'One Night Stand' Review: Moves Briskly But Fails to Lift Off
It’s an interesting prism from which to view a frankly predictable story, but the film itself is awfully dull.
Director: Jasmine D'Souza
Cast: Sunny Leone, Tanuj Virwani, Narendra Jetley
One Night Stand starring Tanuj Virwani and Sunny Leone is basically Fatal Attraction with a ki & ka spin. So after a no-strings-attached roll in the hay, a pair of perfect strangers return to their respective lives, until the man becomes obsessed and goes all Glenn Close on the poor woman.
Urvil (Virwani) has a loving wife, a promising job, and an insatiable appetite for casual flings. Yet he can’t shake off the memory of that one passionate night with Celina (Leone) in Phuket. When he tracks her down, he discovers she has no place for him in her life. Hell hath no fury like an idiot scorned.
Writer Bhavani Iyer and director Jasmine Moses-D’souza raise some interesting questions about our prejudices when it comes to sexual freedom and the politics of cheating. Why are we outraged when a married woman seeks out a little something on the side, but tend to brush off the same behavior by men, saying it’s in their nature to cheat. Why can’t a woman have sex without any feelings – is that the sole prerogative of men?
It’s an interesting prism from which to view a frankly predictable story, but the film itself is awfully dull. The plot offers nothing of any interest beyond its feminist perspective, and the acting is embarrassing. Sunny Leone is unquestionably beautiful, but she overuses what appears to be a set of stock expressions throughout the film.
Surprisingly the love scenes too are missing any real heat. Still she does better than her co-star Tanuj Virwani, who is raw and presumably too young, too lacking in maturity to pull off his role. There’s virtually no chemistry between any of the actors or so much as a hint of flair in the performances. It leaves you feeling like you’re watching amateurs trying to put up a school play.
At 97-odd minutes, One Night Stand moves briskly but fails to lift off above the ground. Going to the movies is about feeling alive, and you’d imagine a film about an illicit affair would at least keep you interested in how things pan out at the end. No such luck here. You’ll be craving the comfort of your home. I’m going with a generous two out of five.
Rating: 2 / 5
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