‘Thappad’ Movie Review!

‘Thappad’ is not just a matter of a slap; it’s all about respecting and not being selfish!

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Direction: Anubhav Sinha
Production: ‘Benaras Media Works’ & ‘T-Series’
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Pavail Gulati, Ratna Pathak Shah, Tanvi Azmi, Dia Mirza & Kumud Mishra
Songs: Anurag Saikia
Score: Mangesh Dhakde
Cinematography: Soumik Mukherjee
Editor: Yasha Ramchandani

After ‘Mulk’, we knew Taapsee Pannu has reunited with ‘Article 15’ fame Director Anubhav Sinha in ‘Thappad’ such that the trailer seemed so sensational with a tight slap focusing the physical abuse happening to house wives in every family. Let us see what ‘Thappad’ has tried to tell us!

Amrita aka Ammu (Taapsee Pannu) lives a perfect, beautiful life as a housewife to Vikram (Pavail Gulati) a complete husband who works hard vigorously and concentrates more on the job. Amrita starts her routine at 6 AM, making herself tea and for her family, setting up house, watering the plants, checking out the diabetes level for her mother-in-law, waking up her husband Vikram, cooking with her housemaid Sunitha and goes on running till Vikram leaves to office. On the other hand, Dia Mirza, a hardworking, millionaire neighbor is a widow and single parent whereas Ammu’s mom and dad stay happy with her younger brother who is also in love with an independent and working woman. Apart from them, an advocate uninterestingly living a married life with a man who is always not motivating her but feels like she is silly and still needs more potential to be proud of her whereas she maintains a secret friendship/relationship with a chef outside. While these scenarios are the routine, due to work pressure and during a social gathering, Vikram gives a tight slap to Ammu which makes her look things that seemed to be clear is not actually fair since she has completely concentrated only on Vikram and in serving his daily parattas without having her own happiness. From then, Ammu finds it hard to be with Vikram and shifts to her parents’ house for having a break. Feeling difficult to be without Ammu and to help him in everything for his life, Vikram sends her a legal notice to come back to his house which then leads to divorce! What happens next? Will Ammu play it fair for Vikram or will she be strong enough to fight since it’s just a slap? What will people around her think if she fights for a single slap follows in the rest of ‘Thappad’!

Looking at the screenplay and story, the film ‘Thappad’ focuses on a very sensitive and a happening aspect in a sensible way. It’s a very deeply conveyed craftwork of Director Anubhav Sinha such that the entire idea itself is fresh and much needed. For every woman, whether she is working or not working, housewife or a single parent, she needs to be respected and dignified because absolutely she is a human to get the courtesy. However, the courtroom discussions and a few instances in conveying about the feelings remind slightly of ‘Marriage Story’, Anubhav has made it effective with a practical ending. Besides that, the cinematography, editing, background score, and songs were also soothing to this slow-moving, deeply emotional drama.

Coming to the performance part, Taapsee Pannu has nailed with the character of ‘Amrita’ as usual. The emotions conveyed, the body language, the look, and everything was so realistic reminding us of any house wife. Playing the important lead alongside Taapsee, the newcomer Pavail Gulati has performed the character of ‘Vikram’ very well. Besides them, as a caring and innocent mother Ratna Pathak Shah, as a true father who wants his daughter to be happy by herself always Kumud Mishra, as an understanding-practical mother-in-law Tanvi Azmi, as a neighbor and a good mother Dia Mirza, as an adamant but lately understanding brother Ankur Rathee, as Amrita’s lawyer Maya Sarao and Amrita’s housemaid, Geetika Vidya Ohlyan has been standing out so well in their supporting roles by giving a great grip to the entire story.

On the whole, ‘Thappad’ is a bitter slap to anyone who takes their wife/mom/sister in a granted way and to remind everyone to respect and have courtesy on women.

‘Thappad’ is not just a matter of a slap; it’s all about respecting and not being selfish!

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