Neel Bhoopalam (Arjun), Darshan Kumar (Satbir), Deepti Nawal (Sarpanch)
Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Anushka Sharma, Sunil Lulla, Krishika Lulla
Mehta, Samira Koppikar
Company: Phantom Films, Clean Slate Films
we saw badlapur of Varun Dhawan and here is Anushka’s badlapur story – NH 10. A
great performance by Anushka. This is also a debut of Anushka as a producer. This
movie is not a light-hearted entertaining movie, but definitely, it is going to
touch your heart. It might leave you disturbed, make you wonder, why all these
has to happen at all. Every now and then when we flip newspapers in the
morning, the newspaper tells the story of honour killings in our country.
Honour killing is a brutal act. I often think, how can one’s own parents or a
sibling can be reason of their murder. We as a society say that we are
progressive, but is it really so? What progressiveness we are speaking about, we
are still stuck in dualism: either-or, win-lose, me-you, us-them. I say that I adore
my religion, but I have no space to accept others’ religion. So much engrossed
in ‘me-ness’ and ‘me-right-attitude’ that we are not able to look at other’s
right. In this 21st century also, we have so many honour killings in
our country, just because one chooses his or her life partner going against the
wishes of parents or so called societal norms/ traditions. NH 10 is a film,
which shows, how a couple accidentally becomes witness to an honour killing and
then what follows form the story.
|Meera and Arjun|
role of Meera, a high profile corporate executive, and wife of Arjun (Neel
Bhoopalam – Serial 24 fame – Arjun’s profession is not clear but appears to be
influential). Initial frames of the movie shows Meera and Arjun attending a
high profile party. Meera has to leave the party due to urgent office work – a product
launch, and is attacked by a group of men but survives the same. Arjun get a
licensed gun for Meera (with the influence of his friendship with DIG officer)
hoping that this is good for Meera’s self-defense. Meera is traumatized after
the incident. Arjun understands her trauma and wants to take her for a holiday
on her birthday.
the story of NH 10 begin. Arjun and Meera start their getaway trip by road from
Gurgaon – National Highway 10. Arjun has booked a private villa for them. When
they stop at a road side dhaba for some food, they witness a young girl and her
husband being picked up by a bunch of goons. Arjun tries to intervene, and stops
the man clutching girl’s hair, but is told that she is his sister. Arjun
persists and gets slapped by the girl’s brother Satbir (Darshan Kumar – Mary Kom
movie fame). Enraged Arjun chases them in spite of Meera asking him not to do
so, absolutely unaware of the danger which lies ahead. Arjun just wanted to
teach the villagers a lesson.
thereafter? How Arjun and Meera’s journey for relaxation turn out to be tumultuous
and turbulent? What happens to them, when they become witness to this young
couple’s honour killing? How do they respond, when they find themselves in the
middle of a land where their perception about safety, law, rightness do not seem
to be valid? How do Arjun and Meera deal with the strange happenings? What does
Meera do when she finds herself alone and helpless? Do the lawmakers stand by
Meera? You might be wondering, why did I mention that NH 10 is a badlapur story
of Meera, you have to watch it.
brilliant, and her every transformation is so well executed – be it her initial
confident corporate executive to terrified to pleading for help to vengeful.
She has hit the bulls’ eye. Neel, I loved him so much in serial 24, and so felt
that he could have brought a bit more depth to the character of Arjun. Darshan
is very convincing. Deepti Nawal and Ravi Jhankal are also very good. Missed
the song “Chil Gaye Naina” on screen!
of pain within me. When will we be able to enhance our tolerance to the