Making a film inspired from real life incidents has become the latest trend through which filmmakers are trying to woo the audience. After NO ONE KILLED JESSICA, which released a few months back, comes MONICA which is vaguely based on the Shivani Bhatnagar murder and the 2G scam.
The "fiction inspired from facts" traces the story of Monica Jaitley (Divya Dutta), whose ambitions get the better of her. She has had a tormented life as a child as she was sexually abused while watching QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK in a Lucknow theatre. Leaving her horrid past behind, she falls in love with journalist Raj Jaitley (Rajit Kapoor). They get married but don't live happily ever after. She becomes a journalist herself and this creates a rift between them. She can go to any extent for power, even if it involves making compromises. She finds herself torn between politician Chandrakant Pandit (Ashutosh Rana), broker Sandeep Mishra (Dadhi Pandey) and industrialist Pamela Garewal (Kitu Gidwani).
Some films desperately try to be hatke and the process, become too absurd for your liking. MONICA is one such film. Director Sushen Bhatnagar tries to have too many sub-plots and the non-linear editing adds to the woes. The courtroom sequences are insipid and lack drama. While the narrative moves like a pendulum between past and present, the store barely moves. Monica ends up sleeping with most of the characters, which is baffling. You don't feel for her character at all. The flimsy dialogues like 'If I do you, you are finished' provide unintentional laughs.
Divya Dutta performs decently but lacks the conviction required to play a scheming woman. Ashutosh Rana plays his grey character to perfection. Yashpal Sharma is decent as the lawyer. Kitu Gidwani overacts. Sandeep Mishra acts well.
The hotchpotch film is a disappointment. MONICA, no my darling!