Going Home: Possible In The Real World?


Vikas Bahl, coming together with Vogue, has created a short film named Going Home starring Alia Bhatt which has gone viral over the web. The film makes an attempt to get the audience questioning, “Is it possible for a girl to reach safely home with five unknown men?”

Alia Bhatt is seen to be driving alone late at night in an empty road before her car breaks down. Just then five boys (having the kind of looks that girls absolutely fear) come by in an SUV and stop next to Alia’s car. All five letch over the gorgeous Alia in a black skirt; glaring at her from top to bottom and pass what-girls-call the “creepy” expressions to each other. The air is tense and the audience can’t help but wait for the guys to grab Alia and sexually thrust themselves at her. Meanwhile, Alia requests the boys to help figure out a solution for her broken car and finally asks for a lift home.

Alia is seated in between two men in the car; the boys continue to leer at Alia as she gives her direction home. Finally when she reaches the front of her home she hugs the boys good night and showers them with heart-melting flying kisses for getting her home. One can only breathe a sigh of relief when she is safely inside the gate of her house. The film ends with the question, “Can we give her the world that she believes exists? Can we?

Watch the short film here:

What is unique about Bahl’s attempt is that he has not sought to create a fairy tale out of a humdrum situation; nor has he tried to brutally highlight the materialisation of the constant horror that exists for every girl. His is an attempt which brings together (almost in a harmony) the “horrific real” and the “pleasant imagination” that every girl dreads; every girl wishes.

In the real world however, if it were me (or any friend of mine), I am more than sure that I would lock the doors of my car as soon as I saw a car filled with men carrying the looks capable of terrifying me to tears. I would probably call a friend or a member of my family and sit still in my car doing nothing but praying.

As I watched the video, some of my male friends argued that girls need to give guys a chance, and that not all men are capable of sexually molesting a girl. But my question is, living in a time in which every other day I hear cases of rapes and sexual assaults, how would I dare to take a chance to give a chance?

Bahl’s film according to me, is not a question of whether men can give girls “the world they believe exists”, but rather is a message, or even a request, for every man to give girls that world. It may be only natural for boys to feel in total awe in the company of a gorgeous looking girl, wishing something would happen with her and being totally smitten as she leaves with a flying kiss. There is no absolute need for a boy to be someone that he is not and pretend like he takes the girl in a broken down car as a sister and drop her home without wishing something to happen. But that should be that; only in his mind. It would be a lie to say that girls never get carried away wishing that a gorgeous looking boy who dropped her home once would also take her out on a second and a third date; but that could just remain in her mind as would the fantasy carried by a boy— undoubtedly a real world.

However, today the real is quite different than just carrying on certain fantasies in the head. Sexual assaults often, if not always, follow wild brutal fantasies of men. That is what needs to change. After all, which man’s heart would not melt in delight to see a girl enter the gates of her home carrying the innocent and heart-touching smile that Alia has in Going Home?

Pallavi Sharma

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