Thu 15 March, 20:00, London | Fri 23 March, 20:30, Leicester
Director: Devashish Makhija
Cast: Sushama Deshpande, Sharvani Suryavanshi, Sadiya Siddiqui
India, 104 mins, 2017, Hindi
Devashish Makhija’s gripping tale of a grandmother’s quest for revenge after her 9-year old granddaughter is attacked is an endlessly important film for the times. Exploring the horrors of toxic masculinity like you’ve never seen it, Makhija’s film is a social drama with a dark twist which sheds light on how the system is corrupted at every level from politicians to police, aimed at allowing the powerful to do as they please. Ajji is a parable for our times with one of the most unlikely of heroes coming forward to challenge the status quo.
An old woman, fondly known as Ajji (meaning granny), finds her 9-year grandaughter dumped in a trash heap after having been assaulted near her slum. What follows is a bloody quest for revenge and an exploration into the horrors of toxic masculinity and how the poor have no access to justice, and are instead at the mercy of the corrupt police and those in power. Ajji shows us the cold, brutal realities of the world we live in and presents us with the most unlikely of saviours to challenge the status quo and seek justice.
When the old tailor known fondly as Ajji finds little Manda dumped in a trash heap near her slum, it is the beginning of an exploration of the horrors of toxic masculinity. Ajji shows us the realities of the world we live in and ultimately becomes the family’s saviour.
London Venue: Regent Street Cinema, London
Ticket Price: £20.00
Leicester Venue: Phoenix Cinema, Leicester
Ticket Price: £8.90 / £7.30 / £6.00