Miss Lovely
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Delving deep into the underbelly of India's film industry, where back-alley producers churn out everything from pulpy horror movies to soft-core porn, MISS LOVELY takes us back to the Mumbai of the 1980s with lurid detail and intoxicating style. Working out of sleazy hotels and abandoned warehouses, brothers Sonu (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Vicky (Anil George) are prolific producers of trashy, C-grade films for Mumbai's booming and underground markets. The ambitious, domineering Vicky is the unquestioned brains of the operation, leading the dim-witted Sonu deeper into a world of divas,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

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"An atmospheric tragedy set in the sordid world of Bombay's exploitation-film industry during the late 1980s."
‑ Alissa Simon, Variety
"The "Miss Lovely" script's a set of pulpy contrivances padded out for thematic oomph, but director Ashim Ahluwalia has serious visual flair, and that keeps you watching."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Elliptical, authentic, and with a strong palate of visual flair, Miss Lovely can be a confusing concoction at times, but it is never boring."
‑ Josh Kupecki, Austin Chronicle
"The women of the film certainly deserve better, as they're often relegated to the role of victim, harmed or murdered simply to propel the plot along."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
"Though not pretentious, [the] film feels a tad overthought, held back somehow by a stubborn, dour obscurity clouding its freshly realized, lurid milieu."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"Florid direction, lurid atmosphere, and reckless passions all contribute to the intoxicating deliriousness of Miss Lovely, a thriller set in 1980s India's B-movie industry."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"For the price of a cheap pleasure like a movie, Miss Lovely is worth every penny."
‑ Monica Castillo, Movie Mezzanine
"Despite the potential for twisty storytelling, Ahluwalia takes things slow, putting a premium on chest-hair ambience and labyrinthine backrooms, all unspooling in sumptuous cinemascope."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"Ahluwalia's documentarian background and extensive research make believable even clichés like sibling rivalry and the "All About Eve" catfight for attention among the actresses."
‑ Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times
"What it is exactly is a little uncertain, given the film's curiously sluggish pace for a retro-thriller and discouragingly murky camerawork that makes action sequences, especially, hard to follow."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"[Miss Lovely] isn't always appetizing, but Ahluwalia's commitment to accurately capturing the era's aesthetic almost compensates for his failure to mine a good story from a great setting."
‑ David Ehrlich, The Dissolve
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