As I write this review at 1:41 AM in night after having watched a late night show of this movie. The first-hand reaction of the audience (mostly men) at such a time of night was all positive and full of appreciation for the content of the film. I guess this is an indication that gradually times are changing! There were two instances in the film in the second half during the courtroom sequence that compelled the audience to applaud.
Having said this there were three factors that compelled me to watch this film. First, it is a Shoojit Sircar produced film, second as Amitabh Bachchan is in the lead role and third because of the promo or rather that one dialogue that Amitabh says to the main protagonist Taapsee in the film – “You are a woman of questionable character!”
What Worked for Me:
Amitabh Bachchan: He has yet again stolen the limelight while acting in the role of famous lawyer Deepak Sehgal in the film. His way of defending client and dialogues said in strong baritone voice does the magic.
The subject of the film: The film is made on a blazing social issue that is the gap between the rapidly changing stature of modern Indian women in the society and the orthodox mindset of men who though are well read & well dressed from outside but are still orthodox in true sense. Another topic which is often either forbidden to discuss or is thought to be rather unimportant to talk upon makes the core of the film and that is ‘Consensual Sex’.
Angad Bedi: Though we don’t see much of him in the film but each moment he appears in the frame he is able to brilliantly pull off his role of a well read – well dressed seemingly metro-sexual man who in his heart is still a traditionalist.
The pace of Movie & Achieving a UA certificate: Wrapping a Hindi movie in 136 minutes and this level of finesse is phenomenal. Though the film had sensitive subject to tell, it watchable with family. Had the topic been dealt lightly, the film would have digressed into the terrain of ‘A’ certificate film.
Kirti Kulhari: Who portrays the second female lead surprises the audience with her performance in breakdown sequences.
The incident shown along with credits in the end: It served two purposes. One that it supported the film to be released in UA certificate. Second that by placing the main incident that lead to all the mayhem in the film, at the last had a lasting impression on the audience’s mind.
What Didn’t Work for Me:
Taapsee Pannu: The female lead of the film is a big led down and so fails to portray the role of a single independent working girl who is refereed in the film to be very brave. In many scenes, she seemed to be having low or no energy not even enough to clearly say the dialogs.
Story & Screenplay: There are many loose ends in the story like the girl commands her father to go back from jail and he follows it, in the entire court session there is no discussion about the kidnap and molestation of the main protagonist after the bottle hitting incident. Further, the landlord shown in the beginning is never called during court proceedings. A politician not using his power and more.
Piyush Mishra: In the role of prosecution lawyer is completely overshadowed by Amitabh Bachchan in the courtroom sequences.
Three independent working girls living as roommates go to a music concert where they befriend three boys. They accompany them for drinks & dinner but the post-concert get together gets sour when one of the girls, Minal (Taapsee) hits one of the boys, Rajveer (Angad) with a glass bottle in which he seriously injured. Once the medical aid is taken care of and the girls reach their home, this gang of boys from influential background start to harass the girls. After which with the help of Rajveer’s politician uncle, a police complaint is done against the girls. Comes Amitabh Bachchan as Deepak Sehgal – an aging lawyer to the fight the case a from girl’s side and in the end winning it.
The film has a compelling and quite relevant message to spread among the Indian audience. It is definitely not a feminist movie which would make the male audience feel rather absurd. Well to be very honest this is not one of the best works of Shoojit Sircar but surely not the one to miss also.
I will give the movie a 3.5/5 rating.
There is just one song in the film which is a plus. The first half of the movie is thrilling especially the stalking scenes. The second half is more of a courtroom drama which is lead brilliantly by Amitabh Bachchan. The key message of the film hits the audience loud and clear that independent women who are confident, wear short clothes, party late in night & drink with men are not necessarily of promiscuous nature. Further, a ‘No’ in sexual relations at any level of relationship ought to be respected. Lastly, the message of focusing on the correct upbringing of our son’s and not only the daughter’s would bring in a paradigm change at the society level.
The film is a must watch not only for ‘Pink’ loving girls but also the ‘Blue’ patronizing men!
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