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  • Theatre actor, writer, director Sushama Deshpande commands your unflinching attention from beginning to end with her unsaid words and raw emotions. She makes her battle every woman's battle, who demands her safety and right to be heard.

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  • Evolving from shorts to full-length, director Devashish Makhija makes a remarkable debut. Having delivered in a format where every frame must offer something novel to justify its presence, Makhija manages to keep affairs crisp, pointedly aggressive and consequently, effective.

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  • ...is a sharp attack on the mainstream rape and revenge saga that chops the melodramatic routines and presents a gory and bloody viewpoint of its own. It may be devastating, disturbing but in no way a passerby in the annals of strong indie cinema.

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  • ...is bold in its decisions of what it shows and what it doesn’t. It’s sensitive and yet determined to make us see, imagine, join the dots.   It’s not interested in making us comfortable, help us tide over all that’s unpleasant, violent, vile.

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  • Makhija pitches his film as a dark-twisted take on The Little Red Riding Hood. We're certain you won't revisit the fairytale with enthusiasm after this.

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  • The mood is right, the tone is right, the pace is right. The film doesn’t delve in the grey zone. There are two sides and you need to pick one.

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  • In some scenes, it feels like the director is almost reveling in your discomfort. The bleakness snuffs out the humanity of these characters. The ugliness is so unrelenting that you begin to ask, why am I subjecting myself to this.  

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  • ...is a tough watch. Deliberately so. It took me a long time to get the film out of my head, and while it’s potent and rattling, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

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  • ...is one of the most unsettling experiences you’ll have at the movies this year. Whether it adds up to much more than exploitation-art is another question.

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  • Sushama Deshpande’s striking face and screen presence, and young Sharvani Suryavanshi’s natural acting are no doubt worthy of a full-fledged film. Ajji, as it stands now though, is well begun but just half done.   

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  • Outrage over the rape of children is easily provoked, but it takes hard work to make a movie about the justice that is due to them. Ajji takes the easy way out.

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  • The only thing new here then is turning an arthritic grandmom into the avenging angel. Ajji is no more than Mom and Maatr at their most excessive; it just locates the same rape narrative at the other end of the social spectrum.

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