Verdict: A notable attempt to break our silence regarding sexual assaults.
Gajendra Ahire’s ‘The Silence’ won laurels in several national and international film festivals and has finally reached the audience now. Like his previous films Anumati, Not Only Mrs. Raut, and Shevri – The Silence is also a hard-hitting one. The film deals with the act of barbarity that women in our society go through. In the opening scene, we see Chini (Mugdha Chaphekar) traveling on a Mumbai local late at night. There she witnesses a woman being molested. The horrendous incident reminds her haunting childhood.
Further, the film unfolds through flashback modes where we are introduced to other prominent characters Baby Chini (Child Artist Vedashree Mahajan), Manda (Kadambari Kadam), Mami (Anjali Patil), Mama (Nagraj Manjule) and Baba (Raghuvir Yadav). All the flashback sequences are interlinked with each other and make a very pertinent point that women are not safe anywhere. Ashwini Sidwani’s story is a realistic human drama that is perfectly complemented by Gajendra Ahire’s subtle treatment and towering performances by its star cast.
As baby Chini, child artist Vedashree Mahajan will stay in our mind for long. She is so natural that in some scenes, she overshadows other actors. The young Chini played by Mugdha Chaphekar succeeds in getting sync with her character. Nagaraj Manjule aptly performs his role as a misogynistic that viewers might want to thump him. Kadambari Kadam does what was required for her role. Anjali Patil excels in representing a housewife which is a reflection of the majority of women in our society. Raghuvir Yadav does a fair job too.
One of the major highlights of the movie is that the director has cleverly subsumed silences in between scenes that shows the helplessness of a woman in such situations and leaves a long-lasting impact on the viewers. The cinematography by Krishna Soren is remarkable as he effectively captures real-time locations. The background score by Indian Ocean further strengthens the narrative. The editing by Mayur Hardas could have been a little tighter but no one is complaining. On the whole, the film is an eye-opener for everyone who ill treat women in any set of conditions.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
The movie will provoke you to think and speak up against the men who treat women as mere commodities to satisfy their filthy pleasures. It highlights the fact that women go through various misfortunate incidents but they all feel the same pain. It also raises a pertinent question to our society – is it that difficult to love and respect women?