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Times of India
One amongst the spate of films on social issues, Nirbhaya looks to explore Naxalism in the state. But, by the time the movie ends, you are confused about the underlying theme. The director, Anand Bachhav has mashed Naxalism and safety of women together into a film that does justice to neither of the topics.
The movie begins with some rebels rushing our protagonist, Nirbhaya (Yogita Dandekar), to the doctor's house at a far off place. Subsequently it is established that she is a local Naxal leader, who has been a victim of an unfortunate blast. Her posse, trade her for the doctor's wife as security till her recovery. That, we say is beginning of lessons for the gang in 'humanity' and 'kindness'.
Through the first half, there is no linear flow to the story. The plot keeps revolving in circles with the rebels referring to some 'mission' and the director regurgitating the qualities of the 'kind' couple through different incidents. To top it, there are multiple songs, back to back, which do nothing but add commas to the story line. The last nail in the coffin is the 'celebration' before their 'mission' with an item song. It makes one wonder if adding an item song is considered as some kind of a formula to make a bad film palatable.
Barring Smita Jaykar and Yogita Dandekar, the performances by other actors is lacklustre. Aniket Kelkar, who keeps appearing and disappearing on screen, has done justice to the role of a cop. As if the story isn't enough to exasperate you, there are some dialogues when the rebels attempt to speak in (rather feeble) English. Framing of sentences like 'One thing remember you' or 'I want to say you sorry to him' make you want to go back to school and take English lessons again. Since all's well that ends well is the funda, the doctor meets his wife while receiving a state award and the band of Naxalites publicly surrendering.
The title or the fact that it has attractive posters might be the only things that can draw the viewers' attention to this film. But beware. If you want to watch it, do so at your risk.