Friday, November 28, 2008

Ugly Aur Pagli - Bollywood's take on one of Korea's most popular movies, My Sassy Girl

Main reason for me to watch Ugly Aur Pagli - see how Bollywood takes on the famous Korean romantic comedy, My Sassy Girl. If Hollywood remakes it too (with the same title) and Bollywood also wants to take the script and turn it Bollywood-style, My Sassy Girl is that popular, right? Damn right, it is.

I'm not a huge
My Sassy Girl to begin with anyways. However, this film is on most people's top ten list of favorite Korean films of all-times. After several viewings and learning this information:

Based on a series of true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim on the Internet describing his relationship with his girlfriend. These were later transformed into a best-selling book and the movie follows the book closely. It describes the meeting of Kyun-woo (Cha) and an unnamed girl. Kyun-woo is shamed into assisting the girl because the other passengers mistakenly think she is his girlfriend. Once he helps her, Kyun-woo develops a deep sense of responsibility for her which enables him to tolerate (somehow) the girls abuses.

This is actually the link to the original story, which actually unfortunately is written in Korean. I haven't found a translation yet.

I started to I understood why people loved it and the emotional scenes. So how does Bollywood handle it?

Ranvir, Ranvir, how can you say Ugly Aur Pagli is not similiar to
My Sassy Girl? Have you seen the original? Read what he says here.

Very debatable about how I was going to write this review. Did I really want to compare the two movies? Or do my regular review? So I finally decided just to talk about the similarities.

First of all, I adore Ranvir Shorey. I think he's a very underrated actor. He was the perfect choice for the hero. What other guy can put up with that many slaps in one film and still be so adorable!!

Finally Ranvir gets the girl?? And the movie not ending up as a tragedy? If you have seen
My Sassy Girl, you know exactly how the movie ends and Ranvir's role.

Many people are probably not fans of Mallika Sherawat but I like her! Even though many see her as a sexy showoff, they are right. I think she's underrated in the acting department as well. Ever since I saw her in Khwahish
, I was impress with her. From Murder to Pyaar Ke Side Effects, I think she's best in romantic comedies. She even bagged a role with the famous Jackie Chan in The Myth in which she shows off some mini martial arts skills. Way to Go!

When I found out that Mallia was in Ugly Aur Pagli, I was so excited! I loved her in Pyaar Ke Side Effects and thought she would be able to pull the role really well! It's not her acting that made not enjoy Ugly Aur Pagli. The weak script failed the movie! Sure, it takes on the famous
My Sassy Girl.

By now, everyone knows that the famous beauty queen Zeenat Aman is in this movie. That's all I'm saying because I won't give out any spoilers!

But the movie focused too much adding a lot of unnecessary songs to the more emotional aspects of
My Sassy Girl. What's funny is there's a scene from My Sassy Girl that the Bollywood film Neil N Nikki lifts from. Even with the drunk girl being carried on the back is from My Sassy Girl and Neil N Nikki and Ugly Aur Pagli take on that scene and the guy carries her on his back going to hotel to hotel. However, Neil N Nikki lifts the scene exactly from the original while Ugly Aur Pagli doesn't use it at all, but takes on the rest of the movie plot. All three films are definitely about the heroines trying to move on with their lives after being heart-broken from an ex-boyfriend.

Here are a few inspired scenes from
My Sassy Girl taken from this site.

One line that is used from the original is the use of the line from the heroine, "You want to die?"

From My Sassy Girl
The drunk girl throws up on a bald passenger and faints; much like the talli Malli in Ugly Aur Pagli

From Ugly Aur Pagli

From My Sassy Girl
Most of the film has the guy carrying the girl on his shoulders and getting slapped by her. Mallika puts a number to the slaps she gives Ranvir: 99

From Ugly Aur Pagli

From My Sassy Girl
The original has a Korean version of Talli with the guy and girl dancing in the club on a racy song.

From Ugly Aur Pagli

From My Sassy Girl
There's a scene where the girl makes the guy wear her heels and walk on the road, watch the same scene with Mallika and Ranvir in the film

From Ugly Aur Pagli

Many of the songs definitely could have been deleted. Bollywood has been able to pull off entertaining movies without so many songs. With all the songs in the movie, the genre of it just takes you from emotional to comedic. Although he following songs could have been deleted, they were fun to watch. I think Bollywood should have focused on Kuhu's past more than worried about all the songs.

"Just Shut Up, Shut Up"
Very random song but very colorful and fun

"Karlo Gunaah"
Another unnecessary song which only shows off Mallika's curves. Kabir looks at Kuhu as a sexy kitten now.

The club scene

I believe Bollywood portrays Kuhu as a different type of girl than Korea's "The Girl." If you haven't seen the original, how do you rate Ugly Aur Pagli? Even though I have complained about the lack of originality and unnecessary songs. Ranvir and Mallika definitely were a joy to watch and had chemistry!


Andromache said...

For some reason this review reminded me of how much I want to watch Pyaar Ke Side Effects.

Glad to see someone else who liked Mallika Sherawat.

ajnabi said...

The only thing I've seen Ranvir in is Aaja Nachle; I'd love to see him again.

Nicki said...

Andromache - No, I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes Mallika. You should definitely watch Pyaar Ke Side Effects. I think those who are Mallika-haters will dislike her no matter what but PKSE is my fave movies of hers.

ajnabi - Wait? Only Aaja Nachle? You didn't get to watch his short appearance in Honeymoon Travelers PTVD either? You should. I loved Abhay in the movie though, hehehe. Most of Ranvir's movies, he is the supporting cast. But a few films where he plays the lead besides this movie are Mithya and Mixed Doubles (his real life girlfriend Konkona is in the film with him). Is that really it? Why not watch Pyaar Ke Side Effects? Although he's not opposite Mallika, you also have the underrated Rahul Bose too. Ranvir is hilarious in the film.

Kaitlyn said...

I love both Ranvir and Mallika. (I think Ranvir is kind of cute.)

I saw this and PKSE around the same time, so I couldn't help but compare them. I loved UaP much more.

I actually like the club song!

I haven't seen the original, I should, but I've got so many films I should see...

Plus, the remake has songs. I am that immature.

Nicki said...

Kaitlyn - Ranvir is cute in a dorky way. He better is easier on my eyes than the Korean actor. I like Mallika too but it's mainly cause I didn't like the original that much....