Soni cycles through night-time Delhi with a catcaller on her tail. She veers into an alley and he seems to have captured her, until she lands a wallop that breaks his jaw. As the live bait in police sting operations, Soni has a role that calls for self-defence, but the young officer’s hot-headed temper leads to charges of recklessness, threatening her career. This is a major headache for her manager Kalpana. The personal/professional relationship between workaholic police officers is a lynchpin of crime drama, but rarely has this been portrayed as a dynamic between two women, let alone treated with such nuance. As Soni and Kalpana work together to fight a surge of violent crimes against women, Ayr’s insightful film explores the limits of management, mentorship and sisterhood.
12 October 9pm
Preceded by an introduction and followed by a Q&A with director Ivan Ayr
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