Verdict: A social drama that deserves your time.
For generations, menstruation as a subject has been taboo. Nobody really discussed it – not families, not teachers, not even women. Even in 2017, it is kept hush-hush. Abhishek Saxena's directorial venture, Phullu, starring Sharib Hashmi and Jyotii Sethi, dares to break open the conversation about the realities of menstruation.
Phullu (Sharib Hashmi), a young good-for-nothing man, lives with his mother and sister in a village. He leads a nondescript life and his idleness becomes a matter of concern for his mother (Nutan Surya). She tries to send him to off for work, but in vain. This Shaktimaan's only claim to fame is the fact that he travels to the city to get things for the ladies. On one such visit, he meet a doctorni who enlightens him about the “janani rog” and the inconvenience women have to face each month. When he realizes that the women in his village are ignorant about sanitary napkins, he decides to take it upon himself to 'look after' the ladies in his own way. Phullu wants to ensure access to affordable pads for the women in his village.
Here is a man who has to fight his family, the village and society at large in order to make menstruation more hygenic and comfortable for women around him. While everyone disapproves of his 'immoral antics', the only source of support for him is his wife, Bigni (Jyotii Sethi).
Sethi, who plays Phullu's wife, is a delight to watch. Sharib Hashmi, who impressed us in his 2012 flick, Filmistaan, is effortless in this one too. The cameo from Inaamulhaq, is one of the highlights of the film. In the few minutes that he shares with Hashmi, he is absolutely magical. Nutan, who plays Phullu's mother, delivers a powerful act.
Despite having a rather abrupt ending, Phullu gets quite a few things right. The film succeeds in doing what it set out do – spread awareness about the struggles, the myths, realities and superstitions surrounding menstruation. It asks unconformtable questions in a society where many are too comfortable keeping mum about the so-called “taboo”. The background score and music by Troy Arif and Vickky Agarwal deserves credit. It helps in facilitating the emotional immersion the audience goes through.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Phullu forces you to think, empathize and make a difference. It is an ode to all those who are trying to change mindsets. The film has some great performances, appreciable music and a social message. Watch it this weekend!