Priyanka Chopra, Mugdha Godse, Kangna Ranaut, Arjan Bajwa, Arbaaz Khan, Harsh Chhaya, Madhur Bhandarkar, Karan Johar, Manish Malhotra, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sameer Soni, Kitu Gidwani, Suchitra Pillai, Raj Babbar and Kiran Juneja
Producer: Ronnie Screwvala
Banner: UTV Motion Pictures
Screenplay: Madhur Bhandarkar, Ajay monga, Anuradha Tiwari, Niranjan Iyengar
Dialogues: Niranjan Iyengar
Cinematograph :Mahesh Limaye
Production design :Nitin Chandrakant Desai
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Fashion, a stylishly made film, strikes you as a sting operation combined with a reality show. This is a fashionable film about the not so fashionable goings on behind the glitz and glamour of super-modeling and cat-walking.
Fashion is the story of three ambitious girls, their trials, tribulations, travails, triumphs and tragedies. There is only one motto in the world of Fashion: To succeed, you have to lose more than morals.
Meghna Mathur (Priyanka Chopra), a small time girl comes to Mumbai, against the wishes of her father, to become a super model. She achieves her ambition, but pays a price for it. Once on the top, she becomes arrogant and loses her way and her friends. She rebounds to claim her place.
Shonali (Kangana Ranaut) is a reigning super model who is slowly sliding into oblivion.
Janet (Mugdha Godse) works hard, but success eludes her. She sacrifices her ambition to settle down with a queer compromise.
These three stories are intertwined like a fashionable plait and sprinkled with incidents of weird lifestyles, backstage dramas, back-stabbing tycoons, wardrobe malfunctions, casting couch compulsions, gay encounters, intellectual dishonesty and a host of not usually known facets of the world of fashion.
For once Priyanka Chopra gets an author-backed meaty role and she gives her best ever performance. Don’t be surprised if she is heaped with best actress awards and honours.
Kangana Ranaut is brilliant and so is Mugdha Godse, who seems to have both style and substance. Surely, Mugdha is here to stay.
Arbaaz Khan, Arjan Bajwa and Harsh Chhaya have given very convincingly realistic performance. Ashwin Mushran and Samir Soni are quite good. Suchitra Pillai and Kittu Gidwani perfectly suited to their roles. Raj Babbar and Kiran Juneja have rendered mature performances. All others who played cameos appear natural.
Madhur Bhandarkar handled Fashion with aplomb and his usual finesse. The pathos, bathos, cameos, chaos, retros and weirdos of the fashion world have been realistically and stylistically captured on film.
The screenplay is good. However, the prelude to conclusion has the pitfall of a slump-drag. The dialogues are apt. The music is very good, particularly the signature tune. Cinematography and audiography are excellent.
Had the duration of the film been just 2 hours and 20 minutes, Fashion could have been more crisp and crunchy.
Fashion is a film with the now well known signature and stamp of Madhur Bhandarkar.
Go and watch the glitz of Fashion, the glamorous Priyanka Chopra putting on 137 costumes and her brilliant performance, certainly her best till date.
3 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar