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Movie Review: One Night Stand – Fatal Distention

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Cast: Tanuj Virwani, Nyra Banerjee and Narendra Jetley , Ninad Kamath, Khalid Siddiqui

Director: Jasmine Moses-D’Souza


Rating: *

Runtime: 99 mins

Semi-nude intimacy and risqué moments are the highlights of almost every Sunny Leone movie and this one too brands itself as such- even with a lady director at the helm of affairs. One would have thought that things would be different with a woman holding fort. Unfortunately that is not to be.

Must say Sunny Leone works really hard at asserting her eye-candy status and it shows every time she walks out on screen. This her latest outing, has her as the object of obsessive desire of a happily married man, Urvil (Tanuj Virwani).

 The film begins with a flashback. Urvil (Tanuj Virwani) is talking about his feckless past- highlighting the stickiest incident of his life. His event management agency has just concluded a successful fashion show and he and his colleagues are out celebrating. In the throes of an inevitable high fueled by success and alcohol , his friends wager with him to hit on a stranger. Urvil buoyed by an alcohol induced high is up for the challenge. The stranger Celina (Sunny Leone) and he hit it off and they drink the night away and eventually fall into bed together. The new dawn sees Urvil alone in the bed and he returns to his dutiful wife Simran (Nyra Banerjee) without so much as a twinge of conscience. Everything is hunky dory between the couple until Urvil spots Celena at a mall when he and his wife are out shopping. This triggers an obsession that has him searching for the beautiful lady until she mysteriously reappears in his life once again.

Jasmine Moses D’souza tries to give this first outing a big lift by going back and forth in time and using some psycho babble about obsession and fantasy to make the slight of hand seem like a big reveal. But it does not really work because it comes across as hapless, contrived and recklessly manufactured. There’s no organic strain in the story to justify it. The narration is quite flighty and unsure in it’s spin of a yarn. Sunny Leone is strictly poster girl material- the nuances of performance are way beyond her capabilities. Tanuj has his vulnerable and likeable moments while Nyra is the one who actually lends empathy to this ridiculously farfetched drama. The music is reasonably melodic and therefore not much of a strain but the overall package just doesn’t corner interest. This one is a lot of hot air and no substance!