Khandaani Shafakhana Movie Review 2019: Fails To Climax

Khandaani Shafakhana Movie Review 2019: Fails To Climax

Movie Name
Khandaani Shafakhana
Shilpi Dasgupta
Comedy, Drama
02 hours 16 minutes

Khandaani Shafakhana Review

Let's talk sex, says director Shilpi Dasgupta. And then goes on to make such a gross film that you'll go celibate for the next few days.

Baby Bedi peddles medicines as a medical representative and muffs it up quite un-funnily most of the time. Humour, according to Dasgupta, is in Baby Bedi mouthing woefully low-grade dialogues like potty being mixed with mud to make unbreakable pottery. That one line should be enough to gauge that the entire film is like dysfunctional lovemaking - disappointing and dreadfully unable to climax.

Her mother is the orthodox Punjabi parent who's forever alternating between parathas and pictures of prospective sons-in-law for her daughter. There's a son around too who does precisely nothing except to be an annoying presence in the screenplay. Baby Bediwears an eternal frown. The medical rep is either attempting to bluff her way through an unsuccessful sale or she's confronting a relative who wants them to turf them out of the outhouse where they live. It's up to Baby Bedi to repay a huge loan and mounting expenses. Don't ask questions like why such an utterly orthodox family would encourage the son to laze around while his sister goes around on a scooter trying to take care of all their bills.

And then one day, Baby Bedi gets an inheritance. One more frown for her. Should she accept the legacy of a sex clinic from her dead Mamaji and save the family from its financial woes or please the old-fashioned folks around her who treat the word ‘sex' like it's a disease?

The plot had so much potential. But with a screenplay that's as dull as a honeymoon without romance, topped with excruciating dialogues, Khandaani Shafakhana doesn't quite perform like it should have.

One was all set for a charming small town film. But the overtly Punjabi film has none of the robustness of the community and fizzles out during the foreplay itself. Ultimately, it's neither a sex comedy nor an engrossing family drama. Its biggest failure is that its outdated silliness kills even the basic intent of the film, the social message of how imperative sex education is.

Sonakshi Sinha as Baby Bedi sincerely tries to carry the film on her shoulders but the dullness of the screenplay and direction are a burden. Kulbhushan Kharbanda as the dead Mamaji who keeps turning up in flashbacks soon begins to look like a ghost you can do without. Priyanshu Jora as Lemon Hero, the guy with fizz who provides a whiff of romance in Baby Bedi's life, is pleasant. The presence of popular rapper and musician Badshah who turns up stealthily for his medicines for non-performance,caters to the Punjabi in the audience.

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The Verdict

For a film that’s neither grippingly told nor entertains, Khandaani Shafakhana gets a 2* rating.


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