Udita Goswami, who wants to be a fashion designer, climbs the ladder of success by using her sexuality. Read the review of Diary Of A Butterfly for more.
Business rating: 0.5/5 star (Half star)
Star cast: Udita Goswami, Rajeev Singh, Ronny Jhutti, Gaurav Dixit, Harsh Chhaya, Aryan Vaid, Rajesh Khattar.
What’s Good: Sex as a selling point.
What’s Bad: Apology of a story; the below-the-mark performances.
Verdict: Diary Of A Butterfly is a poor fare.
Loo break: Several.
Watch or Not?: Watch only if you like films which have sex as the sole selling point, that too, not explicit.
Bhaggyashri Production and Prince Movies’ Diary Of A Butterfly (A) is the story of an ambitious girl who would do anything to climb the ladder of success in her profession as a fashion designer.
Gul (Udita Goswami) comes from Jaipur to Bombay to pursure her dream of fashion designing. She joins the company of Vivek (Harsh Chhaya) to whom she soon complains about Adi (Ronny Jhutti), her senior who seeks sexual favours from her for okaying her designs. This is her way of getting back at Adi with whom she had to sleep. She soon becomes Vivek’s blue-eyed employee and is promoted, but stabs him in the back when she gets a far more lucrative job offer from his competitor, Ravi Bajaj (Aryan Vaid). Before long, she ditches Ravi Bajaj too to join Xavier (Rajesh Khattar).
Gul’s mother, Shobha (Rati Agnihotri), always reminds Gul to maintain a diary, jotting down the day’s happen- ings in it as she feels, it would serve as a mirror of her life. Gul obliges but she soon tires of writing the diary. This is because of her own moves in life and also because she feels terribly let down by Karan (Rajeev Singh), her boyfriend in Jaipur, and her two friends in Bombay, Carol (Sofia Hayat) and Pia (Sneha Belani).
Diary Of A Butterfly Review: Script Analysis
Vinod Mukhi’s story is actually an apology of it as the sole intention seems to be to titillate the audience. Asad Ajmeri’s screenplay abounds in scenes of intimacy as well as bathing and bedroom sequences, again intended mainly to excite the audience sexually. Little attention has been paid to anything other than sex. Why, it is not even very clear why Gul tires of writing the diary – because of her own lifestyle and professional moves or because she feels let down by her friends. If it is because she is let down by her friends, it doesn’t hold water because she herself is shown to be someone who simply uses people and conveniently forgets them thereafter. It is not clear what the story writer and screenplay writer want to convey through the film. Asad Ajmeri’s dialogues are quite crass.
Diary Of A Butterfly Review: Star Performances
Udita Goswami is alright as Gul. Rajeev Singh is so-so. Ronny Jhutti fails to impress. Gaurav Dixit at least makes an effort to act. Harsh Chhaya, Aryan Vaid and Rajesh Khattar are alright. Rati Agnihotri is earnest. Naseer Abdullah is average as Gul’s father as he gets almost no scope. Sofia Hayat gives a poor account of herself. Sneha Belani can hardly act. Johnny Nirmal tries to be funny as Delete but fails. He is also let down terribly by the silly dialogues. Others fill the bill.
Diary Of A Butterfly Review: Direction & Technical Aspects
Vinod Mukhi’s direction is no better than his story. He is simply not able to get the audience involved in the drama. Music (Taz – Stereo Nation, Mukhtar Sahota and Shibani Kashyap) is more functional than anything else. Lyrics (Arif Lohar, Arko and Virag Mishra) are ordinary. Song picturisations pass muster. Dhruv Dhalla’s background score is commonplace. Cinematography (Mohan Verma and Mohan Prajapati) hardly deserves mention. Production and other technical values are just about okay.
Diary Of A Butterfly Review: The Last Word
On the whole, Diary Of A Butterfly is a poor show all the way with sex as its only selling point. But even that won’t help much, thanks to the lack of face value and promotion and the listless English title.
Diary Of A Butterfly releases in India on 2 March 2012.