Producers: Boney Kapoor, Sunil Manchanda, Mukesh Talreja, Naresh Aggarwal, Gautam Jain
Director: Ravi Udyawar
Cast: Sridevi, Sajal Ali, Akshaye Khanna, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Adnan Siddiqui, Abhimanyu Singh
Music/Background Music: A.R. Rahman
Story: Ravi Udyawar, Girish Kohli, Kona Venkat Rao
Script: Girish Kohli
Devki Sabarwal (Sridevi) is a school teacher. She lives with her husband and two kids. She is a stepmother of Arya Sabarwal (Sajal Ali). Arya doesn’t accept Devki as her mother. Devki accepts it and loves her unconditionally. On Valentine’s Day’s Night, Arya’s goes with her friends to the nightclub for the party. There her classmates brutally rape her. Devki and his husband fight for their daughter in the court, but the culprits acquit due to a lack of evidence. Enraged Devki takes revenge from those criminals and gives justice to Arya.The small-time detective Dayashankar Pandey (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) helps her in this mission. It will be interesting to see that how a mother can go any extent to give justice to her daughter.
The story is not new. Same plot is used in movies like as Kaabil (2017), and Maatr (2017). But director Ravi Udyawar has presented this script in a fresh as well as brilliant manner.
The first half shows the tension between Devki and Arya. It shows that how the rape victim and her family suffer the pain after that horrible incident. This part puts such a hard-hitting impact on viewers’ minds in the movie. The audience feels the pain of Arya. It discusses important issues such as women’s safety in metro cities, the failure of the police and judiciary system, etc.
The director has sensitively executed disturbing situations such as the gang rape and other related scenes. He doesn’t put OTT situations in such scenes. The scenes in the courtroom are realistic and believable. There is a tension in the script. Some scenes have directed in the silent tone.
Talking about performances, Sridevi nailed in this movie. The entire movie is on her shoulders. She shows various shades in her character. She shows the pain as well as anger effectively. The highlight of her performance is her breakdown scene in the hospital.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui gives a tough competition to Sridevi. His presence gives a slightly humorous touch to this movie. He shines in his difficult character.
Sajal Ali and Adnan Siddiqui have given their best to their roles. Abhimanyu Singh is noticeable.
A.R. Rahaman’s music and background music are one of the main attractions in the movie. His background score helps to keep the tens tempo of the movie. ‘O Sona Tere Liye’ is a soulful song.
The cinematography is commendable. The same can say about the production design.
The second half has a fast pace. We become curious to see that what will happen next in the movie. But the movie becomes slow towards the pre-climax. There are unnecessary scenes before the climax; those could chop on the editing table.
Though the climax has become thrilling, it looks unbelievable.
Sridevi’s dialogue delivery is defective. Akshaye Khanna has done a stupendous job in a cop’s role; however, he has got little screen space in the movie.
Editing is loosened as the movie could be shortened before the climax.
Is this movie worth to watch?
Yes. It’s a one-time watch movie. If you’re fans of Sridevi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, you should definitely watch it!