In 2012, the year in Delhi has been brutal crime: a few lowlifes on the bus attacked the pair, returning from a cinema. Man beaten, and the girl was brutally raped, a few weeks later she died. The case caused an unprecedented public outcry, the people came out to protest on the street, the rapists were sentenced to death.
2016-th year. The film begins with this episode: bus, harassing a young couple… Scared, because I know how it would end. And then we were transferred to 70 years ago. At SEVENTY! And anything since then has not changed. The only protection the victim to try to appeal to the conscience of the criminal. So, in 1946, the year before the division of the country. Year, when the euphoria of the impending and expected freedom giddy. Year when this has not yet obtained freedom creates a sense of impunity and the desire to commit lewdness. In the border area between today’s India and Pakistan starting riots, which led to savage violence against former neighbors. This 1946-year in film begins with the fact that the raped girl was shunned by her family, and now an unhappy one way in a brothel.
The film is very female, and that is incredibly serious. Raises a lot of questions, each of which would be enough for a separate picture. This powerlessness of women in their families, and the lack of security on the streets, even the wives and daughters of officials are not a little rank, and dumb obedience of the inhabitants of border areas, naively believing that someone will protect their interests. This country, torn in two pieces on the living, and the insignificance of religions and castes. This boy game of politics, as well as their outcome.
The film is very symbolic. Decrepit Raja as the embodiment of the old life. Very revealing two of his visit to Begum Jan, it can be seen how different the position of the Raja in society. Two childhood friends, okazavshiesya on different sides of the fence two neighboring Nations living side by side, and now stretching out between the barbed wire. And even the teacher, a representative of a respected profession, and the radish, bad man. It educated people, leaders of various political parties made the bloody partition of their own country, pursuing his own interests. So the teacher decided to grab their piece of the pie… Jinnah, Nehru and Gandhi, which or good or anything. Glasses a La Gandhi on the teacher well, maybe just a coincidence.
It is also very symbolic references of great warriors and rulers of India from Lakshmi Bai to Padmavati. They behaved decently and nobly, thus remaining in people’s memory. And once it is clear who is inmate of a brothel took a sample. Not pretentious, not for show, but as something ordinary, as a matter of course. Well, not on men do they equal?! This men divide people first by religion and caste, and then on these grounds are divided and the territory through border right people. And all that coming to a brothel to men is not important nor religion, nor caste selected women. A naked man is just a man.
Summary: despised whores were nobler and more honest all around, and demonstrated an example of courage and perseverance. If all those who consider themselves superior to and more dignified these women did the same, as they, the country would remain intact and undivided. A logical conclusion of the film was the screening of the further destinies of the officials, ruined innocent lives. And it is also a symbol: fulfilling requirements destroyed not only poor women, but many millions of immigrants. And the country India is like a helpless woman: she was violated and left in the lurch as the girl-Shabnam.