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Times of India
Synopsis: A happily married couple’s life turns into trauma after their eight-year-old daughter is raped. Will the family be able to put their lives back on track?
Review: Nisabdham is a well-intentioned — even bold — effort that needs to be appreciated for tackling a subject that most mainstream films will not touch with a bargepole. It talks about child sexual abuse and tells how a child and her family try to handle this horrific situation, and also points fingers at the law, which, it says, is ineffective when it comes to dealing with the perpetrators.
The film revolves around Aadhi (Ajay) and Aadhira (Abhinaya), a happily married middle-class couple living in Bangalore. Their world crashes around them when their eight-year-old daughter, Bhoomi (Sathanya) is sexually abused and left grievously injured by a drunkard while she’s on her way to school. Even as they battle to bring back Bhoomi to normalcy, the couple is forced to handle the glare of the media and take steps and ensure that the perpetrator doesn’t go scot-free.
There are two ways to look at Nisabdham. If you are the glass-half-full type, you would agree that the tone wildly swings between somewhat tactful and full-blown melodrama; the staging feels TV serial-ish; the acting is ineffective (Ajay’s expressions are one-note, Abhinaya’s lip-sync is way off, even Kishore seems uninterested, and the only decent performance comes from young Sathanya); the court scenes are so dated (the sight of lawyers talking in chaste Tamil takes us back to the 70s and 80s). And still, you might be able to brush aside many of the film’s failures under the carpet because the film’s intentions are noble and some of the moments bring a lump to your throat.
But if you are the glass-half-empty type, you will find it hard to come to terms with the strange ways of our censor board that has given U certificate to a film whose subject is difficult to watch even for adults. You will also not be able to take the film seriously, as the flaws ruin what should have been a very relevant film in these #JusticeForHasini times into something that chooses sentimentality over sensitivity and ends up being an amateurish and mauldin effort for the most parts.