A damsel in distress is kept in captivity by the tyrant of a small
town to satiate his physical pleasures. The parallel to Raavan is loud and clear and there’s loyal Vibhishan too, to rescue this Sita.
The plot: In a village called Bijnor, Anju (Tia
Bajpai) finds herself hopelessly imprisoned by despot Jaswant Sisodiya
(Manoj Bajpayee) and his bunch of crude goons.
The inconsiderate treatment of a woman as a mere physical object goes
on, until a nameless, good-hearted guy (Arjan Bajwa), enters the scene.
A complete Sisodiya loyalist, he does most of the despot’s dirty work
until he falls for his own master’s love interest, or rather lust
interest. Now it’s time for him to choose between humanity and loyalty.
The good: The movie does well to expose the evils
that still exist in small towns, especially the rampant chauvinism and
contempt for women.
Lanka has an appealing simplicity and Manoj Bajpayee comes
up with a great performance as he fits the role of the ruthless,
sensual, unprincipled Sisodiya like a glove. His portrayal’s
authenticity is enhanced by his attention to detail, like the village
accent and mannerisms.
The bad: The music of the film by Toshi Shabri and
Sharib Shabri is superficial and soul-less. Barely linked to the plot,
it’s merely yawn-inducing, slows the pace of the film and makes it
The story by Shashank Dabral is predictable, offering no surprises and nothing at all to grip the viewer.
Manoj Bajpayee’s decision not to marry Anju and to keep her as his
mistress instead, is unconvincing and belies the love he professes for
Also, the character of Anju’s father, played by Yatin Karyekar, who
is supposedly a highly qualified chief medical officer but ends his life
selfishly, leaving the two women to their own devices, is highly
unrealistic and illogical.
The content could have been cut much shorter.
Overall: What sets out as an attempt to expose the
sordid practices in small towns and the cruelty of the powerful, ends up
as a sad, sluggish saga.