Review: Sexual harassment – two very formidable words. In the days when feminism was at its peak, a woman’s bravery was applauded when she fought against sexual harassment. But today, it’s a whole different ball game. Who is using whom? Who is the victim? The man or the woman? Women, now aware of the powers of their sexuality easily misuse them. That’s not to say that men are the sole victims. It’s a time when sexual harassment is now a possible tool of professional advancement & political games. Inkaar addresses this urban issue in many intense and dramatic ways.
Inkaar begins with a board meeting of a top advertising agency. A meeting that has been called to decide the fate of an official sexual harassment complaint that has been filed by the National Creative Director, Maya Luthra (Chitrangada Singh), against Rahul Varma (Arjun Rampal), the CEO. This is where the rest of the movie takes shape in flashbacks. Each aspect of their lives, from the time these two met, years ago, to their affair, to their separation, to their professional differences, to their various unpleasant physical encounters. All these are laid out bare before the panel and of course the audience as well. What’s interesting is at times there are two completely different versions to the same incidents that are narrated by the two. From feeling bad for Maya to feeling sorry for Rahul, you are taken on a strange and deceptive ride, till the end not knowing who the hell is the honest one?
Well, like Linkin Park says, " -In the end, it doesn’t even matter. What comes out of this ugly battle is for you to watch and judge. Performance-wise, Chitrangada was bankable as usual and Arjun Rampal managed just fine for a change. Superb casting as far as the rest of the cast is concerned. The music does stand out as unique and note worthy.
All in all it wasn’t a great film. But it deserves mention for bringing a very touchy issue into light and handling it well. There is a very thin line between flirting and harassment. The film simply brings that fact into light. A fact that is present in every industry, corporate or otherwise. It doesn’t offer an opinion as to what is flirting and what is harassment. Simply shows you a mirror to urban society and leaves it at that.
Verdict: A mirror to today’s world of office politics. Intense & dramatic.
Release Date: Jan 18, 2013
Director: Sudhir Mishra
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Cast & Crew: Arjun Rampal, Chitrangada Singh, Gaurav Dwivedi, Sandeep Sachdev, Deepti Naval