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Alia Bhatt’s video wakes you up from your worst nightmare

Alia Bhatt has been a subject of mockery for quite some time now. Her inability to remember the name of the President of India at a talk show resulted in numerous jokes, memes, videos etc. Recently, Bhatt starred in a video that did just that- mock her, and garnered appreciation from fans and critics alike.

 

This time though, she acted in another video directed by Vikas Bahl, the director of the highly acclaimed Hindi movie, ‘Queen.’ The short five minute film, called ‘Going home’ has been going viral on the internet. The movie starts with a young girl driving back home late in the night. The second she (Alia Bhatt) hangs up her mother’s phone ensuring her that she will be back home in 10minutes, her car breaks down.

 

What you don’t understand is the lack of fear or anxiety in Alia’s eyes. The fear that all the women in this country feel every time they are on a lonely road and the anxiety all the women feel when they are travelling alone at night.

 

Next you see an SUV with five suspicious men, looking at the young girl sitting alone in the car. In the 5minute 37second video, it takes the car almost 45 seconds to come and park next to Alia’s car. One can feel the tension in their nerves during these 45 seconds. You still don’t see Alia’s expressions changing for a second- it’s difficult to understand why she doesn’t try to run away or call up her parents/ friends for help or at least lock her car.

 

[Picture Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle]

On the contrary, she walks up to the SUV and asks the men to help her. You see the men smirking and getting out of the car, with you just waiting to see every girl’s worst nightmare come true. After they come out, Bhatt hands one of them a torch and asks another to hold the car hood, with the five men still ogling at her. Alia seems unaware of all this and continues to try and fix her car.

 

She then asks the men to drop her home. At every point in the video you know what is going to happen, the question is when. Surprisingly, it doesn’t. She just gets out of her car and goes back home and you just wonder ‘in what world does this happen?’ At the end of the video, you read this on the screen: “Impossible in the real world… Can we give her the world she believes exists?”

 

This, according to the director, was Utopia. No police, no other women in sight and the men who end up sparing the young girl, still letching at her. It is difficult to decide whether one should applaud the director for shaming the men or feel offended by the video. Either way it makes you think and hope for a world like this.