With the ever-increasing population, there is a substantial increase in the crimes related to women. How safe is a woman in the society? Is a major question which is asked nowadays. While everyone is trying hard to curb the problem, Bollywood movies play an integral part in it. Many movies which showcase problems related to women have been appreciated by the masses and that too on a high note. Here comes another film by debutant director Ravi Udyawar which relates to sexual assaults of women.
The movie starts with a car which sped on the desserted road of Delhi on a dark night with two men forcing a person to sit inside it. The car starts moving again and after some time throws out a girl into the roadside drain. Well we are clever enough to imagine what happened inside the car. Now we know that the situation relates to recently released Raveena Tandon's 'Maatr' but this one has something more interesting. Devaki (Sridevi) shares a not-so-good relationship with her daughter Arya (Sajal Ali) who is her step-daughter. But as every parent is concerned about his kids, she too is concerned when one day her daughter doesn't return home from a party. Arya finds herself into a hospital in a brutalised state. Devaki makes her mind to seek revenge and punish her daughter's rapists. She approaches a private detective Dayashankar Kapoor (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who agrees to help her in collecting whatever information she needs. Now how Devaki uses the information is the rest of the film.
This is Sridevi's 300th film and the actress has made a spot on comeback. She has moulded herself in the character so well and she relates to every mother which is concerned about her child's safety. A quintessential actress she is, with time she is growing more as an actor and offering a new approach in her acting. Pakistani girl Sajal Ali too stands out with her perfect delivery of a victim. He expressions play most of the part in the film and in the songs too. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one gem of an actor and wins it all with his acting. If some other actor portrayed his role, his voice tone may sound funny, but Nawaz carries it so very well and is intriguing. Akshaye Khanna as Matthew Francis plays a cop but does not shine much.
Ravi Udyawar marked his debut with the film and must be appreciated for the choice of subject he made. The stellar starcast makes the film a winner and without them this would not have been possible. His execution goes on the right track and he ensures that every scene come out beautifully. Anay Goiswami, the cinematographer captures each scene in a manner that the audience remain hooked to their seats. The music is helpful in taking the track forward but sounds unnecessary sometimes.
Filled with exact amount of all the elements, Sridevi's this film delivers a perfect movie while handling the subject tactfully. The movie holds the audience attention for 148 minutes while unfolding the truths of the problems faced by women in the society. Give this a thorough watch this weekend.