The film starts off on a rather powerful note, establishing everything we have to know in one terrific action sequence. An undercover operation is on. There’s a junior constable (Soni) who let’s her brawns take over brain. There’s a senior inspector (Kalpana) who has her concerns about the former’s decision-making. Through these deft character introductions we are able to infer what this film is all about – normalised patriarchy in the system. Ivan Ayr’s feature debut is a solid lesson in “show, don’t tell”. Most of the film involves us inferring various collaterals of the theme from what the characters are going through. The odds are almost always against our protagonists, and this naturally, hits us hard. This film is not about overcoming odds, but about showing us our own country’s state of affairs through real people in place of characters. I don’t see character arcs in here, because the film ends with results of external influence than internal change. Which is why I am seeing them as people, instead of characters of a screenplay. The film keeps rising above its simple social-commentary structure, and does more with presenting irony and extremely subtle satire in every scene that there is. This is a true-blue feminist film, which covers both system and society at large. Great acquisition by Netflix.


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