Amidst all the buzz, the web film Guilty has hit the popular web platform called Netflix. The web film revolves around a college band comprising several people in it. One of these include Nanki played by Kiara Advani who is the lyricist and a rebel without a cause. She is in a relationship with VJ Pratap played by Gurfateh Singh Pirzada who remains the lead singer and college heartthrob. Others in the band called tribe include Hardy, KP and Tashi. They all tend to remain Inseparable, apart from being fiercely loyal and high on attitude. However, the band’s cool quotient gets badly hampered when Tanu (Akansha Ranjan Kapoor), accuses VJ of raping her.
In a sense, the film is all about the reaction to the rise and stoop hatched somewhere by the MeToo movement. It also addresses some key issues like exploitation, gender dynamics, power, sexism, prejudice, the class divide, judgment and, of course, guilt. The writers were smart enough to fastidiously use the hashtag and social media vocabulary that has been surrounding MeToo. The two hours film works like a commentary but a blend of an arrhythmic ensemble cast, along with the underdeveloped story arcs and the roles and spotty editing, and scuppers the whodunit factor.
A dark colour palette along with the night shots are seen getting overused to establish the right kind of mood, along with the trauma one can face about the sexual abuse and patriarchal patterns one can be seen while getting slightly addressed. The emotional kind of thrust one can find from the leading lady played by Kiara Advani playing the troubled teen who seems to be confined by the issues like conditioning and distorted mortality along with the contrition. She is seen lifting the movie in a big when the makers have tried to impose the verbose climax starting to acquiesce for pulling the evangelism. Rather than kicking off the conversation, the film Guilty tends to end up talking about the same. Luckily what is being said and portrayed in the film is worth listening to.