Director: Anubhav Sinha
Starring: Taapsee Pannu, Pavail Gulati, Dia Mirza, Ram Kapoor
Review: Thappad begins with a slap to Taapsee Pannu, but it turns out this slap is meant for the patriarchy. Taapsee in contrast to her usual roles, plays the role of a timid housewife. Her life revolves around her husband until one night he slaps her in a party.
Her husband, played by newcomer Pavail Gulati is a character you love to hate. He plays his role convincingly as Taapsee moves to file a divorce. What follows next is her family and friends’ reaction- to let go of such a trivial matter. But Taapsee, as a woman, realises that she seems to have given up on everything for her husband yet when push comes to shove, her value is nothing.
Another aspect to love about Thappad is that it focuses not just on Taapsee. But also portrays the story of abuse and sacrifice of all women around her. From her poor maid to her star lawyer- everyone faces some sort of abuse after their marriage. But the biggest reality it shows is how difficult it is for women from affluent families to come forth. There is a lot on line- their reputation, money and more.
This is something that we all hear of but never talk about. But this movie really makes you think. Thappad is a fine example of the coming of age of Bollywood movies. Movies that focus purely on good content and that is heartening to see.
Thappad is a movie that you need to see with your family and friends. It will change the way you view the women in your family.
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