Director: Devashish Makhija
Starring: Smita Tambe, Shushama Deshpande, Abhishek Banerjee
Screenplay: Devashish Makhija, Mirat Trivedi
Music: Mangesh Dhakde
Little Manda is found raped and dumped in a trash heap near her slum. Her parents are more concerned with survival than dignity. The cops are powerless to help as the rapist is a local politician’s son. But Ajji (Grandmother Sushama Deshpande) won’t accept this injustice. Manda is raped, her body discovered in a garbage heap by her grandmother (Sushama Deshpande), whom everyone calls Ajji, and Leela (Sadiya Siddiqui), a sex worker. She’s badly bruised and traumatized, and won’t talk at first when a brusque police officer (Vikas Kumar) comes to their home. Finally, she reveals that her attacker wore dark glasses—an indication that it’s a man named Dhavle (Abhishek Banerjee), the son of a local politician. The cop, in the pay of Dhavle and his father, intimidates the family into not filing charges, and everyone agrees to move on. Everyone, that is, except Ajji. The film is set in a chawl, while the other two are upper-middle-class narratives. It’s the same convenient argument we’ve been hearing for years—if the system can’t bring rapists to justice, it’s understandable if they’re hunted down and castrated or killed by the victims. Another vigilante movie albeit with a difference. The film is well directed and well enacted by Smita Tambe and Sushama Deshpande. Sadiya Siddiqui is good. The director succeeds in sending a pro-woman message.
AT THE BOX-OFFICE
The film has taken a nonchalant start and will struggle at the ticket window.