Banner: Triumph Talkies
Producers: Vijay Nair,
Deepak Shivdasani, Pahlaj Nihalani
Director: Deepak Shivdasani
Cast: Raai Laxmi, Pankaj Tripathy,
Rati Agnihotri, Ravi Kishan
Writer: Faheem Chaudhry
Music: Viju Shah, Rooh Band,
Atif Ali, Javed-Mohsin
The story revolves around a simple girl, Julie, who wants to become an actress and goes on to become a star. However, her stardom is soon eclipsed by the dark side of the entertainment industry.
Hindi cinema has seen many films on showbiz shining a spotlight on the crude side of the industry. This film is more a run-of-the-mill story about the rise and fall of a star, Julie (Raai Laxmi), who was is compelled to become a part of the vicious world of entertainment.
The film opens on the mahurat of a film, where Julie is present along with the film crew. Cut to a party scene, where Julie, in front of the guests, narrates her heart-wrenching story of getting raped by her stepfather at the age of 13. The audience is both startled and empathetic towards the star. Just when it seemed like smooth sailing, Julie gets shot in broad daylight at a public event. She is taken to hospital, where she is battling for her life.
Julie, who has stayed with her aunt Annie (Rati Agnihotri) since she was a struggler, goes missing. Police officer Devdutt (Aditya Srivastava), caught in this topsy-turvy situation, looks for aunt Annie and finally finds her in a church praying for Julie’s life. Devdutt insists that Annie tell him everything about Julie’s life, from being a nobody to attaining stardom.
So, Annie starts pouring her heart out, kicking off a greasy plot straight out of an ’80s movie. The first half of the film is like a bumpy ride, from Julie’s tormenting experiences to the high point of her career. The second half of the movie is a Silk Smitha-esque plot. Julie is seen having a ball shooting with South star, Ravi Kumar (Ravi Kishan), in an upbeat masala song, and ends up having a steamy affair with this lecherous man.
As Julie drifts from one affair to another, she realises that the men she encounters, from gangsters to cricketers, don’t really love her; they only lust for her. The treachery and betrayal shatter her heart.
Director Deepak Shivdasani pens an overtly sensationalised drama peppered with elements such as innocence, innocence demolished, glamour and the dark side of glamour, some steamy, intimate scenes and even a political angle. But all in vain.
The song Kabhi jhoota lagta hai by Mistu Bardhan is a nice soulful romantic song and probably the most heartily picturised song in the film. Kharama kharama by Pavni Pandey is a fun song, where Ravi Kishan and Raai Laxmi break into a high-voltage performance.
Performance-wise, seasoned actors Pankaj Tripathy, Rati Agnihotri and Ravi Kishan are a treat to watch and debutante Raai Laxmi is a very close second. Her portrayal of the many emotions of her character shows her range as a performer. She is fantastic!