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Miss Lovely (2012)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 20 June 2014 (USA)
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A Hindi feature film set in the lower depths of Bombay's "C" grade film industry. Miss Lovely follows the devastating story of two brothers who produce sleazy horror films in the mid-1980s.

Director:

Ashim Ahluwalia

Writers:

Ashim Ahluwalia (story), Uttam Sirur (co-writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nawazuddin Siddiqui ... Sonu Duggal
Niharika Singh ... Pinky / Sonika / Pooja
Anil George ... Vicky Duggal
Zeena Bhatia Zeena Bhatia ... Poonam
Menka Lalwani Menka Lalwani ... Nadia (as Menaka Lalwani)
Ragesh Asthana Ragesh Asthana ... PK (as Ragesh Asthanaa)
Manoj Bakshi Manoj Bakshi ... Heera
Avinash Razdan Avinash Razdan ... Projectionist
Premnath Gulati Premnath Gulati ... Moustachioed Man on Screen
Kuldeep Rajput Kuldeep Rajput ... Diamond Talkies Owner
Alka Punewar Alka Punewar ... Hotel Receptionist
Juje Juje ... Duggal Film Crew
Jackie Jackie ... Duggal Film Crew
Nandu Natekar Nandu Natekar ... Duggal Film Crew
Micky Mazumdar Micky Mazumdar ... Duggal Film Crew
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A Hindi feature film set in the lower depths of Bombay's "C" grade film industry. Miss Lovely follows the devastating story of two brothers who produce sleazy horror films in the mid-1980s.

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Taglines:

Daring, Desireable, Dangerous

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

20 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Мисс Красотка See more »

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Future East Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film was originally intended to be a documentary, however the decision was scrapped due to the Mumbai underground film industry still having Mafia connections which potentially posed a danger to the filmmakers. See more »

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Film set in late 80's , and in one shot we clearly saw a Tata Sumo car. But Tata sumo was launched in 1994. See more »

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Composed by Lichens
Performed by Lichens
Licensed courtesy of Kranky
From the album "The Psychic Nature Of Being"
Published by Raikal Musics (ASCAP)
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A film with roots in hell
27 September 2012 | by vcrmonsterSee all my reviews

Miss Lovely will generally upset many people - for the simple reason that it sets up lots of genres/ premises - and unsuspectingly dumps them to move onto something entirely unexpected. As others have written, this is NOT the Indian boogie nights or whatever was imagined of it - it is, in essence, an experimental pulp film (if such a thing exists). This film is a deconstruction of genre (as i saw it anyway), and this becomes apparent when you see how it switches from noir/ thriller to romance film (part of the theme of the film itself) and takes documentary, porn, horror and musical in it's wide cinematic stride exploding/merging all of the above.

Clearly more than tell a straight story, director Ashim Ahluwalia is devoted to questioning, analyzing, critiquing and (at times) upsetting social & filmic conventions here.

Working outside of the 'Bollywood' industry, Ahluwalia explores a number of ideas rarely seen in Indian cinema: social outcasts as (tragically heroic) protagonists, uninhibited sexuality, changing roles of women in society and the critique of (or deconstruction of) social structures and assumptions. Sonu & Vicky Duggal clearly represent a new form of rebellion (they are clearly anti-state, anti-film industry, "criminal filmmakers" if you will), and therefore give domestic and international audiences a glimpse into lives that would otherwise likely escape cinematic exploration.

Having seen a fair amount of contemporary Indian cinema, Ahluwalia appears like one of the few true innovators within this nascent movement, and is - for this reason - one of its primary players, explaining interest from Cannes & Toronto.


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