This year alone, we have had three movies on mothers in multiple languages – Maatr, Mom, and Mother. Based on a similar theme, comes the (grand)mother of all these movies – Granny (original title: Ajji). Screened at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, Granny is a film by Devashish Makhija, starring Sushama Deshpande in the lead role, while Smita Tambe and Sadiya Siddiqui play important supporting characters. The story of Ajji is not very different from what you have seen in the aforementioned movies, but it certainly the best thriller of them all.
Background and Story:
The 8-year-old Manda seems to have gone missing. Her grandmother starts looking for her, along with her friend Leela, who happens to be a prostitute. Their financial condition is clearly poor, as they are shown living in the slums of Mumbai. Manda is found by the women, lying bleeding near the sewers. It is evident that she has been raped. While a crime of this magnitude would raise hell if it happened among the more privileged classes, Manda’s case has been silenced, especially since the rapist – Vilasrao Dhavle – is the son of an important politician. The policeman on the case is also in league with Dhavle, ensuring the family keeps its mouth shut. Realizing that justice will not be given, Ajji has taken it upon herself to seek revenge for her granddaughter.
Why You Should Watch:
Revenge thrillers always make for a great watch. While we have had more than our fair share of them this year, what makes Ajji special is the portrayal of each character in depth. Several scenes in the movie have you shocked to your core. It is not something you’re used to watching on the big screen, and even if Ajji does have a bigger release, we are sure the scenes will be massively cut. Ajji’s determination to seek revenge despite her old age and failing limbs leave you impressed. The method she uses and the final outcome of her act of revenge had the audience cheering and clapping in the theatre, and if you watch the film, you will find yourself rooting for dear Ajji too.
The treatment of the film is very important in a thriller. The light and sound played a big role, especially since the intense scenes mostly happened in the dark. Both blended well to keep the audience at the edge of their seats, while not taking away from the focus of the scene. With a cast of exceptional actors, the performances were solid, with Smita Tambe delivering the best of them all. Granny is certainly not a movie to miss this MAMI.
What You Should Watch Next:
Granny returns tomorrow at PVR ECX. You can also catch a bunch of other Indian films that may not make their way to theatres again, such as Juze, Village Rockstars, In the Shadows, Machines, Zoo, Ashwat
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