If ever there is a name that’s soared up and soared down so publicly and so quickly, its Ram Gopal Varma. The man is credited by single-handedly changing horror and crime for the Indian audiences. Critics and audiences say he has lost his magic touch after duds like Satya 2, Satya 3 and several other films. In such a scenario, it is okay for RGV to try his hand on the streaming screens. But the problem is the drivel that RGV pedals in the name of entertainment.
There is a meta in his latest offering, ‘Meri Beti Sunny Leone Banna Chaahti Hai’. In the early 2000s, this guy made a film called ‘Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon’. We understand his message that 14 years ago one wanted to become a mainstream actress, Madhuri Dixit and today a woman wants to become Sunny Leone. But this deep insight needs a great film-maker. RGV is no longer that great name in Bollywood entertainment.
His latest short film, Meri Beti SUNNY LEONE Banna Chaahti Hai is an imagination of a living-room discussion between parents and their daughter. The daughter wants to become a porn-star, like, you guessed it, SUNNY LEONE (their emphasis, not ours)
What’s Wow: Review continues below:
What’s Blah: Meri Beti SUNNY LEONE Banna Chaati Hai is pedesterian film-making at its worst. Everything in this short story screams cheapness. The audience is bombarded with inane dialogue, immature and over-the-top performances that do nothing but defeat the very purpose of the film. The most cringe-worthy aspect of the film are the crass dialogues. Parents wouldn’t usually talk like this with their daughters. There’s no space in a living room to do the willy-nilly about a person working in the porn industry – let alone a woman – so that looks incredibly plastic. It simply doesn’t happen.
There is absolutely no redemption for this kind of film-making. Doubtless, the film-maker still has a good story in him. A woman having a conversation with her parents about her wanting to become a porn star. An intriguing concept, but the treatment is as cheap as a one anna candy. One look at his film and one thinks what kind of people this person is surrounded by.
What’s more incredulous is how these things reach the screen. One man is not a crew. He has people who are handling this project with him. Actors are mouthing the dialogues, camera crew is seeing the footage even as it is shot. Why have they forsaken RGV? Or is it that RGV doesn’t listen to them?
There is an allegation going around that many skilled people (not the film-makers, the people who assist them in making a film) are in the film industry not for the love of cinema but because of the amount of money that this industry gives them. Some would say that a bad film makes it way to the screen because these very people agree to work on a project they know is doomed simply because there’s money in it. We don’t know if these allegations are true, but if they were, ‘MSLBCH’ would be a shining example of exactly that.
In all of this, there is also this concept that rarely hits. The porn industry is not the best place to work in. Watch a well made documentary and the audience will learn just how dangerous that line of work is. People almost always are in danger of protacting STDs. Like the film industry, there’s the A –Listers, the B-Listers and the C-Listers in the porn industry. Ask around the issues one faces while working in a C-list Bollywood project and you’ll get a cue of how it will be to work in the C List of the pornography industry. In many countries, pornography is illegal – as it is in India. Would RGV make a film about a youngster coming into the living room and saying that he wants to become a gangster? Both are crimes under the Indian Constitution. No, because his own films say that ‘crime doesn’t pay’. This kind of glorifying of the porn industry is mindless catering to the millennials.
Parting Shot: RGV is treating the digital medium as the slate we used to have in school. Errors could be rubbed out and nobody would know. Unfortunately, that is not the case with the digital medium – every film’s that a mistake remains alive.
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Cast: Makarand Deshpande, Divya Jagdale, Naina Ganguly
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