Khandaani Shafakhana Review & Rating
Khandaani Shafakhana Review: Off The Mark Anyway
Sonakshi Sinha, who has been treading the waters of female-led films for the past few years, hasn’t seen a proper box office success despite critical acclaim for a few of her films. Now, she has taken up a subject that’s generally meant for an Ayushmann Khurrana act and promises to deliver a similar hit. Let’s see if she is successful in this or not with Khandaani Shafakhana review.
The movie is set in a nondescript Punjabi town. We all know how small-town people treat sex and matters related to it in public. So, we have a doctor, called Mamaji, who cures all sex-related illnesses with an alternative medicine magically and made himself a name among the discreet patients. But he’s scoffed at by the public and he leads a sort of left out, out of the society sort of existence. His clinic Khandaani Shafakhana is a ragged building in a busy surrounding which lends it anonymity.
After a successful career, he passes away. As an inheritance, his niece Babita Bedi aka Baby receives the Khandaani. She’s a medical representative who is the breadwinner of the family which comprises of her mother and fashionably good for nothing younger brother. She has to pay off the debts of the family and is now in the pressure of clearing huge sums. The Khandaani comes out as an opportunity to sell it off and repay the debts.
But there’s a catch. After all Khandaani Shafakhana was Mamaji’s labor of love and his life work. So, he came up with a clause in the will that Khandaani Shafakhana should be run for 6 months before Baby could do as she pleased. How, a young lady with financial troubles and in supporting family run the clinic when even a person like Mamaji was socially boycotted form the rest of the story. How she creates awareness about the importance of sex education among the masses in a small town makes for an intriguing premise.
Sonakshi Sinha carries the entire weight of the film on her shoulders. She’s good both in comedic and emotional scenes (there are plenty). Varun Sharma is good in a role which he can play even while sleepwalking. And Kulbhushan Kharbanda is impactful in a limited role as Mamaji. Rapper Badshah makes a good debut playing a role which is an exaggerated version of his real-life self. He even emoted well. Annu Kapoor and Nadira Babbar make their presence felt.
Writing and direction
The story of the film has the potential for making a great film in the lines of Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan and Vicky Donor and the subject is apt for Ayushmann. But the setting here is how a young woman handles such a tricky situation and so we have Sonakshi who for her credit did extremely well. But the problem arises with the writing.
The trailer gave vibes of a laugh a minute but sensible take on the subject but in reality, the film is anything but. The humor is too passive even in set-pieces too. Moreover, as the movie progresses, it lost the fun factor and went the emotional route which is not compatible with the setting. Thankfully, the subject of sex is handled in a sensible way. No double meaning dialogues and nor or there any awkward and embarrassing moments for public watching. The screenplay is good in patches.
The music scored by Abhishek Nainwal is okayish. The songs are like sand in a quick meal. The cinematography captured the small-town atmosphere very well and the production design is authentic. The editing should have been sharp. A runtime or below 2 hours could have done good for the film. The production values are generally good.
If you go without any expectations, you may enjoy the few humorous moments in the film. But films of this genre should hit the bullseye else, they get painful to watch. Good performances are the only saving grace apart from the premise. Give it a try if you have no other options.
- The premise
- The performances
- Sensitive handling of the subject
- Off the mark narration
- Too emotional towards the second half for its own good
- Lack of situational humor which is a must for this genre
- 18 minutes too long
Pycker Rating: 2.25 out of 5
Reviewed by: GitacharYa
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What is Khandaani Shafakhana About?
Khandaani Shafakhana is a small-town comedy film with a taboo subject is delicately inserted into the narration. Babita Bedi aka Baby finds herself in the inheritance of Mamaji’s Khandaani Shafakhana, a sex clinic which is known to provide fertility medicines among other services. But she needs to run it for about 6 months before she can use the property as she pleases. But as we know, sex is a forbidden topic in smalltown communities and Baby is in a fix.
Sonakshi Sinha who has been searching for a proper hit for the last couple of years plays the role of Baby Bedi who is in the tricky situation of running a sex clinic in a small town. Varun Sharma is her brother Bhooshit Bedi. The Shilpi Dasgupta directorial talks about an essential but oft avoided subject in a hilarious manner without diverting the seriousness of the subject.
Bold talk on a taboo subject in a hilarious manner
The content of the film revolves around a bold premise. That of a middle-class girl running a sex clinic as part of inheritance game. If she could sell the clinic, she’d get Rs. 1 Cr. lump sum. But before that... there’s that condition from Mamaji. She tries to make a conversation of the subject and also seeks the services of Gabri Ghaatak, a popular pop singer played by Badshah, well-known rapper.
Sonakshi Sinha et al
Sonakshi Sinha despite not having a proper commercial hit in a long time is still a star who commands respect both in the industry and among the fans. She plays the role of the girl who begins a crusade to break the stigma (of the said subject) and loosen up the community. Varun Sharma after his critically acclaimed turn out in the recent film Arjun Patiala joins her in another comedic role. Veteran actor Annu Kapoor plays a crucial role to his act in Vicky Donor. And then there is the star turn by Rapper Badshah who plays a role which is an exaggerated version of his real-life self.
Shilpi Dasgupta and team
Shilpi Dasgupta who had written a few episodes for the popular television series C. I. D. and had writing credits makes her directorial debut with Khandaani Shafakhana. While a host of music directors gave songs as is the trend nowadays, Abhishek Nainwal composes the background score. Noted cinematographer Rishi Punjabi handles their cinematography and is expected to capture the small-town atmosphere. Sundial Productions and T-Series produce this film.
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