Calendar Girls | Movie Review 26 Sep 2015   516


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Star Cast: Kyra Dutt, Ruhi Singh, Avani Modi, Satarupa Pyne, Akansha Puri, Rohit Roy, Suhel Seth, Mita Vashisht
Direction: Madhur Bhandarkar
Genre: Drama
Duration: 2 hours 12 minutes

Critics Review/Rating

Times Of India (TOI):

Small-town schemer Mayuri (Ruhi), rebellious Paroma (Satarupa), free-spirited Sharon (Kyra), naive Nandita (Akansha) and Pakistani Bollywood aspirant Nazneen (Avani) are ‘calendar girls’ for industrialist Kumar (Suhel), whose glamorous almanac…
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Mid-Day:

This time Bhandarkar presumably focuses on five calendar girls, four from various parts of the country and one a Pakistani from London. These girls are shortlisted for the Kingfisher kind of, presumably prestigious, calendar…
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Hindustam Times:

Madhur Bhandarkar spares no chance to let us know that it is a bad, bad world out there: three out of five calendar girls in 2014 ended up in scarily unfortunate conditions. But wait, here’s the first shock: Bhandarkar says it’s not the platform that should be…
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DNA:

There’s a scene in Calendar Girls where Madhur Bhandarkar (playing himself) is on the phone explaining to someone that he’s not making a controversial film on any scam…
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Bollywood Hungama:

It’s often said that ‘Films are nothing but a reel representation of the real life’. While a majority of filmmakers thrive on making ‘masala’ films, there are a handful of them who have carved a niche for themselves in making realistic yet commercial cinema…
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NDTV Movies:

Slapdash and sanctimonious, Calendar Girls is a stunner, but for all the wrong reasons. It is stunning in its sheer stupidity.One of the girls alluded to in the title, a Lahore lass from London, is quickly reduced in aamchi Mumbai to servicing sex-starved politicians, industrialists and diplomats…
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CNN IBN:

He has a template set. And within that same template, year after year, Madhur Bhandarkar moulds ‘different’ stories and presents them to the audience. The characters may have different names and the story may be attempting to explore the realities of a certain industry, but they end up all the same…
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The Indian Express:

At one stage in the film, which up until then has been swimming in a sea of predictable clichés about the ‘glamour’ world, a spiky little plot-point yanks back our wandering attention: a ‘calendar girl’ attends a funeral, and her `fee’ for so doing is a couple of cool lakhs…
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Rediff:

It’s hard to believe Calendar Girls has been made by someone who makes films, fumes Raja Sen. Halfway through Calendar Girls, the new film by Madhur Bhandarkar, a young actress is shooting a film when she’s sidetracked by the revelation that some superstar is shooting nearby…
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Glamsham:

Madhur Bhandarkar is obviously frustrated mid-way through his CALENDAR GIRLS. I believe he sees that the film is headed nowhere. So the director decides to come on screen for not one but two scenes, in the hope of salvaging it…
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