Fight­ing sis­ters are a riot to watch


VISHAL Bhard­waj’s films are ha­bit­ual in por­tray­ing any sub­ject mat­ter from off­beat to ab­surd. He mostly tack­les is­sues based on the smaller town so­ci­eties with a pen­chant to de­velop much shock value from their dark-themed story-lines. This movie is no dif­fer­ent.

Based on a short story called Do Be­henein by Cha­ran Singh Pathik, this is the story of two sis­ters, Champa Ku­mari (Rad­hika Madan) and Genda Ku­mari (Sanya Mal­ho­tra).

The two hate each other and show no re­morse in dis­play­ing their lack of af­fec­tion. Amid this chaos is Tharki Pa­tel (Su­nil Grover), a wid­ower who is de­ter­mined to woo any one of the two sis­ters with the in­flu­ence of his money.

One would eas­ily be sur­prised by the brave stance in show­ing sev­eral fe­male fight scenes – that too be­tween two sis­ters. The film has many such el­e­ments which keep the story at high rise in terms of in­ter­est value.

While the first half com­mands much re­spect for the writer’s at­tempt at pre­sent­ing some­thing dark and in­ter­est­ing in an en­ter­tain­ing man­ner – it’s the se­cond half which dis­ap­points.

The screen­play be­gins to wa­ver out af­ter the in­ter­val and re­lies heav­ily on the strength of its fe­male con­flicts and their par­al­lel sto­ries to carry the drama for­ward.

Mal­ho­tra and Madan are a riot to watch to­gether on screen.

Their odd-ball re­la­tion­ship as sib­lings is the story’s big­gest glory – beau­ti­fully high­lighted by their pow­er­ful, gritty per­for­mances.

The young ac­tresses get into the skin of their char­ac­ters with ab­so­lute de­ter­mi­na­tion to cre­ate mem­o­rable char­ac­ters.

Co­me­dian-turned-ac­tor Grover is the show-stealer who puts in an im­pres­sive act as the man who stands be­tween the war­ring sis­ters.

Noted ac­tor Vi­jay Raaz has a sub­stan­tial role as the car­ing fa­ther and man­ages to build an emo­tional res­o­nance be­tween the con­flicts.

This is a gen­uine breed of off-beat cinema which de­serves a view for its unique sto­ry­line and the skilled per­for­mances.

● Sookhun is a pop­u­lar Lo­tus FM per­son­al­ity with a 20-year his­tory of work­ing in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. You can fol­low him on In­sta­gram, @im_­var­shan; Face­book and Twit­ter, @var­shan­sookhun

Rad­hika Madan and Sanya Mal­ho­tra in a scene from Pataakha.

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