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Ajji (2017)

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Little Manda is found raped and dumped in a trash heap near her slum. Her parents are more concerned with survival than dignity. The cops are powerless to help as the rapist is a local ... See full summary »

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Devashish Makhija

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Cast

Credited cast:
Sushama Deshpande Sushama Deshpande ... Ajji
Smita Tambe ... Vibha
Sharvani Suryavanshi Sharvani Suryavanshi ... Manda
Abhishek Banerjee Abhishek Banerjee ... Vilasrao Dhavle
Sadiya Siddiqui ... Leela
Sudhir Pandey ... Sharafat
Vikas Kumar ... Dastur
Manuj Sharma Manuj Sharma ... Umya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trimala Adhikari Trimala Adhikari ... Dolly
Rasika Agashe Rasika Agashe
Pooja Chauhan Pooja Chauhan ... Female customer in salwarat at Sharafat shop
Mrugank Indurkar Mrugank Indurkar ... Mad man
Kamod Kharade Kamod Kharade ... Gawli
Kiran Khoje ... Dhavle's wife
Manisha Malhotra Manisha Malhotra ... Woman in burqa
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Little Manda is found raped and dumped in a trash heap near her slum. Her parents are more concerned with survival than dignity. The cops are powerless to help as the rapist is a local politician's son. But Ajji won't accept this injustice.

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rapist | vengeance | grandmother | rape | See All (4) »

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A Dark Take on Red Riding Hood

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Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

24 November 2017 (India) See more »

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Ajji (Granny) See more »

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A realistic revenge drama
4 May 2018 | by AnsangoSee all my reviews

Ajji is among the most realistic and superlative films of independent cinema in 2017. A gritty and authentic take on revenge genre, it has the merit to stand out on its own virtues. An extremely important film with an essential social theme, this movie deserves to be seen by everyone.

PROS.

1. The screenplay of the film is impressive. Although not much things are happening on the screen, yet the film manages to stay intense from the beginning till the very end.

2. Performances of the cast are exquisitely amazing especially that of ajji. She should have won National award for her portrayal of this role. She submerges herself so much in the role that it becomes indistinguishable from reality. Rest of the film is also filled with powerhouse performances. If nothing else, this film can only be watched due to its performances. Easily on of the best acted film of the year...

3.Direction is marvellous. Devashish Makhija manages to capture the raw emotion and intensity of the slums of Mumbai. His use of long shots are commendable, as they let the character to breathe and make a lasting appearance. He also manages to show the various trials and tribulations faced by the people of slum. The atmosphere created by him is incredibly intense and extremely authentic.

4. Cinematography of the film is of top class. It manages to immerse you into the surrounding and helps to intensify the mood of the film. The film is easily among the most genuine portrayal of slum life in recent times.

5. Powerful themes Revenge and justice are the main themes of the film. But other than that it also shades light on various issues like Rape culture, Biased judicial system, struggle between dignity and survival, Impotency of law, Flawed political system, Injustice faced by North Indians in Mumbai, Moral corruption etc...

6. The mannequin scene This scene features during the middle of the film and easily one of the most nightmarish and trippiest scene of all time. This scene acts as an allegory for rape. It is a vile and cringe inducing scenes which also can be interpreted as the metaphor for feminine atrocity. The frequent use of mobile phone's camera during this scene escalates its frightening effect.

7.Background score is minimal yet helps to sharpen the atmosphere of the film. Sometimes the music even conveys what's going inside the mind of the characters. Here music in not just an add-on but is used as an storytelling device, and the payoff is brilliant.

CONS.

1. Slow Pace The film is too slow in its pace and even at just 105 minutes runtime feels a bit long.

2. There are some scenes that defies logic. Like how ajji manages to sneak out every night without getting noticed by anyone? Mother of the victim is shown in no grief even after such a huge happening.

So, all in all an incredibly well made film with passion and love for cinema. It's like a breath of fresh air. If you enjoy commercial cinema then there is nothing much here for you but if you are a true cinema lover do watch it. It's a must watch for everyone!


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