NH10: A much needed eye-opener for patriarchal India

Published: March 26, 2015
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NH10 was an eye-opening experience for the masses as it touches upon negating ignorance and giving power to women. PHOTO: NH10 FACEBOOK PAGE

In the midst of increasing inter-cast marriages and prevailing women suppression, NH10 encourages India to plunge into liberalism and women empowerment. The movie is a superb attempt at addressing issues soaked in violence and injustice amongst the sexes.

Anushka Sharma, after her girl-next-door roles, emerges as a revolutionary body in NH10, portraying a powerful woman who takes an initiative of saving her husband by fighting under adverse circumstances. There are astounding progressions in her character throughout the movie – from a modern corporate woman to a fearless fighter.

NH10 opens with a vivid image of a lively couple Meera (Anushka) and Arjun (Neil Bhoopalam) living in Delhi. After a dangerous attack on Meera, Arjun takes her on a road trip for her birthday to make her feel better after the incident. Their tragedy begins when they venture into the territory of NH10 and Arjun interferes in a family dispute at a roadside dhabb where they find a young couple beaten up by the girl’s brother, Satbir (Darshan Kumar).

Photo: NH10 Facebook page

Furious at seeing the beaten-up couple, Arjun decides to teach the mobsters a lesson, despite Meera’s aversion, and ends up killing one of the men from Satbir’s gang. In order to take revenge for their friend, Satbir and his gang chase Meera and Arjun, during which Arjun gets severely injured. Meera takes the initiative to fight the men alone but conditions do not show her any mercy.

During her struggle for survival, Meera gets to know that the Haryanvi people, including their law and its officials, are immersed in ignorance regarding injustice and there is a brutal divergence of inter-caste marriages and injustice of women. She tactfully tries to escape the situation but fate leads her towards a painful end.

At that point, nothing can calm Meera down except for vengeance.

Photo: NH10 Facebook page

NH10 has a great story line which is presented terrifically. However, as the movie progresses, the pace slows down, which was a bit of a let-down. There are horrifying, nerve-wrecking and violent sequences in the movie, which I would not advise soft-hearted people to watch. The cinematography is mind blowing with superb direction.

Photo: NH10 Facebook page

The characters support the plot wonderfully. Bhoopalam plays the character of an impulsive and immature guy, and does justice to his role. Darshan Kumar, on the other hand, does not fail to surprise the audiences by his atrocious and extreme character in NH10 after his sweet hubby image in Mary Kom.

Deepti Naval, in a glorifying cameo, startles the public with her mind-altering performance. The evolution in her character from a mild, dejected woman to a harsh one was quite appealing.

Photo: NH10 Facebook page

Last but not the least, Anushka was undoubtedly the screen-stealer. In this movie, she has proved that she is one of the leading actresses of today. She never goes off track and her intimacy with the camera is magical. From the beginning till the last shot of the movie, Anushka never escapes the essence of Meera’s character.

There was so much ease in her acting that it looked as if the events actually happened to her. The way she smoothly transforms her character is impressive too; how she’s soft and ladylike in the beginning and how the events change her into a tough person with unbeatable courage.

Photo: NH10 Facebook page

The reason why I felt NH10 was so striking is because of its hard hitting subject. Tribulations like ignorance, oppression, injustice and cruel behaviour against women are unfortunately found in Pakistani societies as well. In most conservative families, women are pressurised by men and are not allowed to marry or live in accordance to their choices.

These women are leading a suffocated life and need to raise their voice against their sufferings. For this cause, movies like NH10 is an overwhelming portrayal for combating such evils and supporting women.

Photo: NH10 Facebook page

Overall, NH10 is an eye-opening experience. It is one of those bold movies, like Mardani, that the Indian film industry produces from time to time, and which are perhaps the need of the hour to educate the public about our dark society.

I think this movie is a must watch. I would rate it a 3.5 on 5.

