Release Date: March 6, 2020
Available on: Netflix
Director: Ruchi Narain
Cast: Kiara Advani, Akansha Ranjan Kapoor, Taher Shabbir, Gurfateh Pirzada
Netflix India dropped it’s latest original Guilty, in association with Dharmatic Entertainment (the digital content company of Dharma Productions). Ruchi Narain directs this movie that stars Kiara Advani in the lead on her second digital venture. This crime drama revolves around students of a renowned college St. Martins and a dark night that changes their lives forever. Further, the movie also draws parallels from the controversial #MeToo movement of 2018 that caused a stir across social media.
Watch the trailer of the film here:
About the story:
Nanki (Advani) is a creative yet mysterious girl who is a lyricist in her college band. One of the members of the band is her boyfriend Vijay aka VJ (Gurfateh Pirzada) who is also the lead singer. Besides this, VJ is also the son of a powerful politician who admitted himself to the college not by his merits but by his privileges. Nanki, VJ and their gang of friends are wild, reckless and love indulging into forbidden escapades. Tanu (Akansha Ranjan), a middle-class girl from the same college, eyes on VJ and makes several attempts of undermining Nanki in front of him. However, things take a disastrous turn when Tanu comes out in the wake of #MeToo and accuses VJ of raping her on the night of Valentines’ Day.
A sharp and industrious advocate, Danish Ali Baig (Taher Shabbir) takes the case under his supervision. He interrogates everyone who is close to Tanu or VJ to extract the truth but receives no potential clue from any. Assuming that a secret is being hidden, he starts keeping an eye on Nanki and everything she does. Hence, a series of events are unfolded from that night before the ultimate truth is out. Similarly, several incidents from Nanki’s troubled childhood haunt her and make her compare those incidents to the ongoing ones.
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Dharma finally delivers a promising peace of cinema to its digital audience following the Drive and Ghost Stories debacle. Ruchi Narain does a wonderful job of keeping the audiences hooked to their screens. Kiara Advani and Taher Shabbir anchor the movie well with their commendable performances. Similarly, Akansha Ranjan and Gurfateh Pirzada are convincing enough in their roles. Further, the concept of #MeToo has been executed brilliantly.
What works: Execution of a strong concept, performances by the star cast.
What doesn’t work: Overdramatic instances and dialogues, lack of character development.
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