1. When Aru finds the book
Raakshas starring Sai Tamhankar and Sharad Kelkar tells the story of a documentary filmmaker Avinash (Sharad) who is shooting a project on tribals in a nearby forest. Amidst the shoot, he disappears and his wife Iravati (Sai) and daughter Aru (Rujuta Deshpande) set out on a quest to find him.
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As the two dig deeper, the lines between reality and fantasy start blurring. Aru finds a book which tells the story of how a king was captured by a monster and how his daughter had to solve riddles to find him. Aru relates this story to her own reality and starts looking for her father. The tale in the book is depicted beautifully where an animated version explains the event. This scene is a visual treat in every sense of the word.
2. Aru finds her guide
Aru is determined to find her father and comes across a mysterious man in the forest, who explains the rules of the riddles to her. He even gives her clues and this scene is intriguing as viewers are taken a step closer into the magical world that the forest hides.
3. Iravati discovers the truth
While Aru is on a quest to solve riddles, Iravati is on a separate mission to discover the truth behind the secrets that reside in the forest. As she dwells further, she discovers the truth about how corporate companies are robbing tribals off their lands for their own greed. She becomes aware of the violence and corruption that minority groups are subjected to.
This scene is important as it sheds light on a grave social issue that exists in large measures in India.
4. Aru and Iravati watch Avinash's film
5. Avinash reunites with his family
The ending scene is powerful where Avinash is finally released from the forest and reunited with his wife and daughter. The three of them hug and you can’t help but feel your heart getting full.
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