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Taapsee Pannu. (Source: Twitter)
Taapsee Pannu. (Source: Twitter)

Friday Film Wrap: ‘Thappad’ big release of the week

  • Thappad is important and crucial, says The Indian Express
  • Firstpost calls it Pannu’s most potent film yet that is a resounding slap in the face of misogyny

NEW DELHI: It’s an ordinary but interesting week at the movies with a bunch of mid-sized films competing for attention.

Thappad, directed by Anubhav Sinha and starring Taapsee Pannu, Pavail Gulati and Dia Mirza, is important and crucial, says The Indian Express. The film resonates, as it is meant to. Because the director shows, without mincing any words (sometimes too many), just how patriarchy is handed down from one generation to another, and women are equally complicit. Pannu holds the film, but the effort she puts into her performance shows.

Firstpost calls it Pannu’s most potent film yet that is a resounding slap in the face of misogyny. Thappad is earnest and succeeds in being engaging throughout, despite its challenging theme. Its awareness of gender goes beyond the obvious. It is significant, for instance, that the leading lady whose stance on intimate partner violence ends up educating and inspiring others is a stay-at-home wife and not a high-profile professional, thus reminding us that both conformism and rebellion could come from any quarters.

Doordarshan starring Mahie Gill and Manu Rishi directed by Gagan Puri is an unimaginative piece of nostalgia, says Scroll. The production values match the average teleserial, and the device of creating a time machine that serves as a reminder of a gentler era is barely exploited.

For the Hollywood fans, science fiction horror thriller The Invisible Man, directed by Leigh Whannell and starring Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge and Storm Reid, comes to India this week. Whannell has fun with the story’s unseen menace, sometimes a touch too enthusiastically, says The New York Times. He builds the scare scene by scene, ramping up the shocks from eeks to shrieks as Moss’ renewed isolation and abuse grow progressively worse. With the latest version of The Invisible Man, Universal has given one of its horror classics a creepy-scary overhaul with an unsettling #MeToo spin.

Action adventure comedy Sonic the Hedgehog directed by Jeff Fowler starring Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey is a clunky live-action adventure comedy with a digitally animated generic weisenheimer plopped into the middle of it, says Variety magazine. The reviewer calls the overly kiddified tone of the movie a mistake. As a movie hero, Sonic could (and should) have been hipper and sharper, less megaplex arrested. Even as they fixed his face, the filmmakers strove so hard to make him “likable" that they never figured out a way to make him cool.

Tamil romantic drama Draupathi starring Richard Rishi and Aaru Bala directed by Mohan G turns into a drama where message gains preference over storytelling, says The Times of India. In the process, the intensity of the narration is lost.

Tamil romantic drama Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal starring Dulquer Salmaan and Ritu Varma directed by Desingh Periyasamy is an enjoyable fun ride, says sify.com. The best part about the film is its unapologetic feel from the word go.

Kannada historical action thriller Bicchugatthi, starring Rajavardhan and Hariprriya, and directed by Santhu, has the emotional content to keep one intrigued, but the editing does falter, says The Times of India. That said, Bicchugatthi is an interesting watch for those interested in historicals or even looking for a commercial outing.

Several releases this week haven’t inspired any reviews yet. These include Hindi films O Pushpa I Hate Tears and Guns of Banaras, Tamil films Kadalil Kattumaramaai, Irumbu Manithan and Galtha, Telugu movies HIT, Raahu and Swecha, Kannada films Asura Samhara, Mayabazar, Maya Kannadi and Jaggi Jagannatha, Malayalam movies Isha, Bhoomiyile Manohara Swakaryam, Forensic and Love FM, Marathi films Bhaybheet, Kesari, Sweety Satarkar and Bonus, Bengali movies Borunbabur Bondhu, Sakkhee An Eye Witness, Bong O Rohosyo, Korapaak and Din Ratrir Golpo and Gujarati comedy drama Golkeri.

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