Cast: Mrunal Thakur, Riya Sisodiya, Sai Tamhankar, Frieda Pinto, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkumar Rao, Anupam Kher.
Director: Tabrez Noorani
Producer: Shalini Thackrey, David Womark.
Tabrez Noorani’s Love Sonia, which has already left a significance in the west, is all set to mark its release in India. The film deals with a very crucial and critical topic of Human Trafficking, Sex Rackets and female marketing. In the past, Bollywood has marked many films on this topic, but none of them had disturbed me as much as Love Sonia did. The film is a portrayal of tender innocence of a girl versus the devilish cruelty of the surroundings. The film unveils the reality of humans, and reveals that how much inhuman one can be. The film will leave its footprint in the minds of audience at a high extent. It’ll force us to question our evilness and will leave a huge impact in our heart.
The story revolves around a 17-year-old girl, named Sonia (Mrunal Thakur). In the beginning, we come across two little and innocent girls, Sonia and Preeti (Riya Sisodiya), who are enjoying their poor life in the best possible ways. They belong from a farmer family, who is extremely poor. He tends to release his tension in the form of anger on his daughters. He takes loan from the landlord named Baldev Singh (Anupam Kher). He is the richest man in the village, who is involved in the business of human trafficking. In return of the loan, the farmer sells one of his daughters, Preeti. Preeti is exported to the city of dreams, Mumbai. In the deep memories of her beloved sister, Sonia too decides to visit Mumbai to accompany her sister. Unaware of the darkest future, Sonia secretively visits Baldev and requests him to send her to Preeti. In the greediness, Anupam agrees and asks his wife, Anjali (Sai Tamhankar) to take her to Mumbai. Next day, both of them leaves for Mumbai, the city of dreams was about to turn to city of nightmares for the innocent Sonia. After a few days of travel, they reach to Mumbai. Anjali takes Sonia to the place where they captivate girls, and convert them into sex labours. As soon as Sonia had a glimpse of that place, she gets scared and frightened. She is taken to Faizal (Manoj Bajpayee) who is the owner of that place. He sexually interrogate her, which was the worst thing to watch. The voice of her screams, literally gave me the worst feeling of the time. They force her to serve the clients, but keep her virgin. After suffering a lot, she is finally allowed to meet her sister Preeti, for hardly few minutes. When we come across Preeti, we’re awestruck. She has become a drug addict. She gets mad at Sonia, and blames her for the present condition. Completely broken, Sonia first time meets a client for the absolute intimacy. Again her screams will get the freak outta you. By that time, viewers will feel pity on themselves. Later she meets Manish (Rajkumar Rao) who tries to help her but fails miserably. For months, Sonia is kept in that place, and she comes across many girls who also suffered the same thing. Later she is sent to Hong Kong, to serve the international clients. She somehow manages to escape that area with the help of NGO in Hong Kong.
The film will completely leave you unspoken and in a Disturbed state of mind. The film has too many bold scenes and several abusive slangs. The film gives an absolute feeling of shame on humanity. The country of goddess, where at one point, we worship female idols, and on the other hand, sexually, physically, emotionally and mentally abuse them, Isn’t it an irony? The film reveals the nude reality of our society, and aims towards its improvement.
Coming down to performances, Mrunal Thakur as a lead, has made her Bollywood debut, but from her performances we doubt her to be the experts of expert. The film is flawless and acting by every single character in marvelous. One can’t even imagine so much of reality in terms of performance, in such a critically acclaimed film. Mrunal Thakur has literally shake our minds, blew away our hearts and forced us to give away a standing ovation. Bollywood has marked several debuts this year, but surely Mrunal’s debut proves that Bollywood is about to gain a shining star. Performing a romantic film, or an out-and-out entertainer is no wonder these days, but making a debut with such an impressive role, boldness in terms of expressions, and stiffness in body language. Coming down to Riya Sisodiya, who portrays the character of Preeti, she hasn’t received a great runtime but has equally affected us. She is also making her debut, and it’s a perfect example of cherry on the top. Talking about Manoj Bajpayee, who has already impressed us with his recent performance, is back with a bang. He is in portrayal of grey character, and at a certain point, we actually started hating him. That’s exactly when you nail your grey character. Unless you can’t develop the hatred in audience vision, you can’t justify the grey character. And Manoj does that with an ease, as always. Frieda Pinto plays the character of Rashmi, who plays the character of Sonia’s friend who was her accompanied as a sex worker. She has done a phenomenal job, being a foe and friend at a same time. Rajkumar Rao plays the role of Manish, who works for liberation of these forced female labours. He has a very less play time but still has a vital role. Rajkumar is in a different zone, heading towards the absolute stardom.
The film does a superior job in every aspects. When it comes to the climax scene, most films fail to serve a proper ending, but this film breaks all bars and sets them really above all. The film ends up conveying the message of having hopes alive no matter how worse the situation is. Sonia faced all odds which one can’t even imagine in its worst nightmares, just to save her sister. The film conveys the feeling of true and immortal love. The film reveals the unseen and unimaginable truth of humanity. The main protagonist Sonia is sustained by a fragile dream which is worth living for. The film showcases the complex and inspiring story of two sisters who had lifetime worth experiences that no girl should endure.
Cinespeaks Verdict: An absolute appealing story which will inspire you, disturb your minds at an extreme extent, scare your soul as hell by giving the reality check. The film also discloses the actual facts, figures and observation regarding human trafficking. All the actors are absolutely fantastic throughout, showing the real meaning of actual and true potential. The film is a tight slap on the faces of humans, who despite knowing everything, act blindfolded, a shivering experience for all of us.
Cinespeaks gives 4.5 stars to the film.
Written by: Aakash Gala