Ajji film Review – Trippy Flix
The Indian Hindi language film titled “Ajji” directed by Devashish Makhija. This film stars include Sushama Deshpande, Sharvani Suryavanshi, Sadiya Siddiqui, Manuj Sharma, Sudhir Pandey, Kiran Khoje, and Smita Tambe in major roles.
This Hindi film Ajji by Filmmaker Devashish Makhija has been selected to compete at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in its New Currents section. Makhija, who has previously directed shorts and the feature Oonga (2013), effectively creates a phantasmagoria, but relies too heavily on stylised cinematography and grungy locations rather than well sketched characters to convey the idea of hell on earth.
This film is produced by Yoodlee Films, Saregama’s film production unit. “Ajji” is a dark take on the classic fairytale, Red Riding Hood. Outrage over the rape of children is easily provoked, but it takes hard work to make a movie about the justice that is due to them. Ajji takes the easy way out. It tells the story of a nine-year-old girl, who is denied justice from the society and later her 65-year-old grandmother takes brutal revenge on the culprit.
This film is a vigilante drama which centers on a grandmother who seeks to take vengeance on her granddaughter’s rape. A little girl named Manda(Sharvani Suryavanshi) is found raped and dumped in a trash heap near to her slum. Manda’s parents are more concerned for survival rather than dignity and like to move on from this issue, because they can’t do anything. The cop seems to be powerless to help as the culprit(Abhishek Banerjee) was a local politician’s son.
The little girl Manda’s recovery is too painful and slow for the elderly woman, who has no faith in the corrupt local policeman (Vikas Kumar) or the medical system. Instead, the unnamed character (Ajji means grandmother in Marathi) relies on coloured powders given to her by a traditional healer.
The movie speaks about what is happening in the society. Is there still a hope for justice in this cruel world? Can a frail, arthritic and powerless grandmother grapple with the big bad wolf? Can anything act as a deterrent to rape? Does she succeed in the fight for justice, especially when her target is hiding in plain sight and the slum they both inhabit seems strangely depopulated? The answers to all these questions are clearly shown by Devashish.
This “Ajji”, is set in one of Mumbai’s slums, a figurative garbage literal shape in the opening sequence. Her grandmother (Sushma Deshpande) and Leela (Sadiya Siddiqui) the television actor played a warmth and empathy role as the prostitute, finds the school-going girl in an inseparable form and been thrown into garbage.
The grandmother clearly lives on reality and on the margins of the economy. Her knees have been hobbled by age and too many years at the sewing machine, and yet, she decides to avenge her granddaughter’s violation with Leela’s help. There was a plenty of meat displayed in the movie but not enough on the story.
The rapist’s perversity is thickly underlined to remove any traces of humanity, especially in a sequence involving a mannequin that is less shocking than sordid. Sushma Deshpande played an impressive character as the watchful and volcanic grandmother who doesn’t let her advanced age and poor health interrupt her crusade. She cuts a poignant figure as she hobbles about the slum, and is particularly very powerful in the climax.