Iqra Sarfaraz

Iqra Sarfaraz

A student of English Literature who loves to meet new people and learn. She tweets as @iqra_124 (twitter.com/Iqra_124)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • ajeet

    Unfortunately, we can’t be as liberal as Pakistan and need to learn from you on how to improve women’s right in India.Recommend

  • hp kumar

    Write few articles on rape or make a rap video like those two mumbai girls did. Seriously this is getting boring now..Plus India is patriarchal coz India is poor,,In economically well off society ,everyone has better standard of living irrespective of gender..Recommend

  • varuag

    “Overall, NH10 is an eye-opening experience………..”

    unfortunately subcontinent’s sub-culture is hostage to such superfluous fluff. Most can’t handle slightly serious academic discourse. Martha Nussbaum’s New Age Religious Intolerance bats for a nation from sub-continent but perhaps that is too dense and too “written” for most ……… need some dumbing down………
    Manne koni beraa is atleast frank admission of most “culturally laggards” Haryanvis ……. We are just apt at pointing fingers from cozy confines of crazy townRecommend

  • Apple&Cheeko

    Don’t u think that Indian Cinema has always shown women larger than life, Avenger kind of a fighting machine. Where in reality what a Indian cinema has tried to do is hide their core issues and present a very green picture of their country. Indian movies should only be taken as Entertainment, Entertainment and Entertainmentioned. Recommend

  • Apple&Cheeko

    Don’t u think that Indian Cinema has always shown women larger than life, Avenger kind of a fighting machine. Where in reality what Indian cinema has tried to do is hide their core issues and present a very good picture of their country. And its should be an Eye Opener for them as its their Dark Side not ours. besides who writes such a lenghty review on movies Indian movies should only be taken as Entertainment, Entertainment and Entertainment. Recommend

  • Abhishek Chaturvedi

    Look at your own country where women are stoned to death just outside the court in front of police …what a joke …enjoy 20 hour power cuts .. summer coming …ciao m/Recommend

  • T.Ahmed

    Brilliant review, written in such a way that I want to watch it immediately.I think such topics need to continuously be addressed and talked about so that injustice and cruelty to women, is hated by all and observed to be the worst possible thing one can do regardless of culture, lack of education etc. Cinema is the one medium that is seen by all of society and it has to also become the teaching method for the men in this world especially!Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    Pretty awesome movie, even though I see that some Indians have come here to comment with pretty shallow phrases.
    I have said time and again, as long as Indians do not admit that there is something wrong they will continue to be rape capital of the world. If the typical Indian cannot even bear the thought of such a movie being made and praised then, may the Lord help the women in India.
    The first thing that must be done is to admit that there is a problem. And the second is to stop comparisons, everytime someone voices their concern about India, the response is”SO? Pakistan is bad too”. Which is tantamount to saying that as long as Pakistan’s situation does not change Indian rapists should go free.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    you said you will be posting a public apology if you were shown any incident of SATI in India after 1984, I have shown you one as recent as 2010. Start apologizing. I am shocked that you have the audacity to show your face here again after such shamelessness.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Let me propose a proper description of this one: ” besharam”.Recommend

  • hp kumar

    And thus my comment lost whole lot of meaning..Recommend

  • hp kumar

    Last time i tried to tell it but was not allowed ..So let me tell you here once again,we Indians shall not care about opinion made by hypocrites.I must remind you about situation in your own country before you point fingers without having knowledge of actual facts..Five pakistani girls caught in prostitution in srilanka and there is no discussion in media..Whats going on pakistan?i have seen the video and to my utter disgust ,those girls r english speaker and from good families..one can be seen hiding her face in the video.Srlankan authority has launched a probe into pakistani sex racket flourishing in srilanka.my question is, For this only ,quaide azam created pakistan?If you cannot handle your country well ,pl hand it over to us…its about time your media start highlighting worsening situation of woman in your own country before you gather enough gall to lecture others.we indians simply sit and laugh on the silly articles and comments written by pakistanis while aghast at meek response ftom pakistan’s civil society on women’s right issue..
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  • rational

    There you go. Your argument starts with a wrong assumption. India is not the rape capital of the world. India has a low rape crime rate compared to the west. Even if you consider that 80% of cases go unreported in India(laughable assertion), it would still be less then that of US or UK. But Pakistanis that there country is some la-la land but the truth is that Pakistan under the influence of religious orthodoxy has become a hell for women. In countries like India the problem is most with economically lower class women and areas whereas in Pakistan even the middle class woman have to suffer because of extreme prejudice and orthodoxy.Recommend

