Taapsee Pannu’s Thappad is getting all applauds from a wide section of the film fraternity as well as critics and politicians.

Thappad is a modest story of an upper-middle-class couple based in Delhi. The movie starts with a plot where wife is questioning if it is okay for her husband to slap her, even if it is a one-off case. But Thappad doesn’t leave it to just a question. At the central of the story is a human being’s ego, gender irrelevant here. Anubhav Sinha lends a certain subtleness to the film that a film like this needed. And given how lost intricacy is in Hindi cinema, Thappad hits you like that very slap that snapped Taapsee’s Amrita back into consciousness.

Towards the climax, Taapsee is given a massive responsibility of a monologue, with her entire family as audience around her. It’s her baby shower and she’s in her husband’s house only for the pooja, even as the divorce papers are being filed and embossed behind the camera. You cry. And also realize how monologues are actually done.

The downside of Thappad, however, is that in the process of creating Amrita’s hurt, it ends up making her come across as whiny. The strength that Amrita shows through her actions, we wish was grinning through her face and eyes, too. We wonder if that’s something Anubhav consciously wanted, or if his vision was lost in translation.

In the movie, Taapsee plays the protagonist named Amrita who chooses to walk out of her marriage after being slapped by her husband at a party.It also stars Ratna Pathak Shah, Manav Kaul, Dia Mirza, Tanvi Azmi, and Ram Kapoor in pivotal roles.

The movie has an intriguing plot and as an audience it is a must watch movie.

 

 


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