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Richa Chaddha and Pankaj Tripathi’s SHAKEELA rests on a very good and a shocking story but is executed horribly.

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Vidya Balan’s a lot cherished 2011 movie THE DIRTY PICTURE informed the story of a Southern siren Silk Smitha. Audiences cherished the depiction of the Southern trade of the 80s and the hypocrisy of society which was uncovered within the Milan Luthria-directorial. 9 years later, now Richa Chadha takes up the a part of one other widespread Southern heroine, Shakeela, within the movie, titled SHAKEELA. So does SHAKEELA handle to offer an entertaining and thought-provoking time to the audiences? Or does it fail to impress? Let’s analyse.

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SHAKEELA is the biopic of the grownup star Shakeela. The yr is 1990. Shakeela (Kajol Chugh) is a younger faculty lady dwelling within the small city of Vallamkulam, Kerala along with her dad and mom and a few siblings. She belongs to a poor household and his mom is consistently upset over their situation. Shakeela is all the time enthusiastic about appearing and when she will get an opportunity to play Draupaudi within the faculty play, she readily accepts it. She even wins a trophy and a money prize of Rs. 1000. The identical day, nonetheless, her father passes away. Her mom takes Shakeela and her siblings to town of Cochin. Her mom was a junior artist within the movie trade at one level and she or he determined to strive her luck in cinema once more. Quickly, nonetheless, her mom has a change of plan. She takes Shakeela to filmmaker Rajan Pillai (Vivek Madan) and asks her to solid Shakeela in one among his grownup movies. Rajan agrees. Shakeela, nonetheless, runs away from the primary day of shoot and blasts her mom for making her act in such motion pictures. Her mom, nonetheless, tells her to not again out as it could assist their household have an honest way of life. Shakeela has no alternative however to float. Quickly, she begins getting a number of movie provides. 9 years later, Shakeela (Richa Chadha) has grown up and has achieved reputation however is just not but a star. She is a big fan of famous person Salim (Pankaj Tripathi) and someday, she will get an opportunity to be the junior artist in his movie. Salim has a roving eye and he will get interested in her, regardless of having a household. He tells Shakeela that she’ll play the lead in his subsequent movie and that she ought to meet him at his farm home at night time for a ‘narration’. Shakeela will get the trace and refuses to go. She climbs the ladder of success, with out sleeping round with anybody. A day comes when she turns into as widespread as Salim. Salim will get insecure. He tells his pals within the media to unfold the phrase that it’s Shakeela’s gentle porn movies that are accountable for the rising intercourse crimes in Kerala. This ignites a debate and folks come out on the streets, demanding a ban on her movies. The producers of her upcoming movies panic and she or he has no alternative however to return the charges that got to her for these motion pictures. What occurs subsequent varieties the remainder of the movie.

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Indrajit Lankesh’s story is alright however may have made for a surprising fare. Sunil Kumar Agarwal’s screenplay (further screenplay by Janardhan Maharshi, Rohan Bajaj and Naireeta Dasgupta) is the largest wrongdoer. The writing is weak and furthermore, with so many writers scripting, it turns into a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth. The movie’s tone modifications each 15-20 minutes. Just a few scenes right here and there are properly scripted. Rohit G Banawlikar, Rohan Bajaj and Ashish Waghmare’s dialogues are very poor. There have been some essential scenes the place the affect may have been nice however the dialogues play spoilsport. Just a few dialogues have been sharp and acidic however the makers compel the characters to repeat them and therefore, the impact will get diluted.

Indrajit Lankesh’s path is lacklustre. To provide credit score the place it’s due, the director ensures that one is just not reminded of THE DIRTY PICTURE, regardless of that each movies are on the identical strains. And furthermore, Silk Smitha, the protagonist of that movie, additionally has an element in SHAKEELA. Nevertheless, THE DIRTY PICTURE had class regardless that it was a few attractive siren. SHAKEELA, however, looks as if simply one other gentle porn movie which Shakeela did within the prime of her profession. Funnily, the movie exposes the double requirements of the society however the concentrate on physique pictures and titillation goes towards the very message of the movie. Until the primary half, the movie was nonetheless bearable. Within the second half, it turns into weird. Audiences are immediately informed that each one this whereas Shakeela has a greatest buddy, Suhana (Ester Noronha), who’s her physique double. Nevertheless, the makers selected to not present their friendship for one full hour. Shakeela’s bond along with her mom was an excellent observe however it’s handled in a superficial method. Her household, in reality, is forgotten for many a part of the movie. Shakeela’s epic dialogue within the climax comes too late within the day. The textual content ultimately which informs viewers about Shakeela’s current state is a shocker. As a substitute of lauding the makers, one feels offended at them as viewers would notice that this was such an excellent story however has now gone down the drain on account of unhealthy dealing with.

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SHAKEELA’s opening scenes give a sign that it’s going to be a substandard product. The childhood portion of Shakeela appears cute. The scene the place faculty children are made to enact the scene of Draupadi’s cheer haran in a college play is troublesome to digest. The movie will get a bit higher as Shakeela achieves the head of success. Nevertheless, the movie by no means actually goes on a excessive. Put up-interval, the movie goes downhill as random and bewildering sequences pop up. Shakeela’s wrestle to make a ‘clean’ movie ought to have been a gripping plot level however the consideration wavers significantly. The ending, although surprising, fails to create an affect.

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Richa Chadha is first rate however her efficiency leaves so much to be desired. She does strive her greatest however the finish consequence is just not passable. Kajol Chugh, who performs the younger Shakeela, is manner higher and leaves a mark. Pankaj Tripathi is okay as an egoistic famous person. A number of the greatest scenes of the movie are when a struggle grasp helps him in cheat pictures whereas capturing for motion scenes. These scenes had no reference to the primary plot however made the movie barely extra partaking. Ester Noronha has a effective presence however is letdown by poor dialogues. Rajeev Pillai (Arjun) is alright. Vivek Madan and Sundeep Malani (Director Swamy Sir) are okay. Sheeva Rana (Silk) and the actors enjoying Shakeela’s mom, actress Bhavana Menon, author Ahmed Ali, Danny Combat Grasp and Thomas Financier are nothing nice.

Music has no scope, though a movie ought to have had a pleasant, retro soundtrack. ‘Tera Ishq Satave’, performed in opening credit, is forgettable. The random inserting of intimate scenes look pressured. Even ‘Taaza’ is just not memorable and the identical goes for the romantic observe. Veer Samarth’s background rating is barely higher.

Santosh Rai’s cinematography is satisfactory. The concentrate on physique pictures for titillation may have been averted. Manufacturing design offers no motive for grievance. Ballu Saluja’s modifying is random within the second half.

On the entire, SHAKEELA rests on an excellent and a surprising story however is executed horribly. It has launched in cinemas with none buzz and therefore, it could sink with out a hint.


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