Poorvi Gupta is an independent journalist who has been covering gender through the intersections of caste, class, colour, age, community etc. Her work revolves around various issues that expose gender inequality and human rights violations in Indian society. In her free time, she calls out manels and casual sexism on social media and in her house too.
This is a narrative based on a ‘true story’ as seen through the eyes of a daughter, that is, Shakuntala Devi’s daughter Anupama Banerji. In doing so, unfortunately, this film has reduced the life of the late Guinness-record-holding 'human calculator' to just her motherhood.
Raat Akeli Hai packages Jatil as a 'knight in shining armor' for exposing the darkness underlying the respectful facade of the Thakur family, but we never see Jatil undergo any internal character development or acknowledge that his thoughts towards women need reform.