By Anirban Sengupta(22 Aug 2011)
the move is about coming of age of Kamli (Harshada Tamhankar) amidst harsh realities of life in impoverished rural life in India.
Set in present day rural Western India, Dohaa (Dark Waters) is the story of sexual awakening, physical lust and its horrific consequences for two tender lives. Bhiki (Leena Bhagwat) a single mother of three is the mistress of the macho but ageing Vishnu (Suhas Palshikar) and survives by selling fritters under his abusive protection. Kamli, Bhiki’s eldest daughter is not academically inclined but insists on attending school as it is the only escape from her impoverished surroundings. On the verge of puberty, Kamli is shunned by her classmates and picked on by the teacher.
While the village grocer and class bully lust for her, Kamli develops tender feelings for the handsome, intelligent and kind Ajay (Abhay Mahajan), who arrives from Mumbai and joins her class. After probing into Ajay’s family background, Bhiki encourages Kamli to invite Ajay home. Confused by Bhiki’s constant pressure to ensnare Ajay into a physical relationship, Kamli tries to seduce him awkwardly. Watching Ajay and Kamli in the act, Bhiki offers herself forcibly to Ajay. From here, the gripping fast paced story takes interesting turns. Will the swirling dark waters of poverty and animalistic lust surrounding Kamli destroy her innocence, her capacity to love tenderly and devour her or will she survive and grow stronger?