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Pataakha (2018)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 28 September 2018 (USA)
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Based on Charan Singh Pathik's short story Do Behnein, Pataakha narrates the story of two feuding sisters who realize the true nature of their relationship only after marriage "separates" them.


Vishal Bhardwaj


Vishal Bhardwaj (written for the screen by), Charan Singh Pathik (based on 'Do Behnein' by)
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Credited cast:
Sanya Malhotra ... Genda Kumari 'Chhutki'
Radhika Madan ... Champa Kumari 'Badki'
Sunil Grover ... Dipper Narad Muni
Vijay Raaz ... Bechara Bapu
Namit Das ... Jagan
Abhishek Duhan Abhishek Duhan ... Vishnu
Saanand Verma Saanand Verma ... Patel
Usha Nagar Usha Nagar ... Daadi
Dev Rajora Dev Rajora ... Dairy Manager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Malaika Arora ... Dancer
Dipansha Bansal Dipansha Bansal ... Roopanti
Chomina Beyong Chomina Beyong ... Patel's wife
Lankesh Bhardwaj Lankesh Bhardwaj ... Govt. Official
Jp Chopra Jp Chopra ... Bank Manager
Priyanshi Damani Priyanshi Damani ... 3-Year Old Chhutki


Based on Charan Singh Pathik's short story Do Behnein, Pataakha narrates the story of two feuding sisters who realize the true nature of their relationship only after marriage "separates" them.

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Lyrics by Gulzar
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh
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Another Vishal Bhardwaj gem.
29 September 2018 | by sanjeet9965See all my reviews

Vishal Bhardwaj returns with a solid piece, where the craft proves that he's the master of telling stories about characters that are inherently flawed. This was something that was missing from his previous film Rangoon, where he found it tough juggling with character and plot.

Here the characters take the center stage and it's only them that drive the story forward. He beautifully sets up the theme and the logic of that world, giving us the India-Pakistan analogy. Vishal Bhardwaj uses up small moments to capture the essence of the characters and their motivations. It's not just the sister's at war, but it's their ambition and their will to achieve something. Vishal Bhardwaj has this odd fascination of 2 characters fighting each other in mud, making it look grimy, sloppy and dirty. He's used that affectively in 7 Khoon Maaf and recently in Rangoon. He uses this to his strength staging 2 fighting sequences to brilliant effect.

Radhika Madan and Sanya Malhotra play the elder and the younger sister respectively. Both make a meal out of their role. Their father is played by Vijay Raaz, who without a doubt is amazing. He's a man who's tired, has droopy shoulders and look of exhaustion on his face. The efficiently cast Sunil Grover, plays a more contemporary version of Narad, from the Indian mythology. He effectively brings in charm and energy to the narrative.

Vishal Bhardwaj keeps the music to the background serving the purpose of the narrative only. His dialogues are brilliant, not as great as his previous works but there are parts which are absolute genius. The writing in general is very organic, it basically flows like characters make decisions without thinking of the consequences and then from there the characters try to pull themselves out. The other important element was the surrealism thematically. It showed how difficult it was for them to stay separately. Both of them suffer consequences and in return have experiences that push them to be together.

The cinematography is particular is a little different from his previous films, it's more hand held, and he's probably used multi camera for the first time because of which there were evidently more cuts. Also, the editing by Sreekar Prasad, is very tight, he keeps the narrative coherent and engaging because of intercutting.

I think it's one of the finest films released this year, it definitely deserves a watch. It'll take you sometime to be a part of this world, but once you understand the design you'll be into world enjoying yourself.

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