Miss Lovely (2014)

 ●  Hindi ● 1 hr 52 mins

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Following a story of the Duggal brothers who produce sleazy sex-horror films in the mid-1980s, this plot explores the intense and mutually destructive relationship between younger sibling Sonu Duggal, and his elder brother, Vicky (Anil George). This scintillating tale also delves into the destructiveness of addiction and obsession, through the exploration of the tumultuous relationship between Sonu, and a mysterious young woman named Pinky (Niharika Singh), to whom he finds himself inextricably drawn. The crux of the movie daringly depicts how these destructive relationships and unhealthy lifestyle eventually lead to his downfall.

Cast: Anil George, Meneka Lalwani, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Niharika Singh

Crew: Ashim Ahluwalia (Director), KU Mohanan (Director of Photography)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

Release Dates: 17 Jan 2014 (India)

Hindi Name: मिस लवली

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Did you know? This project started as a documentary on C-grade sex cinema in the lower depths of Bollywood which flourished between the 1970s and the early 2000s when it was eventually made redundant by anonymous internet pornography. During work on the documentary, the director discovered that none of the subjects were willing to appear on camera as shooting pornography in India constitutes a serious criminal offense. The documentary was subsequently shelved. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
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Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Trivia:
The talented team of Ashim Ahluwalia, Tabsheer Zutshi, Parichit Paralkar won the award for Best Production Design at the 61st National Film Awards for 2013 for their outstanding work in this movie, authentically recreating an era with style, finesse, and coherence with the visual style of the narrative, while the movie itself won a Special Jury Award for its intense depiction of human relationships, densely layered narrative, period costumes and production design that convey a pulp style, all its own.

Although this movie created by Ashim Ahluwalia achieved international acclaim, it had to struggle to hit the Indian screens even with an 'A' certificate, because the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had initially asked for 157 cuts to make it suitable for viewing in India. However, that would have been killing the movie, so the makers reasoned with the Board, and after four reviews along with a few major cuts, the movie was approved for release more or less intact.

'Miss Lovely' has won multiple awards including the Best Film Award at the 14th Mumbai International Film Festival and Best Feature Film Award at the 11th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

This project started as a documentary on C-grade sex cinema in the lower depths of Bollywood which flourished between the 1970s and the early 2000s when it was eventually made redundant by anonymous internet pornography. During work on the documentary, the director discovered that none of the subjects were willing to appear on camera as shooting pornography in India constitutes a serious criminal offense. The documentary was subsequently shelved.

The film has since screened at numerous film festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Miss Lovely competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

This film's soundtrack links back to a history of past cinema, particularly the use of rare work of Italian composers Egisto Macchi and Piero Umiliani, who had both scored exploitation films. The soundtrack also employs film scores by Indian composer Ilaiyaraaja and disco producer Biddu.

This film has been shot on a combination of Kodak Super 16 and 35mm film in widescreen.
Mumbai in the Bad Old Days
25 May 2012, by The New York Times