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'Soni' Brings A Nuanced Insight Into The Ways Men Are Failing To Acknowledge Women's Battles

In a bid to get the vibes going for my weekly ritual of “Netflix & Chill” sessions, which strategically begins on the eve of every weekend, I plopped on my comfy couch, dragged my laptop out of its hibernation, and slowly began to give in to the weekend feels that were finally kicking in.

We are all aware of the drill. It's a week-long schedule, that swings along the many hours between Monday and Friday. So every Friday, or most Fridays, calls for a celebration for having made it through yet another trying and dreary week at work (if you don't relate to this, trust me I couldn't be more jealous of your work situation right now).

'Soni' Brings A Nuanced Insight Into The Ways Men Are Failing To Acknowledge Women's Battles© Jabberwockee Talkies

So when I decided to give my weekly tradition a go yesterday, making my pick from amongst the many visual treats trying to lure me into clicking 'Play', I chanced upon a film on the 'New Releases' screen that I instantly recalled from an entertainment article I had read not so long ago.

'Soni' - when you first read the movie's title, it doesn't seem like much. You might even consider scrolling past it in your unawareness, maybe I would have done the same, if the details about the film from that entertainment article stating the many international awards and critical acclaims it had won, hadn't stuck with me.

Besides, the film's description had all the shouty keywords that instantly hit home, - crimes against women in Delhi, policewomen, grappling with gender issues - even the two-line description of the film had everything going for it.

I would let you do your own research on all that, but before I really get down to my point, let me tell you that the film received a standing ovation at the 75th Venice International Film Festival where it premiered.

'Soni' Brings A Nuanced Insight Into The Ways Men Are Failing To Acknowledge Women's Battles© Jabberwockee Talkies

All that said, let me give you a brief overview of the film (without any spoilers), so that we can better understand my motivation behind talking about a film that would be highly relatable for most women living in the Indian subcontinent.

'Soni' is a story about the titular character sub-inspector Soni and her boss, IPS officer Kalpana Ummat of Delhi Police. Together they carry out a personal passion project which is actually a decoy operation targeting violent crimes against women. The story traces the various facets of these passionate, driven and strong women who constantly have to struggle to strike a balance between their personal ambitions, gender expectations and pressures at work.

The subtle yet sound script, along with the smart camerawork manages to present a very trending subject in the 'rape capital' of India in a very understated manner, while still managing to make its point.

'Soni' Brings A Nuanced Insight Into The Ways Men Are Failing To Acknowledge Women's Battles© Jabberwockee Talkies

Hot-tempered Soni who is fighting hard to rise above her personal struggles to stay true to her work, has been wonderfully contrasted to Kalpana's character in the film, who is more grounded and present in the moment. Her only shortcoming (according to her phallic impassioned husband) is that she is considerate and more human than an IPS officer should be allowed to. 

On the other hand, Kalpana's mother-in-law and sister-in-law are quick to judge and complaint about her career, demands at work, her lack of family time to spare and even the delay in pushing out a baby or two - while constantly overlooking her desires and aspirations from life.

The film manages to expose the double standards of the patriarchal Indian society which continues to treat women as second class citizens regardless of their qualifications and achievements. The two main supporting male characters in the film, both Kalpana's husband Commissioner Sandeep and Soni's ex Naveen are emblematic of the less forgiving, berating and dismissive, entitled patriarchal forces at play within our society.

'Soni' Brings A Nuanced Insight Into The Ways Men Are Failing To Acknowledge Women's Battles© Jabberwockee Talkies

Kalpana, who is firm yet warm, plays a second-in-command at home and work, and viewed as incapable of handling power and authority because she is a woman. Soni on the other hand is a pawn at the hands of life's misfortune who is agitated by the incivility and corruption around her, while trying to make her way through a disappointing relationship.

Director Ivan Ayr's debut film has beautifully captured the living reality of women without sensationalising it. Living through forms of sexual harassment, threatened when they speak their mind, not given the due respect they deserve in positions of power and authority, as opposed to their male counterpart and bogged down by the narrow outlook of fellow women who are imprisoned by age-old gender roles.

'Soni' Brings A Nuanced Insight Into The Ways Men Are Failing To Acknowledge Women's Battles© Jabberwockee Talkies

In their struggle to feel secure and at peace, the two lead characters easily bring forth the daily battles most women are fighting, one that is easy to overlook and forget, especially by the men in our lives. The film draws you in, and holds you close enough to make you forget that each scene has been shot in a single shot, but two women who do not come from an acting background. It's the rawness and relatability, along with powerful acting that makes this film an absolute must-watch.

Do yourself a favour, and spare that one hour and forty minutes to relish this visual treat.

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