Prataya Saha, an independent filmmaker is no new face to this style of filmmaking. Most of his films revolve around issues faced by women or have a strong female protagonist. This one is no different. The Good Wife talks about the lengths an Indian housewife goes just to fulfil her duties and responsibilities of keeping her husband happy. But in reality, most of the time those feelings aren’t reciprocated.
Opening shot sets the tone of the film wherein, the protagonist’s footwear breaks down while she is on her daily chores. However, that doesn’t stop her. She finds herself a temporary solution and gets on with it. This foreshadows for the remainder of the film where every step the wife makes, she wishes for appreciation by her husband because just like every other conservative Indian housewife, all she needs is for her effort to be seen and reciprocated with some amount of love.
The director does a very smart job by not establishing the name of the woman, symbolising that its not just his protagonist, but a story of majority housewives in the country who suffer within this never-ending problem of patriarchy. He captures the essence and nuances of the good, the bad and the ugly with the utmost honesty, which adds onto the simplistic narrative being played out.
In one of the scenes, the wife uses the word “seva” which literally translates to serve, establishing the problem of the fact there they were never two equals. A housewife, who goes through all the trouble in remembering the husbands likes and dislikes, among other things, has the right to expect a little back and when she doesn’t receive it, she is nothing less than a slave, serving a king.
Anshulika Kapoor, who plays the wife, often breaks the 4th wall which adds onto the feeling of helplessness she goes through, and also makes us, as viewers, empathise with her situation and feel hate towards this thriving patriarchy.
Prataya Saha does a phenomenal job in showcasing the highs, lows, defeats and triumphs to demystify the plight of this large section of society that exists even today and finally bring forth to the world, their voices, through this tale of sheer honesty, innocence and unfiltered simplicity of an Indian housewife, trying her best to be appreciated and loved.