After her 10-year-old granddaughter Manda is brutally raped by a serial sex offender, the young girl's Ajji sets out to seek revenge, after custodians of law refuse to bring the rapist to book, thanks to his influential political background.Wikipedia
Ajji is a tough watch. Deliberately so. It took me a long time to get the film out of my head, and while it’s potent and rattling, it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Ajji is a unpretentious revenge saga served with proper dose of blood and gore.
A standout film with a medieval, moral soul...
Theatre actor, writer, director Sushama Deshpande commands your unflinching attention from beginning to end with her unsaid words and raw emotions. She makes her battle every woman's battle, who demands her safety and right to be heard. Other actors deliver a compelling performance, too. Director of photography Jishnu Bhattacharjee deserves a special mention for making this quest for justice seem repulsive yet immensely immersive watch.
The monotony and sedated pace of the film will have you turning in your seat. But, you soon begin to wonder if the pain inflicted via these long hours of injustice would be noticeable without it.
Devashish Makhija, who earlier made the feature film Oonga, earned the spotlight just last year when Taandav, his interesting short featuring Manoj Bajpayee, went viral on Youtube. Ajji and Manda’s relationship, Sushama Deshpande’s striking face and screen presence, and young Sharvani Suryavanshi’s natural acting are no doubt worthy of a full-fledged film. Ajji, as it stands now though, is well begun but just half done.
If you subscribe to a cinema of supreme starkness, Ajji is your thing. However, if you go to the cinema for an excursion into escapism, this is not your cup of tea.There is no escape from despair in Ajji.
Audience Reviews for Ajji
The unconventionality of having a grandmother as the protagonist about crime and revenge is what makes Devashish Makhija's cold thriller a tantalizing watch. Ajji is an ambitious story of an old woman who takes the law into her own hands – cliché in the town – and asks us to wonder about the consequences. You tend to incline to the positive because you want her to win and so do the colorful characters who help her, but what we don't see are the obvious superhero powers that she possesses which you cannot blame on the power of will or circumstances. Sexual molestation of minors is definitely a grave topic and one that must be discussed openly but that doesn't mean you celebrate the idea of self-righteousness especially when related to the matters of justice. Ajji is definitely an engaging watch with clever camera work, mirror placements, wonderful performances, and above all, a magically complementing sunless setting. Everything works except for the enthusiastic plot for a film that is evidently the wheels of this crime drama. An accident is inevitable. TN.
(As part of the Young Film Critics Lab 2017 at the 19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.)0December 01, 17