Pic credits: Rashmi Sharma Films
Nirbhaya is perhaps the only “non-fun-do” that we wrote about on our website. Even after such a humungous uproar, very little has changed. Non-consensual sex is a menace in the society. Soojit Sarkar has brought about a very poignant angle to this problem.
He has highlighted the much ignored phenomenon that a non consenting person should not be subjected to any act of intimacy, big or small. We were already extremely optimistic about the team behind this film who had given films like Vicky donor and Piku.
A fresh looking film with afresh cast helped the director to get his point across. Tapsi Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Angad Bedi and others in the cast lived their roles and made us love/hate them in that order.
We were stunned by the prowess of the new actor Mamta Malik– the woman who played the Haryanvi cop. It seemed as if she was a real member of the Haryana police force. Her frivolous approach towards the whole case is a hard look of the mockery, the police makes of the legal system.
The courtroom drama was engaging. Although Bollywoodish, the script here moved from a personal situation to a greater cause. We only wish Big B was a little less big. His typical mannerisms and baritone voice gave the otherwise subtle and realistic film a strange histrionic blemish.
All said and done this is a must watch. With all it caveats, it is a beautiful film and succeeds to bring home the point that No means No.