Gajendra Ahire has always given us meaningful cinema. With The Silence he touches the subject of crimes and abuse against women. The film has dark shades throughout the narratives and has gripping storytelling which moves back and forth in time. Primarily it is from the point of view of 3 characters, Chini, her sister Manda and their Aunt (Mami). ‘The Silence’ is an attempt to begin a conversation on the sexual abuse of women and children. It's a social theme based movie specifically addressing sexual assault of a minor by a close relative.
The film is based on a true story. The film starts with adult Chini (Mugdha Chaphekar) witnessing the molestation of a girl on the local train in Mumbai. Seeing this, her own past comes haunting her. Chini (Vedashree Mahajan) is a 12 year ol girl from a small village and her father (Raghubir Yadav) sells cotton candies for livelihood. Her sister Manda (Kadambari Kadam) lives in Mumbai and works as junior artist. Manda experiences a casting couch from her production manager and strongly opposes the advances.
When Chini's father is unable to manage caring for her himself, he sends her to her uncle (Nagraj Manjule) and Aunt (Anjali Patil) in a nearby town, where life-changing events occure. Blending past and present and with forceful drama, the film tackles crucial taboo topics, tracing the recurring question of responsibility – or silence.
The film is only 90 mins long and moves with slow pace and the pain is shown in long shots without dialogues and sometimes with rain, stares and loud cries. The mental trauma oneself and her family goes through after sexual abuse is painstackingly shown in this film. The film also teaches women to be strong, to break The Silence and stand for the justice whatever the price for it.
All the actors has done marvelous job to portray their respective characters. Anjali Patil, Raghubir Yadav and little Vedashree Mahajan stands out as they have the most dramatic scenes. Nagraj Manjule is menacing as the villain. Kadambari Kadam gives the much needed glamour and strength to the film. Mugdha Chaphekar too shines in a small role.
The film is emotionally draining and this the power of such a story-telling which should be felt to undestand the trauma. Ashwini Sidwani's writing is on the mark and Gajendra Ahire's direction is top notch. The cinematography to depict pleasant Nature but the darker side of Human is well depicted by Krishna Soren.
Verdict: If you want to watch meaningful and serious cinema about present day scenarios in our society, you should not miss The Silence.
Rating: 3.5 Stars/ 5
Review By: Ajay Kulye
Movie: The Silence | द सायलेन्स
Director: Gajendra Ahire
Producers: Navneet Hullad Moradabadi, Arun Tyagi, Ashwini Sidwani & Arpan Bhukhanwala
Co-producers: Gaurish Pathare & Sunny Khanna
Studio: SMR Productions & 361 Degree Entertainment & Media PVT LTD
Story: Ashwini Sidwani
Screenplay & Dialogues: Gajendra Ahire
Music: Indian Ocean
Release Date: 6th October 2017
Duration: 91 mins