Release Date: September 25, 2015
Cast:Kyra Dutt, Ruhi Singh, AvaniModi, SatarupaPyne, AkanshaPuri, Rohit Roy, Suhel Seth, MitaVashisht
Duration: 2 hours 12 minutes
What’s the usual life of a calendar, one may ask. Probably, not more than a year, after which it gets replaced with the next year’s calendar. The same appears to be the central message of Madhur Bhandarkar’s latest, ‘Calendar Girls’. While fame and media attention come in torrents to those who get featured in the glamorous almanac by the ace industrialist (a character inspired by real life Vijay Mallya), it does not take long when all the glory starts to fade. In essence, the movie tries to capture the potentially realistic journey of calendar girls, and illuminate the audience and other wannabes about the harsh truths related to these celebrities.
The story catches up on the lives of five women with big dreams who are willing to do anything to make their mark in the world of fashion. Success comes to them almost overnight when they are chosen to be featured in the glamorous almanac, but what happens next is the primary focus area of the film. The vagaries of life force one of them into ‘VIP escort service’ and another to settle down for being a trophy wife. There’s also the one who gets embroiled in a honey-trap involving a cricket bookie and the players. The message is loud and clear – that glamour eventually fades and even the most determined and ambitious people end up with choices not in line with their original expectations.
Just like Bhandarkar’s other films, Calendar Girls also happens to be a story about ambition, manipulation and desperation. Many things appear cliché, since there is nothing new that we don’t already know. The scenes, plots, and dialogues appear to match those of Bhandarkar’s other films such as Page 3, Heroine and Fashion. Apparently, an attempt has been made to use the same old template and put a new story into it.Things could have been done better, but unfortunately the movie fails to live up to viewers’ expectations.
By Satya Singh