The story of Thappad revolves around Amrita (Taapsee Pannu) who’s a home maker by choice. Amrita is married to Vikram (Pavail Gulati) and she is happy in her space with him until one day when Vikram slaps Amrita for no reason.
After the slap, the whole life starts making meaning for Amrita. She understands her importance and knows that even being her husband, Vikram can’t slap her. Nobody can slap their wife. Thus the story goes forward.
Abhinav Sinha and Mrunmayee Lagoo story is smartly blended with slice-of-life moments and real-life drama. The minimum dramatic portions increase the relatable factor of the film. The writing keeps you intrigued and the portions of the fact that how clean Amrita thinks keep you on the edge of your seat. The first half drags the pace a little but that can be ignored.
Taapsee Pannu is at her natural best. She doesn’t let us think at any point that she’s trying to act natural. There’s a scene in the movie at last where she tells her mother in law that how hurt she feels for not having an existence, that is sure to make you cry the way the actress portrayed it with ease. Pavail Gulati does his part well. He was the perfect fit for the character. Ratna Pathak Shah, Tanvi Azmi, Dia Mirza, Ram Kapoor, Manav Kaul, Nidhi Uttam, Sushil Dahiya are all outstanding with their performances. Kumud Mishra steals the show with his amazing performance.
Abhinav Sinha levels up his game yet again. He infuses the drama with more reality. He keeps you interested in the script which helps to stay connected with the characters in it. There are some dull moments but they’re very few to avoid.
The best thing about Thappad is that there aren’t any non necessary songs that are just added to the film for the sake of it. The song Ek Tukda Dhoop is perfectly placed in the movie and will win your heart.
Soumik Mukherjee’s camera captures everything just as it should have been shown. Yasha Ramchandani’s editing is lazy in the first part but it was much crispier in the second half.
Overall, Thappad manages to narrate an important message packaged with outstanding performances.
PS. Plus points for Orange candy.