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Fashion (2008)

Fashion2008

Fashion (2008) is a 2008 Bollywood film directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. The film has a massive star cast which includes Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut and newcomers Mugdha Godse and Arjan Bajwa. Based on the dark side of the world of fashion, the movie depicts it through the protagonist’s eye. Kangana’s role as a former supermodel who faces downfall and comes to the streets is based on the real life story of model Geetanjali Nagpal. Both Priyanka Chopra andKangana Ranaut won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards respectively at the 2009 National Film Awards for their roles in this film.

Plot

Aspiring model Meghna Mathur (Priyanka Chopra) expresses her wish to go to Mumbai and pursue her dream of becoming a supermodel. Against her dad’s wishes, Meghna leaves her house with dreams in her eyes to strike it big in the modeling world but it is not a path of roses for her. She experiences some major difficulties in her initial days auditioning several times but being rejected. But she gets a good helping hand with an old acquaintance, Rohit (Ashwin Mushran), an aspiring gay designer who assists big shot designer Vinay Khosla (Harsh Chhaya). She keeps bumping into another struggling model, Maanav (Arjan Bajwa) while making the rounds of modeling agencies for auditions.

She visits Rahul Arora’s fashion show where she comes face-to-face with reality of the major people in the industry including the reigning supermodel Shonali Gujral (Kangana Ranaut). She is mocked by the show choreographer Christine and is advised to visit hotshot photographer Kartik (Rohit Roy) for her portfolio. To pay Kartik’s high fee she attends functions and even shoots for a lingerie advertisement, all the while mentored by another smalltime model Janet (Mugdha Godse). Subsequently, Meghana’s lingerie pictures appear on the cover of a magazine found by her relatives. Meghna becomes good friends with Maanav and even starts sharing his apartment after she faces accommodation problems. Meghna is noticed by a top official Anisha Roy (Kitu Gidwani) of a major modeling agency Panache who brings her to her boss, Abhijit Sarin’s (Arbaaz Khan) notice. Abhijit gets impressed by her ambitious nature and go-getter attitude. Panache’s face is Shonali but though very successful, her drug abuse starts becoming a problem for her and subsequently for Panache. Abhijit decides to terminate Shonali’s contract and ropes in Meghna as Panache’s new face. Shonali warns Meghna that she will just lose herself as she did.

Meghna becomes an overnight success and is everywhere. The overnight success spoils Meghna and the budding love relationship between her and Manav comes to an abrupt end. She also starts having an affair with Abhijit. Meanwhile, Janet, an old time acquaintance of Rahul, grabs an opportunity of being his showstopper. Rahul gets worried as his mother becomes increasingly doubtful of his sexual orientation and asks Janet to marry him though he tells that his relation with his boyfriend will only be compromised to some extent. Shonali, on other hand, gets a wardrobe malfunction at an event and her career ends. Her drug abuse gets worse and she lands up at a rehab centre. Meanwhile, Meghna gets pregnant with Abhijit’s child and reluctantly has an abortion due to the conditions in the contract earlier added by Abhijit himself. She tells about their relationship to Abhijit’s wife and Abhijit terminates Meghna’s contract with Panache.

An angered Meghna, unable to believe what happened, resorts to alcohol to relieve herself. She gets into a verbal fight with Janet, when she tells her that she’s ruining herself and on the same night attends a rave party where under the influence of cocaine, she unknowingly ends up in bed with a black male bouncer. Later when she comes to her senses, she feels guilty of her act and realises how low she had fallen. She leaves Mumbai to return to her parents in Chandigarh.

Broken and depressed Meghna lives in Chandigarh for more than a year but she has lost all taste for life including her self-confidence. However, encouraged by her father, she goes back to Mumbai. There she befriends Janet again and models for Rohit’s show. However, she freezes on stage and gets negative reviews from the whole industry and media. She visits Maanav to ask forgiveness and gets to know that he is engaged. Shonali is shown on TV as a highly disturbed alcoholic on the streets. Meghna brings her home and takes it as a challenge to rehabilitate Shonali. She also gets an offer from Rahul to be his showstopper and accepts. One day before the show, Shonali goes missing from Meghna’s home. Just before Meghna was to walk the ramp, she gets a call from the police that Shonali has been found dead apparently from a drug overdose. Meghna becomes frigid with sadness, but overcomes the grief and walks fantastically on the ramp, which not only revives her career but also heals her self-esteem.

She ultimately acknowledges that her ensuing success is not due to her own efforts to revamp herself, but due to Shonali and Shonali alone, for she was the one who instilled once again her newly found self-confidence and gave her a self-recognition in this so-called glamorous world of fashion. Meghna hence gives up her drinking and smoking habits and takes on the ramps once again as an ideal model. The movie ends with Meghna shown walking the ramp in Paris.

Cast

Priyanka Chopra as Meghna Mathur
Kangana Ranaut as Shonali Gujral
Mugdha Godse as Janet
Arjan Bajwa as Maanav
Samir Soni as Rahul Arora
Ashwin Mushran as Rohit Khanna
Kitu Gidwani as Anisha Roy
Arbaaz Khan as Abhijit Sarin
Suchitra Pillai as Avantika Sarin
Rohit Roy as Kartik
Raj Babbar as Meghna’s father
Kiran Juneja as Meghna’s mother
Chitrashi Rawat as Shomu
Harsh Chhaya as Vinay Khosla
Konkona Sen Sharma as herself
Ranvir Shorey as himself
Wendell Rodricks as himself
Dabboo Ratnani as himself
Manish Malhotra as himself
Karan Johar as himself
Madhur Bhandarkar as himself
Diandra as herself

Sound Tracks

Fashion Ka Jalwa”
Written by Sandeep Nath
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh, Satya Hinduja, Robert Bob Omulo
Music Label T-Series

“Mar Jaava”
Written by Irfan Siddiqui
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Shruthi Pathak, Salim Merchant
Music Label T-Series

“Kuchh Khaas”
Written by Irfan Siddiqui
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Amyth, Neha Bhasin, Mohit Chauhan
Music Label T-Series

“Aashiyana”
Written by Irfan Siddiqui
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Salim Merchant
Music Label T-Series

“Fashion Ka Jalwa – Remix”
Written by Sandeep Nath
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh, Satya Hinduja, Robert Bob Omulo
Music Label T-Series

“Mar Jaava – Remix”
Written by Irfan Siddiqui
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Shruthi Pathak, Salim Merchant
Music Label T-Series

“Kuchh Khaas – Remix”
Written by Irfan Siddiqui
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Amyth, Neha Bhasin, Mohit Chauhan
Music Label T-Series

“Fashion Theme”
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Music Label T-Series

“Aashiyana – Remix”
Written by Irfan Siddiqui
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Salim Merchant
Music Label T-Series

“Fashion Theme – Remix”
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Music Label T-Series

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 17 January 2011

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