1 Year of Thappad: How Taapsee Pannu, Anubhav Sinha successfully questioned society & began a conversation
Ever since transitioned from south to the Hindi film industry, the actress has chosen some significant scripts in a short span of time. From Pink to Mulk to Saand Ki Aankh, Taapsee has tried to push the envelope with every new project. And might we add, the actress has been quite successful at it. Her last film, before the Covid 19 pandemic hit us, was Thappad. Directed by Anubhav Sinha, the actress reunited with him after their 2018 film Mulk.
Within its short run time at the theatres, Thappad was close to hitting the Rs 50 crore mark at the box office. However, it soon made its way to a streaming platform. Today, the film clocks one year and we decided to look back on how the film successfully questioned society and began a conversation about self respect and how normalizing violence should never be tolerated.
For the unversed, Thappad revolves around an urban couple, Amrita and Vikram, who are gearing up to move to London. At a family party, things get ugly when Vikram, played by Pavail Gulati, learns that his promotion to London has been passed on to someone else and is infuriated. When his wife Amrita. played by Taapsee, tries to calm him down he in turn slaps her in front of their families and friends. And that’s when the film’s multiple layers begin to unfold.
During the film’s promotions, Taapsee in an exclusive interview to Pinkvilla had opened up on how director Anubhav Sinha chose not to make it a film on domestic violence but decided to set it up on just one slap and why it isn’t okay.
She had said, “To solve a problem, first step is to identify it. And you can see the problem is looking in to your face. You see 3 out of 5 women go through domestic violence and it is not about lack of education or money. It is happening in upper middle class, educated households and that’s the reason why we kept the background of the character like this.”
Taapsee added that while they did not hope for the film to bring about a sudden change, the idea was to start a conversation. “It is happening. We need to identify the problem. I’m not saying Thappad is going to change things in our society. Aisa toh nahi hai Pink ke baad rape hone band ho gaye. (It will start a conversation) That’s all we want. Let’s just not normalise it, let’s question it. Is it okay? No, it’s not okay.”
She added, “It was a conscious decision on sir’s part that he wanted to keep it one slap. He could have easily made it into a domestic violence film. But he wanted to make it only one slap. Because who decides ek theek hai, dus theek nahi hai? (1 slap is okay, 10 are not?).”