The trailer for Anubhav Sinha's Thappad, starring Taapsee Pannu in the lead role, released today. It talks about the issue of domestic violence, with a particular focus on how violent behaviour is grounds for divorce, irrespective of the number of times it happens. Simply put, even if it is just 'one slap', it's domestic violence.
While there is no doubt that the trailer is gripping, it has also prompted a comparison to the film Kabir Singh on social media. Kabir Singh, where the hero was violent with his love interest, was actually defended by its director who believed that a 'little bit of violence' is part of a relationship.
Clearly, for Twitterati, this was the perfect opportunity to draw a comparison and point out that even in the name of love, violence is not acceptable:
Liked #ThappadTrailer. Making intellectual discourse mainstream 👍. It is especially important such movies are made at a time when films like Arjun Reddy/Kabir Singh are trying to normalize misogyny, abuse, toxic masculinity.— Hum dekhenge (@Oxynom) January 31, 2020
Kudos to @taapsee for championing progressive cinema.
@anubhavsinha 's THAPPAD to every indian film that has normalised violence against women. A tight slap to #arjunreddy #KabirSingh #AdithyaVarma and the likes. @writish , you are a gem. #Thappad #ThappadTrailer— Zorba (@SaadhoRe) January 31, 2020
To all the people who louded and praised Kabir Singh. Do watch this please. #ThappadTrailer— Akshay Kokde (@AkshayKokde) January 31, 2020
"Thodi bahot maar-peet toh expression of love hi hai na" a slap on Kabir Singh and those who think it is OKAY for a husband to slap his wife. #ThappadTrailer @taapsee you are amazing & proud of you. Thank you @anubhavsinha for highlighting such an important issue.— Pooja (@iamp00ja) January 31, 2020
Now, Preeti from Kabir singh wants to give divorce to Kabir.#ThappadTrailer— Dhavan Kadia (@dhaone110) January 31, 2020
#ThappadTrailer is so really good & also it's a tight slap on the faces of people who supported #KabirSingh saying " pyaar / relationships mai toh ek dusre ko thappad mar hi shakte hai "— 🅰 🆁 🅽 🅰 🅱 (@___A_R_N_A_B___) January 31, 2020
This time @taapsee 's reply to them is really BEFITTING.#Thappadhttps://t.co/n0HC1nH0SE
While Kabir Singh is available for viewing on Netflix, Thappad will be released cinematically on February 28.