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POV : Is it OK for a woman to say ‘No’, when she doesn’t want to say ‘Yes’

Inkaar: This movie raises questions….actually starts a debate.

Is it OK for a woman to say No, when she doesn’t want to say Yes. Is sex the currency in the corporate world? Do women work under a glass ceiling that cannot be broken?

Is it for men to propose and women to accept. Or to refuse? When does sex stop being an affair and start becoming harrassment?

Inkaar is an intense debate, keeps you hooked and puzzled till the very  end. Sudhir Mishra (Director with long white hair) breaks the cliches of cinema, and lays bare the myth of glamour and sexuality in the world of advertising.  The battle between the sexes, the grave issue of sexual harassment, which is very relevant to work places today.( Advertising media students please note!)

Maya Luthra (Chitrangda Singh), a beautiful ambitious girl from a small town, walks into an ad agency as a trainee and in 7 years becomes the National Creative Director.  She is aware her sexuality can take her places and is not afraid to use it. Her meteoric rise is helped in no small measure thanks to “sleeping” with the CEO. Exactly 7 years later she files a complaint of sexual harassment against the CEO, Rahul Verma (Arjun Rampal).

The battle of sexes heats up. Like the courtroom drama, Sudhir Mishra successfully recreates an office drama – he riases the question, “Do beautiful women use their sexuality to their advantage? Is it ok to do so? What if it’s not just about love but also to smooth things along in their careers? At any point can a man treat her as his property? Claim all her success as his creation as if it is his copyright?

This indeed is, a tailor made role for Arjun Rampal, as he delivers a great performance. Chitrangda looks stylish and sensuous with all the required substance that her character requires. The music of the film, adds a lot to the depth and mood of the film and leaves you with a hangover. The director, Sudhir Mishra definitely deserves all the credit for the making of the film, and not just the glam.

It’s an unconventional way of story telling, not very easy to digest. In spite of the film being based around a bold subject, it contains no unnecessary bold and steamy scenes. The little bit, is very aesthetically shot and scripted. The film keeps its length precise, avoiding any unwanted Hindi film fluff.

With the tension building up throughout the movie, it has a rather surprise tame ending. The man seems to be losing the case, the woman seems to be running out of options. But now he proclaims that he loves her ! So that’s why he was mad at her? Well he resigns from the company.  All along the movies was about sex was with mutual consent.

And she too finally succumbs. She leaves the company to go join him in his native place at Saharanpur.  Love wins. The matter remains unresolved. Sadly it fails to score a promised century, getting out in the nineties. All in all one leaves the theatre having a great cinematic experience. Still worth the money you spend.

Ratings: ***1/2

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