Anurag Kashyap's new film is a whodunit used to reveal human baseness
The title of Anurag Kashyap’s new, grippingly horrible film couldn’t have been more literal. In pace and realism, Ugly is reminiscent of the Romanian New Wave (The Death Of Mr Lazarescu, Child’s Pose, If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle)—the social-realist setting is not as pronounced as in the Romanian films, but suburban Mumbai, where Ugly is set, is vile and dehumanizing, with many big forces at work. And much like the Romanian New Wave, a large part of the film runs on dexterously created suspense.
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