By Anukriti Roy
First publised on 2020-04-03 08:13:35
Thappad is an excellent film that shows how men think they have an upper hand in the marriage and can get away with treating their wives like dirt. It shows how a woman has to fight everyone including the society, the legal system and her near and dear ones to keep her self-respect. It also shows that if a woman decides not to bow down unnecessarily to her husband, she can make others treat her with respect.
The story is simple. Amrita (played brilliantly by Taapsee Pannu) is a housewife who could have been a great dancer but chose to "be the best housewife in the world". Her world starts and ends with her husband. The husband loves her too but he is an ambitious man who wants to scale greater heights in his career. At a party to celebrate his appointment as the company's chief in the London office, the husband comes to know that actually he is being sent there as the number two and not the head. He blows his top and starts arguing with an officer of the company. When the wife tries to calm him down, he lands a stinging slap across her cheeks in full view of all the guests.
The wife is stunned. She is broken and confused. She refuses to forgive her husband and after a couple of days, moves to her parents' house. Everyone, including the husband, tells her that it happened in the heat of the moment and she should forget and move on. But Amrita says that "nahin mar sakta" and "ek bar bhi nahin". She says that what guarantee is there that it will not happen again. She files for divorce. The husband reluctantly agrees, promising to try and win her back. But the sound of the thappad and the wounds it leaves on the wife's heart and mind will not make it easy for the husband.
Taapsee Pannu deserves an award for becoming Amrita in body and soul. Pavail Gulati as her husband is an actor to watch out for as he delivers a flawless performance. Kumud Mishra and Ratna Pathak Shah, as Amrita's parents, perfectly display the agony parents go through when something like this happens with their daughter. Writers Anubhav Sinha and Mrunmayee Lagoo keep a tight storyline and Anubhav Sinha does well to keep the film away from melodrama. Thappad is definitely worth a watch.