Movie: Thappad
Direction: Anubhav Sinha
Cast: Taapsee Pannu
Music: Mangesh Dhakde
Cinematographer: Soumik Mukherjee
Editor: Yasha Ramchandani
Genre: Drama
Rating: ∗∗∗∗

What is it about: It’s an Indian drama film, where Amrita (Taapsee Pannu) files for divorce when her husband slaps her. The film is directed by Anubhav Sinha.

Why it’s disappointing: This can stay put for this film.

What to watch out for: You’re in fact in a dilemma while watching the film, if the female protagonist is right or wrong with her said actions. But the film unravels beautifully exposing the bitter truth and the importance of one’s right to choose. We live in a very hypocritical society, and the circus which comes along with it is unimaginable. Just for instance in the film, the lawyer representing Taapsee advices her to compromise. In spite of being a woman and one who is extremely successful in her career she advices her client to step down, but when Taapsee points out the irony it hits her hard. There are more instances in the film which really makes you think hard about your choices. One may ask, “It’s just a slap” but it all takes just one thing to lead to another. Anubhav Sinha, did a fantastic job in bringing characters together in a very orderly manner and revealing their traits meticulously. The casting was perfect, which added more value to the film. Amidst all this confusion and clashes, there’s a beautiful scene in the film between a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law, which I really adored. Their conversation puts everything and everyone in the right perspective. The writing was flawless with great performances.

Taapsee Pannu once again delivers a great performance which will go on shelves with great admiration. She played the character with great conviction. Debutante Pavail Gulati as Vikram was a very good find, he did a commendable job. Rathna Pathak Shah, Tanvi Azmi, Kumud Mishra, Manav Kaul and Dia Mirza were a great addition which completed a perfect ensemble.

The cinematography by Soumik Mukherjee was good so was editing by Yasha Ramchandani. The music by Anurag Saikia and score by Mangesh Dhakde was really good.

Verdict: Anubhav Sinha, in spite of revealing the core subject of the film during its promotions and trailer, the diligent writing is what keeps you engaged throughout the film. Brilliant performances by the entire cast. Definitely an important movie not to be missed.

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