Review: Haraamkhor

Haraamkhor

Haraamkhor

Genre: Drama
Duration: 93 Minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 13-JAN-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.75 on 5 (Cinema @ its best)

Plot:
In a small Gujarati town, a school teacher has more than an academic interest in one of his female students.

Overall Review:
“Haraamkhor”, a debut feature by director Shlok Sharma, features Hindi cinema’s acting powerhouse Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a school teacher who enters a forbidden relationship of sorts with his student, essayed by the vibrant 29-year-old Shweta. It is a mature story and shows the dark side of a student teacher relationship set up in rural area. The stakes are high for the kids in the film as they takes their uneasy steps toward adulthood. Shlok has done a wonderful job creating a film that is entertaining without being exploitative, thought-provoking without being preachy, and explosive without blowing up in his face. Nawazuddin fits in perfectly in the role of the rogue teacher in this dark story with his slimy style of charming talk mixed with his evil look. Shweta Tripathi does a brilliant job as a school girl torn between her loneliness and the advances of her teacher. It is very brave of her to take on a brutal and tough role of the little girl in this hard hitting story that is honest and well represented by the director. The tender development of their relationship is one of the highlights of the film. The pace was quite slow at points but the attention to detail is excellent for this dark story. The shots are great for a low budget film shot in 16 Days and that too in a small village. The setting and language of the characters is quite well represented. The story develops and gets darker as the film evolves and ends on a sad note with a sudden shift to very high drama towards the end which feels a bit choppy but is refreshing as well as the script does not follow the conventional story telling style. Haraamkhor is not a film for everyone and lacks all the elements of an entertainer as such but film does not shy away from showing the facts with two really amazing actors. The film has a fresh story line that was never seen before and it works quite well in communicating opposing truths about the nature of love and what it does to people (“The Dangerous Distance Between Loving And Being Loved”).

Performance & Technical Review:
Every performance in the film is excellent. Nawazuddin fits in perfectly in the role of the rogue teacher in this dark story with his slimy style of charming talk mixed with his evil look. His unconventional demeanor in projecting the role is quite strong but very engaging at the same time with his methodical acting skills. Shweta Tripathi does a brilliant job as a school girl torn between her loneliness and the advances of her teacher. Siddiqui is not alone in the film as he is surrounded by a surprisingly talented group of cinema newcomers. Each of these young performers brings nuance to their roles that belie their years, but especially the performances of Irfan Khan as Kamal and Mohd Samad as his best friend Mintu. These two young men are both completely real in their portrayals of these boys on the verge of adolescence and incredibly able to beam pure emotion through the schoolboy giggles.

PDF Verdict:
The film has a fresh story line that was never seen before and it works quite well in communicating opposing truths about the nature of love and what it does to people (“The Dangerous Distance Between Loving And Being Loved”). Siddiqui gives splendid performance along with newcomers. Shot in just 16 days with run time of 90 minutes, HARAAMKHOR is definitely worth every moment.

P.S.: Best Suited for Film Festivals (Def. not a Commercial Cinema)

Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.75 on 5 (Cinema @ its Best)
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 4 on 5
CGI: NA
Music / Background Score:3 on 5

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