24 Nov, 2017
1 hrs 43 mins
250 votes
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Little Manda is found raped and dumped in a trash heap in her slum. Her parents are more concerned with survival than dignity and want to forget and move on as even the cops are powerless to help as the rapist is a local politician's son. But Manda's Ajji (grandmother) cannot accept the injustice of it all. Can a frail, arthritic and powerless old woman grapple with the big bad wolf? Is there still hope for justice in a cruel world? Can anything act as a deterrent to rape? The answers to these questions form the crux.
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Verdict: A beautiful and thrilling execution of an appalling story. 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 - Ajji (also called: Granny). Screened earlier at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, Granny is a film ... ...Read full review
The local cop threatens Manda`s family so that they don`t lodge an FIR against the powerful culprit. He victim shames the rape survivor and exploits her further with his sickening demand of wanting to take a close look at her wounded private parts to `ensure` she has been raped. ...Read full review
In a scene, we find an elderly woman attempting to pick up meat chopping skills from a butcher. With her gaze fixed on his every move, she takes in how precise hacks can carve mounds of mutton. Dismembering various parts of the goat, the bearded butcher explains how the soft parts need to be separated from the rest. ...Read full review
How do you take your cinema? If you like a film to do what a really strong shot of tequila does basically scorch your insides - then Ajji is right for you. Its the fifth rape and revenge saga that weve seen this year after Kaabil, Mom, Maatr and Bhoomi. ...Read full review
An out-of-job powerloom labourer is trying to fill-up a form when his little daughter slowly slides into his lap. The father hasnt got a chance to show his affection for the ten-year-old in a long time. ...Read full review
In one of this films most poignant scenes, the 10-year-old rape survivor Manda Kadam asks her grandmother if her bleeding means she has grown up. The old lady is momentarily thrown off by the question, then remembers that these are the terms in which she had discussed the onset of puberty with her granddaughter. ...Read full review
Bollywood has thrown as many as four rape-revenge thrillers at us this year: Kaabil, Maatr, Mom and Bhoomi. None, however, is as decidedly unsettling as director Devashish Makhijas Ajji. ...Read full review

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