From the makers (Pritish Nandy Communications) of the rib tickling Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Ugly Aur Pagli directed by Sachin Khot is a romantic comedy. The movie has a very unusual lead pair – Mallika Sherawat and Ranvir Shorey. The tagline of the movie goes like 99 slaps and one kiss! Is Ugly Aur Pagli worth a watch in theatre?
Ugly Aur Pagli is about Ranvir (Ranvir Shorey) a loser who has failed 4 times in engineering and believes in taking it easy in life. One day he saves the life of Kuhu (Mallika Sherawat) a violent aggressive girl, who loves to booze and always out of control.
She makes him wear a petticoat and walk around on street, ride a bicycle without a seat, steal rose from parks and slaps him for almost everything he does! Yet Ranvir wants to see Kuhu happy and does everything she wants him to, all for her happiness… Both are in love, but fail to express it. The reason? Ranvir has no guts, Kuhu has a past! How the lovers meet or do they, forms the rest of the tale..
Ugly Aur Pagli Review
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Firstly what the heck was happening in the last 20 – 30 minutes? The writer seems to have lost his mind while scripting the climax. I frankly could not understand what actually happened. Try to figure this out, Mallika and Ranvir decide to probably marry, Ranvir meets Mallika’s parents.. They ask for his Identity card (why in the world would a girl’s parent ask for an identity card??). Ranvir opens his wallet, a packet of condom drops out! They kick him out. And while all this happens, Mallika is fast asleep!
Cut to the next scene, Mallika – Ranvir run off to Goa. In Goa, Mallika realizes she hasn’t yet gotten over her past relationship. Back in Mumbai now, Mallika refuses to meet Ranvir and goes far away to Kolkata! 2 years have now gone by; Mallika’s parents decide to get her married to Gaurav Kapoor. And how does Gaurav try to impress Mallika? He gives away the “10 ways to impress her by Ranvir”!!! How in the world does Gaurav know Ranvir? Why would Ranvir who has been desperately waiting for her since 2 years, give away her likes / dislikes?
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The second half of Ugli aur Pagli is so bad that it ruins a good first half. The later half not only drags unnecessarily but also seems like a repeatition of the first! And we have the utterly senseless end to ruin the whole experience. The “Shut up, Aaja Nachle” song is good. “Karle Gunnah” is picturised as a spoof on Meera Nair’s Kamasutra.
The performances are solid. Ranvir Shorey is splendid, a superb actor who carries his complicated role with utter ease. He manages to rise over the script on most occasions. Mallika Sherawat is good until she starts crying. It’s tough to keep your eyes on her while she enacts those emotional scenes. The rest of the supporting actors are decent.
Overall, if there is any reason to catch Ugly Aur Pagli this weekend, its for the brilliant performance by Ranvir Shorey and Mallika Sherawat to a certain extent. The movie as a whole is a disappointment. At the box-office, it could do well at the multiplexes in the first weekend. But a lot would depend on word-of-mouth, which didn’t seem to be positive from the 200 odd people that watched the movie along with me!Rating:
Other notes – The Singh Is King Theatrical Trailer Number 3 was shown during the interval of Ugly Aur Pagli. A lot of stunts, action, Katrina Kaif looked gorgeous and Akshay Kumar great as always. Singh is King releases next week, as the box-office gets ready for some serious records to be broken! Be sure to check out the Singh is King review!
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