Coincidentally, I watched Lajja and Matrubhoomi on two consecutive days. Both dealt with the male dominated society in India, woman’s inability to change it, and how the disparity goes unnoticed by both.
This is got to be a classic of Hindi cinema. It is so well done, technically and performance-wise and the selection of the top-class female cast alone is a reason to like this film. But most of all it did an outstanding job of taking on a serious issue and yet produce a powerful work of art that shines.
Life continues as it has been for centuries, unquestioned, unchallenged. Vaidehi too follows the status quo, compliant and submissive as the story develops. Her husband makes it clear that she is valued as a child bearer only, and once his progeny is delivered, she is of no use to him. This is her cue to flee for her life, encountering several women who suffer unnecessarily at the behest of society or man's perverted whims.
Well written, very well acted, each encounter is examined through her eyes, as well as those around her. Brilliantly performed by all the stars in the film, especially I simply flattered by the performance given by Ajay Devgan.
The message is deeply moving but still bearable even to the more sensitive audience. The comedy and the action are well executed to lighten up the message, but they never become a purpose in themselves, and they always help in delivering the message of humanity, empowerment, and hope. Marvelous, simply marvelous! A must watch for all men’s and a compulsion watch to all women out there.
I give this a 5/5 without the slightest doubt. Worth watching over again!