Plot = Its an anthology drama film, which culminates 3 short stories based on – Honor Killing, a MMS Scandal and a Sting Operation, with references of some real – life horrific incidents of our country. It was also Bollywood’s first movie, shot entirely in “digital format”.
Opinion = “Desh ko sewa nahin, prime – time entertainment chahiye Naina, tumhaare jaisa”. This dialogue is pitched by the character PRABHAAT (Amit Sial) who is an investigative journalist, to a struggling model Mrignaina a.k.a NAINA (Arya Bannerjee), while he tries to convince her to execute a sting operation against a famous pop star LOKI LOCAL (Herry Tangri). The dialogue is the essence of the entire movie. Through this, the makers had intended to bring the spotlight on the voyeurism prevailing in our society. As you can also gauge through its title, the movie got embroiled in too many controversies. Even the censor board objected to one of its song “Tu Nangi Achchi Lagti Hai”, which was later changed to “Tu Gandi Achchi Lagti Hai”.
To give it a realistic look, the entire movie was shot in digital format. Instead of conventional means, the makers used the guerrilla film – making techniques, by using different cameras, including a handycam, an amateur film camera, night – vision cameras, a security camera, a spy camera and an underwater camera. This was the first – of – its – kind experiment in Bollywood, till 2010.
And the experiment did wonders for the makers. The movie was screened at 2010 London India Film Festival and the Munich International Film Festival. Also, it was a commercial success and won many reputed awards, here as well.
Throughout the movie, you are invested totally in its proceedings. There is never a dull moment. However, the movie is strictly for adult and mature audiences and if you haven’t watched it yet, keep yourself mentally prepared, to witness some extremely blunt and abusive dialogues and a horrific honor killing sequence. You will also get to know that why, the nationally – famous website and publication, TEHELKA, had to shut down and put an end to its operations.
Its is a pure masterpiece, which is hard to re – attempt or imitate!
Performances = I believe, such films are the toughest ones to carry, for any actor. At the beginning itself, you see a disclaimer that, at any given time, the screen might black – out completely, hand – held cameras might go out-of-focus, or be prepared to witness any kind of technical glitch. So, considering all the shortcomings, it is on the performers, how they manage to grab the eye balls and keep the audience intrigued in the proceedings. All the actors, of all the stories were perfect for the roles, to the T. Special mention of Arya Bannerjee, Herry Tangri, Amit Sial, Sandeep Bose (as Shruti’s Father) and Neha Chauhan (Rashmi), who gave mind – boggling performances. This was the debut movie of actor Rajkummar Rao, who was pretty decent in his maiden project.
Direction & Other Technical Aspects = Director Dibakar Banerjee deserves a pat – on – his – back, for attempting such an experiment. I understand that, it would have been a mammoth of a task for him, to make a found – footage style of cinema, in the most entertaining and engaging way. He deserves full marks for his direction. Editing by Namrata Rao is also outstanding. She has kept the timelines intact. The Songs were also very different and set the mood right. “Tu Gandi Achchi Lagti Hai” and the title track were chartbusters at that time. Music by Sneha Khanwalkar was just outstanding.
Rowdy Rating = 4 / 5