Movie Review: Fashion — Madhur Bhandarkar Gets Some Refinement

One of the biggest open secrets of Hindi movie theatre is that Madhur Bhandarkar makes the same madhur bazar film again and again. All he does is take the same character-and underdog it in an ugly world-and just change the settings. The only twist in the tale is the microcosm that she draws parallel with all the problems of the world. So it could be a webpage 3 party (Page 3), a traffic signal (Traffic Signal), a political party (Satta), the corporate world (Corporate) or a dance bar (Chandani Bar), you can’t mistake a Madhur Bhandarkar film. This time around Bhandarkar references the high life in the fashion world.

Fashion Story Synopsis

Meghna Mathur (Priyanka Chopra) can be as small town as they come. This Chandigarh ategory countries up in Mumbai as a model… no a static correction, it’s supermodel. There’s no real hindrance in her path as the current ‘show stopper’ Shonali might be the cynosure of the town but her being addicted drugs and alcohol coupled with her extravagant lifestyle formerly started her downfall. Naturally Meghna climbs the corporate to success but not prior to going through her share of struggle where she’s to do a lingerie ad, schmooze in parties for the money amongst other things.

The ad gets her dumped from her family pal’s house and countries her at Manav’s, her love interest. But the higher Meghna goes the bottom she falls. Her attitude makes over into arrogance and takes her away from everything dear to her. Her clandestine affair with her much-married boss gets her pregnant.

Meghna ends up becoming just the kind of person she hates. Unable to see herself in the mirror she runs back to her family. Away from the glitters she is still depressed and it’s really only her dad’s changed belief in her gives her the confidence to start from the start. Once back Meghna saves her soul by taking it upon herself to save Shonali, who is now abandoned. Luck gets her back to the top but not before testing her limits.

Critics Opinion on Fashion

One can safely say that the ghost of ‘Chandni Bar’, Bhadarkar’s breakthrough film, can finally be laid to rest. ‘Fashion’ might have the off the shelf ingredients of the director’s formula but it is a better film than his previous few works.

Sure the in-house digs are a plenty and everyone is caricatured, Kangana Ranaut’s character magnifying mirrors Geetanjali Nagpal’s and it’s really surprisingly predictable at times but the film is well mounted.

One criticism is that the script has been much better. For instance there is no real reason for Meghna to initially detest Shonali and her transformation into a Naomi Campbell like diva isn’t actually justified. Even the reason for models to have a certain ‘lifestyle’ isn’t actually damaged further.

Bhandarkar doesn’t explore stress or questionable of the glamour world as a reason for breakdown. Rather he is happy keeping it as simple as day and night. Also, the things that has been done…

Fashion: Priyanka Chopra rules

As far as the tasks go this is a Priyanka Chopra film right. She is ably supported by Samir Soni, Mugdha Godse and Arbaaz Khan. Kangana Ranaut stands out as the tormented beauty though she can work on her diction a little more. Kitu Gidwani as the high priestess of modelling world is pure elegance.

‘Fashion’ sees Madhur Bhandarkar finally moving from his staple digs-a-dozen kind of treatment to a more refined approach.

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