Mayank Shekhar's review: Lanka

By Hindustan Times

Direction: Maqbool Khan
Actors: Manoj Bajpayee, Tia Bajpai
Rating: **

The girl's a doctor. So is her dad. Goons guard their house round-the-clock. We’re in a north Indian small town, which like many, we’re
told, is essentially one man, Bhaisaab’s (Manoj Bajpayee’s) personal fiefdom. That fellow rapes the daughter every night. The father, unable to bear this’, rats on the don’s deeds to an investigative agency. The don gets to know of this. He takes the father to a brothel, threatens to sell his girl out at every such bazaar, until she can’t breathe. The girl sits muted. The father can’t believe his misfortune. The place is impenetrable.

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