Madhur Bhandarkar is one filmmaker who is different from many other filmmakers in the bollywood fraternity. Women centric films seem to be his forte and we must admit that he has managed to click with the audience with his films in the past, say for eg, his previous woman centric film, 'Fashion' was a stupendous success despite having no male lead. But does his latest effort 'Calendar Girls' live up to the expectations and does it come somewhere even close to 'Fashion', let's analyze.
'Calendar Girls' tells the story of five girls, four of them from different states of India and one from Pakistan, who get selected to pose for a very famous and international annual fashion calendar. What happens in their lives after their calendar work gets over and what's in store for them in the near future is what forms the reminder of the story.
Talking about the acting part, the five new actresses, Avani Modi, Satarupa Pyne, Ruhi Singh, Kyra Dutt and Akanksha Puri, surprisingly show some promise in their acting skills despite being new faces. All of them have managed to give quite a satisfactory performance in their very first film, although there is still some scope for polishing their acting skills. Rohit Roy is pretty much a replica from 'Fashion' and has given an okayish performance. Rest of the supporting cast which includes Mita Vashisht, Suhel Seth and Suchitra Pillai are stricly okay.
Cinematography of the film is decent, though there is nothing very special to mention about it. We can say that the editing of the film is also satisfactory as the length of the film is just over 2 hours and neither does the film get laggy or stretchy at any point.
Music of the film is not so special as none of the songs are quite impressive, the only exception being the song 'Awesome Mora Mahiya' which is a little bit peppy and foot tapping.
All said and done, Madhur Bhandarkar fails to deliver this time as 'Calendar Girls' does not come anywhere close to his previous effort 'Fashion'. Neither does the film boast of heavyweights like Priyanka or Kangana nor is the storyline quite as impressive. To sum it all up in one line, we would say 'This Calendar is not "Haute" at all and the film makes for only a one time watch.