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Pataakha: Movie Review

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Directed by – Vishal Bhardwaj

Produced by – Vishal Bhardwaj, Rekha Bhardwaj, Dheeraj Wadhavan, Ajay Kapoor, Ishan Saksena

Starring – Sanya Malhotra, Radhika Madan, Sunil Grover, Vijay Raaz, Saanand Verma, Namit Das, Abhishek Duhan


Pataakha is the ambivalent story of two rebel sisters. Badki (Radhika Madan) and her sister Chhutki (Sanya Malhotra) dwell in a town in Rajasthan. Their mom is no more while their gushing dad Bapu (Vijay Raaz) functions as a mine contractual worker close-by. Badki and Chhutki are perpetually battling and beating each other for the littlest of reasons. Bapu accordingly is lastingly strained. The sisters at that point become hopelessly enamored – Badki with Jagan (Namit Das) while Chhutki succumbs to Vishnu (Abhishek Duhan). Then again, Bapu dangers losing his mine on the off chance that he doesn’t offer pay off to tune of Rs. 4 lakhs ($5500 approx.) to the new backwoods officer.

Patel (Sanand Verma), the Mr Moneybags of the town and furthermore the one with a wandering eye, consents to pay the said add up to Bapu in return for marriage with either Badki or Chhutki. A straightforward hurl chooses who’ll wed Patel. Badki lamentably is chosen as Patel’s significant other to-be. Chhutki is thrilled that she’ll at long last be free of Badki’s torment. In any case, on the eve of the wedding, Badki runs off with Jagan. Upon the arrival of the marriage, Patel chooses to wed Chhutki. At the point when Patel lands for the wedding during the evening, he’s stunned to see that Chhutki has fled too, with Vishnu! Both the sisters get hitched to their particular darlings.

Vishal Bhardwaj’s heading is controlled yet in a couple of scenes, he could have completed a superior occupation. The whole segment of Badki and Chhutki confronting physical illnesses look exceptionally farfetched and takes away the appeal made by the before scenes. Besides, a couple of scenes are appalling and were avoidable. For example, there was no need of indicating excreta, individuals spitting on stones more than once and so on. As it may be, the visuals of ladies battling will ward off a segment of groups of onlookers and such scenes would additionally add to the distance.

Pataakha is a dark satire and certainly has its minutes. The term fortunately is controlled, at 136 minutes. The starting bits are blustery and engaging. Gratefully, the scenes of physical battles between the sisters are not consolidated once in a while. The manner in which Badki and Chhutki experience passionate feelings for appears somewhat fast yet works. Be that as it may, the condition is exceptionally settled among the vital characters. The scenes where the sisters flee make for a pleasant watch and same goes for when they understand that their spouses are connected.

In general, Pataakha is a better than average performer which has its minutes yet the post-interim segments are very unconvincing. In the cinema world, it should depend on verbal exchange to enroll respectable accumulations.

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