Starring: Taapsee Pannu, Pavail Gulati, Dia Mirza .
Directed by: Anubhav Sinha
Rating: 3 1/2* (Three and Half stars)
You all know that it’s a film worth watching right from the release of first poster of Thappad. Taapsee Pannu plays the role of Amritha, a homemaker who is perfect at everything that she does and is happy doing that.
Pavail Gulati plays her husband, Vikram, who is very career-driven, has taken his wife for granted. It takes ‘just a slap’ at a party that was supposed to celebrate his success in the corporate world to ruin their marriage.
Some people felt that Amritha was over-reacting to being slapped in front of people, a lot of people thought she made the right decision and some felt that the makers are showing guys in a bad light.
Thappad Review: Amrita’s life could have taken a different course but she has the dream of being the best housewife ever, even if that meant giving up on her passion for dance. Her husband Vikram is a go-getter, and has his mind and heart set on his goals and he will do everything in his capacity to achieve it. But, in a moment, he realises that his big dreams are about to get debilitated, he blame it on office politics.
Vikram does the unthinkable his frustration finds an outlet in his committed wife, in the form of a slap. This sparks the beginning of an emotional battle which goes beyond domestic violence. This incident makes Amrita examine upon and question her life and their marriage, Vikram continues to live in retractation and thinks that how just one slap is become a life-changing moment. Pavail’s character is not all bad but it’s not all good, too. He is a good son, a good son-in-law and good at his work, too, but is not that great a husband. His character is flawed and Pavail pulls it off brilliantly.
Taapsee has your complete attention from the start to the end. Her conflicts, her decisions, her happiness, her logic; Taapsee makes you a part of the process with her performance.
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Taapsee and Pavail have done an incredible job at it and leave you wanting for more. The movie focuses on four marriages and in a way that really gives you a broad perspective.
Amritha`s housemaid who gets beaten up by her husband very often and tells Amritha stories of it as if it’s the most funny thing in the world. Things change for her, too, after she sees Vikram slapping Amritha in front of everyone. She realizes that something like this could happen in privileged, educated families, too. The film has four different endings, four different women dealing with their own troubles in heaven and the endings are quite satisfying.
Neelima Azmi, Kumud Mishra, Ratna Pathak Shah and everyone in the supporting cast have delivered a compelling performance.
Anubhav Sinha’s 2 hours and 21 minutes-long social drama, which is made for a society that rarely talks about the emotional and psychological effects of domestic violence, is set to spark debates and discussions on various ground. The writing, screenplay and performances compliment each other really well.
To sum it up, ‘Thappad’ is a silent slap on our society’s age-old belief. It’s definitely a film that you must not miss at any cost. Watch it with your parents, spouse, friends, whoever it is that you want to go for movies with.
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