Trigger Warning: Mention Of Domestic Violence
I watched ‘Haseen Dillruba’ on the first day of its release, and after finishing, I decided to write a review. I liked the overall storyline of ‘Haseen Dillruba’. Actually, it is just like a pure thriller novel and youngsters who are in their twenties, like me, have hardly read Hindi thriller novels, so ‘Haseen Dilllruba‘ satisfied our hunger for the thrill.
I was well prepared to write about my thriller experience. Accidentally, I read a review where it was written that ‘Haseen Dillruba‘ glorifies domestic violence and it is just another ‘Kabir Singh‘.
After reading experts’ reviews, I started questioning myself, I started questioning my idea of feminism and called myself an unaware self-proclaimed feminist. I kept questioning myself for a week. Finally, after a week I can defend my feminist self in front of me.
Critics are saying that accepting domestic violence by the protagonist Rani shows that Indian cinema is glorifying domestic violence again. Many people are comparing ‘Haseen Dillruba‘ with ‘Kabir Singh’. In my opinion, ‘Haseen Dillruba’ & ‘Kabir Singh’ are not the same.
Let me defend myself by the pointers now:
In ‘Haseen Dillruba’, situations are very different.
I agree that, every film should convey the right message to society but, in my opinion, here the problem is that we are interpreting ‘Haseen Dillruba’ in the the wrong manner.
Let’s describe ‘Haseen Dillruba’ in this way. Whenever we watch any movie where the villain does something wrong like loot, rape, etc., then, we never say that the filmmaker should not show any humankind doing such horrible things. Now you might be thinking, what the hell I am talking about!
But just think for a while about this weird example. While watching the movie we know that they are a villain and a villain is meant to do wrong things but while watching ‘Haseen Dillruba’, we are forgetting that Rani, though a protagonist, is a grey character.
I agree with the fact that they could have portrayed the issue of domestic in a more nuanced way because domestic violence is a very serious issue in India but the approach of the movie doesn’t seem wrong to me. In the conclusion, I admit another fact that ‘Haseen Dillruba’ has many loop holes yet I disagree that it is glorifying domestic violence with some particular incidents.
We cannot ask a grey/negative character to make all the right decisions. A wrong character can consider wrong decisions as right and we can not argue that. All we can do is we can hate that character for doing such wrong things. I guess we were expecting some bold actions from Taapsee because of her previous films’ image.
P.S. – It’s my understanding of the movie, If any reader finds it wrong then feel free to tell your perception about this thought.