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Siya is not a film without virtue. But it’s a hopeless movie. And that defeats the very purpose of the film.

when the producer Manish Mundra The decision to turn to directing must have focused on subjects so dark as to distract viewers from watching.of Siya, While walking through the darkest tunnels of miserable injustice, Mundra forgot to create a light at the end of the tunnel. Only the darkness that covers the lives of the nothing, nothing, invisible, faceless, nameless masses of our social system that can. literally. Yes, even rape.

There is nothing new in Mundra’s directorial debut. The theme was the rape of a minor by an overly privileged and arrogant sociopath. Faruk Kabirthe recent Khuda Haafiz 2: Agni Pariksha likewise. Of course, the fundamental difference is in tone. Mundra’s futile fight for justice for rape victims loses the only quality that distinguishes documentary from film: hope.

There is no redemption in 17-year-old Sita Singh’s fight for justice. Towards the end of this hopelessly gloomy drama, a rape survivor asks her loyal lawyer companions, “What’s the point in getting justice when there’s no one left alive to give it?” ?”Is called.

This is the question Mundra should have asked himself in constructing the most pessimistic view of justice I’ve seen on film in a long time. .

Set in what appears to be a rural Bihar presided over by guns and thugs, Siya begins with a teenage girl emerging from a hut in the middle of the night to pee in the open. The very act of being placed in such a vulnerable situation is terrifying to the viewer, with a sound design that accentuates the danger.

Unfortunately, Mundra chose to investigate Siya’s vulnerability, going so far as to make her hunt prey in dense forests of dangerous animals.

The setting and mood are perfect. In keeping with the style of neo-noir European cinema, Mundra uses few storytelling props such as background scores and songs, appearing only at the end, where all the art applied to films about injustice is final. She is a sitting duck standing out in the open with no hope of justice.

Subhransu’s camera is a silent witness to the barbaric rape of the law by the most notorious violators. Semi-rookie Pooja Pandey is comfortable in silence. She can speak only a few lines. But when police proceedings shamelessly support the culprit, her ferocious anguish comes across loud and clear: Siya is helpless but she is not ready to accept this. Her gangbang reenactment at the crime scene is appalling in its authenticity. But where is the saving light that tells us there is hope? Without that hope, the film looks like a torrent of suffering, with no hope of escape.

I’m sorry, but I don’t agree with Manish Mundra’s series of ruins. The society he describes is not new to me. He is no stranger to injustice. But movies need to give us hope for a better tomorrow. Siya It’s all about slippery surfaces with nothing to grab onto.

A word about actors Bineet Kumar Singh He plays a supportive but ultimately helpless lawyer Mahendra. Has Vineet ever failed to deliver? There’s a moment when a bully cop asks a lawyer to take off his slippers before entering the police station. In a moment of shameless discrimination, Vineeth’s expression encompasses all the injustices that the weaker sections of our society have to endure.

I did not say Siya It doesn’t happen in real life. Manish Mundra says that injustice is a way of life for the less fortunate.but he leaves Siya at a dead end. This is piling up more injustice on her.

Siya Not a movie without virtue. But it’s a hopeless movie. And that defeats the very purpose of the film.

Siya will be released on September 16th

Subhash K Jha is a Patna-based film critic who has been writing about Bollywood long enough to know the Bollywood industry thoroughly. He tweets at @SubhashK_Jha.

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