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Ghar Ki Murgi review

By MOUMITA BHATTACHARJEE
March 09, 2020 12:28 IST
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Housewives don't deserve to be taken for granted. Ever.
Sometimes one needs to assert one's importance in their loved one's life and Ghar Ki Murgi addresses that without being preachy, notes Moumita Bhattacharjee.

Anubhav Sinha's Thappad recently showed us in a subtle and effective way that a slap is a big deal.

Taapsee Pannu's transformation from being an all-embracing housewife to a woman seeking a divorce was mind-blowing.

Now comes Ghar Ki Murgi, which doesn't have any form of physical abuse in the milieu and yet makes an important point.

Housewives don't deserve to be taken for granted. Ever.

 

Seema (Sakshi Tanwar) is a dutiful wife, mother and daughter-in-law in a family of six.

Her life includes making breakfast for her kids, tea for her in-laws, rushing the kids to catch the bus, helping a forgetful husband with bike keys -- all this runs on a loop in her life.

She works at a beauty parlour too.

One day, her husband mocks at her meager earnings and that triggers a change in her.

She decides to break the monotony.

Seema announces to her husband that she is going to Goa for a month on a break.

The family struggles with the decision and try to cope.

 

Ashwini Iyer Tiwari and her husband Nitesh Tiwari are a spectacular director-writer jodi.

Bareilly Ki Barfi was directed by Ashwini and written by her husband. I am in love with that film, which leaves you with a smile every time you watch it. Panga was a joint effort and even though the film tanked, nobody can deny that it had an ace screenplay.

Ghar Ki Murgi is penned by Nitesh and his finesse is evident in every scene. It has the right amount of humour and emotions to keep you glued.

What shines here are the subtle analogies the director draws between day-to-day functionalities and the life of a housewife.

The scene where the maidservant tells Seema that only she understands how people react when she requests for leave.

Likening it with the house help is a subtle dig at the position housewives are relegated to.

Seema's bottled-up emotions are shown as a pressure cooker, which at least has the liberty to blow out steam. Seema doesn't have even that luxury.

The decision Seema takes to go on a vacation for a month leaving everything to her family is something I would love my mother to do. Sometimes one needs to assert one's importance in their loved one's life and Ghar Ki Murgi addresses that without being preachy.

Sakshi Tanwar is a perfect match for the role of Seema.

She is such a natural in front of the camera that you immediately relate to her. She is perfectly nuanced.

If I talk about the flip side of this short yet relevant film, it could be the climax.

But pleasant or not, you must watch the film.

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