Thappad: A tight slap on social evil

Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Pavail Gulati, Kumud Mishra, Ratna Pathak Shah, Tanvi Azmi
Director: Anubhav Sinha

Rating– 4/5

Jitendra Kumar


Amrita (Taapsee Pannu) is trained classical dancer with very good family background. She gives up her passion for dance to be a good housewife and look after husband and family. Her husband Vikram (Pavail Gulati) is a career man and will do everything to achieve his goal. Amrita’s world comes crumbling down when Vikram lands a thunderous slap on her face at a party before the assembled guests. The party was organised to celebrate his achievements. This changes her outlook towards life and family. She starts questioning her life priorities and very existence of her “happy married life”. Vikram thinks that one slap is not a big deal and it should not be taken so seriously. But Amrita’s life is changed now. Will Amrita stand up and speak up against this humiliation in public by her “loving husband”? How will she react to her own beliefs and ideas about a happy marriage? This is the story of Amrita’s struggle with a powerful climax.

Producer- director Anubhav Sinha has given a masterpiece.  He has highlighted the emotional and psychological effects of domestic violence. Society never talks about marital abuse and it is hidden with pains for whole life.  He has made one of his career’s best in the form of this social drama.  The in- depth handling of the various characters is wonderful with cinematic excellence.
Taapsee Pannu has shown her excellent side of actor in this role as a doting wife turned rebellious fighter. She has portrayed all her emotions-love, pain, disgust, anger- in utmost professional way.  Pavail Gulati as husband has acted very well which helps Taapsee’s character to emerge to a new level.  Kumud Mishra as Amrita’s father has done well to suit in the role. Seniors Tanvi Azmi and Ratna Pathak Shah have acted well and put the spotlight on women empowerment.  Music by Anurag Saikia is good and popular.
‘Thappad’ is a tight slap on a large section of the society who have very low level of respect for women. It is an eye opener for such people and women in general. This film is worth a watch for all sections of Indian audience.

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