This gem was made close to 3 years back. Back then, Nawaz was still a struggling actor, Niharika Singh was an unknown face and no one really knew Ashim Ahuluwalia. Now, Nawaz is a name to reckon with, Niharika Singh is still unknown with a weird Himesh film being her only credit to fame and Ashim Ahluwalia has become a champion of parallel cinema. Blame it on the effect of Miss Lovely.
Miss Lovely is a weird film. Strangely bizarre and absurdly filmed, it offers a peek in to the horror sex industry of the 80’s, something which made the Ramsays the king of shriek times. But what went behind the stage was an open secret and Ashim reveals every aspect in graphic detail. In the midst of all that sleaze is a quaint love story which goes all wrong. Its that man Nawaz again who steals the show and makes Miss Lovely a magically surreal experience.
The story is about 2 brothers. One happens to be a director of sleazy C-grade films and the other dreams of getting away from the sleaze world and direct clean films. He falls in love with a girl and promises to make a clean film with her called Miss Lovely. The various challenges he faces to make that film and the simultaneous crackdown of law on the C-grade industry forms the crux of the film.
The story has different layers to it and speaks about issues which still exist in the film industry. The narrative style is distinct and the production design is bang on target. The Bombay of 80’s has been recreated wonderfully and really helps in making the story believable.
The performances from the main star cast of Anil George, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Niharika Singh are all top notch and help bring believability to the film. The director deserves brownie points for choosing such a unique subject and executing it sincerely. The music is also good and the cinematography by Mohanan is fantastic. He captures every frame with panache and leaves a grainy feel to make it appear aged.
Miss Lovely may not be a film which would end up as a classic. In fact, you may emerge out of it confused as to whether you liked the film or not. But it definitely is a brave effort and deserves a watch.