Bhakshak movie review: Vaishali Singh (Bhumi Pednekar) is a small-town reporter who decides to start her own channel to avoid the downsides of working for a larger organization. She strives to cover important stories, but her channel receives very little attention. When her normal source delivers her an audit report that is about to become just another file accumulating dust, her conscience refuses to let it happen.
The story, inspired by the Muzaffarpur shelter-home case, tells about the sexual exploitation of several young children in a shelter home.
- Release Date: 9 February 2024
- Language: Hindi
- Genre: Drama
- Duration: 2h 14min
- Cast: Bhumi Pednekar, Sanjay Mishra, Sai Tamhankar, Aditya Srivastav, Durgesh Kumar, Danish Iqbal, Gulista Alija
- Director: Pulkit
- Writer: Jyotsana Nath Pulkit
- Cinematography: Kumar Saurabh
- Producer: Gauri Khan, Gaurav Verma
- Production: Red Chillies Entertainment
Bhakshak Movie Review
Bhakshak isn’t a great film, but it’s an earnest one, which is distressingly rare in today’s ‘film space’. The film begins with a sequence so terrible that it can be upsetting to see. To be honest, it borders on exploitative, but the film’s overall approach to the issue of sexual assault is compassionate.
Often, films or plays dealing with the subject of sexual violence are exploitative, exploiting horrific instances of abuse against women and minorities for shock value, which causes more harm than good – but Bhakshak expects its audience to be more sympathetic. To avoid superfluous exploitation in order to convey the clear information.
Instead, director Pulkit’s film focuses on the interplay between power and justice, as well as the dismal reality that results from it. The path to activism or honest journalism has never been as simple as it appears on the surface, and the film does an excellent job of not making it appear so.
This is not a story in which a rescuer appears and all is well in the end; rather, it is the story of David and Goliath in the digital era, when bravery is more than just a single act of resistance. But resistance is still one of the most effective strategies to combat evil. Bhakshak operates in the grey area.
While attempting to portray Vaishali as a hero, the film does not disregard her gender identity – her family looks down on her because she is a woman, and her ostensibly supportive husband does not hesitate to deprive her of agency when she acts contrary to his wishes.
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