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A dark movie with intense performances will melt you down with tears.

The Omung Kumar directed dark drama leaves us mesmerized with an emotional impactful father-daughter acting that comes out of some unfortunate events. Playing a caring father Arun Sachdeva, a footwear shop owner from Agra who is happy about his daughter's marriage, but is suddenly traumatized with disbelief as his daughter Bhoomi (Aditi Rao Hydari) confesses that she was forcefully raped. However, Sanjay Dutt surely is the heart of the film but Aditi evenly manages to compliment him with such a surreal agonizing character that has her dad who can go against the whole world and fight for his daughter's pride. This beautiful father and daughter relationship is portrayed thoroughly through this tragic drama. There are some connecting scenes where a single parent who is high on alcohol cooks dinner for his daughter and is totally worried about her all the time. Many cheerful father-daughter moments are shown during the flashback such as Arun giving Bhoomi a head massage, Bhoomi dyes her father's hair, cooking parathas for him and scolding him for his drinking habits and suggesting him to marry so that there will be a woman to look after him.

Neeraj (Sidhant Gupta) is a helpless fiance who is romancing Bhoomi before the mishap. However, he cannot do much because of social norms and parent's pressure; finally, backs out of from the relationship. Moreover, Shekhar Suman plays a mild supporting role who accompanies Bhoomi's father while drinking. Shekhar's stands like a wall to the victim's father. Villain of the film Sharad Kelkar who plays a Haryanvi moustached smoker was spot on with his cruel on-screen role. Literally smoking 80-100 cigarettes per day to get the neck of the character was executed with his splendid bossy acting.

The dialogues of the film literally connect us with a true happening by which the film is inspired from. The best lines were the monologues performed by Sanjay Dutt at the court case proceedings. From 'Save the water', to 'Save the daughter' dialogue by the bad-man to an intense roar of a father shouting 'Laga Haath' these dialogues are evenly the treasure of the film because of its delivery timing by all the actors.

The screenplay by Raj Shaandiliyaa is quite relevant as it engages the audience with the story of the film including appropriate flashbacks right from the start. There are two exceptional scenes from the film. One where the Ajay Gogavle song 'Jai Mata di' narrates the wounded angry father seems running behind the villain goes through a festival gathering that splashes gulal on his forehead giving him the holy cloth to depart. This part has some good looking captivating cinematography by Artur Zurawski does justice in the end. Another shot where all the traditionally dressed ladies throw their colourful dupatta off the deep pond. This scene is such a joy to watch as all the ladies gathered to celebrate the festival of Navratri stand up with Bhoomi as a lethal companion.

Sunny Leone starrer 'Trippy Trippy' crooned by Neha Kakkar, Benny Dayal, Brijesh Shandilya, Badshah with the music composed by Sachin-Jigar is an entertaining song completely against the genre of the film. However, the song has muddy sensuous Sunny tribal dancing in the bar to please the villains. Finally, a happy song in the dark drama film is 'Will you marry me' sung by Divya Kumar and Jonita Gandhi. The song is right at the start of the film introducing the couple's chemistry. While an extremely empathizing song that showcases the struggle of the victimised daughter and a worried dad is narrated through 'Daag' by Sukhwinder singh and lyricist from Priya Saraiya. 

The songs of the film are an average add-on but they generally rise an emotional appeal out of the audiences with its terrifying tragic plot. Quiet long comeback in the music industry after Devdas, composer Ismail Darbar delivers suitable music through the song of this film. 

The rest of the cinematography is mediocre. Agra and its local areas are handpicked as the locations of the film. While a desert-like area is shown the home of the villain. 

The film simply justifies reality in-terms of a victimised woman that bears the taunts of the society, gender discrimination and baseless judicial system, leading to an assumed image with our own prejudices and rumours.  

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