Netflix film Guilty is nowhere near a perfect film, but it’s an important case study and defines the reasons why the #MeToo movement happened across the globe.
Indian Netflix Film Guilty was released on the platform on March 6, 2020 — please be warned that the film’s main theme centers around sexual assault.
We’ve seen this story many times, especially in recent times after the birth of the #MeToo movement, brought into narrative form and glazed on our TV sets. The story where a rape scandal has impacted the lives of a group of characters — who is telling the truth? Like the Netflix series Unbelievable — this is important. It’s important because our social paradigm has shifted urgently in recent years. So many women were silenced, and one of the tools to change the ideologies, to educate and to keep informed is by releasing films like Indian film Guilty.
The Netflix Hindi film bases itself on the horizon of the #MeToo movement hitting India — On Valentine’s Day, a teenage girl, a less popular person at school, goes to the police and accuses a popular teenage boy of rape. The narrative is possessed of many angles but heavily leans on that this young girl spent most of her night intoxicated and trying to court this young boy.
Hindi film Guilty dives into the behaviors and perception of those directly and indirectly involved. The friends of the accused use language and sentences that the #MeToo are trying to remove from our generation. This idea that if a woman shows a man she’s interested, that must mean she is given her consent for sex, is a repeated theme in Guilty. There are many plot points that try to suggest that the woman is the villain in all this, and even the teenage boy’s girlfriend is forced to be made to feel she is at fault too. It’s a story that makes the rape case feel like an inconvenience to the accused family and friends.
Guilty is not a perfect film — it slogs through the second act, prolonging plot points that are not necessary, but purely from the perspective of a case study, this Netflix Indian film is a must-watch; again, it is important to understand how this truly needs changing in our culture.
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