Nagesh Kukunoor, Gulfam Khan, Flora Saini, Vibhor Chibber, Priyanka
Kailash Kher, Ankita Joshi, Papon, Monali Thakur, Suchi
a movie inspired by a true story which deals with immoral trafficking of girls,
and child prostitution. Monali Thakur plays the role of the protagonist
Lakshmi. She is a victim, who at the age of 14 finds herself in a brothel, run
by Reddy Garu (Sathish Kaushik) and Chinna (Nagesh Kukunoor). What follows
after Lakshmi being sold by her father and pushed into this dirty world of
prostitution at Dharam Vilas, is quiet disturbing, suffocative. Jyoti, the hard-hitting,
dirty-talking head madam of the brothel (played by Shefali Shah) is assertive
enough to manage the girls as well as the clients. No sigh of relief for
Lakshmi since she is continuously battered and bruised. But then Lakshmi gets
the courage and support to fight back with the legal support for all the
miseries which she faced. Post-interval, her journey of triumph is just
incredible. Credits at the end of the movie say that this is the first case in
which the accused were convicted in Hyderabad and this became the precedent for
many other cases of immoral trafficking.
justice to the movie. No exaggeration at all. He tells the pain-staking story
of Lakshmi in a commendable manner. He depicts the murky world of prostitution
realistically. Indeed he has given a story of hope, courage and victory.
and their Performance:
fresh, innocent, bewildered, helpless, grief-stricken…displayed all the
emotions with so much perfection.
would end up hating this brutal man every time when he tortures girls in the
brothel and no sense of mercy towards them even when they are physically unfit.
madam of the brothel. She is strict and at the same time kind and full of
empathy. A brilliant work from her.
such men also in the society who is sexually abusive for their own weird
empathetic and sensitive while handling Lakshmi’s case.
great and noticeable performance. There are scenes where she teaches Lakshmi to
dress up, do make-up and ways to woo a client.
Radha,, Vibhor Chibber as Amma, Ramakrishna Shenoy as Mohan, Vinita Joshi as
Asha, Priyanka Vir as Uma Didi, Sumit Sharma as opposition lawyer, Suresh Kumar
as judge, and Subhash Gupta as Dr. Murali.
frames very very realistic. Even the narrow lanes are shot so nicely.
especially when the songs are clubbed with disturbing visuals.
to watch out for:
developed between Lakshmi and Avinash (advocate), Lakshmi doing the make-up
just before facing the media on her victory…
story of an entirely different India, where having a girl child itself is
supposed to be cursed. And then the girl is being sold to pimps, or forced into
wrong profession, at a very tender age.
you if you just seek entertainment through movies. It might force you to grieve
along with Lakshmi.
does ask us : Are we being human?