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Pataakha Review: Delightful But Lost In Translation For The Most Part
Vishal Bhardwaj's Pataakha immerses itself in the dust and grime, the quirks and ordinariness of a small town. Though the film has everything that we expect from a film of his, it is as different as it gets from his regular norms. Like an Apple's iPhone, it is as different as it is the same. That makes Pataakha a reliable adaptation of its source material, Charan Singh Pathik's Do Behnein which took inspiration from the Rajasthani writer's real-life sisters-in-law.
The story of Patahaa revolves around the two said sisters who are compared to India and Pakistan in the film itself. Genda Kumari aka Chutki and Champa Kumari aka Badki never backs from fighting each other, even while sleeping. The reason for their fights can be anything, say a mobile phone, or the hairpin, or even the desire just to fight. Aptly named Dipper Naradmuni played by Sunil Grover is their neighbor and like all the television channels, he takes tries every means to make the sisters fight rather than stopping them. Because, entertainment. Their father is a widower and tries his best to keep them apart and in the process gets a kick or two.
The Rajasthani language and the rustic setting present a side of Rajasthan that you haven’t seen before. The one-liners are thrown with aplomb and the curses the sisters throw at each other flow with the speed of a jet plane. Not everyone can get the dialogues which need repeat viewings as they are quite fast-paced.
If you can get ht language, Chutki and Badki's foul-mouthed words like chorni and kuthiya to more silly profanities like looj mosan (you get it) and kabj (means constipation) entertain you. Their husbands have terms of endearment like meri Bloody Mary (used when Chutki is angry). Badki and Chhutki’s bickering and battles become spectacles for local crowds who just stare into the camera rather amusingly.
That the performances by Radhika Madan and Sanya Malhotra are top-notch is an understatement. Both the actresses have dug skin deep into their earthy and rustic characters. Their feisty and animated performances are worthy of applause. During the second half, the actresses put on weight too, and their physical transformations are impressive as married women. The two sisters are nothing short of firebrands. Vijay Raaz, Sunil Grover, and Saanand Verma are equally adept with their comic timing.
Vishal Bhardwaj is a master in establishing the atmosphere of the story he wants to tell. Here, too, he is the same job. But the dialogues could have been in Hindi rather than being too authentic in Rajasthani. It's not a bad idea to keep things as realistic as possible, but a wide range of audience couldn't comprehend the excellent physical, situational, and dialogue humor. The repetition of the fights between Chutki and Badki may wear you down after a point of time, Vishal Bhardwaj wisely retreated back in such situations.
The music, the cinematography, and the dialogues are the biggest assets of this film. But the dialogues get lost in the fast pace at which they are spoken and the actresses obviously dominated the background score with their feist performances. The cinematography captures the rustic small town environment of a typical interior Rajasthan regions.
Pataakha takes delight in its excesses. There are hyperboles, the fights between the sisters may seem logicless like when their father wonders why they fight at all in the first place. But it is the excesses that drive the point home. The sisters are symbiotic. They cannot live without each other. They love to hate to fight to love.
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Vishal Bharadwaj is one of the best storytellers in Bollywood and he has proved his worth many times in the past. After his recent debacles with star heroes, he has decided to come up with a story which focuses on the relationship of 2 sisters played by Radhika Madan and Sanya Malhotra. The film has hit the screens today with a decent occupancy all over. The initial response from the audience is very good, check out the Tweets below.
The comedy in the film is said to be one of the highlights of the film but not everyone might enjoy it as it has a bit of dark comedy as well. But however, Vishal Bharadwaj seems to have brought in his masterstroke by telling the story in a gripping way apart from keeping it entertaining with the help of Sunil Grover's comedy. Sanya and Radhika are being appreciated for their brilliant performances and for selecting a script like this.
Talking about the script and the setup, it is said to be very raw, realistic with natural performances from the lead cast. Vishal Bharadwaj said to have written brilliant characters with unique characterizations which help him to make the film very different and entertaining. The music is said to be one of the drawbacks of the film. Check out the latest public talk and live updates of Pataakha below.
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What is Pataakha about?
Based on Charan Singh Pathik's short story titled Do Behnein, Pataakha is a story of sibling rivalry of the two warring sisters: Genda Kumari a.k.a Chhutki and Champa Kumar a.k.a Badki. Starring Dangal girl Sanya Malhotra and debutant Radhika Madan, the film deals with the immense hatred of sisters towards each other. As per the trailer, the film promises to be loud, quirky, violent, and funny.
Both sisters haunted each other all their lives from childhood to adulthood. They both quest upon to search of their soulmates in order to get rid of each other. And when they finally meet their soulmates to get married, as fate would have it, they end up marrying brothers. What new chaos and hatred will bring when the sisters become sisters-in-law. The film's ultimate tagline 'we can choose relations but not relatives' has left many intrigued by its humorous truth.
What to expect from Pataakha?
Typical village spicy tadka
One can expect from the title Pataakha that there are going to be fireworks on the screen. Set in the Ronsi village near Jaipur in Rajasthan, the film promises to light the lives of people living in rural areas. From living in between cows, to fight in the sticky mud, thatching roofs, plastering the walls with dung, the audience will see the lives of villagers on screen for real.
The cast and their immense dedication
There is no doubt the actresses Sanya Malhotra and Radhika Madan have worked really hard for their roles in the film. Both of them can be seen in deglamorized and raw looks. Both the female leads had to put on 10kgs of weight as per the demand of the script. The duo literally gets into the skin of their characters. They learned Rajasthani dialect and got accustomed to milking cows and Buffaloes, walking long distances while balancing 'matkas' full of water on their head and around their waist. Such dedication for a role is already being appreciated.
The humorous Sunil Grover
Sunil Grover plays Dipper Naradmuni, and true to his name, he does works of the Naradmuni. Sunil's character can be seen instigating fights between the two sisters. Being loved as Guthi from the popular TV show Comedy Nights with Kapil, the audience can expect laughter shots from his character like always.
Malaika Arora in a special song
The temptress Malaika Arora a.k.a Munni of Bollywood is making a cameo appearance in the song 'Hello' and needless to say, she is slaying in the item song as always. The combo of Rekha Bhardwaj's singing and Malaika Arora's jaw-dropping moves will create magic on screen.
Vishal Bhardwaj's Direction, Screenplay and Music
One of the multi-talented directors of Bollywood, Vishal Bhardwaj is loaded with talents, he is a director, screenwriter, producer, music composer and playback singer. Vishal Bhardwaj has given us some iconic film under his direction like Omkara, Kaminey and Haider. The music producer turned director has blessed Bollywood with soundtracks like Maachis, Godmother, Ishqiya, etc. Let's see what Vishal has to offer this time.
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