Lihaaf, one of the vital notorious brief tales by the well-known Urdu author Ismat Chughtai, was made into a movie by Rahat Kazmi. The movie, starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sonal Sehgal and Anushka Sen, is presently streaming on Voot Choose. The movie runs on two parallel tracks. One comprises creator Ismat Chughtai’s lawsuit for obscenity in Lahore for writing Lihaaf, whereas the opposite comprises the dramatized model of the brief story. And the refined hat tip for Manto is apparent.
Tannishtha’s Ismat says within the movie: “Sharm, haya aur ghutan mein giraftar ek aurat ki bagawat ka afsana hai Lihaaf.” And that units the tone, or no less than reveals what the makers have been attempting to do. The story is about suppressed sexual wishes, ladies exploring their sexuality and baby abuse. Anybody who has learn the brief story already is aware of that.
Ismat (Anushka Sen) was a teen when she first noticed Begum Jaan (Sonal Sehgal) at her marriage ceremony to Nawab Sahab (Mir Sarwar) and was mesmerized by her magnificence. After the marriage, Begum was added to Nawab’s “collectibles” and was forgotten. She longed for his love and a spotlight, however to no avail. Slowly her glow started to fade and she or he stored getting sick. Nonetheless, after Rabbo, a masseuse, is employed for her, her glow begins to return.
Sonal Shegal as Begum Jaan and Namita Lal as Rabbo in a nonetheless from Lihaaf.
When Ismat’s mom leaves for Agra, she stays behind in Begum Jaan’s home. The younger Ismat is fascinated by her magnificence and spends her time admiring Begum Jaan. The Begum can also be keen on Ismat – she gave the mattress subsequent to Begum’s Jaan. Nonetheless, Ismat begins to concern the nights, as a result of at evening the Begum’s lihaaf AKA quilt makes bizarre shapes, and the shadows they forged scare her.
Rahat Kazmi’s movie might have been devoted to the unique story, however it doesn’t join with the viewers. Anushka and Sonal portrayed their characters effectively, however their scenes collectively left no hint. The scenes between Sonal and Namita Lal, who performs Rabbo within the movie, lack chemistry. Fairly than in search of a companion, Begum Jaan appears to be extra of a predator looking for to satisfy her lust in Lihaaf.
In the meantime, Mir Sarwar’s Nawab all the time appears disinterested. The creators have tried to painting him in a barely totally different gentle – simply watch to seek out out – however his scenes, just like the characterization itself, are usually not attention-grabbing. Regardless of all of the drawbacks, the dramatized model of the story was higher than the trial scenes within the movie. Tannishtha Chatterjee’s appearing is spectacular because the mature Ismat, however the movie’s weak screenplay didn’t assist her a lot. Normally, courtroom dramas are thrilling, however right here Ismat’s trials have been painful to observe. Whereas the movie seems to be good visually, it fails to captivate viewers.
One would fairly learn Lihaaf than see it on the display screen. The movie doesn’t do justice to Ismat Chughtai’s writing.