Banner: KC Productions,
Kapoor Films Inc
Producers: Pusha Chaudhary, Dr.
Anmol Kapoor, Kshitij Chaudhary,
Director: Abhishek Saxena
Cast: Sharib Ali Hashmi, Jyoti Sethi,
Nutan Surya, Trisha Kale, Namya
saxena, Shivam Pradhan,
Inaamul Haq (s.a.)
Writer: Shaheen iqbal
Music: Vickky Agarwal, Troy Arif
Phullu (Sharib Ali Hashmi) lives in a village with his mother (Nutan Surya) and sister (Trisha Kale). He is dubbed as good-for-nothing by his mother, for not going to the city and finding a job like the rest of the men in the village. Phullu worries that if he were to leave the village, who would take care of the needs of the women in his village? The only job he does is visiting the nearby town and buying goods for the village women, who give him a list of things they need.
Frustrated with his lack of initiative to start a career, his mother gets him married so that his wife can convince him to earn for the family. But Phullu doesn’t want to work. After marriage, he learns about menstruation and how village women, who are unaware about sanitary pads, use cloth. They often catch an infection but stick to the age-old method of using cloth.
When Phullu’s wife catches an infection, he gets worried and starts thinking of ways to help her. This inspires Phullu to do something to do away with the pain of women. How the film unfolds further forms the crux of the story.
Despite an impressive basic plot and a few good performances (read Sharib Ali Hashmi, Jyoti Sethi, Nutan Surya), the film fails to hold attention for long but a few touching moments light up the screenplay. Many scenes make you take notice of the harsh realities of village life and the women. For instance, the film showcases how, not only men but even women are forbidden to talk about periods and think of it as taboo; how so many women in villages suffer without even thinking of it as suffering is astonishing.
Directorially, Abhishek Saxena brings us a nice concept which looks impressive on the storyboard but post-execution, there is very less that impresses. However, if the film was without songs and tighter, it would have been a total delight. There are too many dull moments but the scene where Phullu meets Gyan Dev (Inaamul Haq) is one of the highlights of the film and is tactfully scripted.
In terms of keeping you hooked, Phullu is inconsistent. The second half picks up at a rapid pace and the film, overall, holds a strong message. Cinematography by Simarjet Singh Suman is not impressive. Music and background score are average. Editing by Rohit Mhatre is apt but could have been better. With a runtime of 96 minutes, the film moves at a see-saw pace, which damages the screenplay.
Performance-wise, Sharib Ali Hashmi is fabulous and brings out the naivety of his part beautifully on screen. Jyoti Sethi suits her role and delivers an impressive act. Nutan Surya performs her part with conviction. Trisha Kale is fantastic. Namya Saxena does justice to her part. Shivam Pradhan is okay. Inaamul Haq, in a special appearance, is outstanding. The supporting cast performs adequately.