134 Min | Drama – Thriller | June 2014
IMDB Rating: 5.3
Director: Kabir Sadanand
Starring: Jimmy Shergill, Mohit Marwah, Kiara Advani
Fugly Review: Watching FUGLY evokes a strong sense of deja vu, for its premise so similar to the 2011 dark thriller, Shaitaan. Kabir Sadanand’s directorial debut tells the story of four youngsters, at the cusp of their lives, whose lives come to an abrupt halt for one wrongdoing. This triggers a series of events, putting their friendship into test. New Delhi, the Crime capital and the hidden nexus between corrupt cops, wily politicians and administrators. It forms the canvas for Kabir’s plot. Four friends – Dev (Mohit Marwah), Gaurav (Vijendar Singh), Devi (Kyra Advani) and Adi (Arfi Lamba) quite liberal in their thinking are out of their college and about to kick-start their careers .An attempt to bring a lecherous grocer to task who has abused Devi goes awry when the foursome encounter the irreverent cop, SHO Chautala (Jimmy Shergill, in a deliciously menacing avatar). Chautala, the evil incarnate, demands an unreasonably hefty sum from them in return and this leads to unforeseen tragedy and ultimately redemption.
To be fair, Fugly is a well-intention-ed thought, which doesn’t translate into an edgy thriller. Blame it on the shoddy writing, the narrative loses steam soon after the entry of Chautala who works as the film’s Trump card sans the gratuitous sloka chants. Starting off with the breath-taking locales of Ladakh, it soon implodes its way to debauched politicians, corrupt elements, under-house parties and even gay prostitution. Kabir provides a glimpse of the city’s dark realities, but doesn’t conjure them up and the outcome is highly inconsistent. As a conventional twist to the plot, one of the protagonists immolates himself in front of India Gate to symbolize the rise of conscientious nationalism.Let the truth prevail.
As far as the performances go, the quartet of the newcomers is not particularly bad but could have done better. Its Vijendar who is convincing as he plays a wannabe boxer and has to speak with Harvanvi accent,which he is so much in real life. Cast in a negative role, Jimmy Shergill is the virtual propellant of the film’s vehicle. But just like an engine which runs out of fuel, Fugly gets deprived of a stirring drama.