Hellaro: Film Review – To Hell with the Patriarchy

Verdict: Hellaro superbly places forth necessary points by way of charming performances and good choreography.

In his directorial debut, Abhishek Shah received the National Film Award for his social drama Hellaro. This was the primary Gujarati film to bag the respect of Best Feature Film, whereas 13 feminine actresses from the movie additionally received the Special Jury Award for his or her performances. The much-hyped film lastly hits theatres this week and has additionally been chosen because the opening movie on the International Film Festival of India later this month. Based in a rural village of Kutch, Hellaro explores the thought of freedom by way of dance whereas highlighting different poignant points.

What’s Hellaro About: 

Small-town lady Manjhri (Shraddha Dangar) is married and despatched off to reside within the distant desert village of Samarpura. There, ladies are confined to their houses aside from just a few hours within the morning after they fetch water from a close-by oasis. Every night time, the boys within the village carry out a garba to appease the goddess for a bountiful rainfall, whereas the ladies keep at house. One day, on their strategy to fetch water, the women come throughout a person handed out within the sand from exhaustion. The ladies hesitate to assist him as they’re not allowed to speak to unusual males. But Manjhri takes pity and affords him some water, thus saving his life. The man introduces himself as Mulji (Jayesh More), a low-born dholak. Manjhri urges him to play the dhol and begins to bounce. After preliminary hesitation, the opposite ladies be part of her in garba. Every day, the ladies meet Mulji and dance away to glory, away from the eyes of the boys that constrain them.


What Works: 

Abhishek Shah neatly makes use of dance as a type of expression and freedom for the ladies of Samarpura. Through garba, these ladies discover their inside voice and take again management over their our bodies. The choreography for his or her sequences is well-designed, particularly for the ultimate dance. The sense of freedom and the sensation of elation is reverberant of their motion. Even the choreography for the boys’s garba is fascinating and begins the film with a excessive tempo.

Watching Hellaro, it’s not laborious to see why this film could possibly be a festival-favorite. It highlights varied points in society, proper from patriarchy, casteism, in addition to superstition and presents it in a method that can join with the viewers. You can sympathize with the ladies within the movie and snort on the ignorance of the boys who worship the goddess however disrespect the ladies of their lives. There’s additionally that one character who exists merely for comedian reduction and right here, it’s Bhaglo (Maulik Nayak) who intermittently offers a lot consolation on this in any other case hard-hitting movie. The climax doesn’t essentially have a conclusive finish however there’s a lot to remove from the ultimate efficiency.

What Could’ve Been Better: 

Hellaro might be an uncomfortable watch for a lot of who’re unaware of the problems the film goals to carry to the limelight. Since the film is about within the mid-70s’, among the customs within the village could appear outdated however nonetheless occur to be the truth of many rural ladies within the 21st century.

Why You Should Watch: 

Hellaro brings a poignant story to Indian cinema and enhances it with charming performances and good choreography. It offers each story with first rate leisure whereas highlighting pertinent points that should be addressed.