Direction & Screenplay: Ivan Ayr
Cast: Geetika Vidya Ohlyan, Saloni Batra, Mohit Chauhan, Vikas Shukla, Mohinder Gujral
The film starts with a stalking scene where a girl is cycling on the streets of Delhi and she is followed by a stalker. She stops and beats him badly. The girl is Soni (Geetika Vidya Ohlyan) who works on the night shift as an undercover policewoman.
Soni is a girl who has her inner problems and she becomes arrogant when she loses her patience. She is a very dedicated officer and punctual. Soni is also having issues with her husband Naveen. It shows how she is making involvement in her life due to personal issues.
Kalpana (Saloni Batra) Who is an IPS officer reprimands Soni when she (Soni) loses the temper. She is a soft heart officer who also understands that Soni is having personal problems so she made her into the trouble with her arrogant approach.
Ayr picked a random byte from the society who finds some humorous way to protect a woman like Soni’s neighbour advises her in a scene by saying, “Beta zara sindoor daal lo, behtar hoga”.
Soni fights with a navy officer in a scene when she called him to get out of the car because he was drunk and abusing her staff members. She beats him and later, faces the inquiry from Kalpana and Sandeep (IPS Officer and Kalpana’s husband).
Most of the scenes are shot with a single camera. Few scenes are slow but actually this the way Ayr has done the storytelling. In few scenes like when Soni works in the kitchen or she hears the FM News, camera captures the moments for a long. Sometimes, it looks dull but at the sudden, it also shows the emotions of Soni and moves ahead the story. Cinematographer focuses more on the emotions and the character’s involvement.
Soni and Kalpana both have the same approaches towards sexual harassment and misogyny but the executions are different. There is a scene where Kalpana’s niece tells her the story of a teasing sequence in the class on her periods. This is the moment where you demand an action like Soni naturally does. You will find the difference with Kalpana in this particular scene.
‘Soni’ is an off-beat drama who revolves around the courageous, honest and dedicated girl. The character speaks even in the silence. There is no background score and this is the beauty.
Ayr’s screenplay is slow-burning drama which deserves an applaud. Soni and Kalpana’s characterisations are impressive. Two protagonists in their different mental approach somehow find themselves in a circle when society implements their ethics. Soni is a realistic tale of a fearless girl, you should definitely watch.