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Lihaaf: The Quilt 2021

(2019) Drama | 85min | July 31, 2021 (India) 7.4
Director: Rahat KazmiWriter: Rahat Kazmi, Sonal SehgalStars: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sonal Sehgal, Virendra SaxenaSummary: A period drama, the film is based on Ismat Chugtai's most celebrated story "Lihaaf" (published 1942). The film inter weaves the plot of same sex relationship between Begum and her masseuse and the trial that Ismat underwent after being slapped with a case of obscenity on publishing the story. The film raises themes of homosexuality and freedom of speech that our society is grappling with even today.


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Rahat Kazmi’s Lihaaf stars Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sonal Sehgal and Anushka Sen. Based on Ismat Chughtai’s short story of the same name, the film is streaming on Voot Select.
Lihaaf, one of the most infamous short stories of noted Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai was adapted into a film by Rahat Kazmi. The film, starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sonal Sehgal and Anushka Sen, is currently streaming on Voot Select. The film runs two parallel tracks. One features author Ismat Chughtai’s court trial for obscenity in Lahore for writing Lihaaf, while the other features the short story’s dramatised version. And the subtle hat tip to Manto is evident.

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Tannishtha’s Ismat says in the film, “Sharm, haya aur ghutan mein giraftar ek aurat ki bagawat ka afsana hai Lihaaf.” And that sets the tone, or at least shows us what the makers tried to do. The story is about repressed sexual desires, women exploring their sexuality, and child abuse. Anyone who has read the short story would already know that.
Ismat (Anushka Sen) was a teenager when she first saw Begum Jaan (Sonal Sehgal) at her wedding with Nawab Sahab (Mir Sarwar) and was mesmerised by her beauty. After the wedding, Begum was added to Nawab’s ‘collectables’ and was forgotten. She yearned for his love and attention, but to no avail. Slowly her glow started to fade and she kept getting sick. However, after Rabbo, a masseuse, was appointed for her, her glow starts to return.
When Ismat’s mother leaves for Agra, she is left in Begum Jaan’s home. Fascinated with her beauty, young Ismat spends her time admiring Begum Jaan. The Begum is also fond of Ismat – she given the bed adjacent to Begum Jaan’s. However, Ismat starts dreading the nights, as at night the Begum’s lihaaf AKA quilt makes weird shapes, and the shadows they cast frighten her.
Rahat Kazmi’s film might have been true to the original story, however, it doesn’t make a connection with the audience. Anushka and Sonal portrayed their characters well but their scenes together didn’t leave a mark. The scenes between Sonal and Namita Lal, who plays Rabbo in the film, lack chemistry. Rather than looking for a companion, Begum Jaan seems to be more of a predator looking to fulfil her lust in Lihaaf.
Meanwhile, Mir Sarwar’s Nawab always seems disinterested. The makers have tried to portray him in a slightly different light – watch it to know it – but his scenes, much like the characterisation itself, isn’t interesting. Despite all the drawbacks, the dramatised version of the story was better than the court trial scenes in the film. Tannishtha Chatterjee’s acting is impressive as the grown-up Ismat, but the film’s weak screenplay didn’t support her much. Generally, courtroom dramas are thrilling but here Ismat’s trials were agonizing to watch. Though visually the film looks good, it fails to intrigue the viewers.
One would any day prefer to read Lihaaf than watch it on screen. The film doesn’t do proper justice to Ismat Chughtai’s writing.



Format: Matroska

Duration: 1 h 13 min

Global Bit Rate: 8305kb/s

Overall Size: 4.27 GiB

Video Tracks:

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Format: AVC (8 bits)

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Frame Rate: 23.976 (24000/1001) FPS

Bit Rate: 8000kb/s

 Audio Tracks:

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Hindi | AC-3 | 5.1ch | 384kb/s |

 Subtitles: English 

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Duration: 85 min

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IMDb: 6.9