mi.sog.y.ny: (noun) hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women.
In the world of a misogynist, a woman cannot be successful without possessing one or more of the following disabilities – Alcoholism, Bi Polar Disorder, Drug addiction, Attention deficit disorder and sexual abandon. In an ideal world, Heroine should have broken the lazy stereotypes that have been constructed since the days of yore; considering the fact that it has been made by an insider. Alas, all it does is destroy our faith in Bollywood’s portrayal of realism.
Madhur Bhandarkar aims to give us a voyeuristic view into the underbelly of Bollywood but fails dismally due to the heightened melodramatics and unconvincing portrayals. The main problem with Madhur Bhandarkar’s world view is the fact that he succumbs to blatant stereotyping of the film industry; if that wasn’t bad enough, he extended his ‘vision’ to undermine publicists, homosexuals and everyone who seems to possess a slight inkling of an intellect. According to the director, in the film industry, if you are a force to be reckoned with, you must be crazy, unhinged, adulterous and a junkie.
Mahi Arora, played by Kareena Kapoor, as a character is terribly under researched and comes across as a petulant child who can’t seem to get her life together despite being a sensation in the film industry. An A-list heroine who is a bi-polar, alcoholic, pill popping insecure human being is given a shoddy backstory by the filmmaker; and yet again Mr. Bhandarkar uses his stock clichés to attribute her vices to a broken home. The depiction of Mahi Arora is downright insulting due to the fact that the director cannot seem to grasp the fact that there are successful women out there who can hold on their jobs and clothes without jumping into bed with the first married man they lay eyes on or throwing back liters of Scotch. Arjun Rampal is merely passable as a married superstar, Shahana Goswami, Lillete Dubey and Ranvir Shorey are clichéd caricatures; Randeep Hooda, however, manages some grace and honesty in his role as a cricketer.
Looking for a glimmer of hope in this film is quite an ordeal since the plot is burdened with offensive and absolutely annoying clichés of homosexual/bisexual people. It’s not the flamboyant behavior that seems a tad much but the fact that they are portrayed as catty people who are only out to look for their next conquest. The dialogues leave much to be desired and the plot even more so. If Madhur Bhandarkar is under the impression that the protagonists of his films are empowered women, he certainly has a warped world view. Would I advise you to watch this film? Maybe not because if you have watched one Madhur Bhandarkar film, it is safe to say that you have watched them all.