Adi Sonal Review: A Liberating Story of Suffocating Women

Some people might not want to watch it till the end due to its pace. This 29-minutes long film feels longer than half an hour. But! It’s worth your time. The end makes so much sense of the pace and nothingness that we, the audience, feel in the beginning. 

As Adi Sonal speaks about the life of housewives, the makers couldn’t have told the story any other way. Speed would have never made someone who has not lived this life understand how monotonous, uninteresting, and exhausting a homemaker’s life becomes after one point. I have personally done both the jobs, of being at home and taking care of the family and also actually being on the job. And trust me, being a working woman, even today I believe that being on job is easier than being at home, taking care of daily chores. 

If your daily tasks are highly influenced by the patriarchy, then you are stuck in a cycle you cannot break, unless and until you pick yourself up and decide to leave everything behind for a fresh start where you, only have you. Till then, you are expected to serve the master, without complaining. 

Two scenes from this film will always stay with me. They are the key highlights of the film; both the scenes are so beautifully picturised.

One, when Amma (played by Neena Gupta) relaxes on a rocking chair after her husband’s death, puts on the television, and peacefully falls asleep on the chair. What I loved the most was how Amma stumbles the moment she tries to sit on the chair. This shows how this woman is not used to relaxing or indulging in self-care activities. Her initial discomfort followed by a peaceful sleep says it all.  That one scene explains a woman’s life-long dilemma to you. 

Hats off and a big round of applause to the Writer and Director of the film, Heena D’Souza for effortlessly weaving so many complex emotions together in one scene. Neena Gupta’s performance is cherry on the cake. 

The second scene is where Amma sees her daughter-in-law elope with her boyfriend. As her daughter-in-law sees her, she stops for a while till Amma steps back and closes the gate, as if she is giving her the permission to free herself. 

Both the scenes speak about liberation. Who gives it to the woman? There was Amma’s example who finally gets time for herself after her husband’s death and then there was another woman who doesn’t wait for her entire life to pass to be able to breathe freely. She decides to take matters in her own hand and fly away as soon as she can. 

Streaming On: Voot Select

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