Review: Dookudu’s love story

An acquaintance told me to watch Dookudu because it was awesome. Dookudu is a hit Telugu movie from 2011.  

I have picked up the love story from the entire movie which was little and strung them together. A little background:

Mahesh is a cop and Samantha’s dad is his senior. Sam hides from her dad the fact that she is a fashion designer because her dad is a strict traditional guy. So do her mom and sis who pretend to be traditional at home. She goes to Turkey for a show. Mahesh goes to Turkey for an operation. They meet. They seem to fall in love. They meet again in India because he works under her dad. They get married.

In Turkey

  • Scene 1

Mahesh and his team assume that Samantha is a don’s girlfriend and follow. She is angry that she is being followed by some roadside romeos and confronts them. He reacts and stands up like he is going to hit her that moment. Mahesh realises it was an error. Follow her when she goes with her mom and sis onto a ferry. He butters upto her mom but she is pissed and tell him to go to hell

  • Scene 2  

He goes to her to clear the misunderstandings.  She is almost yelling at him to go away. He forcefully puts his hand over her mouth, pushes her against the wall, holds her hand down and tells her the truth, like he is kidnapping her.

  • Scene 3  

She forgets her bag at a railway station. She cries because she feels she is paying for her sin of lying to her father. Our Mahesh walks in with a hanky and returns her bag. He gives a lecture to them and tells Samantha’s friend not to forget her culture and not roam in clothes like those in a foreign country. Samantha is shown as falling in love with him already. 

  • Scene 4  

He is speaking ill of her behind her back to his friends. Of course, she walks in when is speaking like that but then he does not know it. He speaks of getting her under control after marriage. He speaks ill of her mother who was in western clothes. She is pissed.

  • Scene 5  

He tells her goodbye and tell her he will forget her and she feels bad. He tells his friend that you need to use such tricks to get the girl to come after you.

In India

  • Scene 6

They accidentally end up meeting her in a car when Mahesh is giving a lift to the dad and dad picks up Sam from Temple. Mahesh realises that Samantha, her mom and sis have been lying to their dad. They dress in traditional clothes at home and claim she went for classes to Delhi, when in fact she was in Turkey for a fashion designing show, where she met Mahesh.  

Samantha’s mom is seen asking for permission from her husband (Samantha’s dad) to go to market. Sam’s dad is proud of how traditional and good women of his house are and keeps berating Mahesh’s girlfriend (who is Sam and her dad does not know that yet). Mahesh calls her girlfriend? When did they even date?

Mahesh uses this knowledge to keep irking Sam. Then truth comes out. Mahesh explains to  dad the situation. So, your dad would not understand your point of view or let you pursue a career of your choice but when a man comes and explains to your dad, he gets it. Women, one more reason you need men.

Of course, Sam is deep in love with him after he talks to her dad and supports her career.

  • Scene 7

She runs into Mahesh in a bar where he is in some undercover operation but she tries to talk to him. He tells her to go and she insists on talking. He slaps her to send her away. Her friends justifies the slap by saying she disturbed him when he was on duty. There is no second scene where he apologises or sends her an SMS at least.

  • Scene 8

Next day, she again runs into him in a car park. She talks to him even after he slapped her. He is again on duty. A criminal shoots a gun and she is shocked and he runs after the criminal

  • Scene 9

Mahesh goes to Sam’s house and asks her parents to talk to his parents for fixing marriage.

  • Scene 10

Mahesh and Sam get married.

The movie is okay and I feel Mahesh babu has done better movies. The other parts are okay and the storyline seemed a bit improbable in some aspects.

What hit me the most was the misogyny. I could not believe the female who recommended this movie to me did not find anything wrong with the treatment of the lead actress. He does not contact her. He speaks ill of her behind her back. He slaps her. Yet, she falls in love with him. Men seems to have to do so little to snag a girl in India. Treat her poorly, push her away, act like you are going to hit her any moment she irritates you and she will be after you. Do women really have such low self esteem? I think yes, if your society keeps telling you women are inferior all the time.

I know there will be a set of people who will say I am over reacting and that it is just a movie and I want them to note certain points:

–  We persistently show such messages all over in media and in our society, so much so that we begin to accept it as normal

–   A large number of people are heavily influenced by movies and rely on them as role models.

–   If India were not a misogynist society with so many crimes against women, we can relax that such movies do not have any effect. Well, stats & my observations show that it is not the case.

–   It is not only me but also westerners who could not believe the misogyny in this movie.

This leads me to wonder, how ingrained misogyny has become ingrained in our collective psyche that we being to think it is normal that men treat women poorly and we believe it is love and that it is acceptable. We are giving both men and women wrong prototypes for behaviour in relationships.

Ladies, do yourself a favour and stop dating/marrying a man who treats you with little respect. 


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