128 Min | Mystery – Thriller | December 2014
IMDB Rating: 8.2
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Starring: Rahul Bhat, Jayant Gadekar, Abir Goswami
Ugly Review: Ugly is one of the best to have come out of the Kashyap factory in terms of script and characters. It is one taut, dark, intense and disturbing tale of wretched nature of the human motives and how the grand plan has it’s own way of laughing at those. Interestingly Ugly through each of it’s elements will take you back to Kashyap’s previous works and remind you why he is truly the king. The brilliant script writing will remind you of Black Friday, Kashyap’s first masterpiece. The excellent visual treatment, even though it’s not a feature throughout the film is something without which any of AK’s films is incomplete. The trippy background score by Brian Oncomber is the stand out feature in the second half of the film when the film begins to approach the tipping point. Without doubt, the hero of Ugly is it’s characters. Rarely would you come across a film full of complex characters, where the motives of every action of those characters get automatically clear as the story progresses.
You do not know what to appreciate more, the courage with which the director of Ugly, is bluntly showing the depraved complexion of human nature or the ease with which that has been knit in a story. The non linear nature of the storytelling in the first half brings the necessary variation which adds to the build up. Rahul Bhat who is seen on screen after a long gap tells you why there is no dearth of excellent character actors in the country, it’s just that there are not enough roles for them. Vineet Singh, aka Danish Khan from GOW, will make you cringe and laugh with the expletive chain reaction. Ronit Roy, in his second powerhouse appearance in a Kashyap production, is perfectly cast. And one performance which is straight out of life is of Girish Kulkarni, as the police inspector. There is as much sincerity in his laugh as is in his sombre face. The one liners are so on mark that you would forget that there is a reel rolling.
Surely, Ugly has some of it’s elements similar to that of Fargo, the classic Hollywood dark comedy, but it never plays on your mind, so it wouldn’t qualify as lifting. Kashyapwa has done it again. Can’t believe what made them to hold Ugly for so long. Dear AK, you are the dark shining light of Bollywood. Keep’em coming.