Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NH10 - a must watch Anushka Sharma

Director: Navdeep Singh
Cast: Anushka Sharma, Neil Bhoopalam, Darshan Kumaar, Ravi Jhankal, Deepti Naval

I had seen Badlapur recently and thought this one would be similar after seeing the trailers. the films starts with negativity showing how bad ,people are in North India and how unsafe it is for girls to travel even  in closed big cars at night.a bitter truth though that all might agree.

A normal couple Meera and Arjun are out for a romantic vacation to a private villa. They take a wrong turn( they could have just used a GPS; strangely they did used paper map) and it seems that everyone they ask for directions is a goon and something bad is going on behind his mind. They  witness a public brawl where several people are mercilessly beating and kidnapping a girl and a boy. Arjun tries to interfere and is slapped in front of everyone. then follows the journey where Arjun, hurt by his public display of humiliation takes it up on his ego to teach those "gav wallas"  which turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life. they are made to watch the honor killing and now must run to save their lives.

Anushka Sharma as Meera has given her best performance till now. she plays a typical wife who can beg the goons to leave them alone but also can turn into a brutal woman when it comes to save her husband.  the movie displays the horror of honor killing and is one of the most gruesome movies made in bollywood.

There are many scenes which very well describes the society today.

- A part where the mother-in-law slaps her bahu in front if her grandson, and the boy starts clapping and laughing. its easy to imagine how that kid would turn into in when he grows up.

- A board on the streets saying "abortion is done here" hits right on the mark of the female infanticide  issue prevalent in those parts.

- The film hits hard on the honor killing and it was shocking to see the whole village being supportive of it right from the police.

- The gender discrimination is also showcased well and we see a woman hitting another woman which is quite disheartening.

The film doesn't let you relax at all. it has no love songs and doesn't loose  the track anytime. the plot is small yet gripping. There is brutality, no-frills narrative that hurtles from one skirmish to another between the pursued and the pursuers.
 Although one might feel it was impractical for a couple to chase some dangerous looking goons  in a lonely place, yet we get a faith that such people exist who do the right no matter how stupid that might sound.

Anushka has done a brilliant job as a wife to give back to his tormentors.

NH10 is indeed a triumph for the lead actress: she runs through a gamut of emotions as she flits from being a capricious coquette in the initial minutes of the film to quickly assuming the persona of a hopelessly cornered woman left with no option but to fight back with all her might.

Neil Bhoopalam, who is cast as the husband, is a fine actor who suffers a bit on account of the fact that his second-fiddle role isn’t endowed with much meat.

The pack of antagonists is led by two actors that are clearly capable of handling more complex roles
“Darshan Kumaar and Ravi Jhankal. But here, they are reduced to single-note characters.

The cast of NH10 includes Deepti Naval in a small but significant role that propels the film to its distressing yet satisfying climax.

NH10 is disturbing, thought-provoking and entertaining all at once.

A must watch

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