  • Rakib

    Some Pakistanis here seem to confuse this movie, inspired by a certain Hollywoodian abomination, as a BBC Channel 4 Documentary making a social comment on everything Indian ranging from Sati to Caste to Patriarchy. Is this how you satisfy your curiosity about your neighbour, from Bollywood potboiler? For heaven’s sake folks, are you also looking for snake charmers, faqir on bed of nails, rope trick & cow in streets? What do Pakistanis know of India, pray, considering those that were adults in 1947 probably do not really matter any more? How many know that vast tracts of India followed Matrilineal inheritances till barely 50 years ago & who cared for Patriarchy? How many know that while in parts of India boy can’t marry a girl from his village irrespective of caste, in another part a maternal uncle can marry his niece with fanfare and in yet another a boy & girl from village can stay together for a month, find out their compatibility in every way including in matters sexual & then marry or part as friends, and all that with blessings of elders? Read informative books, watch right kind of documentaries, ask question of knowledgeable Indians to learn. Watch movies for fun.Recommend

  • Santosh Anand

    Yes especially the stoning, and the blasphemy part.Recommend

  • Prashant

    “If the typical Indian cannot even bear the thought of such a movie being made and praised then, may the Lord help the women in India. ”

    It is the typical Indians who make these movies the money makers they are, whether it is PK or NH 10. The issue is not the Indians who come on a Pakistani blog site to try and defend India but the Indians who actually commit these crimes in lands which are feudal in mindset though not far away from a satellite city like Gurgaon. There are different shades of India and there is space for people who make these kind of movies and also for those who commit these crimes.

    If there is a notion among some that these acts go unnoticed and undamned, a movie like NH10 would not see the light of the day and neither would you have the audience for this movie that is there. The bottom line is India is not going to be safe for women overnight, it is going to take a long time for the mindsets to change.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    lesser rapes in India than UK. Someone is high.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    The bottom line is India is not going to be safe for women overnight. The least that can be done is to shame anyone who wants to keep others quite about rapeRecommend

  • hp kumar

    care about safety of your own women…India is not anyone elses property..India belongs to Indians..I m surprised ,why this media is not writing about pakistani women seeking prostitution business in Sri lanka…Atleast our women r not selling themselves in 300$ in some foreign countries..,that too to a mediocre sri lanka..ha..pity you guysRecommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    your women don’t sell themselves, there fathers and brothers sell them. India is rape capital of the world and also has the most underage prostitutes. There are whole villages where no young girl can be found due to forced prostitution.
    “India belongs to Indians”, this is what the taliban, the ISIS and every other extremist organization says. This shows that you too, are an extremist who will not let anyone else even tell you that there is something wrong.
    Oh and parting shot, Indian prostitutes are the cheapest in the world, just saying. You should adhere by the great proverb “people living in glass houses…..should not walk around naked”.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Like max said, “shame anyone who wants to keep quite about rape”.

    WE HAVE OUR FIRST VOLUNTEER!! Recommend

  • Prashant

    I thought you were talking about rapes in India and not in general, if you are taking about India, there are a great number of people who do not take pride in the darker side of India whether it is rapes or something else.Recommend

  • hp kumar

    Oh you r also here…Ram ne milayi jodi…Dont you think that ,your first and foremost responsibility is to raise voice for your own countrymen..As i said ,it sounds pretty hollow and hypocritical when you glee at neighbors without keeping your own house in order..Just go to the video ,comments are more interesting ..You will feel ashamed of yourself after going through that …I donot understand srilankan language but for sure i can tell you,they were abusing muslims as a whole..As for us,I dont think we need your support or anyone’s support..Govt and majority of us Indians r all for women cause and their safety…But same cant be said about pakistan..Anyway why i m writing this..pakistan is failed state after all..Recommend

  • L.

    I voice my opinions everywhere dude, without permission slips. And I never “glee” at the pain of indians, rather its YOU who makes a mockery of the challenges faced by pakistan. the comment I replied to before, by you, does the same thing! You are on a pakistani website, telling pakistanis to “mind their own business because so and so is happening in their own backyard hahaha”- very funny, I’m sure. Maybe if you start taking things seriously then problems like rape can be abolished from your country.

    I don’t have any respect or care for anyone who abuses a large group of people based on the actions of a couple. what the men apparently did has nothing to do with muslims btw, pakistan maybe, muslims-no.

