One thing is for certain; Hawa is not for the faint of heart. Inspired in most part by Sidney J Furie’s The Entity, Hawa also borrows liberally from other Hollywood Horror flicks (like the Exorcist). Without being sexually explicit, the film, which deals with the issue of sexual violence, treads new ground in Hindi Cinema.
Guddu Dhanoa's Hawa tells the tale of Sanjana (Tabu) a young divorcee who moves into an isolated mansion in the woods with her brother and two young daughters.
The climax of the film, with a Tantric's involvement thrown for good measure is utterly pointless and begs more laughter than fear.
The rape scenes, to Dhanoa’s credit, are done with subtlety and finesse. The average Hindi film viewer used to sleaze and innuendos, to seeing dew drops and bees sipping nectar will obviously blanche at the notion of a female protagonist welcoming or enjoying love-making (if it can be called that in this context) but kudos to Tabu for accepting this role. Even the revelation that her stepfather molested her while she was a child pushes the envelope considering how puritanical and escapist our films generally are.
Guddu Dhanoa has been accused of using provocative tag lines to attract viewers to Hawa, the film has not done too well at the Box Office in India.
This film review is sponsored by Raja and Rana of Burlington, MA
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