Malishka’s short film explores the importance of self-worth

STORY: ‘Parde Mein Rehne Do’ is a compelling film that examines the problem of body shaming and how the existing toxicity that surrounds it affects people’s physical and mental well-being.

REVIEW: ‘Parde Mein Rehne Do,’ directed by Heena Dsouza, is a powerful drama that emphasises the importance of self-worth. Co-written by Garima Pura Patiyaalvi and Pranjali Dubey, the story follows Kuhu (Malishka Mendonsa), a 32-year-old woman who is emotionally drained after an unhappy marriage and lacks the confidence to fit in a society that is obsessed with appearances. Her life changes for the better when a friend introduces her to the world of online dating. But as she begins to write a new chapter in her life, she will face new challenges and insecurity.

Even though some things are not expressed aloud, it is clear why Kuhu left the marriage when she watches her spouse reel after making a poor joke about her. He’s the type of character you’ll dislike from the start. Despite the obvious turn that leads to the climax, Kuhu’s narrative manages to keep you interested.

Radio Jockey turned actress Malishka Mendonsa who previously shared the screen with Vidya Balan in ‘Tumhari Sulu’, proves her mettle as the film’s lead. She expertly captured the emotions of her character, who suffers from body shaming and struggles with self-acceptance because of an obvious birthmark on her face.

It is difficult to convey your message in a 29-minute short film because it necessitates impressive writing in order for viewers to instantly connect. ‘Parde Mein Rehne Do’ performed admirably on that terrain. It is a real and relatable drama that emphasises the importance of “loving yourself” and refusing to change for the sake of others. This mini film is worth watching for the compelling screenplay and Malishka’s best performance.

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