“When you are deeply in love and deeply connected with a woman, and vice versa, there’s a lot of honesty in it. If you don’t have that physical demonstration… you don’t have the liberty of slapping each other, then I don’t see anything there.” – Sandeep Reddy Vanga
This was the statement given by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the director of the extremely troubling movie Kabir Singh. He made those spine-chilling comments in response to the criticisms levelled against the movie glorifying a toxic relationship and the protagonist who is a rapist. Thappad directed by Anubhav Sinha is a dismissal of the comment. The movie revolves around a seemingly perfect life of Amrita (Taapsee Pannu), who after being slapped by her husband starts to question her “happy marriage”. She decides to take her husband Vikram (Pavail Gulati) to the court against the act.
You’ll get only this much of the plot from me as I want you to watch this movie. This is the kind of movie that EVERYONE should watch. While I expected a lot of court scenes but I was surprised how that part was handled. Apart from that, the movie has memorable side characters. Sunita (Geetika Vidya), Amrita’s domestic help, represents a lot of women from the lower sections of the society who have no access to the justice system against the abuse of their partners. On the other hand, Amrita’s father Sachin Verma (Kumud Mishra) is one of the best on-screen fathers in Indian cinema. Amrita’s relationship with her mother-in-law Sulekha (Tanvi Azmi) is heart-warming.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this movie as it would have people question their entitlement (especially men), something I feel we should. I am genuinely surprised that Anubhav Sinha has consistently been making good movies since Mulk. Way back in 2011, I never thought he would be making movies as good as the aforementioned Mulk, Article 15 and Thappad.