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G Kutta Se Is A Bludgeoning Masterpiece

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G Kutta Se

Written & Directed by Rahul Dahiya

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Rating: **** ½(4 and a  half stars)

There are some films that seduce us with starkness. G Kutta Se in Haryanvi and Hindi is not one of them. This extraordinary film derives  its unhampered persuasive powers not from posturing but from ripping apart  all our perceptions of what cinema is and should be , by entering the nervous system  of  a patriarchal community where women are still not given the right to choose their partners.

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And even if they are, this is  a right men can snatch away at will.

Sex, says debutant writer-director Rahul Dahiya is used in gender-challenged societies to negotiate the spaces that divide men from women and to bring  the women to heel, preferably spiked. On more than one occasion a man is seen forcing himself on a woman arguing she has nothing to lose if she has sex with him.

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The women’s will is  not just secondary , it is often non-existent. This stunning piece of cinematic invention opens with a man groping a sleeping woman and masturbating…Save your shocked responses for  later. As we move ahead through Rahul Dahiya’s  crime-infested morally degenerate badlands at the Delhi border ,the narrative is unsparing in its brutaliy.

The harsh merciless hinterland generates the worst kind of patriarchal prejudice and  violence, as  one young borderline-antisocial manVirender(Rajveer Singh) grapples with turbulent innerworld of bias mixed with a dash of modern liberalism.

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Eventually, though, Virender becomes that bigoted radical automaton we see all around us, slaughtering human beings and their morale for  suspected  disrespecting of  cows, heckling young couples in the park, appointing themselves as judge and executioners of our social order….

There is  an ongoing rush of urgent subtexts coursing through the veins of this virile film. But there is so much happening on the surface, we can get to what lies underneath only after we stop gawking in stunned silence at the visuals that director Dahiya has accumulated in an onrush of barbaric brilliance.

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Be warned. G  Kutta Se  is  not an easy film to watch .The camera(Sachin Singh) moves like  a seething predator through the rugged landscape combing hearts and loins for signs of fugitive  compassion. This fuming film stomps resolutely on all our cinematic perceptions to give us a fresh imminent and extremely disconcerting view of reality at the grassroot level.

A young girl Diksha(Vibha Tyagi) who is a hapless victim of  anMMS scandal is brutally murdered by her parents.A girl Kiran(NehaChauhan) who dares to fall in love with a man of her choice(NitinPandit, brilliant) is dragged out of a hotel room while eloping and brutally humiliated on the street by the cops, a married woman who has run away with her lover is almost gangraped in a  moving car…

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The  inevitability with which one catastrophic illustration of societal psychosis is heaped on another could have made this an unbearablytopheavy film. Rahul Dahiya succeeds in making every episode seem so real and palpable, you will get the feeling of being there, though you’d often  wish you weren’t.

G Kutta Se is an acutely disturbing exposition on radical witch-hunting. The film resorts to a tone of narration that brooks no inflexions. Its unflinching unblinkling long and hard stare at  tradition-sanctioned violence against women makes it one of the darkest films in living memory. The narrative moves restlessly through a series of events that seem unrelated initially, but come together finally in a damning indictment  of a social order that sanctions a negotiable space for a  woman’s sexuality but does not allow her to be an equal participant with the male in the process of negotiation.

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Dahia’s writing is savagely humorous at times.A horny lover-boy sneaks his girlfriend into an empty ramshackle grocery store for some sex. When she won’t go all the way he’s left to his own (handheld) devices….A runway woman(Rashmi Somvanshi) trapped in  a car with a group of sexually aggressive men snatches a drink and gulps it down.

We heard a  lot about how a woman’s ‘no’ means a no. G Kutta Setells us how and why a woman’s ‘no’ can mean a ‘yes’ , and if not  then how it can be construed as a  ‘yes’ .

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This is not a film with easy solutions to age-old problems of gender discrimination. Nor does it offer us the comfort of  neat cinematic  solutions. Its sexual frankness and an unrelenting view of the residual  violence of  ‘real India’ make us wince and squirm and often wish we were some place else.

If only there was  a better place to run  off to.

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Pink Director’s Next  Featuring Yami As A Crime Reporter To Stream From February 16

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Anniruddha Roy  Chowdhury whose  Pink  featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu was one of  the  most important  films of  2016, is all set to  release his  next  Hindi film.

Entitled LostAnniruddha’s film , based on true  events, will see Yami Gautam Dhar(that’s  what the actress calls herself after her marriage)  as a crime journalist. LOST is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity.

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Inspired by true events, Lost is a story of a bright young woman crime reporter in her relentless search for the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a young theatre activist.

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Says Aniruddha  “The shoot of LOST has been an incredible journey. I have been eager for the release of our hard-worked venture. The film is a realistic highlight of media in a social context and I am sure that it will give the audience a compelling watch. I am curious about its release and see the responses it shall get. I hope they will welcome it with open hearts.”

