Calendar Girls Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:41:53.0700000 IST

Madhur Bhandankar films have not really boasted of super hit or memorable music, but one does remember songs from FASHION and DIL TOH BACHCHA HAI JI. His upcoming venture, CALENDAR GIRLS, does give ample scope for composers Meet Bros Anjjan and the promising Amaal Malik to deliver the goods befitting our expectations.


The 'ultimate' beach party dance number 'Awesome Mora Mahiya' is a chartbusting effort by Meet Bros Anjjan and it thrives on groovy beats, lovely techno arrangements and a nice fresh tune transporting one to the fantasy land of bikini clad models. Zesty rendition by Khushboo Grewal with backup vocals by the composers themselves, help the cause further.

Meet Bros come up with another very good attempt, 'We Will Rock The World', an inspirational number that is situational in nature and gives a peak into the ambitions and wishes of the lead protagonists, the Calendar Girls. Khushboo Grewal and Neha Kakkar (and Meet Bros) put up a very spirited show .The song is most likely to feature as a background score.

Amaal Malik continues the party mood with the fun, desi cum western dance number, 'Shaadi Waali Night' and one must commend the young composer for coming up with a very catchy tune which does beckon all to do the 'thumka' . The arrangements are a good fusion of western and Indian and Aditi Singh Sharma does a fine job. The song should prove to be a hit during the marriage season.

Amaal's sombre and slightly pensive, 'Khwahishein', is certainly the pick of the lot and boasts of superb arrangements, lovely fresh tune and nice lyrics and rightly comes in two versions. The rock version is a duet which features the seasoned Arijit Singh and the young and talented Armaan Malik and is a delight to savour. The film version sees just Armaan Malik behind the mike and it's an almost unplugged version with just minimal background music. Armaan does a superb job. The song could prove to be 'Fashion Ka Jalwa' and do for Amaal what 'Jalwa' did for Salim-Sulaiman.

In a nutshell, the audio of CALENDAR GIRLS may just carry four (original) songs, but all of them are really good and in sync with the mood and script of the movie. Both the composers have done a lovely job and our picks are, 'Khwahishein' (both versions) and 'Awesome Mora Mahiya'. The good audio should boost the prospects of the film when it releases all over on 25th September.

Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below

Oh My God would be an apt description of this film. OMG is the most-used phrase in this film, if you would want to call it that. And OMG is what you keep mouthing as scene after silly scene unfolds on screen.


Madhur Bhandarkar is obviously frustrated mid-way through his CALENDAR GIRLS. I believe he sees that the film is headed nowhere. So the director decides to come on screen for not one but two scenes, in the hope of salvaging it. If five semi-clad girls can't he surely has a hope in hell!

In the first scene he makes sure that the audience are told he is the one filmmaker who likes to address films close to reality. Of course, he does not mouth this dialogue but gives the honours of this task to one of his calendar girls, who is obsessed with selfies.

In another scene, he meets this same 'despo' and tells her that the heroine he is currently working with has just come back after plastic surgery and she is giving just one expression which makes it difficult for him to understand whether she is sad, happy or angry!

One look at the side profile Bhandarkar is giving the camera and you wonder what his expression is? His face looks well ironed out and creaseless!

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Bhandarkar should know a thing or two about plastic. The movie starts in a desperate attempt with the director using Adman Suhel Seth and Rohit Roy, both giving plastic expressions, to depict Vijay Mallya and photographer Atul Kasbekar. Seth is like this kid on the first day of his shoot; all excited and not knowing which direction to go. That the director himself is clueless does not help matters. He makes another brief appearance towards the end.

Roy on his part is totally lost as he tries to figure out the physical relationships the girls have had so far. He looks like an inept 18-year-old trying to get his hands into their pants!

That sums up the rest of the movie too.

Bhandarkar has been lost in his world. He is still in his PAGE 3 zone, going into that maze over and over again. To top it, he has made a desperate attempt to get into the 'frame'.

Move on Madhur, films like HEROINE and CALENDAR GIRLS don't work, not if you have no insight and intelligence to flesh it out.

Maybe you could do a movie called 'Director'.

Rating 0/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Akanksha Puri, Avani Modi, Kyra Dutt, Ruhi Singh, Satarupa Pyne and Rohit Roy, Satarupa Pyne
  • Lyrics: Kumaar
  • Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
  • Music Director: Meet Bros Anjjan and Amaal Malik, Meet Bros, Amaal Mallik
  • Release Date : 25 Sep 2015