The roots of patriarchy dates back to ages in the country where the women are being treated as secondary and men used to have their say in all the matters. Things have underwent sea change as more and more woman started revolting against the patriarchy which lead to woman empowerment in all spheres. But still we come across the dominance of male voices in many parts and Shaadisthan, streaming on Disney+Hotstar is another sincere effort to break the shackles of patriarchism.
A group of happy-go-lucky musicians who care a foot about the society and it’s guidelines lead by unconventional and independent Sasha (Kirti Kulhari) on a road trip encounter 17-year old Arshi (Medha Shankar) and her conservative parents who want to get their daughter married without even considering her desires and aspirations.
At the end of the road trip, better sense prevails among the parents who realize what is really important for their daughter thereby freeing her from the shackles of patriarchy.
Kirti Kulhari stands tall in a unique character of a free wheeling woman who presents stark reality in its fullest form. Kirti is one actor who is immensely talented and capable enough to pull out any character with ease and perfection. In Shaadisthan too, she did the same justification to the character of Sasha with precision.
Nivedita Bhattacharya as the mother of Arshi is another actor who impresses while the cameo by Kay Kay Menon was another highlight of the film.
Rajan Modi too shines in the character of a dominant father who wants her daughter to tread his path irrespective of her choices and desires.
Behind the scenes
The conceptualization of a sensitive issue by the director Raj Singh Chaudhary in a neatly packed narrative was appreciable. Though the tone has got too preachy and sermonized at times, the undercurrent clash between different mindsets made the film acceptable on the whole.
The screenplay of Raj Singh along with Kartik Chaudhary and Nishant Verma has played a key role in driving the narrative forward without any hindrance.
The music by Nakul Sharma and Sahil Bhatia was another positive aspect of the film with the songs being the high point all through.
The photography of Sushil Rajpal was remarkable and blends perfectly with the narrative without causing any distraction.
Shaadisthan is a slap in the face of the prevailing patriarchal system that mainly lead to the gender discrimination. It has effectively dealt this sensitive subject by exploring the conservative as well as modern lifestyles giving importance to the choices of women.
A must watch for all those who vouch to end gender disparities and ensure equal importance to all irrespective of sex, race, or religion.