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.