Taapsee hits you hard with an impactful social drama that questions the unsaid rules of marriage.
A powerful and impactful film, Thappad makes you angry and uncomfortable, and, at the same time, it makes you question a women’s life. The director focused on these issues that are taken for granted. Men are always seen as dominant. Is it really give them the right to treat women in any way?
Men have no right to hit women or think her his property even if it is ‘just one slap’, why and how can a man get away with it so easily? Anubhav no only shares the story of Amrita(a housewife). Also shows multiple women across the world facing these problems in different forms.
“It’s only a slap, na. Get over it.”
How can it be so easy? huh! why don’t people understand that these things should stop? Many of us have heard this kind of comments at home, outside, with friends, in films. But how can it just be a slap? Our so cold society says ” yeh to har Miyya Biwi mein hoti hai bate“. Isn’t even a single slap an act of violence? And nobody has the right to subject someone else to violence of any kind. Anubhav Sinha’s Thappad explores this pervasive violence and how we react to it.
|DIRECTED BY||Anubhav Sinha|
|PRODUCED BY||Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Anubhav Sinha|
|WRITTEN BY||Anubhav Sinha|
Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul
|RELEASE DATE||28 February 2020|
|RUN TIME||142 minutes|
Taapsee, as the submissive wife, faced a very hard time. At the same time, she is a firecracker of a performer in this drama. In the whole movie, we can observe that how she faced pain, disgust, regret, and rage. Her silence is more powerful than her dialogue. Her performance in the movie is bombastic. If that is not a stupendous performance, we don’t know what is. Moreover, Pavail Gulati seen as the determined corporate slave with very intense life goals, pulls off a brilliant performance.
Kumud Mishra stands out as Amrita’s father — her supporter. Mishra’s character proved that daughter’s first hero is their father. Tanvi Azmi and Ratna Pathak Shah play the role of Amrita’s mother-in-law and mother respectively. However, Maya Sarao plays the high-profile lawyer Nethra Jaisingh. Not that she is bad, but others are so good that she gets overshadowed by some real power-packed performances. Other cast information is as follow:
- Dia Mirza as Shivani Fonseca, Amrita’s friend
- Maya Sarao as Advocate Netra Jaisingh
- 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 Advocate 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 must say when you’ll watch the movie you don’t feel that you are watching a film in theatre. Instead you relate to Taapsee’s Amrita character. We 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 upscale Delhi, with Vikram’s mother. Amrita is a homemaker. She is very happy with her life and loves her husband. Everything is picture-perfect until that one moment when Vikram slaps Amrita.
Amrita realizes it wasn’t ‘just one slap’. She always tried best to help Vikram. Moreover, She sacrificed her dreams for him, but there are so many more other unfair silent slaps that she had been ignoring for so for long. When Vikram hit her. Many questions hit Amrita’s mind. What should she do to overcome this? Will she forgive Vikram and move on like women are expected to? Will she give another chance to her marriage ? However, Amrita feels like she is noting in his life. She feels like she’s just a puppet for him.
Therefore, Amrita files a petition against Vikram for slapping her. However, she faced what every woman who has ever stood up for herself has faced. She is told to move on and forget everything because these “choti-moti baatein” happen between husband and wife. But Amrita remains strong for herself. She truly believes that her Husband has no right to hit her.
Above all, the film does a genius job of explaining the silent suffering of women in a way that even men can understand. The dialogues are simple and not dramatic. Moreover, Dailogues highlights the powerful mirror to ugly society. For instance, Amrita’s parents (played by Ratna Pathak Shah and Kumud Mishra) try and console their daughter, by saying it’s an internal matter she should sort out with her husband(Vikram). This really hits you hard — why should she sort it out?
Women and their life problems
Most importantly, At 2 hours 21 minutes, the film may seem long, but the story moves at a decent pace you will enjoy the whole story. Moreover, Director’s main focus is on keeping you engaged. Socielty always make women to bow down in marriage. Moreover, By saying, ‘Shaadi mein yeh sab chalta hai’ or ‘Thoda bardasht karna seekhna chahiye autaron ko’, the dialogues just reminds us what we have heard time and again as a woman.
Moreover, Many questions are here which disturb my mind. Like What if Vikram had apologized to Amrita for that slap on the same night? What if Amrita’s parents didn’t offer her support? What if she wasn’t pregnant? Well, The film takes on deep-rooted patriarchy and unfair marital norms. Moreover, This movie is really something to understand the situation of a woman. In addition, I must say Some things can go back to how they were, some things cannot. Thappad can’t be a matter of joke. How can a man humiliate his wife?
The star cast played a well memorable performance. However, The movie weaves stories of different women and their idea of love at different ages and stages of their life.
In Conclusion, We can say that Thappad is the story of all Indian women and their silent suffering. Isn’t it is really that bad? The film focuses on Amrita. At the same time, they juxtapose her story with those of the women around her. Therefore, ‘Thappad’ is a silent slap on our society’s age-old belief — Shaadi mein yeh sub to chalta hain. Moreover, we always hear these things around us. But, honestly, should it be that way? And that is what we need to start talking about.
Thappad will make audiences feel the pain of women, the irrespective degree of violence she may have faced in life. Most importantly, it will change the way you react to violence. The movie also shows women of different levels of privilege and with different mindsets.
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