If you've been waiting to see the trailer of Madhur Bhandarkar's new film 'Calendar Girls', this is as good time as any to tell you not to hold your breath.
Featuring five fresh faces who play women clawing their way up the exploitative modelling industry, the trailer itself is old wine in a relabelled bottle. It checks all the boxes that Bhandarkar's films are typically known for. It takes you behind the scene of the glamour industry -- to the raw exploitation and the sexism that drive the ambitious people who are a part of it.
The story line is fairly predictable; Bhandarkar sticks to the one formula he knows and applies in all his films. The five actresses –- Avani Modi, Satarupa Pyne, Kyra Dutt, Akanksha Puri and Ruhi Singh -- are pretty faces who lead the fashion industry. Their subsequent fall is not dissimilar to Priyanka Chopra's fate in 'Fashion'. The Sangeeta Ahir produced-film does not feature any male leads, although there is a character modelled on liquor baron Vijay Mallya.
Actor Rohit Roy is also seen, taking on noted fashion photographer Atul Kasbekar's role in the movie.
Though replete with photo shoots and yachts on scenic beaches and racy bikinis, Bhandarkar has said there are no nude scenes in his film.
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