Movie Review – Pataakha



Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Duration: 132 minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 28-SEP-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5

Based on Charan Singh Pathik’s short story Do Behnein, Pataakha narrates the story of two feuding sisters who realize the true nature of their relationship only after marriage separates them.

Overall Review:
Vishal Bharadwaj’s new film PATAKHA (based on an acclaimed short story – Do Behnein, by Charan Singh Pathik) is a hilarious comedy about two sisters who would rather be enemies. Film stars Sanya Malhotra (of Dangal Fame), Radhika Madan (TV Actress) and Sunil Grover in lead roles.The film revolves around two sisters, Badki and Chhutki, who grow up in a small village in Rajasthan and are constantly at war. But when marriage separates them, they realize they cannot seem to live with or without each other. Film also depicts the different phases of Malhotra and Madan’s characters as siblings, beginning from their immature teenage selves to a phase where they become married women. Director does not waste even a single moment in establishing characters of both sisters. It may take a while for audience to understand the plo of the film, A TYPICAL VISHAL BHARDWAJ NARRATING STYLE (Reminds me of Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola) Cinematographer Ranjan Palit delves into the narrow lanes of Rajasthan with perfection. The screenplay gets little repetitive post second half and makes overall film a little stretched. Sanya and Radhika has given powerful performances. Both of them have dug deep into their earthy characters and their feisty and animated performances are worthy of applause. Lead actors: Vijay Raaz, Sunil Grover and Namit Das are supportive having fare on-screen presence. Music of the film is rustic but fits the film’s mood especially the title track. Director has kept the story so realistic that the characters speak only in the local language which may become a challenge for the audience to understand. All in one: Vishal Bhardwaj gives us delightful fireworks ahead of DIWALI – Festive Season in India.

PDF Verdict:
Pataakha is a film at odds with polish. If you are hardcore fan of Vishal Bhardwaj OR if you like stories that leave you think at the end with the question WHY? then Pataakha is delightful watch full of explosions (especially ahead of Festive Season – Diwali).

Ratings: 3.25 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Screenplay: 3.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5
Editing: 3 on 5

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