The Movie Book Land Gold Women
Director: Avantika Hari Cast: Narinder Samra, Neelam Parmar, Hassani Shapi Land Gold Women stands as the reverse translation to the Urdu phrase Zan Zar Zameen (or its Hindi equivalent Jar Joru Jameen) that has, for ages, been attributed as the root cause for all human problems. Interestingly the film symbolizes the irony on how this doctrine instigates clash of opinions and subsequently also comes to the rescue of its fanatic believers. The film opens in present day London where an Indian Muslim family has been living for years. Nazir Ali Khan (Narinder Samra) who heads the family has been liberal enough in the upbringing of his daughter Saira (Neelam Parmar). Things change when Nazir's elder brother (Hassani Shapi) visits them and Nazir is reminded of their conservative roots, which do not permit Saira's marriage outside their community. And when Saira attempts to elope with her British boyfriend, it leads to an unapologetic case of honour killing by her immediate family members. The film opens with Nazir as an under-trial narrating the entire story in flashback mode to his defense lawyers. With the climax of the film (daughter's death) clearly revealed at the very start, the film, at no instance, aspires to retain any suspense or sensationalism. It purely intends to be a basic human drama on the issue of honour killings. Unlike most other films on honour killings, this one tackles the theme in an urban setting indicating how honour killing isn't restricted to rural frontiers but is a global concern. Rather than mere illiteracy, it is influenced by blind fundamentalist faith. The pace is intentionally slow as director Avantika Hari wants the viewer to sense the tension and impending trauma in the honour killing episode. But with an already revealed climax and without much newness in the screenplay, the narrative takes too long to come to the point and drags despite its short runtime. However what principally works against the film is its tone. Here is a film on extremism which is dealt with utmost subtlety. While it's fairly acceptable that the director opts to steer away from jingoism or any kind of sensationalism (despite an inherent tendency that comes with a subject like this), what's blasphemous is the fact that the film never consciously makes an attempt to raise a voice against honour killings. It merely highlights the radicalism prevalent in the society and leaves it to the viewer's discretion to abhor such occurrences without being strongly vocal against such adversities. With no audible say of its own, one wonders, at times, whether the film is opposing such extremism or endorsing it. The brutality of the crime doesn't shake you much since the film never intended to be provocative and one has seen more ruthless honour killing acts in films like Love Sex aur Dhokha. The regressive attitude of the men in the film towards the women in family is more shocking. But at times, the film seems to have mixed multiple concerns. Honour killings and conservative Muslim household can be two different concerns and correlating the two might not be the best of ideas, leading to a horrendous typecast. Even Pakistani filmmaker Shoaib Mansoor handled both subjects individually in his consecutive cinematic gems Khuda Kay Liye and Bol respectively. Where exactly the film triumphs and gains its individuality is in establishing the hypocrisy in its title concerns. The film shows honour killing as an essential outcome of the androcentric fight to win land-gold-women. Simultaneously the defense lawyer uses land-gold-women as a permissible moral code (taking religious sensitivities into consideration) to file for mercy petition against the life sentence of the murderer father. Like the overall attitude of the film, even the performances are soaked in subtlety. Narinder Samra is absolutely understated in an act that could have easily gone over the top. Hassani Shapi as his fundamentalist brother is vicious though dramatic at times. Neelam Parmar as his daughter is decent. Renu Brindle as the helpless mother is effective. For a film about extremism handled with utmost subtlety, Land Gold Women is significant cinema but with a slightly dilute impact.
The Movie Book Land Gold Women
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