Cast: Leeza Mangaldas, Lezlie
Tripathy, Sonal Giani, Raaj Singh Arora, Danish Pandor, Abhey Jit Attri, Meer
Ali, Gagan Guru
Tarun Madan Chopra
2 hours 15 minutes
Women of Today is a movie, which I feel, is beyond any sort of review / rating. With great lump in my throat, I just am
trying to put some thoughts about the plot of the movie, not trying to review.
aka Sandy Singh (Leeza Mangaldas), Roohi Malik (Lezlie Tripathy) and Manu
(Sonal Giani), three young women, who run an event management company called “W”
are gearing up for their biggest event – The Freedom Concert (name of the
concert thoughtfully chosen by the filmmaker). Initial moments of the movie
although are bit overdone to project the chilled out attitude of the modern
women. But then the plot starts developing further and believe me, it is very
very disturbing to sit through the movie.
Chote (Abhey Jit Attri, sons of a minister, are reckless, brutal, loathsome,
bloody (sorry to use this word) rapists. They end up doing the gang-rape of
Sandy and Roohi. Look at the logic of these rapists. They hit Manu and left her
on road just because she was in her almost manly dress-up viz. jeans and shirt
and a bob haircut) and so these guys were not interested to ‘do anything with her’.
The first victim of their gang rape is Sandy because according to them she
wears short clothes and so only she is a ‘dhabba’ for the women community. So
called moral police of our society. The next victim is Roohi (though she is
clad in a salwaar-suit) because she is attractive and is a bonus to fulfill the
rapist instincts of these cruel men.
made me feel the pain of all the females who are being raped every now and then.
What they go through, how they go through, their pain, helplessness, their
screamings, their physical and emotional bruises, their humiliations …oh my god,
the list is endless … Still not able to put words across with tears in my eyes…
courage to the rape victims through this movie. Women of today are not supposed
to sulk in a corner of a dark room after being raped. The rapists get courage
to repeat their acts only because we women are not ready to fight (yes, we can
not ignore the poor system, legal hassles and the humiliations which one has to
face). Generally victims feel that “Meri Ijjat
loot li gayi…” whereas, Tarun conveys beautifully through the dialogue
of Sandy – “Meri Ijjat mere paas hai, jise koi nahi loot sakta… han, tum rape
kar sakte ho lekin meri ijjat nahi cheen sakte…”
It is not in my DNA”.
The scene where Roohi (Lezlie) reacts to one of the rapists when he says that he would marry Sandy is also superb.
It is great to see the women not succumbing to the distress,
rather they get up with great courage to teach these men a lesson by exposing
them to the world. Although it seems unbelievable that the women get the
physical and mental strength soon after the incident to fight with the men, but
probably this is the vision of the director that we shall not be victims to our
miseries, especially because, being raped is not the fault of the women, it is
the result of vulgar / bad / dirty thoughts of the men.
few songs are with very good lyrics. Daboo Mallik needs a great applause for
the music and lyrics. Total six tracks are there. Lyrics of the Women’s day
anthem – “Dil ke jo hi armaan hai pure ho saare, khud me hai junoon to ye dil himmat
kyon haare …” sung by Neha Bhasin is great.
storytelling and editing are concerned, but such a concept needs this brash
movie critics (forget about getting an audience) who write and update reviews of almost all the movies immediately
after the first show. I wish, we could be atleast more socially responsible to
highlight the intention of such movies.
fraternity shall watch it to learn to give respect to women and we, the women
shall watch it to transform ourselves into ‘Women of Today’ who is strong,
courageous, true to self, who is not ready to yield to someone else’s crimes,
gathers the strength to get up even after a fall and fight for punishing the