Release Date: November 24, 2017
Cast: Sushama Deshpande, Smita Tambe, Sharvani Suryavanshi, Abhishek Banerjee, Sudhir Pandey
Director: Devashish Makhija
Duration: 1 hour 43 minutes
The film fraternity’s efforts to highlight the plight of child rape victims has led to the making of movies like Maatr and Mom that were released earlier this year. And now, we have Ajji, which shows the struggle, pain and suffering of a child rape victim and her family. Ajji also highlights the current corrupt system wherein cops are hand in glove with rapists, criminals and politicians. The movie is also a revenge story, wherein the grandmother of the rape victim overcomes all odds to get justice for her granddaughter.
The movie is based on the life of a poor family living in a slum in Mumbai. One day, the 10-year old granddaughter Manda (Sharvani Suryavanshi) goes missing and later it is discovered that she has been brutally raped. Since the family is poor, the cops are not interested to pursue the case in a proper manner. Moreover, there is pressure from superiors since the rapist has political connections. Manda’s grandmother Ajji (Sushama Deshpande) soon realizes that she won’t be able to get justice for her granddaughter if she continues with the existing system. The family wants to forget everything and move on, but Ajji is not willing to accept the injustice done to her granddaughter. She decides to take revenge even when the odds are stacked against her, as she is battling old age and arthritis. However, her determination helps her overcome the obstacles and take revenge. And the way she takes revenge will really astound you.
The sights and scenes are morbid, melancholic and poignant and the rot in the existing system and its souls will make you squirm. It’s a heartbreaking tale of a poor rape victim, but a grandmother’s determination to take revenge makes the movie empowering as well. The movie describes each character in great detail, which gives you the taste of the good, bad and the ugly. All actors have delivered compelling performances and the best is probably Ajji, as she makes every scene come alive with her raw emotions and unspoken words.
Watch Ajji for its true-to-life depiction of the struggle and suffering of a poor rape victim and her family. The movie also gives the message that crime against women needs to stop and we all have a responsibility towards that goal.