- 1 hr 30 min
Haraamkhor is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language film directed by Shlok Sharma and produced by Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap, and Feroze Alameer. The film follows the story of a relationship between a schoolteacher and his student. The film features Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Shyam, a married schoolteacher who becomes involved in a romantic relationship with his student Sandhya, played by Shweta Tripathi. Both actors deliver strong performances, particularly Siddiqui, who manages to convey the complexities of his character's moral struggle.
Shyam is a flawed character with a clear power imbalance in the relationship. He is manipulative and takes advantage of Sandhya's affection towards him. Tripathi, on the other hand, plays a naive young student who is infatuated with her teacher. Despite their age difference and the fact that Shyam is married, the two embark on a secretive and forbidden affair in a small Indian village.
The film explores the themes of power dynamics, morality, and taboo relationships in a conservative society. The setting of a small village amplifies the consequences of their actions, as the social norms are strict and unforgiving. Sandhya's mother and her own peers ostracize her when they learn of the relationship, and Shyam is faced with the risk of losing both his career and his family.
Trimala Adhikari plays Sunita, a former colleague and love interest of Shyam, who confronts him about his affair with Sandhya. Adhikari's character serves as a moral compass in the film and highlights the destructive nature of the relationship between Shyam and Sandhya.
The film is shot mostly in natural light, which fits well with the rural setting and adds to the overall realism of the film. The camera work is intimate and at times shaky, placing the viewer in the midst of the drama.
Haraamkhor is a brave and thought-provoking film that explores complex themes through realistic characters and relationships. It also highlights the power dynamics within educational institutions and the dangers of manipulation and exploitation. The performances of Siddiqui and Tripathi are particularly impressive, making the film a must-watch for fans of Indian cinema.