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‘Devi’ Short Film Review: A Hard-hitting, Brilliant Film To Send Chills Down Your Spine

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Director: Priyanka Banerjee

Cast: Kajol, Mukta Barve, Neena Kulkarni, Neha Dhupia, Rama Joshi, Sandhya Mhatre, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Shruti Haasan, Yashaswini Dayama

Genre: Drama

Duration: 13 mins 01 secs

Reviewer rating: 4.5 out of 5

Setting the scene

The short film opens with nine women in a room. Each one of them goes about minding their own business and careful enough to not get into another’s way. The women are spread out comfortably inside a living room which also has a TV set. Each of these women has a different mindset and belong to different strata and generations of society. Forced to live with each other, they find it difficult to adjust with each other’s needs and space.  

Plot 

Once the scene is established, the nine exasperated women begin by showing their discomfort in being forced to live together against their wishes. Pulling at that thread, the short film exceptionally manages to inject in the deadly and collective common point that brings them all together. The climax of the film is reached with the bone-chilling realisation that these women are, in fact, rape survivors and are trapped in desolation probably after they were ‘silenced’ by patriarchy. The stimulus introduced by the writer is the anticipation of another person in an already overcrowded and stuffy room. The women pointlessly argue with each other whether they would be able to accommodate another person like themselves. The film culminates with a gut-wrenching revelation that is bound to befuddle you with thoughts of helplessness, shame and a sense of impotent empathy.

Verdict

This wonder of a short film deserves applause for the relevance of the subject that it dealt with so poignantly. ‘Devi’ leaves you tongue-tied with the realisation that we live in a society where incidents like sexual violence and suffering of women is a collective reality for many. Some endure it bravely, while others succumb to the pressures of keeping up with the label of ‘devi’ ascribed to women in India. 

There is no escape from this room with nine women who represent the nine forms of the goddess we ritually celebrate as a ‘tradition’ in India. The short film represents an allegory of the condition of women — irrespective of their caste, class, ideology, age, education, clothes, disability– in our country. The closed room is the only safe haven for a woman who is forced to go through gruesome violence and then expected to remain silent. How many more of these women will fit into a closed room? 

When an unexpected addition knocks on the door in the film, the women begin to make hair-raising revelations about the crimes perpetrated against them, all in an attempt to have a right to stay indoors. They compare the severity of the crimes on different scales but somehow end up with no consensus. Their complaints and horror stories can only be understood by someone who can, unfortunately, empathize with them and those are the other women in the room– no one else. The sisterhood must be maintained in order for them to face what’s on the other side of the door. 

Kajol, who leads the cast, plays the warrior housewife who tries to balance the dwindling temperaments churning in the room. She describes the age of the perpetrators who brought her in the room. Shruti Haasan plays the party-girl who describes how the predators left her after being beaten up with a beer bottle. Mukta Barve plays the fully clad Muslim woman, Yashaswini Dayama is the mute village girl, Neena Kulkarni and the others are old women while Neha Dhupia plays the role of an office going corporate woman. The story manages to stab you in the heart with the twist in the end and then forces you to breathe with the realization that reality, like the one on the screen, does, in fact, exist. The director should take a bow for bringing out such a sensitive subject with the utmost simplicity through the short film.

What works

  • The simplicity of the narrative and the set-up that amplified the evocation of poignancy horror at the end.

  • The brilliance of the performers in conveying a range of unspoken words with their presence, with minimal dialogues.

  • The length of the film which drove the point to the T in a tightly written script and impeccable screenplay.

What doesn’t work

  • The story would make more sense in the form of a theatre piece and not as a film as the dialogue delivery of the actors is clearly and strictly according to their roles. 

  • The heated discussion between the characters and their reactions, even though to bring out the tension, sounds inorganic at one point.

  • The point about sorting the women according to the different criteria of their predators was a little problematic and could’ve been handled in a different way.

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Gaurav Chopra’s adorable lullaby for his little prince will leave you emotional

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Gaurav Chopra and wife Hitisha Cheranda welcomed a baby boy on September 12 in Bengaluru. He has been sharing a lot of pictures with his baby boy and it’s super cute. However, recently he shared a video of himself holding his little prince and singing an adorable lullaby for him. Gaurav Chopra had lost both his parents recently but he became a father as well during this time. The actor is thankful to God for this gift but also misses his parents. Along with his video, Gaurav also penned down a long note where he spoke about embracing fatherhood and also remembered his father. He wrote, “Both of us are two weeks old today … Our #princeChopra and me , the infant #daddy ..both learning .. this is the #lori I sing to him ..he’s kind enough to ignore the lack of rhythm and tune .. and falls asleep each time … sometimes both the infants : him and me fall asleep ..he loves to wriggle and snuggle into my neck ..” Also Read – Gaurav Chopra’s adorable lullaby for his little prince will leave you emotional

“Had mentioned this song in a previous post .. had improvised this for a scene in #uttaran , its originally from #kabhikabhie ..Hope you’re kind enough to ignore the besuri singing as well..??? Tomorrow it shall be a month to my father passing away …While I take baby steps to become a daddy ,he guides and mentors me from within .. If only …Sending out love and wishes and asking for blessings ,like always …” Take a look at his post here: Also Read – Gaurav Chopra shares the FIRST picture of his baby boy, and it’s super cute!

