A powerful and impressive film, Thappad makes you angry and uncomfortable, and at the same time makes you question a woman’s life. The director focused on these issues that are taken for granted. Men are always seen as dominant. Does it really entitle them to treat women in any way?
Men have no right to beat women or find her own, even if it is ‘just one punch,’ why and how can a man get away with it so easily? Anubhav not only shares the story of Amrita (a housewife). Also shows that multiple women around the world are facing these issues in different forms.
‘It’s just a hit, after. Get over it. ”
How can it be so easy? Hey! why don’t people understand that these things have to stop? Many of us have heard comments like this at home, outside, with friends, in movies. But how can it just be a hit? Our society so cold says ” yeh to har Miyya Biwi mein hoti hai bate“. Is not even a single blow an act of violence? And no one has the right to subject anyone else to violence of any kind. Anubhav Sinha’s Thappad examines this ubiquitous violence and how we respond to it.
|DIRECTED BY||Anubhav sinha|
|CREATED BY||Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Anubhav Sinha|
|WRITTEN BY||Anubhav sinha
Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul
|PUBLICATION DATE||February 28, 2020|
|RUN TIME||142 minutes|
Taapsee, as the submissive woman, had a very difficult time. At the same time, she is a stunner of a performer in this drama. Throughout the film, we can see how she dealt with pain, disgust, regret and anger. Her silence is more powerful than her dialogue. Her performance in the film is bombastic. If that’s not an astonishing feat, we don’t know what it is. In addition, Pavail Gulati, seen as the determined corporate slave with very intense life goals, delivers a brilliant feat.
Kumud Mishra stands out as Amrita’s father – her supporter. Mishra’s character proved that the daughter’s first hero is their father. Tanvi Azmi and Ratna Pathak Shah play the roles of Amrita’s mother-in-law and mother, respectively. However, Maya Sarao plays the high-profile lawyer Nethra Jaisingh. Not that she’s bad, but others are so good that she’s overshadowed by some really powerful performances. Other cast information is as follows:
- She is Mirza as Shivani Fonseca, Amrita’s friend
- Maya Sarao as Netra Jaisingh’s lawyer
- Geetika Vidya Ohlyan as Sunita
- Kumud mishra as Sachin Sandhu, Amrita’s father
- Ratna Pathak Shah as Sandhya Sandhu, Amrita’s mother
- Tanvi Azmi as Sulakshana Sabharwal, Vikram’s mother
- Ram Kapoor as a lawyer Pramod Gujral
- Ankur Rathee as Karan Sandhu, Amrita’s brother
- Sushil Dahiya as Romesh Sabharwal, Vikram’s father
- Nidhi uttam as Kavita Sabharwal, Vikram’s sister-in-law
- Siddhant Karnick as Viraj Sabharwal, Vikram’s brother
- Manav Kaul as Rohit Jaisingh, Netra’s husband
- Gracy Goswami as Sania Fonseca
- Harssh A. Singh as Rajhans
- Anil Rastogi as Justice Jaisingh, Netra’s father-in-law
I have to say that when you watch the movie, you don’t feel like you’re watching a movie in the cinema. Instead, you’ll relate to Taapsee’s Amrita character. We can all agree on that. And yet violence is so much a part of our way of life. Thappad tells the story of Amrita (Taapsee Pannu) and Vikram (Pavail Gulati), a married couple living in chic Delhi, with Vikram’s mother. Amrita is a housewife. She is very happy with her life and loves her husband. Everything is perfect up to the moment when Vikram hits Amrita.
Amrita realizes that it wasn’t ‘just one blow’. She always tried her best to help Vikram. Plus, she sacrificed her dreams for him, but there are so many other unfair silent blows that she’s been ignoring for so long. When Vikram hit her. Many questions arose to Amrita. What should she do to fix this? Will she forgive Vikram and move on as expected of women? Will she give her marriage another chance? However, Amrita feels that she is noticing something in his life. She feels like she’s just a puppet to him.
Therefore, Amrita files a petition against Vikram for beating her. However, she faced what every woman who ever stood up for herself has faced. She is told to move on and forget everything because this “choti-moti baateinHappen between husband and wife. But Amrita remains strong for herself. She really believes her husband has no right to hit her.
Above all, the film brilliantly explains the silent suffering of women in a way that even men can understand. The dialogues are simple and not dramatic. In addition, Dailogues illuminates the powerful mirror of the ugly society. For example, Amrita’s parents (played by Ratna Pathak Shah and Kumud Mishra) try to comfort their daughter by saying it is an internal matter she has to settle with her husband (Vikram). This really hits you hard – why would she figure it out?
Women and their life problems
Most importantly, the movie looks long after 2 hours 21 minutes, but the story moves at a decent pace, you will enjoy the whole story. Additionally, Director’s main focus is to keep you engaged. Socielty always makes sure that women bow to marriage. In addition, by saying: ‘Shaadi mein yeh sab chalta hai‘or’Thoda bardasht karna seekhna chahiye autaron ko‘, the dialogues remind us of what we have heard time and again as women.
In addition, there are many questions here that disturb my mind. Like What if Vikram had apologized to Amrita for that blow the same night? What if Amrita’s parents didn’t support her? And if she wasn’t pregnant? Well, the movie takes on a deep-rooted patriarchy and unfair marriage standards. Moreover, this film is really something to understand a woman’s situation. Besides, I have to say that some things can go back to the way they were, some things not. Thappad can’t be a joke. How can a husband humiliate his wife?
The star cast played a memorable performance. However, the film weaves stories of different women and their idea of love at different ages and stages of their lives.
Finally, We can state that Thappad is the story of all Indian women and their silent suffering. Isn’t it really that bad? The film focuses on Amrita. At the same time, they place her story next to that of the women around her. Therefore ‘Thappad’ is a silent blow to the age-old belief of our society – Shaadi mein yeh sub to chalta hain. Moreover, we always hear these things around us. But does it have to be honest? And that’s what we need to talk about.
Thappad will make the public feel the pain of women, regardless of the level of violence she has faced in life. Most importantly, it will change the way you respond to violence. The film also shows women with different levels of privilege and with different mindsets.
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