Meher Vij becomes a revelation after #SecretSuperstar

Aamir Khan’s #Secret Superstar, which released last Thursday, has opened to mostly positive reviews. Directed by Advait Chandan, Secret Superstar is based on the life of a teenage girl named Insia.

Congratulations have been pouring in for the performance of not just Zaira and Aamir, but also for Meher Vij, Raj Arjun, and Tirth Sharma, who essay the characters of the mother, father, and friend of the protagonist respectively.

She’s not talked about much but the one who walks away with the film is Meher Vij, who plays Insia’s mother. Despite being undSecret Superstarerplayed in both the trailer and during promotions, it is Vij’s portrayal of Najma that stays with us, haunts us long after we have left the theatres.

As a victim of domestic violence who chooses to take a stand for herself and writes her daughter’s success story, Vij is all blood and flesh in this film. There are some extremely violent scenes in the film, mostly directed at Vij. This is the kind of violence which many Indian housewives put up with on a regular basis, without making a big deal about it.

Vij with her lively smile and powerful performance ensures that the audience doesn’t look at her as a battered wife. It’s true that hers is the best-written character. But it takes real talent to breathe life into such a complex character.

Aamir Khan and Zaira Wasim have done terrific jobs with their roles as well. Meher Vij has done an outstanding job as well , there is not one scene in the film, where Vij errs. She lights up the screen with her innocent smile and straddles the line between playing a fearful, docile wife and a visionary mother with an uncanny sure-footedness.

One of the scenes to watch out for is when Najma has an emotional outburst after her daughter forces her to sign divorce papers. The entire conflict unfolds in a 5-minute sequence and Vij becomes the voice of every voiceless woman in that one scene –

Why should a woman’s destiny be written by external forces by her father, her husband, her children and the society at large? What about her consent, her opinion and her ambitions have anyone really taken these into account while writing her story?

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Meher Vij with Ritika Joshi (Founder VamaIndia)

But she saves the best for the last, as the climax, the moment of final freedom for her and her daughter entirely belongs to Vij and her wit.

Just as Zaira Wasim was the real find of Dangal, Vij is a revelation after this film.

It is an amazing family entertainer! A must watch!!

 

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