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Times of India
Four protagonists who've suffered sexual harassment find their lives interconnected and they join forces to fight against the issue.
Rape cases are regular features in the news these days and while everyone speaks about how wrong this is, no one really comes forward to take a stand and fight against this social evil. With this as its underlying premise, 'Candle March' takes on the topic of sexual harassment that women suffer on a day-to-day basis, heads on.
Taking inspiration from real life incidents, the film focuses on the lives of its four protagonists: Anurata, a college professor, Vidya, a journalist, Shabana, a housewife and Sakhi, a college student. When Sakhi (Sayali Sahasrabudhe) slaps a guy who passes lewd comments at her, the guy vows to take revenge. He kidnaps Sakhi along with his friends and she is gangraped by them. Further, the guy throws acid on her face and all of them run away. Anurata (Tejaswini Pandit) happens to be in the vicinity and she takes Sakhi to the hospital. From then on the movie delves into the trauma faced by Sakhi and points out how even the victim's parents refuse to take a stand and accept defeat. Being a victim of sexual harassment herself, Anurata decided to help Sakhi. Helping her is Vidya (Manava Naik) who is also a victim of molestation at her workplace. But it is Shabana (Smita Tambe), the wife of one of the four culprits who helps the police a lot by revealing the hiding place of her husband.
This is one of those films that if marketed properly, would've pulled huge numbers to the theatres. The message it sends is loud and clear and it will be great to see the same reach the maximum number of people. While speaking against the issue of rape and sexual harassment, the film also focuses on the need for women to be brave and not submissive and also at the need of change in the rape law. Without being overtly idealistic, 'Candle March' puts through a point very effectively and makes the viewer think about it.
Power-packed performances from Smita Tambe and Tejaswini Pandit are a highlight of the film. Manava and newcomer Sayali are also good in their roles. The best part of the film is the script and dialogues. Because of these two elements the film doesn't feel lengthy. The final monologue by Tejaswini Pandit hits all the right chords and is worth pondering upon.
Do watch it at least once.
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