Miss Lovely (2012): The New Indian Cinema
Directed by Ashim Ahluwalia
Brothers Sonu (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Vicky (Anil George) are prolific producers of trashy films in 1980s Mumbai's underground pornographic and horror film industry. When the siblings meet Pinky (Niharika Singh), a sultry actress with a shady past, their precarious partnership is tested, and Sonu is led deeper into a world of alcoholic divas, sleazy loansharks and glamour-seeking gangsters. Moving from gangster flick to romance to art-kitsch, the film’s opaque narrative, shifting tone and rich visual palette earned director Ahluwalia comparisons to Wong Kar Wai, RW Fassbinder and Dario Argento when it premiered in the Un Certain Regard at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
"Ahluwalia is a very impressive talent, and given the oppressive conventions of the Indian film industry, he’s clearly an independent spirit and then some" - Sight & Sound
"An off-kilter, at times delirious, pungent story of jealousy, betrayal, and doomed love" - Film Comment
"Something new in Indian filmmaking, neither Bollywood nor traditional art cinema, the pic provides a unique, immersive experience... one that owes as much to docu and experimental filmmakers as to Scorsese, Welles and von Sternberg, plunging viewers into the characters' social milieu" - Variety
With thanks to Day For Night
Also showing in The New Indian Cinema season: Temple (Deool) (2011) and Court (2014). Part of Deptford Cinema's new Silk Road Film Club strand.
Doors - 7.00pm
Film - 7.30pm
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