"Inspired from 13 Reasons Why styled narrative Guilty lacks the points to empathize, there are little things in 13 Reasons Why ( only before season 2 ) that make you feel connected to the emotional aspects of the plot and empathize with different characters but Guilty certainly lacks it be it for any character in the film.
The perspective of Kiara Advani as VJ's girlfriend Nainka has taken the center stage throughout the film but her crazy-artist vibes set a needless different tone."
Director: Ruchi Narain
Cast: Kiara Advani, Akansha Ranjan Kapoor, Gurfateh Singh Pirzada, Taher Shabbir
Netflix's new Bollywood movie produced by Karan Johar's alter ego Dharmatic Productions is a drama based on the #MeToo movement. Guilty chooses to serve many topics ranging from rape to power dynamics. The basic "he said, she said, he is a nice guy, it was consensual sex, not rape." Each and every dialogue is heard before or is a part of a similar narrative already made a million times.
Set in St. Martins College, Delhi. is a story of a college band lead vocalist, VJ who is accused of raping an unapologetic attention-seeker Tanu Sharma , who is new in Delhi and got her admission in the college on the basis of her scholarship. She is from Dhanbad and she thinks she doesn't fit among the English medium modern students Her clingy behavior makes a statement in everyone's mind that she is a slut and thus unravels a predictable theme that she is the perpetrator and he is the victim. Dialogues like "she was asking for it, she is like that. " are used by VJ 's friends continuously to make you question her character and shift you from the obvious.
Inspired from 13 Reasons Why styled narrative Guilty lacks the points to empathize, there are little things in 13 Reasons Why ( only before season 2 ) that make you feel connected to the emotional aspects of the plot and empathize with different characters but Guilty certainly lacks it be it for any character in the film.
The perspective of Kiara Advani as VJ's girlfriend Nanki has taken the center stage throughout the film but her crazy-artist vibes set a needless different tone.
Nanki is a Faiz poetry lover and the lyricist for VJ 's band Doobydo. She is cool and confident yet chooses to show her talent openly to the world. Too much time has been focused on her and her problems, panic attacks, etc. VJ and Tanu are only there to either express anger or to cry. The treatment taken to underline a mountain of issues can't be clearly amalgamated in a 2-hour movie, probably would have liked it as a TV show with a better and effective style. The lawyer Danish (Taher Shabbir) gets a similar end like Richa Chadda in Section 375 underlining the "justice is abstract" theme.
The setting of youngsters smoking weed all the time looks as if it is just there to see parallel dimensions of the world created by Dharma Productions in the movies like Student Of The Year, I mean the world might be adaptive to the times but certainly has elements which look forceful, they lack authenticity. A monologue and Tanu's unheard feelings make the end look like a nervous stage performance rather than an emotional outpour of a victim.
All the actors did a great job but the screen duration to them wasn't evenly distributed. Dialogues became repetitive but Nanki's lyricist part was creatively used. There was an absurd usage of vocal poetry like Kabir ke Dohe about a girl's lustful coming-to-age story which was portrayed as if it resembled something very creative but actually appeared silly and useless. The ending credit animation was actually better and appeared much powerful than the whole film.
Overall, Guilty could have been a modern approach for all the social issues it tries to address but it just appears like a dull combination of them.
FINAL VERDICT - 1.5 / 5.
Give a try when absolutely nothing else to watch.