Four our non-Indian fans, allow us to introduce you to Tabu. She is the niece to Shabana Azmi and is considered to be one of the finest actresses of our times. This talented woman picks and chooses her films. And even today, after 25 years in the business, the very fact that she signs up a film means that a passionately made film is coming to the theaters. She even survived the 90s relatively unscathed.
You wouldn’t believe that Tabu would ever find her name in this website, but lo and behold, we are blessed, and she does find her place on our website. The Bollywood horror film that she starred in was titled ‘Hawa’, and directed by Guddu Dhanoa, who was more or less known for his action films.
The film begins with Sanjana (Tabu), a single mother with two daughters who shifts to a village with her brother. The house turns out to be haunted and creates problems for Sanjana and her family. A spirit possesses her dog, her brother and both end up dead. The spirit also sexually assaults Sanjana, until she decides to take matters into her own hands and finds out the truth.
Hawa created a buzz when it released and was controversial, even for Bollywood horror films. This was the first mainstream, wide release film that showed that the spirit was sexually assaulting the woman. Earlier, the demon would just ‘kill’ the woman. But in Hawa, there are at least 3 intricate and detailed scenes of the spirit sexually molesting Sanjana. Our audience will cry out ‘The Entity’ and we agree. But the fact remains, this was maybe the first time that an Indian audience saw a spirit sexually assaulting a woman.
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