With a butcher knife in hand, the grandmother of a rape victim quietly plots her way through a void of justice to inflict her own punishment.
What could have been another exercise in the rape-revenge genre is lifted into an evocative fable about the reciprocal exchange of extrajudicial powers between the oppressor to the oppressed. Taking its cue from Little Red Riding Hood, Ajji is a gritty slew of pent-up emotion, taking place in the shadowy alleys of a slum that could very well be a forest rife with wolves and their wayward desires.
As the law dispenses fear rather than justice when a girl was brutally raped, her 65 year-old grandmother finds herself drawn towards bitter vengeance. Within her calm disposition, lies a naïve child-like determination and a sense of justice that seems misplaced and fantastical within the contours of a bleak debilitating oppression. Awakened instincts lead her closer towards an encounter with the perpetrator, a man of power and willful perversions.
Cast & Credits
Devashish Makhija is an Indian filmmaker and screenwriter who also authored children’s books that are bestsellers in India. After working as assistant director and researcher for the acclaimed feature Black Friday (2007), he found a calling as a director and an advocate for the short film as a medium of expression. He released his debut feature Oonga in 2013. Ajji is his second feature film.
Siddharth Anand Kumar, Vikram Mehra
Devashish Makhija, Mirat Trivedi
Sushma Deshpande, Sharvani Suryavanshi, Saadiya Siddique
• In-competition, Busan International Film Festival 2017