BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: Anubhav Sinha’s latest film Thappad starring Taapsee Pannu is a bold statement against patriarchy, domestic violence and male entitlement. Its boldness seems to have rustled quite a few feathers as well.
After being touted as the antidote to Shahid Kapoor starrer Kabir Singh, the film has now been called ‘strange’ by none other than Baaghi 3 director Ahmed Khan. Reportedly, the film’s concept didn’t make sense to him.
He told Times of India, “I found the concept of Thappad very strange. I don’t understand, just because the husband slapped his wife, will she leave him forever? If she has a problem, she too should slap her husband twice in return.”
In retort, Taapsee stated that just as Ahmed makes films that he likes on concepts that he relates to, everyone is equally entitled to make films on their preferred tastes, concepts and opinions.
This is not surprising because Anubhav’s films have hard-hitting concepts which take on relevant social topics unlike mindless action flicks. His previous two films – Article 15 which brought alive the divisiveness of the Indian caste system and untouchability, and Mulk which takes on communal polarization – are not the average run-of-the-mill stories.
In an interview to PTI, Anubhav said, “I’m jumping between stories. As soon as I finish one, I start my next. I want to address everything. I’m still an angry man. I’ll keep venting my anger through my films.”