Here I am again with a short movie by Anurag Kashyap on eve-teasing, molestation, rape cases and their effect on women and their families.
The film opens with a woman working in the kitchen, making tea & breakfast for her husband, who is reading out excerpts of incidents of molestation and eve-teasing and rapes from the newspaper to persuade her to stop working. Her neighbour friend is also going through the same persuasion by her mom. Both of them leave for work with a third friend. It is shown that on the way, two boys are recording their video as they walk to tease them and some guys outside their colony try to round up one of them and molest her, but somehow she gets away. The other two are harassed by a man in the bus and one of the lady hits him hard. The first lady works in a office where some guy is recording her video and passing lewd comments on her smile, etc. Basically the movie starts with how women regularly face such lewd comments, stares, whistles, etc. and thats only if you are lucky. Some face regular harassment by rowdy guys lurking around the workplaces or homes.
The movie takes a turn with the entry of Sandhya Mridul who is their self defense coach and tells them that they will be ready to counter only when they have made up their minds and that the real strength lies in the mind. Such rowdies generally go and victimise the women who are fearful and will not retaliate.
On their way back home, the rowdies are waiting for them. They circle them and while they are trying to harass them, these 3 women use all the tricks their coach has taught to defend their bodies and teach the rowdies a lesson.
The last scene of the movie “That day after everyday” shows the first lady’s husband making tea for her and telling her how brave she was and how he thought that the men needed to be taught a lesson anyways.
A short disclaimer: By sharing this video, I am not for confronting the rowdies. I don’t know what I would do, or whether I would confront them or not. May be I’d chicken out, take another route, run away, call husband, threaten to complain to police, I dunno. But may be thats because I have a supportive family who would make sure nothing stands in between me and my desire to work. The women here know they have no other help but only themselves if they want to go out and work. Does this make them brave as shown in the movie??
I liked the way the husband becomes supportive in the end, after all. And he also understands that the rowdies need to be taught a lesson. I liked how he said he stands by her. A good ending.