Yami Gautam Dhar  who plays  the lead  of  the  crime reporter  says,   “I can’t be happier and more proud of the film’s selection for the opening night at CSAFF. I feel like its one that the people will connect to and will be the one that you cannot miss, especially in the current age and time. I have loved playing this role because it was such a special experience, it allowed me to explore so many layers of emotions as an actor and the entire team has worked really hard on it. I genuinely cannot wait for the film’s release, especially to see the reactions of the audience to it.”

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The crime investigation  drama boasts a stellar cast. Along with Yami, the film will feature Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, and an ensemble of younger talent, including Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpai, and Tushar Pandey, in pivotal roles.

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Jamuna Had A Love-Hate Relationship With  Bollywood

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Veteran  Telugu  actress  Jamuna who passed away on Friday, shared an uneasy relationship with  the Hindi film industry.She did eleven Hindi films including the iconic Milan in  1967 where Jamuna  agreed to play the  second lead, or the  supporting role if you will, to Nutan.

 Jamuna as Gauri was the Other Woman who craved for the hero Sunil Dutt’s attention whereas  he had  eyes and devotion  only for Nutan. In later  years  Aruna Irani played a similar  role in  Caravan.

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 In Milan Jamuna  was not keen to  do a supporting role. Producer L V Prasad tempted her with three chartbusting songs. Besides, Jamuna had played the same role in Mooga Manasulu, the  Telugu original  of  Milan. But it  was the songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal  which convinced  Jamuna to  take up the second lead in Milan.

 While  Nutan had no solo songs  in Milan, she did have the chartbuster duet  Sawan  ka mahina . Jamuna on the  other hand,  had two  splendid Lata Mangeshkar solos: Tohey saawariya naahin khabariya  and   the magnificent Ghazal Aaj dil pe koi  zor chalta nahin.Not only  these, Jamuna  also had a  hit duet  with Mukesh  based on her character  Gauri:  Bol Gauri  bol tera kaun piya.

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But  then, fate  intervened. After the film released  one of Jamuna’s solos, the poignant and memorable  Aaj dil pe koi zor chalta nahin was  snipped  out of the film.

Here is what  happened:  the  Ghazal , one of Lataji’s all-time greats, was very much a part of Milan when  it released on 17 March 1967. But then  it was seen to hamper the  flow of the  film and  edited  out. The  beautiful song occurred right after intermission. Producer  Prasad, a shrewd  filmmaker, got to know that audiences prolonged their  loo breaks as there was  a song after the break. Hence the sacrifice  of  a seriously  sonorous melody.

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Jamuna hardly did  Hindi films after Milan. Her last  Bollywood appearance  was in  Raj Kumar  Kohli’s Raj Tilak  where she  was lost in a multistarrer as  the royal  queen.

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Karan Johar Moves Alia Song From Switzerland To Kashmir

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The  romantic duet in  Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani  Ki Prem Kahaani  which was to be  shot in Switzerland and which was  delayed  due to the film’s leading lady Alia Bhatt’s motherhood, is now being relocated to  Kashmir.

Purely out of  the  love for  new mom Alia.

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Says a source in the know, “Karan loves Alia  like his own daughter. He would do anything for her. He postponed  the  release of Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani as the love duet could not be shot before Alia’s maternity leave. Karan had decided to shoot the song in Switzerland  after Alia’s maternity love. But now he has relocated the song to Kashmir  as Alia doesn’t want to leave her  baby girl behind for  long stretches.”

And as Karan Johar argued, snow is  snow. How does it matter whether it is  Switzerland or Kashmir?

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This  song would be Karan Johar’s tribute to  his  idol Yash Chopra. Alia would be dressed in chiffon sarees while  Ranveer, for  a change, would be seen in  formals.

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Bobby Deol’s Switchover To Villainous Roles

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After  Prakash Jha’s webseries Ashram where Bobby  played a sleazy  godman, and Love Hostel  where  he was a ruthless assassin,   he is playing the villain to Ranbir Kapoor in  Sandeep Vanga’s  Animal.

Bobby says it is not conscious career decision to play negative characters  but a conscious  decision to play interesting characters. “ I don’t look at  characters as positive or negative.When I watch  films there is always  one character  that stays  with you. I want to play that  character.”

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Prakash Jha’s Ashram proved a gamechanger for Bobby.  He admits finding  challenging roles is tough.  “I am trying. I  am doing Sandeep Vanga’s Animal with Ranbir  Kapoor , Parineeti Chopra. Then I am doing the family film Apne  2 which I am  very excited  about.”

 In an  earlier  interview with  this writer Bobby spoke  about his   long absence  from screen  before Prakash Jha’s Ashram.  “My fans   would ask why I wasn’t being seen on the screen.And I couldn’t tell them it was  because  I wasn’t getting good roles. But my fans  stood by me. They gave me  the strength  to  keep looking for the right roles. Thankfully I found the roles I liked. My new  films have given  me  some new fans. I am  thankful  I am still here. Yeah , I am in a good space right now.”

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