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Pataakha

By Shubarna Mukerhi Shu Friday, Sep 28, 2018 06:39: PM
Sanya Malhotra, Radhika Madan, Sunil Grover, Vijay Raaz, Saanand Verma
Vishal Bharadwaj
Drama
2018-09-28
Hindi
4/5

Badki (Radhika Madan) and Chutki (Sanya Malhotra of Dangal fame) cannot stand each other, they all know all across the village as the sisters who bite each other’s heads off. Their father (Vijay Raaz) loves them unconditionally, so much so that he has never remarried, and is bringing up his daughters alone. However, all the love their father showers on them, does not make them like each other anymore; instead they are often fighting and vying for more.

 

To further instigate the sisters, Dipper (Sunil Grover) often tries to pit one sister against the other. Seeing them fight like maniacs is his greatest joy. While he finds his happiness in seeing the sisters hustle themselves to the ground, the father is at his wits’ end with the constant complaints.

 

While the two are known to be a nuisance, not everyone perceives them to be so. In fact, their feisty, fiery fights have an admirer - the village merchant, Patel (Saanand Verma). The man is completely infatuated by the girls, in fact, he is referred to as Tharki because he really cannot make up his mind who he would like as his bride and who as his sister in law. When he hears of Patel’s infatuation towards his girls, Baapu (the girls’ father) decides to get Badki married off to Patel and even takes a good chunk of money from the Tharki youngster. Unfortunately, on the day of the wedding, Badki elopes with her boyfriend. The most logical solution would have been to get Chutki married off to Patel, but taking a leaf from her elder sister’s elopement, Chutki runs off with her boyfriend too.

 

Both Badki and Chutki think, they are finally rid of their annoying sister, and walking towards their happily ever after, when they realise they have in fact married brothers.

 

Based on the short story Do Behnein by Charan Singh Pathik, Vishal Bharadwaj has once again given a piece of literature a visual life. The way Bharadwaj does it, no one else can. This time though, he is not turning a bard into an Indian story, but a tale from the heartland itself. It is obvious that there cannot be another director who catches subtle nuances the way Vishal does it. Given the film is based in Rajasthan, the dialect used in the film, the nuanced punctuations which gives a character to our national language Hindi, is used impeccably in the film. Never once does the music or the dialogue go out of character. That is the kind of dedication and focus that only Bharadwaj is capable of.

 

Bharadwaj is ably supported by his cast and his crew. Be it Sanya or Radhika, the two have brought Chutki and Badki to life in a way that they become indispensable to their characters. Of course, with actors like Vijay Raaz and Sunil Grover in the film, Sanya and Radhika do appear a wee bit raw, but it is definitely not due to lack of trying. There are many portions in the film that blow your mind, just seeing the prelude to the drama. The credit for it goes to the National Award winning cinematographer Ranjan Palit (who even worked on 7 Khoon Maaf with Vishal) as much as it goes to the director…

 

From the dusty faces of the ladies in the film, to the dry sound of their voices, everything is detailed meticulously. Making this one a textbook masterpiece for film aficionados. But how much will the audience connect to it? The fate of the film lies in the irony that exists in most of the village centric dramas. These movies are made for the multiplex audience, who will appreciate the nuanced details that are incorporated in the film, but these audiences don’t really decipher the language being spoken or the politics of relationships in the smaller towns.

 

 

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