“You are naughty again, right?”, Surekha (Vidya Balan) asked his son Sonu (Sanika Patel) when the child asked about a wound on his face. The short film Shaan Vyas’ Natkhat, part of the Voot Select Film Festival, is a convincing story of generation misogyny, violence against women and lies in a scary truth about ‘Natkhat Kanhaiyas’.
Located in a semi-rural place and narrated as a story in a story:
This film follows Sonu when he goes about his daily routine attending school, playing with friends and then returning home. However, the mind wants to know the child observes and takes everything that is happening around it.
Natkhat opened up with many teenagers talking about kidnapping girls and dragging them into the forest. Sonu carefully listened to the conversation and thus attended a problematic meeting with a boy in his school. From passive observers who were reluctant, Sonu gradually became the perpetrator.
After the incident, Sonu returned home for a warm hug from his mother, who spoke softly, Surkha. Despite having a different urban accent, Surekha always covered his head and ensured that GoonPhat covered his face when he was in front of people in his family.
He believed that his son was studying hard:
But a conversation at the dinner table proved his mistake. While gathering food, Surekha’s father-in-law and brother-in-law talked about ‘dealing with’ independent and successful women. Her husband might not explicitly sympathize in their way, but he was rude in the bedroom. Sonu jumped into the conversation and prided something he had done, who shook the confidence of Surekha.
He does interest anymore too. Towards the beginning, we saw the woman beaten at night and tried to hide the scar in the morning. Because the story of Surekha continued, he decided to expose the wound to his son. He tells him that fresh scars will appear on his face every day he does something ‘naughty’.
Shaan Vyas tries to get rid of the desire. Dialogue preach with the format to tell stories. Repeating by saying that learning began at home, Natkhat showed that stories remained engraved in young minds easily affected. They have the power to reform. This film is also an attempt to get someone carrying violence closer to the house. Time and again, Vidya’s bruising made Sonu feel a stinging pain that he didn’t realize while raising the same thing on other girls.
But how does Surekha make him realize his follies?
He did not punish him or rebuke him. Instead, Surekha weave stories about taking advantage of rights and abusing a person’s position, arousing the same sentiment.
When it comes to the show, Vidya (a manufacturer of this film) is interesting, like Surekha. Surkha realized the pain of thousands of women who worked hard and every day just to be made to feel not seen by their families. He brought the burden of the generation of harassment and was accurate in saying that ‘sorry’ would not fix the foul that had spread far and wide.
Sanika Patel also shines as Sonu, a child who struggles with the right and wrong ideas. The pressure of peers, constant expectations of life, to the idea of sloping and dangerous masculinity seizing this little child. However, casting a girl in Sonu’s role was a decision that surprised me quite.
Natkhat doesn’t tell stories that we haven’t seen before. But it needs to be hammered occasionally. In one order, a teacher is shown asking questions to his class. Both men and women raised their hands, but only the first was invited to answer. Changes must start from the start. Only so we can start staring at a bit of hope.