Movie review: Anubhav Sinha’s ‘Thappad’ awakens women to a dignified life
Movies like Anubhav Sinha’s Thappad were long –needed. The movie starring Taapsee Pannu as Amrita Sabharwal and Pavail Gulati as Varun is not just another flick on domestic violence but gives a strong and clear-cut message that one cannot take a woman for granted. And yes additionally, as the movie title ‘Thappad’ suggests one just cannot slap a woman in a rage of disgust and then simply expect her to move on as if nothing had happened.
The movie is about an upper-middle-class Delhi-based couple Amrita Sabherwal and Varun who are busy in their lives. While Varun is expecting a huge leap in his professional life, Amrita is a dutiful housewife and a doting daughter-in-law to his diabetic mother (Tanvi Azmi).
The movie rightly catches the subtle notes that most woman face-off increasing compromises, declining dignity and ruptured self-worth. It also highlights the un-intended sexiest remarks made commonly in homes like when Amrita expresses her desire to learn driving, the proposal is turned down with the statement ‘learn to make parathas first’.
However, things take a drastic turn when Amrita is slapped at a party and the act not even acknowledged. The incident leaves her distorted and confused and to regain her dignity and strength in her own eyes she moves on to a marital split. Amrita is supported by a single mother played by Dia Mirza and a seasoned lawyer Maya Sarao while her parents stagger under a load of societal taboo, family matter and Amrita’s well-being.
On the performance front, it is a big thumbs up for all actors. Taapsee Pannu follows the character’s emotions with unwavering conviction while Pavil too stands out in an ensemble cast even as all other supporting actors play their respective roles with brilliance.
The movie is earnest, crisp and well-knitted as the script leaves not much scope for loose threads. Not only does the movie focus on the evolving dignity of a woman, but also highlights the various shades of Indian men. In nutshell, Thappad is a must-watch.