    Yes, you should ask yourself WHY are you wasting your time on a “failed state” which has NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU.

    You are “all for women’s safety”? HAHAHA! Quit tryna be funny. An indian woman, not long ago, wrote a blog on rape. Your response? “Keep quite! We can’t tell the pakistanis that we have such an enormous rape problem! We need to shut women up because they are telling others the PAIN they went though. How dare they?!”. Recommend

  • نائلہ

    His reply is gonna be: “No, America is a degree worse than us; we are SO not the rape capital!” -.- Recommend

  • hp kumar

    Again,you care for your own country first …No indian women can stay for a day in regressive pakistan..i can assure you on thatRecommend

  • hp kumar

    whatever I may be why would you care… do understand you hate india and indians ,thats why nobody takes your comment in right spirit.You country is a failed state,..comparing yourself with india must be a dream come true for you guys..However you can carry on with you remarks..as i said ,we come here only to laugh on you..and your comments r just a source of entertainment..Recommend

  • L.

    Can indian women STEP outside without ppl like yourself telling Her to stop voicing her opinions?

    And here again, you compare India with Pakistan, a failed country by your standards. But didn’t u say that “comparing india with a failed state is a far fetched idea”? :O

    Your words, dude, not mine. Recommend

  • Einu

    My friend was sexually abused in Los Angeles.so before u blame another country lets make the superpower more powerful…

    Btw i am out of america now in canada..Useless USARecommend

  • Einu

    Thats what i said…My friend was sexually abused while we were in Los angeles. We left USA..and now happy here in Canada..Not indian or asian mentality…Its people…Recommend

  • Einu

    And max such movies have been made in india since long time. Like the author said Mardani was just an example. IF you get time get real facts about bollywood before commenting what india watch and dont watch..

    Kindly wartch Movies like black friday, Ugly, A Wednesday, special 26…these are movies which do not have popular stars so dont gather much attention (from naive’s like you)..Be a part of bollywood watchers on regular basis.Recommend

  • Einu

    hha…he is useless..I dont think he is here to share something useful. Just wants to make fun of people.. :)Recommend

  • Einu

    And such movies have been made in india since long time. Like the author said Mardani was just an example.
    Kindly watch Movies like black friday, Ugly, A Wednesday, special 26…these are movies which do not have popular stars so dont gather much attention ..I know most of the people avoid such movies…but new generation is prone to watching such movies on regular basisRecommend

  • نائلہ

    Oh most indians aren’t here for anything positive. If they were, we would be having a respectful exchange of opinions and perspectives, allowing us all to LEARN and TEACH- kinda the basic reason humans communicate to each other. Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    special 26 does not have popular stars? which special 26 are you talking about btw? the one I watched stars Akshay Kumar in the lead and it received positive criticism for its intelligent and smart story telling. Perhaps there has been another movie by the same name which does not star a popular actor in the lead.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    I am sorry for your friend. If you take a minute to look through my comments you will see that I have always argued that violence is everywhere and we should not specify one country or one community saying that it is violent. However , neither should we be blind. My comment singling out India stems from the fact that the vast majority of rapes go unreported, and will continue to go unreported, therefore the best way to counter this threat is for young men and women to raise their voices against rape, for until and unless rape is being reported nothing the victims will continue to suffer.Recommend

  • SS

    Rapes are very frequent in the US and the UK. People do not start the protests and media does not talk a lot about the rapes. I see the news in the US and do not hear anything on the rapes and then I see the statistics and thousands of reported rapes and I say to myself why doesn’t the media/people take it up as they do in India?Recommend

  • SS

    You need to read the comment by Rakib for learning purposes.Recommend

  • Einu

    Most of the rapes in usa goes unreported as well. And let me tell u USA is far more educated in comparison to India. I am not from India and i will post USA whether u like it or no. If u can name India for no reason, i can name Los angeles too..Situation is as pathetic as any worst countries in the world!!!Recommend

  • Einu

    You have no knowledge on bollywood…There is no such movie with Name Special.. lolzRecommend

  • Einu

    Give respect and get respect!!! If you dont like criticism of your own country then dont blame others..I have been in usa and i hate it. double minded people. I am in canada and its far better..Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Your comment would’ve suited the person I was replying to better. Ah well. Recommend

  • Einu

    doesnt matter..he is my brother from another mother!! Recommend