Jhalki is a powerful movie to the end. He not only explores a sensitive issue such as human trafficking and child labour, but it also sets a precedent for a supernatural headless girl in search of her brother and ultimately saving him. He is a center and is looking for solutions; he is brave and can connect a folk story to a real-life and move forward with research.
Kailash Satyarthi’s career in her crusade against human trafficking and child labour crystallizes in a soft-story of condemnation, courage and love. What is being questioned in the process is the inhumane practice of people benefiting from the uproar. We rarely see meaningful films with a dangerous background featuring entertainment, sharing and inspiration. It was not a big surprise after Jhalki won 16 awards at 21 international film festivals in just six and seven months, and that the hearts of children and adults alike and win are both ready for discussions and action points to address the problem not only reigns in India but around the world.
Jhalki (Aarti Jha) scores very high in his octane performance. The Babu (Goraksha Sakpal), in his childish charm, innocence and lost appearance (need for text). Together, they give experienced actors such as Bowman Irani, Sanjay Suri, Divya Dutta, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Joey Sengupta and Govind Namdev, a career for their skill and reputation as actors. The result is an engaging film with excellent performance, an important theme, an entertaining narrative, excellent cinematography, crisp editing and powerful, brilliant and gruesome music and songs.
It takes a lot of courage to make films like this in today’s mainstream entertainment context and even achieve them with the kind of balance that director Brahmanand S Siingh and Tanvi Jain do. If Cinema for Change is so entertaining, then after this film, we can hope to do a lot to explore topics that need attention without compromising the entertainment it contains.