Taapsee Pannu starrer ‘Thappad’ is a special deal because it doesn’t preach the need for self-respect.
It is the story of a housewife: Amrita (Taapsee Pannu) whose seemingly perfect life is shattered when her husband Vikram (Pavail Gulati) slaps her once in a house party. But this one slap raises a question that what a relationship stands for?
Amrita has a daily routine. She wakes up every morning at 6 am, takes care of her mother in law, wakes up her husband, makes breakfast for him and walks him up to the car with his tea, keys, and wallet in hand, finishes chores around the house all day, cooks dinner, feeds the family and finally sleeps.
No time for herself, at all, in every single day of her married life.
Taapsee’s character Amrita has similarities with a textbook housewife until, her husband, Vikram, played by Pavail Gulati slaps her thunderously in the heat of the moment when she tries to pacify him, come in “between”, whilst he is angry.
Thappad is the story of a wife who refuses to move on from that incident. Why? Because she never deserves such treatment in the first place, especially when a marriage requires equal respect towards each other.
Thappad is a woman’s story who believes that whether it is, one slap or ten, the repercussions that a “Thappad” has on an individual’s psychology are always the same. It is about Amrita wanting everyone around her to share her feelings that it was never about how many times she was hit, but that it just happened so normally.
Both penned and directed by Anubhav Sinha, the film’s biggest strength lies in the fact that it does not issue a sermon about what it’s trying to convey.
But Amrita’s father, a character played by Kumud Mishra and his scenes with Taapsee, constitute some of the most heartwarming moments of this film. Kumud Mishra as an actor is convincing as the doting father faithfully being the wind beneath his daughter’s wings.
Verdict On Thappad
Thappad will stay with you long after you walk out of the theatres and that is a testament to its brilliant, to the point storytelling. You would want to stop and ask a question to yourself, “Thappad. Bas itni si baat? (A slap. That’s it?).”
The supporting cast: Maya Sarao, Ratna Pathak Shah, Geetika Vidya Ohlyan, Tanvi Azmi, Dia Mirza, Manav Kaul and Ram Kapoor have done an excellent job, no doubt.