Miss Lovely (NR)
Drama 110 min. June 20, 2014
Director Ashim Ahluwalia's film lovingly re-creates the cheesy, big-screen smut produced by his characters, and also embraces the industry's fondness for swirling colors, extreme close-ups and zooms, and silky camera movements, all of which give his material a fevered intensity. When Sonu meets and falls in love with aspiring actress Pinky (Niharika Singh), promising to make her the star of his more respectable "romantic" film, he unwittingly sets himself (a deluded, noirlike protagonist) and Vicky on the path to doom. In this gutter of vice and sin, base impulses are indulged voraciously and betrayal lurks around every corner. Ahluwalia's direction generates a hypnotically nightmarish mood, which renders each successive plot twist at once horrifying and all too predictable. Rife with jealousy, treachery and violence, it's a stylish portrait of the tangled relationship between cinematic and real-world sleaze.