Review: Bhandarkar weaves ‘real fabric’ in ‘Fashion’

Director Madhur Bhandarkar exceeds all expectations in his latest film – Fashion, which has all the ingredients to make it a bumper Diwali blockbuster. There is something about the film that grips you, strikes you as you witness the tragic fate of the three lead characters in the film.

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai, Oct 29: Director Madhur Bhandarkar exceeds all expectations in his latest film – Fashion, which has all the ingredients to make it a bumper Diwali blockbuster. There is something about the film that grips you, strikes you as you witness the tragic fate of the three lead characters in the film. Their descent into hell is gradual, slow, poetic, heart rending… And you sit aghast, trying to evade the agony revealed in the starkly realistic film. What remains hidden behind the glaring arch lights, bright flashes and glittering glamour in the world of ‘Fashion’, is ugly, hideous, and repulsive and you wish that the film was just a little less realistic.
This is the power of Madhur Bhandarkar’s direction; he makes films so close to reality that the line between art and life often blurs. The film has three stories woven into one.

First story involves loss of innocence; Priyanka Chopra’s character Meghna appears doomed the moment she steps into the world of ‘Fashion’. It’s the story of the rise of an unknown small-town girl into a supermodel and the harrowing price she pays to remain at the top. Priynaka Chopra does a commendable job in the film, and the spectrum of emotions on her face shows that the actor in her has come of age.

Second story is that of Kangana Ranaut’s character Shonali that shows the fall of a supermodel to dust. Kangana Ranaut has come out with a performance that deserves a thunderous applause. The sequences between Priyanka and Kangana are the highlights of this tragic tale. Some scenes leave a lump in the throat like the one where the ousted ramp queen Kangana confronts and warns Priyanka in a restaurant loo, or later after they bond.

Mugdha Godse as Janet portrays the life of an ambitious model, who does not achieve success, but opts for a marriage of convenience. Mugdha is truly the female discovery of this year. With a perfect figure and expressing face, she gives a compelling consistency to her good-hearted model`s character.

Every character is written to accentuate the specific actor`s grace in the given space. The performances of Kitu Gidwani, Samir Soni, Raj Babbar, Arjan Bajwa and Ashwin Mushran stand out.

The film scores on all fronts: Stunning sets, lovely music, great performances, gripping storyline. It also has spicy moments: Wardrobe malfunction, gay love, casting couch, backstage drama, love-making scenes and hot-bod models in revealing clothes. The only drawback of the film is its length of 2.40 hours.

The film is a must watch for all. Four commendable cheers for Bhandarkar’s bold venture!

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