The most awaited movie of this season is Fashion which is here to expose everything about the glamour industry in the city of miracles – Mumbai. Did Madhur Bhandarkar succeed in pulling the gigantic hype? Read on to find out.
Meghna Mathur (Priyanka Chopra) is a girl from Chandigarh who has immense love for glamour and wishes to be a super model. She takes off to Mumbai and struggles a while till she makes it to the top. Double standards and her over-confidence crashes her down the top league. In the end she is entangled between the ugliest sides of fashion – abortion, drugs, alcohol and smoking. With such a burden she rolls back to Chandigarh and decides to leave the field completely. But her dad (Raj Babbar) convinces her to take this up as a challenge and be in the league again. The rest is how she makes a comeback suppressing her emotions and how she rules the glamour industry again.
Page 3 parties and the ramp gossips like plagiarisms and wardrobe malfunction; all the facts are exposed (or rather exaggerated, since they all seem negative) in this movie. Madhur Bhandarkar being known for his realistic approach hits the chord again but there is still something missing. We can't see another ‘Page 3' or another ‘Corporate' in the film. After the debacle of his previous film ‘traffic signal', everyone was curious to see his comeback and you expect this in Fashion. You can observe his trademark shots everywhere.
Madhur Bhandarkar lacks grip of the film at places. To be specific there isn't any curiosity being built in the interval session rather being a desperate break. He narrates the second half and the climax with extreme professionalism and you remain glued as the reel rolls. As I said earlier, it isn't as crisp and sharp as Page 3 or Corporate.
And now coming to the cast, there is a drastic change observed in few actresses like Priyanka Chopra and Kangna Ranaut. Priyanka Chopra being the main protagonist carries the role of Meghna Mathur efficiently and the transition between her innocent small town girl to an arrogant supermodel is just brilliant. Kangna Ranaut leaves you perplexed with her performance. She handles the role of Shonali Gujral with such a lighting intensity that it touches you somewhere. And the debutant Mugdha Godse as Janet leaves you spell bound and shows no sign of nervousness on the screen. Fashion marks as a milestone in her career. As all the three leading ladies are or have been related with the fashion world, they make no mistake on the ramp walk or in the expressions.
Now coming to some other stars who added glitter to this film, Sameer Soni as Rahul Arora was perfect and his gay ish attitude shows how much he prepared for this film. Kitu Gidwani, Harsh Chayya, Chitrashi Rawat and Ashwin Mushran were apt for the role and justified their presence. Out of the lot, Ashwin Mushran takes the lead. He leaves you baffled by his extraordinary performance. Thumbs up for his performance and by far is the best in his career. Abraaz Khan as Abhijit Sarin was good.
The technical aspects of the film are outstanding. Editing by Devendra Murdeshwar is crisp. Cinematography is adequate. Music and background score by Salim-Sulaiman is already rocking the charts and spices up the film.
The length of the film makes you restless. Baring a 2.45 hours film is extremely painful. If this would've been resolved to around 1.30 hours, we would've expected a miraculous film.
On the whole, Fashion is a well made film with tons of facts about the working of the fashion industry (Some parts may have been exaggerated or rather we feel them to be so). With some high-spirited performances, this one is sure to stay here.