Haseena Parkar movie review: Not Shraddha, Siddhanth is the real takeaway from this partly effective biopic

Directed By: Apoorva Lakhia
Produced By: Nahid Khan
Cast: Shraddha Kapoor, Siddhanth Kapoor
Duration: 2 hours 12 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2.5/5

‘Doctor ka beta doctor banta hai. Gangster ka beta gangster. Aap ne aur aap ke bhai ne apne bete ke liye misaal hi kya rakhi thi? Aakhir option kya tha uske paas?’… the opposition’s lawyer interrogates Haseena in the courtroom. Haseena Parkar. A daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother. But after all, Dawood Ibrahim’s sister. A felony. A godsend. An identity, inescapable.

Why I chose to begin with that particular dialogue is because the underlying connotation behind those words is what commands ‘Haseena Parkar’ throughout; however, effective at parts, abortive at parts.

Apoorva Lakhia’s latest outing efforts to trace Haseena’s journey from being a middle-class family’s protected daughter to Mumbai’s onlyAapaamong manybhais.Haseena (Shraddha Kapoor) who was introduced to her brother’s (Siddhanth Kapoor) illegitimate deeds at a young age, initially reacted with dread. But she is trapped in love throughout. As Dawood (mind you, the name isn’t mentioned even once in the film) becomes the country’s most wanted gangster from being another local goon, Haseena too keeps paying for an identity she didn’t choose. In the meantime, she has had her share of slices from life. She gets married to Ibrahim (Ankur Bhatia) and begins to dip into the bliss called love, only to be widowed after a few years. The crisis strikes real when being an apparent criminal’s sister takes away people she dearly loved – her husband, and a brother.

Served with a well-written screenplay by Suresh Nair that pretty much conveys Haseena’s secret sufferings, Shraddha’s character is the intriguing part about this film. Beyond a woman who arguably aided hundreds of women, you discover the sister whose belief on her brother was hardly shaken, till the time she breathed her last. What disappoints is Shraddha herself. She delivers her best and hasn’t been seen this full of efforts in any of her previous films. But the roughness of a woman who has once endured the most difficult phases, doesn’t show up. Shraddha, before she becomes Haseena aapa, is rather more expressive. Once naive to romantic affection, we like how she rises to another chapter of life. But inside the gloomy courtroom, as she essays Haseena in her 50s, Shraddha along with her prosthetics and fabricated dialogue delivery, is a turn-off.

It is rather Siddhanth who can be well called a discovery. With a lesser share of screen time, he manages to pull off his character really, really well. He is this person, on a voyage to find escape from poverty and shortcomings. He becomes a gangster and probably has done things unjustified, but the fond brother deep down is alive. Siddhanth promises to be an actor with fine control of emotions. The next one who deserves a mention is Ankur Bhatia. In limited span, his hard work shows.

The melodramatic courtroom sequences are likely to find quite a few takers. While Priyanka Setia as the prosecution’s lawyer is a fine actress, her game here goes over the top. Not sure it was a deliberate choice from Lakhia’s end in order to tone up the sequence’s seriousness. It doesn’t turn out very well.

A collection of flashbacks and present-day sequences, ‘Haseena Parkar’ tries to be a narration of different times. It partly succeeds. Further, it is far away from being objective when it comes to character treatments. It is a rather sympathetic take on Dawood Ibrahim, his dynasty that he achieved by hook or by crook, and the legacy that he (even though reluctantly) left behind with his sister.

Ornamented by situational background music by Sachin-Jigar and neat cinematography by Fasahat Khan, the film spares you any boredom. To our delight, it is neither dragged, nor falls out of its pace. However, Haseena’s crisis doesn’t stir up. Neither does it stay with you for long. That way, the film might boast of a story worth sharing, stays way behind what it could stand up to.


'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka

'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka

Directed By: Remo D’Souza
Produced By: Salman Khan, Ramesh Taurani
Cast: Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem, Freddy Daruwala
Duration: 2h 46m
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4

A decade ago, the famous duo Abbas-Mustan had treated the masses with an extraordinary vision in their directorial ‘Race’. Produced by Ramesh Taurani, the movie had a complex plot with twist and turns in the narrative, good-looking men and their astonishing ladies. It had picturesque locations which added a lot more to a viewer’s theatrical experience than they may have expected. With the movie collecting over a hundred crores, it called for a sequel, ‘Race 2’ which released in 2012.

