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June 27–July 3

Chicago Premiere

Miss Lovely

Film still: Miss Lovely Film still: ***
India Golden
Gateway Award
Bombay Intl
Film Fest
"Something new in Indian filmmaking, neither Bollywood nor traditional art cinema, the pic provides provides a unique, immersive experience"
"[Director Ashim] Ahluwalia's amazing visual sense and fluid narrative storytelling is a beautiful thing to watch unfold... Miss Lovely is most definitely among the most challenging and atypical Indian features of the year"
"Florid direction, lurid atmosphere, and reckless passions all contribute to the intoxicating deliriousness of Miss Lovely"
  —Village Voice
4 stars "[The film] is done with an unsparing eye, without a hint of exploitation... It has no distracting schmaltz, but a great deal of empathy"
  —Indian Express

Set in the mid-1980's within the depths of Bombay's B-movie industry, Miss Lovely follows the mutually destructive relationship of two brothers, filmmakers Sonu (Anil George) and Vicky Duggal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) in a sordid tale of betrayal and doomed love. They produce cheap, illegal movies that mix horror with soft-core porn, and while Vicky enjoys his job (he exploits the wannabe actresses), Sonu is frustrated, believing that he can do anything (steal, forge, manipulate) to make it on his own as a "romantic film director". He finally gets his chance when he meets Pinky (Niharika Singh), a girl who is desperately looking for a break in film industry, and after a few dates, they fall in love. Sonu promises Pinky that he will be making a film of his own, "Miss Lovely", where she will be the star. However, Sonu does not know that Pinky is not as innocent as she seems, a disclosure which will have dangerous consequences.

Described as Mean Streets meets Boogie Nights, Miss Lovely is a raw drama, which boldly dives into the lower depths of the Bollywood underground.

Directed by Ashim Ahluwalia, India, 2012, 113 mins. In Hindi with English subtitles.


  • Fri., June 27 at 6:30 & 8:45 pm
  • Sat., Jun. 28 at 7:45 & 10 pm
  • Sun., Jun. 29 at 4:15, 6:30 & 8:45 pm
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