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Ungli (U/A)

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Release Date

28 Nov 2014
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The multi-starrer movie Ungli starring Emraan Hashmi has created considerable hype for the star cast and the interesting plot of the film.

Directed by Renzil D'Silva, the movie Ungli happens to be an edgy drama but certainly contains a strong social message.

The film has social relevance, it raises the prominent problem of corruption, where the common man is not able to raise his voice against corrupt powers and suffers the injustice. The film somehow is successful in delivering the message of fighting for the injustice done to common man.

‘Ungli’ is a good effort, judging purely by the mediocrity we’ve been dished out in the name of cinema of late, but that doesn’t make this effort great.

It sets out impressively at first, but soon loses the plot, with slows down with songs of bromance, romance and what not. When will Bollywood mute out music from non-musical narratives?

The problem with this film is that it lacks certain level of freshness. Even though the subject chosen is an old one, the treatment could have been different. Even though the film has been totally shot at real locations in Mumbai, certain situations could've been made to look more convincing.

All in all, if you want to watch a film about rebelling against the corrupt system then UNGLI is a decent watch for this weekend.

So, does Ungli have even one redeeming factor? Actually, it has one. The only way you can enjoy this mindless film is by looking at the fun side of the 'witty punishments' the vigilante foursome unleashes on its victims. Ah yes, even the dialogues: They are so miserable that you just cannot the miss their fun side.

The idea of using the raised middle finger as a sign meant to cause offence is believed to have originated in ancient Greece. Apparently, that classical civilization gets the credit for having noticed the phallic possibilities in the gesture.

Considering the imagery, it's fitting that Ungli is all about boys looking for a high. Much like the middle finger salute, however, Ungli ends up to be a rather pointless and forgettable gesture.

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