Published On: Sat, Sep 26th, 2015

Review : Calendar Girls


Release date : Sep 25, 2015 Rating :2 /5

Director : Madhur Bhandarkar

Producer : Sangeeta Ahir, Bhandarkar Entertainment

Music Director : Meet Bros Anjjan, Amaal Mallik

Starring : Akanksha Puri, Avani Modi, Kyra Dutt

Madhur Bhandarkar carved a niche for himself in making realistic yet commercial cinema in a unique way. Now, he is back with ‘Calendar Girls’ that exposes the bitter side of the glamour world. Let’s see how the film turns out to be.

Story :

The film starts off with an introduction of five models Akanksha Puri as Nandita Menon, Avani Modi as Nazneen Malik, Kyra Dutt as Sharon Pinto, Ruhi Singh as Mayuri Chauhan and Satarupa Pyne as Paroma Ghosh as the faces of a coveted Calendar.

Typically, the story takes off by showing the changes that take place in the lives of these Calendar models. What happens to all the five ‘Calendar Girls’ post they receive fame forms the rest of the story…

Plus Points :

The only good thing about the film is that there is little realism in Bhandarkar’s so-called realistic film. Yet other plus point is Atul who lightens up a few moments with his old-school filmy secretary act.

You will genuinely laugh a few times when the tech-savvy Ruhi Singh asks continuously for selfies only to instantly upload them on Twitter. His character is the only saving point of the film that makes a little sense. Well, apart from these few moments there is nothing good about this film.

Minus Points :

The only new thing the filmmaker tries to portray is the celeb obsession with social media, rest all is repetitive and boring. Overall, illogical scenes and unnecessary erotic scenes make the film out of place.

The director has chosen a wonderful story for the film, but he has failed to execute his ideas on-screen. Post interval, the entire second half is dead slow as the story goes haywire. There are many logical errors in the film and the climax lacks clarity.

The movie is far too stretched making it even for boring. A few scenes of the movie are so outdated, that one cannot help but laugh at the silliness of the makers and the actors. The climax and the dialogues are a disappointment.

Technical Aspects :

Technically, the movie is dreadful, especially the annoying background music, which is the only thing that tells you when a joke comes up, when no one is actually getting it. Another bad thing about the film is its tacky visual effects.

The screenplay is confusing, induced of bad metaphors and extremely boring.The film is over-dramatized to huge extents. The dialogues are absurd and even the funniest ones are not even remotely funny.

The first half an hour of the film failed to make any sense what-so-ever. The characters could not be established and the sequences only confused the audiences.

Verdict :

‘Calendar Girls’ is a complete let down on all fronts, acting, writing and direction. Nothing real or reel in this film is appealing. So, give this film a miss. Rating : 2/5