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Inkaar: Just say no to this one


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Sexual harassment at the workplace, office politics and the question of whether women can make it to senior management in misogynistic companies plague many professionals in India.

To see all this depicted on screen, that too in a thriller is a novel idea in Bollywood. Director Sudhir Mishra starts off racily enough in “Inkaar” — portraying life in a trendy ad agency and sketching his characters along the way.

Rahul Varma (Arjun Rampal) is the suave, hard-nosed CEO, who is accused of sexual harassment by his colleague Maya Luthra (Chitrangada Singh). In a series of flashbacks, they narrate their story to a social worker, (Deepti Naval) who has been appointed by the agency for the case.