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51 out of 60 people found the following review useful:

Another engaging, dark thriller from AK.

Author: DesiBaba from Gujarat, India
9 April 2014

I saw it at a local film festival last night and thought it was quite good. It is probably one of the darkest Bolly movie I've seen. This is the opposite of a family movie -- the plot is very dark, characters very gray, and language very adult. It has a very realistic feel to it. Other than Ronit Roy it was all new faces on the screen. There is no likable character in the movie, but there are a few scenes where you can't help but empathize with their situation and find justification for their actions. There is a little bit of dark humor sprinkled throughout. This is not a movie for general audience, but if you enjoy dark movies that are good character studies then I'd highly recommend checking this one out.

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31 out of 35 people found the following review useful:

Can't afford to miss it!!

Author: harshrajsinghal from Paris, France
31 May 2014

Its a very nice movie, beautifully directed & very different (in a good way) from other Bollywood movies.

From the beginning itself your mind is not allowed to rest. You start with so many doubts and as the movie progresses some of them gets cleared up, but guess what now you have so many more. So just a suggestion, start the movie with your bladder cleaned up otherwise later on you'll be totally lost.

Good humor + full suspense + great acting + great direction, have been waiting for this for so long.

Thanks Mr. Anurag Kashyap for this beauty. Ronit Roy is a great actor, no doubt about that, and he has done wonderful acting here once again. But others are equally good.

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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful:

The greatest good surprise for me since a while...

Author: GUENOT PHILIPPE ( from France
29 May 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I'll be honest, I have never been courageous enough to Watch a movie from India, Bollywood. The only thinking to Watch one movie from here scared me to death. I won't explain why, you could misunderstand me.

So, I first read the comments in magazines about this one, and made an attempt. At my own risks...

And was amazingly surprised. A truly good surprise, a genuine film noir, real dark, whilst with comedy scenes, such as this one: with some of the guys Under custody explaining to the police officer how to use a cell phone as a camera...It could have been used in the new wave crime flicks from UK and USA, as we see since Quentin Tarantino arrival, two decades ago...

An offbeat way of filming and especially story telling. No hero here, no good vs bad guys scheme. A depressing tale, if you analyse the tale in detail. With a downbeat and totally surprising end.

This director deserves to be watched, although this kind of stuff is not for all audiences. Not for sissies or romantic addicts.

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful:

Dark, Intense and Disturbing : A tale of wretched human motives

Author: Himanshu Mishra from India
28 December 2014

It 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 the film 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 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, the film 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 the film for so long.

Dear AK, you are the dark shining light of Bollywood. Keep'em coming

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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful:

Ugly - The Requiem for the Dreams

Author: notofdisdimention from India
26 December 2014

So what is UGLY? Is it something like SHAITAAN, everyone has a UGLY side ..blah blah?? Or is it like Black Friday, pure reality of the system?? The best Kashyap's movie??

I would say it shows how great Anurag Kashyak is as a film maker. It is a cocktail of intensity and emotional finesse from the Korean Movies, the craziness from the Brazilian, the shock from the Italian and the Caos from Fincher.

The movie is so real, for an Indian audience he would not be surprised with a lot of things as he/she know the system, but he would definitely be surprised to see the limit of it, and to see what could be wrong. The movie shows the limit of efforts one can put and how desperate one gets. The humans are shown as parasites surviving on others, and how UGLY can they get for their survival and dreams. And when these dreams don't fulfill as planned things get UGLY

The movie is a really well written mystery thriller, the screenplay is amazing, the characters are real, and the acting is wonderful. Amazing work at the casting and background score.

There is no shaitaan side of people they are actually like that to the core -UGLY

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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

Brilliant....all the way!

Author: Satvik Sharma
26 December 2014

Ugly is one of the finest works from Anurag Kashyap. It continues to depict what he started with Last Train to Mahakali...and later with Paanch... - his love (and hate) for the dark side of human mind.

Ugly at its heart is a racy thriller, intriguing, loaded with dark humor and real, gray characters, as unpredictable as only humans can be. Technically its brilliant. And its as close as you can get to original in Bollywood world.

It keeps you glued to the screen for 130 min and leaves you numb when the show is over.

P.S. Definitely not for the lovers of Dhoom-3, Kick and P-K genre, who like their cinema light, escapist and with popcorn.

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful:

Deeply moving film, Anurag kashyap's best till date...

Author: Honest Review
26 December 2014

Ugly, undoubtedly the best movie of Anurag kashyap till date, he manages to keep the suspense alive and bring across crucial twists. Ronit Roy steals the show with his best performance and all the cast especially, Rahul bhatt and Vineet kumar did great job. This is about how we tend to lose greater things in life because we are too stuck on our own perceptions. Directed in a very realistic way, I didn't find any flaws in this movie, everything is perfectly crafted in Kashyap style with no violence or gang-fights. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of dark thrillers, I am sure you wont get disappointed with Ugly though the movie is not at all ugly, in fact its a beautiful film with good message to society. I give it 10/10.

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Kashyap's Darkest & Finest Hour!

Author: nama chakravorty from India
27 December 2014

Anurag Kashyap delivers a disturbing & unsettling tale with 'Ugly', a film that's raw & realistic. Kashyap also aces with superb performances, led by Ronit Roy & Rahul Bhat.

'Ugly' Synopsis: A terrible tale of corruption, indifference, and systemic violence starts when 10 year old daughter of an aspiring actor disappears.

Throughly engaging & interesting, Kashyap creates a world of deception & cruelty, with absolutely no inhibitions. 'Ugly' is entirely grim & bleak, a film that has an atmosphere of its own. The characters are Grey, while the narrative is blunt & on-your-face.