Gaurav Chopra spoke about the feeling of becoming a father for the first time in an interview with Bombay Times. He said, “I am so happy that we have got the baby home now. Hitisha, her parents, grandmother and I take turns to look after him. Hitisha’s friends, and my brother and bhabhi decorated the entire house when we brought him home from the hospital. It was an emotional moment and I missed my mother the most. She would have been ecstatic if she were here to see her grandson.” Also Read – Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, Nia Sharma, Bigg Boss 14 — here are the TV newsmakers of the week

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Mandar Chandwadkar aka Mr. Bhide’s social media account gets hacked

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SAB TV’s popular and longest show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is riding the success high as it recently completed 3000 episodes. The show is a nation wide success and there’s no one who doesn’t know the characters of the show. But recently one of the popular characters of the show Mr. Atmaram Bhide played by Mandar Chandwadkar’s social media account was hacked. He took Palak Sindhwani aka Sonu’s social media account to make the announcement to his fans and followers.

Palak who play Mr. Bhide’s daughter Sonu posted the video informing everyone about Mandar’s account getting hacked. She also wrote, “*URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT**Hello, everyone, This is to inform you that I’m not operating my Instagram id since last 4 days , I.e., @realmandarchandwadkar so if anybody is receiving messages from my id, consider that it’s been hacked, please spread the word! I’ll inform you once I’ll get access to my Instagram id, till then take care, I’ll update you all soon.

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Ishq Mein Marjawan 2 29th September 2020 Written Episode Update

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Ishq Mein Marjawan 2 29th September 2020 Episode starts with Riddhima checking the teddy. Vansh comes and says did you see Ishani, she isn’t in her room. Ishani thinks I may get caught. Vansh sees the teddy and says Ishani, come out. Aryan worries. Ishani comes out. Everyone comes out. Vansh scolds Aryan. Aryan asks why do you always accuse me, I gifted her the teddy, I didn’t know she will do this, maybe Riddhima has helped Ishani escape. Vansh says because I know Riddhima can never do this, I reached your room and got your blank cheque, why did Ishani give this to you. Dadi slaps Aryan.

She says you were making Ishani run away, why are you taking revenge, I would have ousted you from the house. Vansh asks her to calm down. He says you would have ruined our family respect, its good Riddhima saw you and stopped, go and get ready, its time for the rounds. Ishani sits in the mandap.

Vansh asks Riddhima to have juice, she didn’t have anything since morning. She asks did you know. He nods. She thanks him. He says let me thank you, you saved my life and today my respect, I would have lost Ishani today, its my mistake, I failed to keep an eye on her, thank you so much, why do you look so worried, is everything fine, I don’t believe in keeping favors. She recalls everything and says I wanted to tell you something, about my past, when I was out of the house…. before marriage… Vansh stops her. Ye pyaar hai…plays….

Vansh says it was your past, we are married now, we are together and it matters to me, you also learn to live in present, you will be happy. Pandit says its time for kanyadaan. Dadi says Ishani’s dad isn’t alive, Vansh and Riddhima will do the kanyadaan. Ishani thinks I will ignite fire in your life. Pandit says Riddhima didn’t wear any suhaag sign. Riddhima says sorry, I forgot to wear it. Vansh says its fine. He takes the sindoor and fills in her maang. Kabir and Anupriya look on. Kabir says so much happened and its not affecting her, how. Vansh makes Riddhima wear the mangalsutra.

Pandit does tilak to him and gives the gathbandhan cloth. Vansh and Riddhima tie the gathbandhan cloth for Ishani and Angre. Riddhima recalls his words. She recalls their marriage. Ishani and Angre take the wedding rounds. They perform the rituals. Vansh sees Riddhima. Anupriya says I think Riddhima forgot the past and moved on, she has fallen for Vansh, what will we do now. Kabir says my pawn has gone blind in love, she has to come back to me at any cost. He vents anger on himself. Riddhima asks Dadi not to worry. They see Vansh shouting on the call. Vansh says you should send the file to Khurana by tomorrow. He goes. Riddhima says he looks worried. Dadi says he stays angry when he is hungry, it was Ishani’s marriage, he didn’t find time to have anything, did you have anything, you both are same, like kids, caterers would have gone, wait, I will make something. Riddhima says I will cook something for us, don’t worry. Kabir says time has come…. He gets angry.

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Telecast Date:29th September 2020
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