Movie: Sirf Ek Banda Kaafi Hai
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Surya Mohan Kulshreshtha, Adrija Sinha, Vipin Sharma
Director: Apoorv Singh Karki
Streaming On: Zee5
Release Date: 23rd May, 2023
Story: PC Solanki (Manoj Bajpai), a lawyer, takes up the case of minor girl Nu Singh(Adrija Sinha) who gets raped by Godman, Baba (Surya Mohan Kulshreshtha). What challenges does Solanki face in fighting the case? Will he be able to get her justice? What obstacles did the henchmen of Baba plan against Solanki to get him out of the case? Answers to these questions form the rest of the story.
Analysis: Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai is said to be inspired by a true story based on Godman Asaram Bapu, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for sexually abusing a minor girl. The director never tried to add too much fiction, but he put the important incidents that happened during the case for most of the part. With such a sensitive narrative, the screenplay was treated with great care. There’s a scene where a lawyer asks Nu whether the Godman forced her to touch his private parts. Even if he is defending the Godman, he is ashamed to ask that and the whole court appears silent.
Apoorv Singh Karki was able to bring the intensity in all the scenes in the court, including the climax, which is led by a stunning monologue by Manoj Bajpayee. However, the outside scenes of the court could have been handled better. The case spans 5 years, which was not established visually or even with a note or subtitles.
Performances: Manoj Bajpayee got into the skin of the character and carried the film on his shoulders. Adrija Sinha was natural and brought the required emotional depth for her character. Vipin Sharma and others were appropriate.
- Manoj Bajpayee’s Performance
- All Scenes in the Court
- Few portions at Post Interval
- Some key scenes lacked the intensity
Verdict: Sirf Ek Hi Bandaa Kaafi Hai gets the right impact thanks to the Manoj Bajpayee’s terrific performance and well-balanced courtroom arguments. If only some key links during the time span of the case had been handled with more attention, The movie would have been more powerful. Nevertheless, it’s worth watching for the captivating handling of the main issue.