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Ugly Perfectly Demonstrates the Concept of Inner Demons

In one of the most riveting scene from the movie, we see a father struggling to cope up with the kidnap of his daughter, while trying to file a complaint with the help of a ruthless policeman who is more interested in knowing how caller ID on smartphones displays the picture of a person calling.

In this 10-minute pitch-perfect sequence and many that follows later, director Anurag Kashyap perfectly captures the horrors of Ugly – a nail-biting tale about men’s inner demons.

We see this dark world through the deeds of too-many monsters – a failed actor (Rahul Bhatt) whose viciousness cost him his family, his suicidal and alcoholic ex-wife (Tejaswini Kolhapure) who spends most of her time at home watching TV and blaming her past, her aggressive husband (Ronit Roy) who leaves no-stone-unturned in making her life hell, and the centroid of their relationship – a blotted out, stubborn little girl – who gets kidnapped in daylight on one ill-fated day.

Adding further to the proceedings is a mischievous casting director (Vineet Kumar), an iPhone-loving crook (Sidhhant Kapoor), an opportunistic actress (Surveen Chawla), and none the less, the very same thaanedar (Girish Kulkarni)  I discussed above.

Kashyap places all these scoundrels in a glass and shakes out a plot of lies, murder and betrayal. Not for a moment you feel like shifting your eyes as you dwell into their horrors. This cocktail looks “Ugly”, but yet remains a thing to sight for.

And indeed, you expect it from the cinema of Kashyap. You want horribleness, and he delivers you right on your platter. In the meantime, he makes you smile in portions where you would be screaming in disgust. You simply experience the beast in each frame he designs for you, filled with dark setups, foul-mouthed discussions, spine-chilling background scores, black humors and some hell-of-a-realistic performances.

Ugly literally shines by taking credits for its impeccable darkness. Kudos to Kashyap who delivers yet another masterpiece. It might get unnoticed, doesn’t mean it is unnoticeable. If you are wondering to take a break from regular popcorn flicks, a good way to spend your money this week is by watching Ugly. This one is here to stay.

Rating: 4/5