Starring: Tapsee Pannu, Amitabh Bachchan, Kirti Kulhari
Written by: Shoojit Sircar, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Ritesh Shah
Directed by: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
How good is this movie?
If you understand positive consent, this film isn’t going to tell you anything you don’t already know. But, given how many people still don’t, it may be just the movie we need! It tells the story of three women fighting an attempted murder charge after one of them successfully defends herself from being raped. The first half effectively conveys the women’s growing sense of entrapment while building the audience’s outrage at how they are treated. The second half offers a defence of women’s sexual autonomy that hits all the important points and pulls no punches. I was frustrated by Falak’s inconsistent and irrational behaviour, but respected Minal’s integrity and stubbornness. I also liked Deepak’s enumeration of the rules in the “Girl’s Safety Manual”. His repetition of the “no means no” line is a bit gimmicky, but some of his longer speeches are rather moving. Yes, at times it feels less like he’s defending a case and more like he’s delivering a P.S.A. on consent culture. But, hey, if you’re going to make a P.S.A. on consent culture, who better to deliver it than the world’s most famous actor?!
How ace is this movie?
There are no ace characters in the movie, but the issue of consent is an important one for aces, as well as for allosexuals.
3.5 Stars; 3 Aces