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Thappad Quick Movie Review

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The revamped Anubhav Sinha now known for making hard-hitting cinema à la Hansal Mehta stretches a simple story but in the process, fails to fork out a really honest movie. Themes such as divorce, women empowerment, male entitlement, bullying and societal expectations are handled in an amateurish manner, leaving viewers with more questions than respectable answers. Evidently, logic is thrown out of the window as Taapsee Pannu impersonates a determined woman (getting stereotyped) after being humiliated in front of the public. Granted that there is justification for some of her actions but the director aims for the female audience and in doing so, does not recognize the other side of the story and uses divorce as a solution for marital problems. Pavail Gulati fits well in the skin of the husband. The supporting cast of Dia Mirza, Maya Sarao, Ram Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah and Tanvi Azmi are satisfactory but too many secondary actors spoil the flow. Clever dialogues, crisp editing and gripping scenes are scarce as the script capitalizes on Taapsee Pannu solely. Domestic violence is a sensitive subject and also a prevailing issue in India. It requires consideration, solutions and a reasonable approach. In the end, director Anubhav Sinha comprises on quality to please its target market. Overall, it is a missed attempt to convey a true message to the Indian audience but tries to trick the female audience to believe that there is only one way out – divorce.

Rating: 2/5

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