I have always enjoyed Nagesh Kuknoor's work, atleast most of it. When I saw the promos of Laxmi, I surely felt like watching it & hoped it woul...
I have always enjoyed Nagesh Kuknoor's work, atleast most of it. When I saw the promos of Laxmi, I surely felt like watching it & hoped it would spring something other than a preachy film on prostitution. What I ended up watching was a heavy, disturbing journey that somewhat left me more exhausted than inspired.
A story we have seen many times before, a child is put through the ugly world of prostitution & made to sleep with scores of men, sometimes even when she is in pain & unwell. Graphic images of her life makeup for a chunk of this trip that takes you through the first conviction of child prostituion in Andhra Pradesh.
At about 2 hours, the film isnt very long but the images & the content makes it much more difficult to sit through. Visually, a lot of explicit content is thrown at you so this ones surely not for the squeamish.
But what really anchors this film is its performances. From Nagesh K himself to Shefali Shah as the madame to slimy Satish Kaushik & the best of them all, newcomer Monali Thakur, who shines through he innocent eyes & makes you really feel for her.
Director Nagesh K has delivered far superior films but this one is still better than some of his turkeys.
All in all, Laxmi is the sad truth of the world we live in. Would have been a great eye-opener if we hadn't seen this through umpteen films earlier. Nonethless, watch it for the actors if you must.
Nagesh Kukunoor's movies are always worth watching for their ability to tug at the heart strings and due to their realism. This film is no ex...
Nagesh Kukunoor's movies are always worth watching for their ability to tug at the heart strings and due to their realism. This film is no exception but the impact on the audience is much more. Since it is based on the subject of female trafficking and prostitution, the raw scenes and gutter dialogue will shock you.
The story is about a 14 year old girl Lakshmi who is sold into a brothel, how she is brutally abused sexually and physically, how she springs back,and fights a legal case against her tormentors.
Director Nagesh (who also plays a cruel brothel manager) along with his cinematographer has filmed some of the most realistic scenes which leave you disturbed. The depressive and claustrophobic brothel with the small dingy rooms where all the action takes place have been well captured.The blatant sexual abuse shown and the graphic gory details are deeply disturbing.They will surely make you cringe.
The director exhibits a great unhurried sense of detail as he graphically captures scenes of sexual torment and the painful aftermath. Some scenes are stomach churning.while others are repulsive and repugnant but they are all realistic.The court scenes are shot on a make shift set with a laid back style minus the typical shouting and artificial behavior, a big change indeed. A nice scene is when lawyer Ram Kapoor asks Lakshmi if she is ready for the trial and she retorts back " Are you ready".
The strong point of the film are the excellent performances of the actors. Kukunoor plays a sadistic brothel keeper, Satish Kaushik is the AIDS afflicted brothel owner, Shefali Shah plays the brothel madame with shades of grey, Ram Kapoor acts as the down and out lawyer,and Flora Saini acts as one of the street smart prostitutes. They are all well enacted roles. Monali Thakur puts up a spirited performance in the title role with all shades of an innocent girl at first, then a reluctant terrified prostitute suffering physical torture. She has potential.
Special mention must be made of newcomer Sumit Sharma who essays the brief role of the young lawyer with restraint and underplays it without making it loud. His acting reminds me of the old timers Balraj Sahni and Sanjeev Kumar style of acting .He will go a long way with time if given good roles.
.The music is nothing much and also does not have any place in the plot. The cinematography and other technical values are just adequate.