Social dramas have always been a highlight of our cinema as they have the power to not only highlight the plight one is going through but sometimes even help us acknowledge and find a way out of the labyrinth of various dilemmas we face every day.
As it’s rightly said that our cinema is the mirror to the society that we live in, our filmmakers constantly try to bring real stories and real characters out for everyone to experience the dilemma and the pain they have been through.
In the year 2017 we saw many social drama films hit the silver screens of which few were able to make the desired effect while others failed miserably. Interestingly this year we saw not just one but five films that dealt with the heinous crime of rape.
Have a look at 5 films of 2017 that revolved around rape and revenge.
In this Sanjay Gupta directed revenge drama, we saw Hrithik Roshan as blind man Rohan Bhatnagar avenging the rape and thereby death of his wife Supriya Sharma played by Yami Gautam. Though the film failed to live up to everyone’s expectations, Hrithik was praised for his performance in this film.
Raveena Tondon’s comeback film MAATR directed by Ashtar Sayed revolved around how a shattered mother (Raveena) fights back and takes law in her hands as she is denied justice after her daughter is brutally raped and then murdered. Though Raveena did a good job, the film tanked at the box office.
Interestingly Ravi Udyawar’s debut film MOM starring Sridevi had quite a similar storyline to that of Raveena’s MAATR. But unlike MAATR, MOM fared well at box office and Sridevi, who made her comeback post ENGLISH VINGLISH that released in 2012, was praised for her gripping performance.
Sanjay Dutt made his comeback post his release (from jail term) with Omung Kumar’s BHOOMI where he played Aditi Rao Hydari’s father. This film’s storyline too was quite similar to that of MAATR and MOM the only difference being this time it was a single father fighting for justice as his daughter is raped but the convicts have been found not guilty.
Positioned as a dark take on the classic fairy tale ‘Red Riding Hood’, AJJI stars Sushama Deshpande in the title role of AJJI which means grandmother in Marathi. Ajji avenges rape of her granddaughter Manda. Powerless, frail and old Ajji decides to take revenge in the most brutal way and literally sends chills down everyone’s spine when she fights against a local politician’s son.