv beens' decent flow but.
snaidu666: #ungli has a storyline which the south has been hamming on since the past decade, its like converting a masala dosa into a paneer dosa
shivam_mah90: #Ungli has been watched....a sheer disappointment.
ronakgpatel: #Ungli.. Fictitious movie on realistic issues. The director has taken the IQ of the audience for granted!
rajivvijayakar: Opportunity for a quasi-masterpiece let down by (very) bad writing, dialogues & music - #Ungli http://www.indiawest.com/entertainment/bollywood/movie_reviews/ungli-movie-review-far-fetched-fairy-tale-of-quick-fix/article_d5be72d8-7731-11e4-b8b2-1bf2c247a63d.html
pankito09: #Ungli could have been a more wittier and smart take on the common mans issues. Rather it played out as a limp and over simplified drawl!
narayan_mj: UNGLI movie Nice concept but all went in vain due to poor narration & Characters
mallik0425: #ungli is a pathetic vigilante film which neithr explores theme wth seriousness nor sarcastic comedy genre.1 more filthy scrpt writin effort
Legend_Khan1: Watched Ungli, Good performances by all but execution of the story was pretty bad. Meh, I didn't really enjoy it 2/5
keetuda: Ungli is stupid audience's A Wednesday!
BongFromBombay: What the hell happend to indian cinema #Ungli #Why #Torture :/
BeingBihari: UNGLI bokwaas movie hai.
aryansingh163: The runtime of #Ungli is just 2 hrs still you find it too much to bear...
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