Walking into the cinema, I was a little apprehensive, given the theme of the film. Why? Because most films/dramas that deal with sexual abuse love to show/heavily imply the physical act - traumatising the viewer in the process. Khuda ke liye, no one wants to see/hear that. Stop glamourising rape by using it as a mere plot device.
Then I thought to myself, 'it's a PAKISTANI film - one directed by SHOAIB MANSOOR. Have a little faith.' It's a good thing yeh khayal ayaa, verna I probably wouldn't have watched it.
After 2 hours and 30 minutes, I can safely say that #Verna is one of the cleanest, most inspiring films I've ever watched based on a rape survivor.
Not ONCE do you feel sorry for Sara (Mahira Khan),
because she doesn't let you.
Instead, you find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat, .. waiting for her next move with bated breath, rooting for her every step of the way.
#Verna does not focus on the 'what,' but the 'what now?' The film's strength lies in its dialogue - jo kuch woh bol-tay hain; and the realistic performances.
Shoaib Mansoor, the 'SHOMAN,' did not disappoint. Mahira Khan could not have chosen a better film for her comeback to Pakistani cinema; and Haroon Shahid and Naimal Khawar were khoobsuratly brilliant as Khan's husband and sister-in-law, respectively.
Walking OUT of the cinema, you feel.. wait.. woh main kyun bataaun? That's for YOU to decide. Nah?
Aur jaldi jaake dekhain, verna regret karoge!
P.s. The relationship Sara shares with her sister-in-law, Mahgul (Khawar) is beautiful beyond words. ♡