Munsif | Short Film Nominee

Short Film Nominee September 19, 2022


By Banmeet Bhamra with 6.9

drama · Short Films · hindi

Locating itself in a corner of Punjab, the film presents a sharp comment on the position of women in a patriarchal world. Without making itself overbearing, it presents a story where their oppression is an inherent condition of society. It is also further marked by a dismissal of their pain, victim-blaming and sometimes even trivializing the many obstacles women tackle on a day-to-day basis.

Though policing exists in this world, it is always tipped in favor of men more than their female counterparts. There is further a comment to be made about corrupt custodians of power and how they continue to serve as judge, jury and executioner.

However, what happens when a woman chooses to pass her own judgment? The question thus becomes intrinsic to the title of the film, 'Munsif' or judge, as it introduces us to a protagonist, a woman who works at a local kiln. While there might be a limitation or two in terms of storytelling, the authenticity and performances that are brought to life overcome them to share the ensuing narrative with you.
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