I discovered Heena DSouza’s Adi Sonal when Voot released a few short films as a part of Voot Select Film Fest. Back then, I watched it for Neena Gupta and this time, I watched Parde Mein Rehne Do because again, it was a women-centric subject directed by this woman director whose work I had absolutely loved the first time.
Parde Mein Rehne Do isn’t an extraordinary story. We meet people like Kuhu in our daily lives. You don’t have to go too far to find her. You will find her in your house as well, if you look carefully. We take body shaming so casually in our country that even after it pushes someone to the point of loathing oneself, we don’t bother to take notice. Unless and until, it becomes a news and every influencer starts telling us how wrong body shaming is, on social media. We, in fact, choose to consciously ignore the woes of victims.
Parde Mein Rehne Do is Kuhu’s story, a 32-year old divorcee. The reason for her divorce, though not told loud and clear, tells us why this lady walked out of her marriage. There is one scene where Kuhu watches her husband’s reel where he cracks a lame joke on his wife. I felt like giving him one tight slap. Trust me, you will too. And in the next scene, where he visits his in-laws to give them the invitation card of his sisters’ marriage, I just couldn’t stand him. I felt like hitting him again. What a shameless guy! Kaha se aate hai ye log?
In a world where people like him should have multiple complexes in life and they should be the ones afraid to face the world, we have women who have dulled their shine because of such cowards.
Anyway, talking about the film, as I said, it’s not extraordinary but none of the Amazon Mini films are. Having said that, their films are real and relatable. Parde Mein Rehne Do is one such story.
And to be honest, I had predicted the end and still enjoyed watching that last part of the film. If you fail to predict, good for you because then, you will love the twist.
How can I end the post without talking about Malishka’s performance? If this simple film about a 32-year old divorcee is engrossing, the credit also goes to her fabulous performance. It’s very rare that known faces easily become the character for viewers but Malishka has effortlessly become Kuhu in Parde Mein Rehne Do. That makes the film even more worthwhile.
P.S: If you are wondering how will this mini movie make you smile when all I spoke about is how I felt like hitting a guy while watching it, you got to watch the end.
Streaming On: Amazon miniTV