Movie : Zindagi 50-50
Rating : 1.5/5
Cast: Veena Malik, Supriya Kumari, Riya Sen, Rajan Verma
Director: Rajiv Ruia
Plot: How far will you go to achieve your dreams? Zindagi 50-50 shows us three women who face this dilemma and try everything to lead the life they want. Rupa (Supriya Kumari) is a housewife, Naina (Riya Sen) is a struggling actor who wants to make it big in Bollywood and Madhuri (Veena Malik) is a prostitute. Rupa and her husband dream of getting a MHADA home allotted to them and Rupa faces a situation where she either makes an immoral decision or watch her husband commit suicide. Naina is a struggler who sleeps with a producer in order to get the role she desperately needs to break in. Madhuri needs to make harrowing decisions everyday to lead the life she wants.
Technical Aspects: A slow buildup and a focus on sleaze destroys the movie. The writing could have been tighter and so could the editing. The dialogues are as sleazy as some of the scenes and you wonder how the director didn’t realize that he was going overboard with it.
Performances: Supriya Kumari as the desperate housewife is the only redeeming quality in this movie. She brings a earnestness to the role but is eventually let down by the emphasis on sleaze. Riya Sen and Veena Malik are adequate. They too are let down by the story, sleaze and terrible dialogues.
Analysis: All this movie wants to show is in the end overtaken by the sleaze. There is enough here to make this a B grade flick. The story could have been a great insight into the lives of three women faced with difficult choices but it cannot fight against the tyranny of a bad storyline. The director or writer, whoever came up with the concept, had the right idea in mind but the execution is so ham-fisted that you want to leave the theater halfway through.