Ugly (film)

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Movie Poster Ugly.jpg
Directed by Anurag Kashyap
Produced by DAR Motion Pictures
Phantom Films
Starring Rahul Bhat
Ronit Roy
Girish Kulkarni
Siddhanth Kapoor
Tejaswini Kolhapure
Vineet Kumar Singh
Vipin Sharma
Surveen Chawla
Music by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Brian McOmber (2 songs & Background Score)
Release dates
  • 24 May 2013 (2013-05-24) (Cannes)
Running time 128 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Ugly is an upcoming Hindi psychological thriller and an emotional drama film written and directed by Anurag Kashyap.[1] The film was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[2] The film also opened the 2014 New York Indian Film Festival The film stars Girish Kulkarni, Ronit Roy, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Vinit Kumar Singh, Surveen Chawla and Vipin Sharma in pivotal roles. The film will also feature model turned TV actor Rahul Bhat in an important role. The film is produced by DAR Motion Pictures and Phantom Films . The digital poster of the film was released on May 8.[3]



Shalini (Tejaswini Kolhapure) is a middle-class housewife forced to stay at home by her second husband, police-chief Bose Shoumik (Ronit Roy). She considers suicide, and is about to shoot herself in the head with her husband’s gun when she is interrupted by her daughter, Kali (Anishika Shrivastava). Unaware of her mother’s activities moments earlier, Kali asks her mother to call her estranged father, Shalini’s ex-husband, Rahul (Rahul Bhatt). It’s a Saturday, and Kali’s day with her father as decided in the custody agreement from the divorce. Rahul, an aspiring actor struggling to make it big, comes to take her for a drive but ignores her in favor of phone calls made to try to further his career. Finally, Rahul leaves Kali alone in the car to go to an audition and to check in with his agent, Chaitanya (Vineet Kumar Singh). When he returns to the car, Kali is missing.

Rahul first searches for Kali through the police, Chaitanya in tow. The local police-captain, Jadhav (Girish Kulkarni), does not take Rahul seriously until he realizes that Kali is the stepdaughter of the police-chief. Bose, out of hatred for Rahul, orders Jadhav to accuse Rahul of the kidnapping and to torture both Rahul and Chaitanya to interrogate and punish them. A game of one-upmanship follows as Rahul and Bose search for Kali while simultaneously attempting to upstage the other.

Delayed release over depiction of smoking[edit]

Anurag Kashyap had initially intended for Ugly to release in mid to late 2013. The Indian Censor Board required a "Smoking is Injurious to Health" sign to be posted in the lower right corner of the frame whenever a character in the film is shown smoking. Kashyap fought this regulation stating " it's the Health Ministry that should take the responsibility of curbing use of tobacco and work towards measures to control it and films should not be a medium to advertise non-smoking."[5] For a while Kashyap stated that he was not going to release the film until the Board decided to get rid of the rule, but after several months of negotiations, Kashyap decided that he would release the movie with the "Smoking is Injurious to Health" sign while continuing to change the rule.[6]

It was then meant to be released on 19 September 2014, but was not released again.


Soundtrack album to Ugly by G.V Prakash Kumar
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Hindi
Producer G.V Prakash Kumar
G.V Prakash Kumar chronology

The film's soundtrack is composed by G.V Prakash Kumar & Brian McOmber, with the latter composing 2 songs and the background score.

All lyrics written by Gaurav Solanki. 

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Suraj Hai Kahan"   G.V Prakash Kumar  
2. "Papa"   Shilpa Rao  
3. "Ni Chod De"   Bharka Swaroop Saxena  
4. "Money"   Christopher Stanley  


The film was premiered at the Cannes film festival and received what Filmfare called a " great response".[7] The film released in France in May 2014 with Business Of Cinema stating that it had a "brilliant script and amazing performance." [8]

Film Festivals[edit]

Name Date
17 May 2013 Cannes Film Festival
25 August 2013 Gindou Film Festival
11 September 2013 L'Étrange Festival
11 October 2013 Warsaw International Film Festival
23 November 2013 Torino Film Festival
6 March 2014 Deauville Asian Film Festival
6 April 2014 Festival de Beaune
9 April 2014 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
5 July 2014 Jagran Film Festival (JFF)
4 August 2014 Fantasia Film Festival,Montreal,Canada


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