Review in Brief: Soni (2018/19)

The best thing about Netflix as a service is how it encourages the democratisation of cinema. So many promising new, diverse voices would not have an outlet without the streaming giant. SONI is a hidden gem, and you should all load it up on Netflix right now and watch it. Two female cops in Delhi encounter misogyny to different extents in their day-to-day and deal with it in very different ways. Soni (Geetika Vidya Ohlyan) and her superior Kalpana (Saloni Batra) are mesmerising, empathetic and relatably flawed individuals who refuse to let the bastards grind them down. Most of the film is just us bearing witness to how they handle a series of challenging situations at work and at home, and it’s captivating, thoughtful stuff. The key message, that “They will always try and get the better of you because they know you are stronger than them” is truly one to live by. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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