Off-late we have been hearing a lot about rapes and crime against women. Last week’s release, NH10 tried to tackle one such age old crime of Honor Killing. This week too we get a glimpse into the relentless crime committed against women. The belief that a woman is nothing but a tool for satisfying man’s physical needs has penetrated deep into our psyche and which is why we see brutal crimes against women committed every 20 minute in our country. Black Home is one such film that deals with prostitution and flesh trade which although has been rampant but no special attention is given to it.
A film by Ashish Deo is a social drama based on real life incidences which takes a look at the atrocities against women committed closer home. Online dictionaries define a remand home as an institute where juvenile criminals are given shelter, the attempt of such remand homes is to make a child a responsible citizen and help him wipe out his past life of crime. However, the picture that the film shows us grips and twists our heart. Rajawadi Remand Home is women’s remand home where all the action of the film is centered.
DK (Ashutosh Rana) is the bureau chief of a news channel who is honest with his work and believes in reporting reality. He sets up an amateur news reporter, Anjali to break the news about illegal activities going on in Rajawadi Remand Home for women. The follow up that Anjali does on the story is revelatory. It shows the naked truth of the society and its double standards. On one hand where men are affectionate towards their granddaughters, sisters and nieces; they do not mind trampling the innocence of an orphan who is of the same age as their granddaughters. What make it more soul shattering is that the law makers and the police crown such rackets! A woman is smuggled in international markets every day; she is just another piece of commodity for pimps.
The story of the film takes us through the canals of news reporting which is often embroiled in the criminal nexus and is tied up by the bureaucrats and lobbyist. It delves into the network of politicians, police and flesh traders bringing out the brutal reality. At a level the film and certain sequences do make you wince. Its shows the sorry state women in India live in with security being nil even in the institutes run by government mercenaries.
While the concept of the film strikes a chord with the viewers, it being a unique subject never before touched upon, the film falters at the execution level. The film’s story is a winner but there are shots which look repetitive. For instance you’d often see Mirchi (Chitrashi Rawat) smoking and abusing. She even repeats the same dialogue throughout the film- “Chhod de usko, saaley” (leave her, you bastard) -with other cusses aplenty. Ashutosh Rana is the only actor in the film who is a brawny anchor for the film; he shoulders his character and the film with a responsibility towards society. However, other characters like that of Amit Behl and Simran Sehmi are over-done and artificial. There are abrupt cuts in the film which spoil the movie watching experience. And an item number which is totally pointless. Another futile addition to the film was the narration as the end credits role. However, here the narrator misses out on the character of Potya Bhai and what happens to him after the racket is brought to light.
Over all, the film may not be big budget with glitzy sets yet it deals with burly issue with sensitivity. It is an eye-opener. If only our viewers could watch it once…