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An Engineering student's life changes drastically after the entry of an alcoholic and spunky woman.


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Credited cast:
Kabir Achrekar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bharati Achrekar ...
Mrs. Achrekar
Zeenat Aman ...
Tinnu Anand ...
Kuhu's Dad
Sapna Bhavnani ...
Bharat Ganeshpure ...
Kabir's Friend
Gaurav Kapoor ...
Vishal Malhotra ...
Sushmita Mukherjee ...
Kuhu's Mum
Vihang Nayak ...
Mr. Achrekar
Payal Rohatgi ...
Girl in Bar & Elevator
Sayaji Shinde ...
Manager - Hotel Godwin


We have all heard of soft romantic comic love stories. Now get set for a love story with a punch, a thud and some serious arm twisting thrown in with zero bedside manners. Ugly aur Pagli. It is the story of Kabir, a carefree guy who has been studying engineering for the last 10 years now, whose life goes for a sixer when he meets the quirky and kinky Kuhu. Kabir always wanted a girl to love and to make love but he never in his wildest dreams thought he would encounter a girl who could make him dance around circles, run semi naked, ride cycles without seats, wear high heeled ladies shoes... Oh trust us it gets worse. But the funny part is they actually fall in love with each other and what we get is one of the quirkiest love stories of the year. Written by Pritish Nandy Communications

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Shut Up, Aa Nachle
Lyrics by Amitabh Verma
Music by Anu Malik
Performed by Anu Malik, Vasundhara Das and Dibyendu Mukherjee
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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That is how we kill the classic!!
8 September 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

well,to start off,I say--


Another famous proverb in Hindi says--NAKAL BHI AKAL KE SAATH BAJTI HAI (It requires brains to copy well)

To start off,this film is a scene-to-scene,dialogue-to-dialogue rip of Yeopgijeogin geunyeo(2001).Now why do Hindi film makers have to copy foreign/regional films,is what I fail to comprehend.Its simply because of the fact that they fail to invest in the core of any film,that is a story.They pick up a hit plot & plagiarize it.I would appreciate this practice if a copyright licence is obtained.(even though BUM BUM BOLE wasn't well made,yet it was an official remake of Children of heaven(Iranian movie))

Anyways,coming back to Ugly aur Ugly...oops,I mean Ugly aur Pagli,its 1 contrived effort which infuriates you through its awkwardness.The director simply copies the scenes without even making the slightest attempt to modify them according to Indian tastes.oh I'm sorry,he does actually,like changing the location of shoe exchange scene from college campus to beach.the amusement park scene from the original shifts to a roof top & Left foot-right foot game scene is shot in a mall.

More importantly,the director misses the undertones which are most beautifully depicted in the 2001 Korean movie.Why does Tae Hyun Cha(Gyeon Woo/Kyun Woo) stand upon the yellow line in metro station??(watch the film)).Why does The Girl(Gianna Jun)ask Tae Hyun Cha whether he can swim??(watch the movie).Now you can plagiarize scenes but not the undertones & emotions thus leaving the viewer irritated as Ugly aur Pagli is devoid of such artistry.May be the director of Mallika-Shorey starrer himself failed to comprehend the deep meanings,undertones & layers of emotions conveyed.He just re shot the scenes without much thought process involved.May be he needs to watch Yeopgijeogin geunyeo again (& again & again & again........)to realize what blunder he has made.He just touches the topic superficially without understanding how multi layered the Korean movie was.Even the Unintentionally comic scripts Gianna Jun wrote in the film conveyed a lot about her state of mind(which is disclosed in the climax in a subtle way,I won't tell).

Neither could Mallika match the brilliance of Gianna in this bizarre role nor could Shorey generate sympathy for himself as Tae Hyun Cha's innocence does.(even though Shorey is a fine actor but script is so flawed,his attempt fails)

Background score helps melodramatic scenes portray better.In Ugly aur Pagli,the music & background score score nothing(though Talli song is a saving grace).While in 2001 korean film,the Piano pieces used as background score are

in perfect sync with the mood of the film,thus carrying forward the narrative.The song "I BELIEVE",whenever played,moves you.(especially when Hyun Cha sits on escalator stairs helplessly at metro station with Gianna Jun searching him).

The comedy scenes in ugly aur pagli are boring & evoke no interest whatsoever.In fact,so poorly executed,you will feel boredom in all those scenes.

In the end,after reading this review,you all might be saying that I've drawn a lot of parallels between the 2 films,but can't help it.Its just like Watching a shawshank redemption or a dark knight on pirated disc having watched it on BLU RAY earlier!!

Trust me,neither is this Ugly & Pagli watchable nor the English remake(2008)(Though Cuthbert is a fine actress).Watch this innocent romcom in korean instead & fall the Love!!

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