MOVIE : KHANDAANI SHAFAKHANA
DIRECTOR : SHILPI DASGUPTA
CAST : SONAKSHI SINHA, BADSHAH, VARUN SHARMA
STARS : 3.0/5.0
Khandaani Shafakhana, the comedy drama based on the issue of lack of sex education in India.
The story revolves around Baby Bedi (Sonakshi Sinha) who is a medical sales representative, lives with her mother (Nadira Babbar) and good for nothing brother (Varun Sharma). Their house could anytime be taken away by her uncle if they are unable to repay the dues because of which, when she learns that her “mamaji” (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) has left her his “Khandaani Shafakhana” with a condition to run it for 6 months after his death before she decides to use the property for other reasons, she takes the offer without letting her mother know.
The film keeps on underlining the taboo sex still is in India and just like her mamaji, Bedi too faces the social protests, boycott and judgements.
Sonakshi Sinha has own the film with boldness and vulnerability, when needed. Being a debutant Badshah was his true self in the movie playing “Gabru Ghatack” who is the most high profile client of mamaji and has given emotional scenes well too. Coming to Varun Sharma, he was again his charming funny self and was refreshing at times. Piyush Jore, who too made his Bollywood debut as baby Bedi’s love affair wasn’t given much space in the movie and sadly there isn’t any to no chemistry between him and Bedi.
Bollywood has given us movies like Vicky Donor and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan which have tackled similar topics, though they were all male-driven. The attempt to highlight such an important social issue with a female lead is no doubt a bang on but there are some loops in the movie, the pace is slow and also it wasn’t even humourous- which was again and again mentioned by the star cast during the promotions.
Walk into this Khandaani Shafakhana if you please! For me the experience was average and would give 3 stars for the concept and initiative #baattohkaro