Recently I had the opportunity to watch this movie on Netflix -What will people say! This is a 2017 internationally co-produced, directed and written by Iram Haq. This film’s scene set in Pakistan were, all shot in Rajasthan, India.
To my surprise this film had its world premier at 42nd Toronto International Film Festival. This was selected as the Norwegian entry for the best foreign language film at the 91st Academy Awards – but it was not nominated.
My main reason to watch this film was Adil Hussain – an amazing actor and human being.
As the story started unfolding, it started reminding me of some of the stories that I have seen in Canada. It’s not only for India or Pakistan but you can see similar stories from families migrating from Iran, or any other country where the culture is different and women are not given much freedom in the name of family dignity, society pressure and what not.
“Expectations were like a pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack” ~ Brandon Sanderson
This movie is a must watch for everyone of all gender and race. This talks about equality and equal opportunity for everyone.
The movie brings an amazing emotions of relationship between the family and siblings. The father, who loves his daughter and understands what is best for her yet, gets drowned in the societal and community cadence where he fears for his family’s respect, his business overall trying to look good in front of his people and yet want the best for his daughter.
At the end the daughter makes the choice for herself and Father kind of supports that by not coming in her way!
A very important movie and message for the time where we still differentiate between the genders and defines the boundaries for a girl child and it’s not limited to the child but until she dies she is supposed to be living by the rules and live in a box that someone else created for her or her gender.
“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exists: where everyone can be themselves” ~ Gloria Steinem
If you’re a free thinker and watch this movie it will suffocate you when you see how the girl is taken back to Pakistan and left her there to live with her relatives. It’s something that one cannot foresee ourselves to be in that situation imagine the ones who go through how tough it could be?
This movie at least should help open everyone’s mind and heart.
“Culture is not made up but something that evolves which is human” ~ Edward T. Hall