Thappad (meaning "slap") opens cheerfully, showing some people (the majority of couples, whether married, dating, or infidelity) are happy, romantic, or joking with one another. Even up to the first 25 minutes, after we visited the main partner, Amrita (Taapsee Pannu) and Vikram (Pavail Gulati), the joy was still there, like a light romantic comedy.

Working in a company, Vikram tried hard to reach his dream of becoming a branch leader in London, while Amrita was a former dancer who gave up on pursuing her dream to become the number one housewife in the world. They are happy. Especially when Vikram's ambitions about London were realized.

The party was held. Family, friends, and Vikram's colleagues are invited. You could say, everyone in their lives was there. But the big celebration turned into a big disaster. Vikram received a call that his promotion was canceled. He can still go to London, but as a subordinate. A fight broke out between Vikram and one of his superiors, Amrita tried to break up, but the husband actually slapped him. That's when we realized, the film was deliberately made cheerful at the beginning, so that like the character, the audience was astonished when the incident occurred.

The slap is the beginning of exploration, opening social criticism which is also like a slap to the face of the audience. Amrita starts to question everything. His marriage, his love. Vikram also wonders. Asking why the "trivial" incident removed his wife's smile. Because for many men, women must always smile.

The first sentence Vikram said to Amrita the next morning was not "sorry," but justification, reasons, and concerns about people's views of him. But what about Amrita? Imagine his feelings. How sick and ashamed to receive such treatment in a crowd of strangers. Vikram says he wants to quit a job that doesn't appreciate him, but is Amrita valued?

Thappad is about a lot of things, which by Anubhav Sinha (also as the director) and Mrunmayee Lagoo manuscript, were put together in a 142 minute speech well. The film invites us to think by showing various perspectives through a variety of situations, where the protagonist's conflict acts as a liaison. It doesn't take long until it is revealed that the people in the opening sequence have links to the main character. Links that occur without being forced, as an ingenious way to explore the issue. As I mentioned, at first they all seemed happy, but over time we can see the presence of sex in every corner.

Sexual (and patriarchal) invisible to the character, because it happens too long and often becomes a habit, or even culture. Sunita (Geyayya Vidya Ohlyan), a maid in our protagonist's home, tells the story of her husband who often beat her at home while laughing, as if it were daily for a married couple. On the way to the office, Vikram complained about men who let women drive cars, then when Amrita asked if she could learn to drive, Vikram said, "You better study first!" And there are still other cases.

The slap became a lighter, not only for Amrita, but also the people around her about gender injustice. They begin to react, think, even try to imagine what would happen if they were in a similar position. Thus, the audience can also get different perspectives.

Indian background where patriarchy is deeply rooted, does not make this film exclusively for local people. Thappad is quite universal. Maybe you have heard several points of view of the characters in everyday life. "Women must learn tolerance in order to maintain a family. Women must hold their feelings. Sound familiar?

Remarkably, Thappad is fair in throwing criticism. We see several men "united", stating that Vikram's actions are not a big thing, but on the other hand, many women are already caught in the trap of a patriarchal mindset. Mrs. Amrita (Ratna Pathak Shah) considers, as a woman, the departure of her daughter from home while being confused due to her husband's slap, is not a good decision. Meanwhile Netra (Maya Sarao), a lawyer who often fights for women's rights, considers Amrita's anger to be unreasonable. Why did that happen? Thappad has the answer. Parenting is clearly responsible.

Saving so many subjects, can the film have a solid story? Apparently capable. The issue was thoroughly explored, even though there was a time to walk where it reached mid-duration. Some parts can be cut so that it does not need to run for almost two and a half hours, pacing can be played more, and all that will not reduce the impact.

Each story's dynamics began to decline, the acting department came to help. The cast line up each portion well, but naturally, of course Taapsee Pannu stands out the most. His transition, from a luminous woman figure to someone who lost all light, was convincing. After the transition, although at a glance it doesn't change much in expressions, his gaze and short words get even sharper. We can feel whether he is sad, shocked, disgusted, angry, or all at once.

In addition to the success of the exploration of issues, another achievement of the two authors is a matter of writing sentences spoken by the characters. Anubhav Sinha and Mrunmayee Lagoo are skilled at processing words, from what awakens us, informs us, provokes, or touches the heart, like the last sentence Vikram said to Amrita, who established the status of Thappad not as a spectacle laden with anger or resentment, but a humanist story that is touching. based on love and care. We shouldn't do the wrong thing, but if it's already done, the best and first thing to do is to apologize, before then try to be better, for the sake of yourself and loved ones.

Thanks for read my review.

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