Ugly (2014)

The state of society, relationships and humanity is aptly summed up in the one word title of this dark film. The irony of the story lies not in the tragedy or the problem at hand, but what evils it gives rise to.

A failed marriage, a child abducted, a depressed mother, a frustrated father, an ambitious step dad, two opportunist friends and one idiotic sibling. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? They do not even describe the tip of the iceberg, for this tale grips you and shocks you on many levels.

The performances make the film powerful and as always director Anurag Kashyap smacks reality hard in your face and doesn’t give you any time to recover. You just go with it because stopping would mean accepting the trauma and shock of how depraved human beings can be.

Made in a very small budget (the key to success these days), it has a large cast. Ronit Roy does what he does best; angry and unyielding. Tejaswini Kolhapure is shown as reeling from addiction and depression. Vineet Kumar Singh has the largest use of profanity with the best act of helplessness. Rahul Bhat is caught between truth and fiction. Various others support in their own way, testing your patience and keeping you tense.

A brilliant eye-opening reality.

3.5/5

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