Aparna Sen’s film ‘The Rapist’ follows the road less travelled by. As the name suggests, the film revolves around the unfortunate crime befalling a woman. But it doesn’t delve into territories of cold-blooded revenge and transformation of the victim into a ruthless, hardened agent of justice but it’s a rather human approach to an inhuman act. Sensible is the exact word.
Konkona Sen Sharma plays a criminal psychology professor in Delhi who is raped on a cold Delhi winter night after being heckled by two men on a bike. As people contemplate on the justification of a death penalty for the accused (played by Tanmay Dhanania), Konkona tries to take up the question which everyone ignores – who was he before becoming a rapist?
Even as Konkona’s character’s personal life and relations with her significant other (played by Arjun Rampal) fall apart after the incident, she tries to find important answers – How was the accused as a child? Who did he grow up with? Who were his friends?
At the core of it, the film tries to propel a message that no one is born a rapist. So where does it all go wrong? What causes this shift in mindset where the lines of right and wrong get horribly messed up?
Produced by Sameer Nair, Deepak Segal, Suchhanda Chatterjee and Shubha Shetty, The Rapist will be premiering at the 26th Busan International Film Festival as part of ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ Section.
You can watch the trailer here –