Pataakha
2D

Pataakha

Hindi
ComedyDrama
28 Sep, 2018
2 hrs 16 mins
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12,168 votes
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Based on Charan Singh Pathik's short story, Do Behnein, it revolves around two sisters, Badki and Chhutki who grow up in a small village in Rajasthan and are constantly at war but when marriage separates them, they realise they can't seem to live with or without each other.
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Verdict: The feisty duo deliver fiery performances. Cult stories have always attracted and inspired Vishal Bhardwaj. It is quite evident from his filmography that most of his films are an adaptation of unique stories, the most famous being his Shakespearean trilogy - Maqbool, Omkara, and Haider. The director-writer-producer is now back with another one. Pataakha, based on Charan Singh Pathik`s sho... ...Read full review
Pataakha is an oxymoron. It`s explosive but subtle; it`s emotive but doesn`t take itself too seriously as a film. It could have benefited with a tighter edit, but for the most part I couldn`t take my eyes away from the screen. Pataakha is an indulgence worth investing in. ...Read full review
Pataakhas ending is a cracker. Why do Badki and Chutki fight? The no answer is the answer which powers this parable, which keeps referring in a fairly simplistic one-track manner to India and Pakistan whenever Badki and Chukti are at each others throats. Like the two sisters, why do the countries fight? Why did they start in the first place? Why cant they do jhappi and forgive each other their real and imagined sins and live happily ever after? Bharadwajs placing Israel-Palestine, and North and South Korea in the same forgive-and-forget category is a huge stretch, but what are movies for if not for wishful thinking? ...Read full review
At the heart of Pataakha, though, are the two central performances. Radhika and Sanya are two powerful performers at the top of their game here. They literally are on-screen fireworks. The chemistry between the two is indubitably hair-raising and plays a pivotal role in keeping the mood of the film enjoyable throughout. Once again, thanks to Bhardwaj for depicting the rawness of Badki and Chutkis characters so unabashedly. ...Read full review
Vishal Bhardwaj, as he always does with his films, has tried to put many quirky spins into this comedy. The music is rustic, but very pleasing. He has also provided an interesting background score. During the second half, as the film briefly explores a psychological reason for the sisters tendency to fight, the sci-fi sounding background music adds a delightful touch to the proceedings. But for all its wonderful and creative touches, Pataakha still feels like a story that stretches a short concept, for a little too long. ...Read full review
The film may be a bit stark and hard to digest, but this one will surely entertain you. Do catch this one and I am sure you will not be disappointed. ...Read full review
Its a shame because theres much to appreciate here a robust music score by Bhardwaj himself, set to clever lyrics by Gulzar. Also efficient camerawork, production design, and impressive performances from the young ladies in the lead. Both Radhika Madan and Sanya Malhotra sportingly throw themselves into these shrill characters, never holding back for fear of coming off as unlikeable. These are unusual heroines for a Hindi film, and when the script works the two actresses make a meal out of their parts. Ultimately Pataakha feels inconsistent and never fully satisfying. Its a lightweight offering thats got its sparks but doesnt quite live up to its firecracker name. ...Read full review
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