Boldly titled “Thappad” – which translates to a “slap” in English, the film revolves around a happily married couple, whose life hits turbulence after the husband imprints a tight slap across the wife’s face in public.
The promising film that comes with the witty tagline – “inspired by YOU and HER” is set to hit the screens on 28 February. Its newly launched trailer has not dropped from its top slot on Twitter in India.
The trailer gives a glimpse of the core of the story that shows a typical Indian-style dressed Taapsee confronting her on-screen spouse after being slapped while confessing how she just fell out of love with him, and their relationship in that one moment.
The trailer shows different characters trying to take sides in the situation in an attempt to simplify the couple’s tangled equation. The clip also gives a sneak-peek into the toxicity of the conservative mind-sets of people, who are seen trying to defend domestic violence with casual, generic excuses.
Twitter in India has been flooded with love and support for the upcoming movie, perceived as “A collective slap on the consciousness of flawed patriarchal conditioning” in India.
.#ThappadTrailer: A collective slap on the consciousness of a flawed patriarchal conditioning. @tweetfromvj reviews here: https://t.co/vDBrbFi78o@taapsee @anubhavsinha @pavailkgulati @deespeak @Manavkaul19 @GeetikaVidya @TSeries pic.twitter.com/nWyjphjYLD— Radio City (@radiocityindia) January 31, 2020
USS EK THAPPAD SE MUJHE WO SAARI UNFAIR CHEEZEIN SAAF DIKHNE LAG GAYI, JISKO MAI ANDEKHA KARKE MOVE ON KARTE JA RAHI THI! #Thappad sheds light on the sexist and nonchalant treatment of domestic abuse in our society! Compelling, gritty, necessary! #TaapseePannu #ThappadTrailer pic.twitter.com/VyKssR39bf— ANMOL JAMWAL (@jammypants4) January 31, 2020
However, some netizens, in an attempt to generalise the concept of the movie, labelled the plot “laughable” on Twitter.
The concept of the film is laughable, & media will praise it like anything. End result at the box office would be worst than media hyped #Chhapaak & #Panga . 50 lakh-1 cr opening at max & lifetime below 10 cr. Copy that . #ThappadTrailer #Thappad https://t.co/KaArIGtlsM— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) January 31, 2020
PATHETIC #ThappadTrailer in the name of women empowerment u can't serve anything. 🌟— ADIANVivek 🛫 #BhujThePrideOfIndia 🛫 (@AskVivek2) January 31, 2020
Bc it happens in the heat of moment sometimes wife does that this topic is rubbish man sucked tottaly #ThappadTrailer— Demon (@Demon5553835) January 31, 2020
The movie was directed by ace Bollywood director Anubhav Sinha who has previously delivered blockbuster successes like "Tum Bin", "Ra. One" and "Mulk" among others.