One Night Stand a staid affair

| Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 12:11
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Sunny Leone, One Night Stand, review

The film manages to stay watchable when making points against slut-shaming and double standards

New Delhi: After 'Mastizaade', Sunny Leone’s second movie of this year ‘One Night Stand’ finally released this Friday. By the standards set by the Sunny Leone starrers that have come before this one, One Night Stand is a rather staid affair.

Director Jasmine Moses D'souza has dared to think out of the box. She is confident enough to show her hero as a Casanova, her heroine as a woman who pleasures herself in a dalliance and dares to leave it just at that. It is novel to see one night stands as something besides being prequels to stormy love affairs. Also, finally there is a filmmaker who can break the stereotype and portray Sunny Leone as a perfect mother, a supportive wife and a doting daughter-in-law.

The movie revolves around a self-obsessed Casanova Urvil (Tanuj Virwani) who is head of operations in an event company and is career driven. But while he puts his career first, he also has to pay attention to his hormones that are all over the place. Then enters Celina (Sunny Leone), his new muse. His colleagues bet that Urvil has to impress Sunny aka Celina, which he happily agrees.

But Celina is smart and knows exactly what he’s up to. He discovers soon enough that Celina is actually married to one of his wealthy clients and is, therefore, beyond him. As his obsession with Celina gets the better of him, he places his marriage under great stress. The ground shakes beneath Urvil’s feet when he discovers that Celina (Sunny) lives in his city.

His character of a successful corporate guy is carved with attention. The dialogues bring out his confidence and obsession. But Sunny Leone and her wobbly Hindi play the spoilsport. The premise is laid with precision and we actually see the actors justifying their professions.

The idea of a protagonist losing his head over a fling and turning into a complete jerk is a solid one, made more interesting as the two well-defined female characters in the film appear to know exactly what they want in life.

So, One Night Stand is an adult drama that goes relatively easy on the cheap thrills where both the actors needed to dig themselves more into their characters and Sunny needs work really hard upon her dialogue delivery skills.

The film manages to stay watchable when making points against slut-shaming and double standards, and while the gender-politics is rather obvious, it is good to see a film starring Sunny Leone at least try to position itself on that pulpit.

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