MUMBAI: Experimental and realistic filmmaker, Madhur Bhandarkar announced the launch of his new slice-of-life directorial venture Exposed on Wednesday evening at Taj Land’s End. His latest movie will expose the underbelly and overbelly of the IPL league. Konkana Sen Sharma will play a ‘babe in the woods’ journalist looking for PG digs in the big city and Salman Khan will play the star ‘big hitter’ batsman with a weird problem – he misinterprets the term ‘big hitter’ and always comes to the crease bare chested and starts hitting on the nubile white cheerleaders at the first opportunity. As a result, he spends the majority of the movie in jail, recovering from a Katrina Kaif kick in the b***s and getting tortured in the nude by the police. Model-turned-actor Arjun Rampal will play a ‘stylish’ batman who only poses and pouts at the crease in designer clothes and sunglasses while getting hit left, right, and centre by Shoaib Akhtar bouncers.
Brought up in a small north Indian town by conservative parents, Meghna (Konkana Sen Sharma) always dreamt of making it big in the ‘city of lights’. She is nothing, if not ambitious and dreams of becoming the next Barkha Dutt. She arrives in Mumbai and lands a job as a sports journalist with a premier news channel whilst desperately searching for a place to stay. She attends cricket matches, follows IPL officials and cricket crazy politicians to sleazy dance bars, reads their tweets and stalks their mistresses thus getting a peek into the insidious intentions of tycoons, cricket administrators and politicians. Disillusioned, Meghna decides to expose the truth even if it means she’ll never be the next Barkha Dutt.
In telling the fairly ungripping, cynical and clichéd story of the innocent Meghna’s baptism-by-blood into the murky milieu of Indian sports and politics, Bhandarkar hopes to show how an ordinary citizen needs to be part of the democratic system to rescue it from unmitigated criminalization.
Like all his other movies, pathos and gloom will sit heavily on your shoulders throughout Exposed. Expect the usual dose of extra-marital sex, gay relationships, drugs and sleaze.
Idealist who wants to achieve something big, gets dream job, discovers how cruel and corrupt the world is, goes through transformation, alienates family, friends, and colleagues and then becomes a hero by doing the right thing. Done to death.
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