Starring: Sarita Choudhury, Zoya S. Hasan, Adil Hussain, Sameer Dharmadhikari
Directed by Sona Jain
Sona Jain’s debut film has its heart in the right place. It’s a sensitive and believable look at how domestic strife and violence can impact on a child’s psyche. Much of this works because the kid at the centre of action, Shruti (Zoya), comes up with a finely-tuned performance. She is not cutesy, precocious and irritating as Bollywood kids normally are. In a case of well-thought-out casting, Jain gets the right feelings and expressions out of the untrained Zoya. The stubbornness, suspicions, vulnerability, introvertedness and unspoken fears and pains get nicely communicated.