After the magnificent success of the last venture, Taurani took a risk by taking the franchise forward with a number of changes in the star cast and the director too. This time around, having Remo D’Souza on board with A-list actors, the producer promised that the film will be x5 times better than its previous parts. Among the ones who were lucky to catch Salman Khan’s action bonanza days before its release were we, and now let us share our experience of watching this almost 3-hour-long action thriller in 3D.

Salman Khan’s latest outing, ‘Race 3’, offers a dhamakedar package including glamour and style with A-listers, who surpass our expectations with their power-packed performances. The extravagant locations, beautiful locales, the mesmerising songs, the electrifying Chase and sizzling chemistry make for an international movie experience.

The movie is based on the story of a family that deals in borderline crime but is ruthless to the core. We are introduced to everyone’s real face as they change with a blink of an eye. Further, we realise that we are in a delusion as the things are not the same as they seem. Moving ahead, we come to know that Sikander (Salman Khan) and his family is on the verge of self-destruction or maybe it is some outsider’s plan to destroy them.

All in all, the movie is an A-rated piece with not just glam but also substance. The best part of the storyline is that the writing of Shiraz Ahmed is complete with a number of surprises and turns. It would be demeaning to point out nooks in the film, as it had everyone’s eyeballs hooked to the screen from the minute it started. The one thing which is worth applauding is that every actor has been given enough screen space. The unique selling point of this extravaganza is that each character has grey shades; they indulge in dangerous games making it an exhilarating cinematic experience.

Ayananka Bose, the man who has made this film larger than life with stunning locations which take your breath away, deserves accolades as well. No one can doubt this man’s cinematography skills. The beautiful localities of UAE are captured brilliantly by DOP. The high-octane action sequences are top notch with thrilling chase scenes which are neat. Talking about the music, it is very soothing, especially ‘Selfish’, which has been shot in serene place of India, Leh Ladakh. Coming to the dialogues, they are ‘Seeti-Maar’.

Moving on to the performances, each actor has fairly done justice to their character sketches. But it goes without saying that Salman Khan is the soul and treasure of this action-thriller. The actor gets into the nick of his character and gives a hard-hitting act on-screen. Anil Kapoor is ‘jhakaas’ as always while Bobby Deol delivers a power-packed performance in his comeback film. Jacqueline and Daisy’s action sequences are a sight to behold and their stunning outfits lured me to connect to their designers right away.

On the whole, Salman Khan’s ‘Race 3’ is a perfect Eidi for everyone. And at the box-office, the movie is bound to rake in 100 cr over the weekend considering it is a festive one.

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Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!

Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!

Directed By: Shashanka Ghosh
Produced By: Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi
Cast: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhasker, Shikha Talsania, Sumeet Vyas
Duration:2 hours 15 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4 stars

Bollywood has given us friendship tales which are still etched in our memories. Be it ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ or ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, the films have not only touched our soul but have also made us realize how important it is to value and cherish our relations with friends. Unlike the other two which focused on Male friendships, ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is an ode to all Girl Gangs out there.

Based on the lives of four BFF’s Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Sakshi (Swara Bhasker), Meera (Shikha Talsania) and Avni (Sonam Kapoor), The story introduces you to these four characters and sheds light on their complexities. Not getting into explaining both halves of the movie as it is one hell of a ride.

Movie’s plot not just revolves around the girl gang but also explores the relationship between a parent and child. Kalindi, who is on the verge of getting married to her boyfriend (Sumeet Vyas) for 3 years, calls it quits with a doubt that it won’t work just like her parent’s relationship. On their way to resolve Kalindi’s love life, the gang goes through loads of ups and downs, supporting and sticking to each other no matter what.

From the gorgeous outfits to their dialogues, these Veeres have nailed it! Watching them having fun and emotionally supporting each other at the same time, will remind you of your Veeres.

Overall, with peppy soundtracks which make you groove there and there, some crazy humor and a perfect balance of emotions and fun, Veere Di Wedding is an out and out stunner!

So Yeah! To know, how this Girl Gang survives through it all, you gotta call up your Veeres and watch Shashanka Ghosh’s film right away!

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