Movie cast: Mrunal Thakur,Richa Chadha, Frieda Pinto, Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher, Adil Hussain, Sai Tamhankar
Director: Tabrez Noorani
The trafficking of girls keeps returning as a theme in films. How village ingénues are lured to the red-light areas, how they are beaten and threatened into submission, and how they survive, are familiar tropes. The real find is Mrunal Thakur who plays Sonia, the younger of two sisters, both victims of the vicious men and women who trade in flesh. Sonia gets ensnared in a brothel even as she struggles to discover the whereabouts of her sister Rashmi. She has no idea where to start, but she has no intentions of giving up. As Sonia is ‘readied’ and sent overseas as merchandise, one looks for newness, but finds mostly clichés, geared towards foreign eyes.
Along the way, she encounters the ruthless guy (Bajpayee) who runs his house like a ‘business’, the other girls with tragic back-stories, including one played by Chadha. And the well-intentioned Manish `bhaiya’ (Rao) who works with a NGO committed to the cause of rescuing and rehabilitating the women.
More focus on what happens to the girls when they are yanked from that life would have made Love Sonia fresher, and given the characters more to play with. The rest of it is OK to watch.