Kashyap's Screenplay is excellent. Its entirely twisted & serious. I'd like to point out, the last scene of the film, it's haunting & the Screenplay peaks itself then. Kashyap's Direction is suitably creepy & eerie. Cinematography & Editing are perfect

Performance-Wise: Ronit Roy is outstanding as the cop. Displaying anger & frustration, with zeal. Rahul Bhat is a revelation. His performance here, deserves distinction marks. Tejaswini Kolhapure is brilliantly restrained. Vineet Kumar Singh is fabulous, yet again. Girish Kulkarni is highly effective. Surveen Chawla is effective, in a brief role. Siddhanth Kapoor is impressive. Late Abir Goswami is decent.

On the whole, 'Ugly' is a massive winner from Kashyap! He ends 2014, with a roar! Very Strongly Recommended!

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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

A brilliantly scripted, extraordinary directed & perfectly executed movie.

Author: Maulin Parmar from Ahmedabad, India
27 December 2014

The year 2014 has its last release on its last Friday, named Ugly, a suspense thriller movie by Anurag Kashyap. He is known for his dramatic, unique, bold and dark flicks. I have mostly seen all his films, but, however this film is very different and so much dark. In trailer, we can conclude the storyline of Ugly. A girl is missing from the market, whose parents are not staying together. She lives with her mom and her step father. Everyone except this girl has dark sides, dark past. So when the girl got missing the girl's step father who is an IPS, starts finding her among her relatives. The story is very very fast, no one can move their eyes from the screen not a single second. Will the girl be found ? Who kidnapped her - her father, mother or anyone else? In the end, you will get the answer. & I'm sure, the answer will be so disturbing for all of you. As per my experience, you can not able to stand up instantly after the end. Ronit Roy as an IPS & as a step-father & as a woman's second husband - in all three shades, he is just outstanding. His expressions when he shows his anger are too good. Rahul Bhat is an impressive actor, he plays the lead role brilliantly. Dark shades under his eyes and beard face look describes the dedication from him towards his role. Tejaswini perfectly suits in her role. Vinit Singh is as usual fantastic. Surveen Chawala is good. Others are also good. I have to mention an actor, who plays the role of DCP Gupta, Abir Goswami. He is just fabulous in his role. The 4-5 minutes scene where Rahul and Vinit explain the incident in the police station, is just hilarious. I couldn't control myself & just laughing. OMG! What a scene! This scene deserves 5/5 from my side. Anurag Kashyap again proved that he is the king of making dark and period films. His direction as well as writing is very sharp. Screenplay, dialogues, background music - everything is extraordinary. Specially that music when the police is catching the man dancing in underwear. So, brilliantly scripted, extraordinary directed & perfectly executed film Ugly deserves 5*/5*. But, this film is not for family audiences or those who can't see Ugly things.

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Black Humor Crime Thriller - True Ugliness

Author: rozeline
19 December 2014

This movie left you with the feeling of numb .Ugly sets a new dimension to the Indian Cinema . I am not a frequent watcher of Bollywood movies.But ugly movie is just beyond the ugliness of everything. A grungy, dark police procedural set in motion by a little girl's kidnapping, Ugly has few discernible auteur touches to set it apart from standard genre fare. Gone are the farcical, hyperbolic violence and the larger-than-life, tongue-in-cheek gangsters who modeled themselves on the movies. Gone is the wacky humor. Here the pettiness, egotism and corruption of modern Mumbai rule and the characters are all cheap and small—even the kidnapping victim is annoying. There may be a method here but if so, the result is very dark and downbeat for general audiences. The film's Cannes outing and Kashyap's cult standing could give it a little shelf life at festivals before it heads into genre venues. The cast of characters is presented haphazardly. Shalini (Tejaswini Kolhapure) is a desperate, middle-class housewife kept at home as a semi-prisoner by her macho police-chief husband Bose (Ronit Roy). She's about to blow her brains out with his gun when a knock on the door stops her. It's her daughter Kali (Anishika Shrivastava), whining for her to call her estranged father. This is Rahul (Rahul Bhatt), a down-and-out actor still waiting for his big break, who comes to take her for a drive. He's so distracted with phone calls he barely looks at her, and then he ominously leaves her alone in the car while he goes to talk business with his friend and casting director Chaitanya (Vineet Kumar Singh). Within minutes the girl is missing. Rahul becomes the hero by default as he searches for the girl, first through the police, then following the kidnappers' ransom messages. What little sympathy he inspires in the audience comes from his terrifying interview with local police captain Jadhav (played with gusto by the fine comic actor Girish Kulkarni). Instead of launching a manhunt for the girl, the captain absurdly chats about CELL PHONES and computers while the distraught Rahul chafes and Chaitanya attempts to cajole him into action. All at once, Jadhav realizes the missing girl is the stepdaughter of police honcho Bose, and his attitude switches to FBI pro. At this point the stone-faced Bose, who hates his wife's ex, orders him to accuse Rahul of the kidnapping and be beaten senseless. The rest of the film is a battle of wits between Bose and Rahul to find the girl while tripping up the other. Rahul and Chaitanya are monotonously arrested and rearrested. Police violence is graphic and frightening. They use the "latest" gadgets in their investigation— computers, CELL PHONES and GPS—like they were major novelties on CSI: Miami, which makes it seem the film is aimed mainly at local audiences. There is, however, a continuous sense of vitality and movement in the film, whose action scenes are foot chases filmed from a distance. Kashyap's nasty point is that, between violence, greed and corruption, just about no one is innocent in the end. Certainly all the characters are selfish beyond belief. This existential cynicism hits home in the horrific crime revealed in the last shot, but by that time, the emotions feel light-years away.

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