ONE NIGHT STAND - MOVIE REVIEW
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STORY: After a steamy night filled with passion, Urvil (Tanuj Virwani) and Celina (Sunny Leone) return to their regular lives. He is a typical young achiever with a lovely wife by his side, who has no idea about his sexcapades. Celina is devotedly married to a top-notch businessman and has the most picture-perfect family. But, Urvil cannot get her out of his mind. He becomes an obsessive stalker who wouldn't settle for anything less than either having her or destroying her.
REVIEW: The first thing that will come to your mind while watching this movie: 'Is Bollywood finally growing up?' To her credit, Jasmine Moses D'souza has dared to think out of the box. She is confident enough to show her hero as a philandering man, her heroine as a woman who pleasures herself in a dalliance and dares to leave it just at that. It is novel to see one night stands as something besides being prequels to stormy love affairs. Also, finally there is a filmmaker who can break the stereotype and portray Sunny Leone as a perfect mother, a supportive wife and a doting daughter-in-law. However, Jasmine and her writer Bhavani Iyer, manage to whip up only a half-baked, predictable plot ridden with cliches.
The narrative has its own merits but lacks coherence. The mood changes from sultry to somber in no time. The situations are so banal that it fails to evoke any sympathy. Be it Urvil's marriage that goes downhill once he starts obsessing about Celina or the impact his behavior has on her family life and her psyche, the filmmaker doesn't spend much time elaborating these. Naturally, the drama runs thin by the second hour. The heavy climax speech with its feminist undertones is poorly performed. The points raised are well made but is too preachy for liking.
Sometimes good actors do have the power to exalt a mediocre script, but both Sunny and Tanuj fail to sink their teeth deep into their characters. Their acting lacks flair. She never looks genuinely harrowed and his demeanor is far from dangerous.
Even with a compelling idea, One Night Stand remains singularly superficial.
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