With Fashion the director Madhur Bhandarkar churns up yet another close to reality film covering the intrinsic and the extrisic facades that rule the fashion industry. Madhur has handled the subject with subtle elegance and there is no doubt why he spins hard hitting films which leave you in a state of awe and hit you below the belt.
Fashion starts of with a small town girl Meghna Mathur (Priyanka Chopra) who aspires to be a supermodel much against the wishes of her parents (Raj Babbar & Kiran Juneja). She has her cup of struggle before walking the ramp and manages to reach the pinnacle of succcess. Success begets arrogance and inturn leads to her downfall. But she is not ready to accept such fate. The structuring of the screenplay and writing by Madhur Bhandarkar, Anuradha Tiwari and Ajay Monga simultaneosly runs the story of three models Meghna (Priyanka Chopra), Shonali (Kangana Ranaut) and Janet ( Mughda Godse). Depicting Meghna’s rise, Shonali’s downfall and Janet’s compromise. At the same moment its throws light on the stark realities which prevail the fashion industry – casting couch, gay designers, wild lifestyles of models, wardrobe malfunctions, the manipulations of head honchos and the attitude issues.
Niranjan Iyengars dialogues are great. Mahesh Limayes cinematography captures the essence of fashion world.The screenplay is near to perfect, except for getting a bit drab at the ending.
Priyanka exudes a terrific performance and could well be one of her best. Kangana Ranaut is a surprise package, except for her short role. Mughda Godse has been greatly confident. Arbaaz Khan is a cool restrained act.Samir Soni has been good.Suchitra Pillai and Kitu Gidwani add the sprinklers with their presence. Ashwin Mushran and Arjan Bajwa have done pretty well.
Fashion is definitely worth its salt, with Madhur Bhandarkars styling you are sure what you are getting into.