Verdict: Khandaani Shafakhana is a “sex comedy” that you can comfortably watch with your entire khandaan.
Making a film that revolves around the tabooed topic of sex, in a country where most people would like to believe it doesn’t exist, is highly commendable. Debutant director Shilpi Dasgupta certainly had her heart in the right place when it came to creating a film that showcased the need for sex education, as well as the importance to look at sexual issues like any other physical ailments.
What’s Khandaani Shafakhana about:
This film revolves around Baby Bedi (Sonakshi Sinha), a medical sales representative who is the sole breadwinner of her home. Not only does her job pay inadequately but she also has a relative who is persistent about recovering a loaned sum of money from her. If she fails to do so, Baby, her unemployed brother (Varun Sharma), and her mother (Nadira Babbar) will have to vacate their family home. Everything changes when her mamaji expires and he leaves his precious Khandaani Shafakhana – a sex clinic – to her. However, the fine print in his will dictates that she needs to run the clinic for six months before she can sell it off. Here’s where it gets interesting as in the duration of these six months, Baby is greeted with all sorts of judgment and dirty stares from people. She’s constantly accused of bringing shame to her family as she is “deviating” from what is “expected of a sanskari girl”. This film also introduces Badshah into Bollywood with his character Gabru Ghaatak, who is a flamboyant rock star and yet ironically he needs help between the sheets. He turns to Baby Bedi in mamaji’s absence to help keep his reputation afloat.
Sonakshi Sinha does a good job of holding the film together and is in her character of a feisty and determined Punjabi kudi. There are several moments in the film that are funny and provide the much needed comic relief. Badshah has a strong screen presence and his persona (bling and everything) brings a lot to the table. He charms his way through the film. All the supporting characters in this film do justice to their roles with their on-point acting and dramatic dialogue delivery. More importantly, the theme of the film is unique and does a good job of talking about sex without the discomfort that’s traditionally associated with this “taboo” topic.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Khandaani Shafakhana is slow and sloppy in places. While the film makes for a super one-time watch, the script had the potential to explore more things about this pertinent issue that is most often ignored and is considered a shame to talk about.
Why You Should Watch?
Khandaani Shafakhana is a sex comedy for the entire family and makes for a good one-time watch. Don’t miss out on watching Sonakshi Sinha go all out as she plays the bold character of a lady sexologist in a rather small town in Punjab.
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