If Madhur Bhandarkar’s latest had been as sharp as this sequence, ‘Calendar Girls’— which tells the story of the pretty young things chosen to grace a booty calendar sponsored by a real-life-inspired magnate (Suhel Seth), shot by a celebrity photographer (Rohit Roy)– would have been a true tell-all. What we get instead, is a non-stop show-reel of show-all, where the camera goes over, under, behind the ‘calendar girls’, not an inch being spared.
Slapdash and sanctimonious, Calendar Girls is a stunner, but for all the wrong reasons. It is stunning in its sheer stupidity. Calendar Girls starts off in the pits and stays there over the next two hours. This film marks a new low for the rapidly waning Madhur Bhandarkar. Its portrayal of women, both sinning and sinned against, is smug, condescending and unabashedly exploitative. Take the cue. Give Calendar Girls a miss.
However, past success in scandal storytelling has now become a lazy formula for Bhandarkar. The proof of that is Calendar Girls. The script despite all its crassness, unimaginative situations, clichés and easy flights of fancy, does keep one hooked with constant drama and is far better than Bhandarkar’s last film, Heroine. Calendar Girls works purely because of its debutante actresses, along with their male co-actors. Simply put, their performances rock.
The genesis of CALENDAR GIRLS has been undisputedly borrowed from his earlier films, wherein he showcases the yet another dark, but real side of the glamour industry. The film's narrative is simple, engaging and also hard hitting at the same time. CALENDAR GIRLS can be watched for its wholesome entertainment value, hard hitting drama and engaging narrative.
Calendar Girls has a surreal, slightly dated quality. Bhandarkar has his trademark touches of glamour, pathos and personalities but lacks power-packed acting to hold this together. Instead, between scintillating skin, syrupy sympathy and sheer sloppiness, the film loses grip, bite - and plot. The pages of this Calendar slowly fall apart.
Umm.. Why did Madhur Bhanadarkar not name the film ‘Fashion 2′? He brings nothing new to the floor and we have seen enough of his ‘realism’ when it comes to the glamour world. Calendar Girls is a complete let down on all fronts, acting, writing and direction. Nothing real or reel in this film is appealing