Zindagi 50-50 makes a brave but half-hearted effort to depict the dark cruelty that surrounds ordinary lives of three women. It fails miserably as sleaze -- of language as well as skin -- overtakes the proceedings, writes Prasanna D Zore.
The film revolves around three women Rupa (Supriya Kumari, brilliant as a housewife), Naina (Riya Sen as a struggling actor needs acting lessons) and Madhuri (Veena Malik, acts well as a prostitute) as they make compromises to achieve their dreams.
The story brings to the fore the shortage of housing in Mumbai as Rupa and her auto rickshaw-driver husband Birju (Rajan Verma) eke out a living and yet trudge on with their lives in the hope of getting a MHADA-allotted home.
The husband-wife duo gives a close-to-real picture of how the man (and woman) in the street faces the vagaries of a metro city that is almost inhuman to those who live in its teeming tenements sans basic infrastructure. In their quest for a dream home then, Rupa finds herself faced with a situation where she has to either compromise her chastity or live in the fear of her husband committing suicide if they don’t get an allotment letter from MHADA. The housewife buckles under pressure and gives in.
Naina, a struggling junior artist, is yet another regular figure that one comes across in the city, home to we all so fondly call ‘Bollywood’. Naina and her dreams of making it big as a heroine is every junior artist’s dream. Her failure then, to grab the crown despite sleeping with a scheming producer after being cajoled and convinced by her boy friend, make you think of girls you know who have met Naina’s