It was a different era about 2 decades ago and earlier. Actors who have gotten into limelight, have earned their name and fame used to be very conscious about themselves. Who are are their co-stars, what kind of look they will be having in the films, how much screen time will they have etc. They used to worry about going bald for a role worrying and fearing that what if their fans and the moviegoers don’t like their new avatar.
A lot of things changed in the 90’s. Shah Rukh Khan accepted a villainous role to start his career with, only because Aamir Khan wasn’t accepting it and Shah Rukh was new and didn’t mind experimenting. Look where it has brought him. The point here is, times have changed, now even the big actors are accepting roles which compromise their physical appearance. I think a good amount of credit also goes to the young actors today who have changed everybody’s mindset and aren’t giving any attention to what their fans and the audience are going to think about them in a particular personification.
Meghna Gulzar writes (along with Atika Chohan) and directs a gorgeous film on a beautiful cause, putting the word out. The direction is so sophisticated that there was no time stamps needed to tell how many years have passed by or which year is this scene from. Because it is a case of a duration of a decade they’re showcasing. It was smartly conveyed through dialogue. A commendation for this should also be given to the cinematographer, Malay Prakash.
There is some fantastic music in the film given by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. Arijit Singh giving complete justice to the 3 out of 4 tracks he got to sing and making the songs feel like how the composers and directors wanted him to make it feel. Chilling! However, using those as the background score lead to over-dramatizing the scenes. It was a downer because overdoing something in order to achieve a few more teary eyes was amateur. To witness what the women went through, was already depressing enough.
I do sympathize with the women who have had to suffer such a disaster. My blood will boil whenever those illiterate, delirious scoundrels will be in talks, again, of doing such horrifying stunts. Only in order to never let women grow who are unequal in status OR are smarter than them to leave them behind in terms of achieving their career goals or higher studies OR don’t accept their invitation to have an affair or marry them. I also hope this film helps in spreading awareness and makes it reach the ultimatum of the subject of the film.
Deepika Padukone (as Malti) has always outdone herself while her progression toward every new film. It has happened again with Chhapaak. I am overjoyed for Vikrant Massey (as Amol)! He finally gets his big film. I loved him since I first noticed him in a tiny role in Made In Heaven. Although, he has left his mark in other web series’ like Broken But Beautiful, Mirzapur and Criminal Justice. He even has an award on his name for his performance in A Death In The Gunj.
Lastly, according to me, if she wouldn’t have pulled off this idiocy of going somewhere she mustn’t have, supporting people she mustn’t have, it would have benefited her a lot more with the proceeds and the reach of her flick. Was this her real intention, jeopardizing the release of her film? At the end, who got the advantage? Ajay Devgn.