Movie Review: Yeh Hai Bakrapur (2014)

Box Office: Disaster

The story of the film is set in a small, predominantly Muslim village where the Qureshi family owns a goat. The family wants to discard their pet but that isn’t acceptable to the little boy who loves his pet. A way must be plotted to save him from going away.

The boy does get his way through but his pet goat suddenly becomes the talk of the town and beyond attaining a Superstardom overnight. With endorsements flocking his way, the goat becomes the subject of people’s likings and even Hindu-Muslim politics.How does this end is what is an interesting thing to look out for in this film.

If you sniff closely, Yeh Hai Bakrapur has the essence of a politically inclined story. But what draws your attention to the film is its childlike innocence and how the writing invests in building a tender story revolving around Shahrukh, the goat. The animal, for no credit of his, evolves into a seraphic creature of sorts. Definitely the commentary is on how interrelated blind faith and illiteracy is, but the message comes out quite contrived. There is a clear lack of clarity in the film’s writing which leads to a sloppy screenplay for it.

Though the end product isn’t much to my satisfaction, I cannot help but bring up the tenderness in the tale. Yes, the main reason why the milieu of the film seems even remotely attractive is because of the child like glee in the wee moments of the film. The child’s love for his goat arouses an array of really delicate emotions.

While it all begins well, the story’s slow build up infuriates one, almost making one lose interest. The story doesn’t really move much, beating around the bush over and over again. The characters become flat and doesn’t evolve further over the course of the film and most importantly, the pivotal point of story stands defeated by the time the end credits flow down the big screen.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “One of the few films that is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. Do watch!”
3.0 “YEH HAI BAKRAPUR employs a comic tone to tell a serious story. Armed with a simplistic, but innovative plot.”
Bollywood Hungama
3.0 “YEH HAI BAKRAPUR is for the intelligentsia, those who love their cinema, shaken, stirred and with salt at the rim!”
3.0 “You won’t come away without a smile and smirk in this sly look-see at rural India where every second citizen is a certifiable attention-seeker.”
NDTV Movies
3.0 “You may not be overwhelmed by Vishwanathan’s satire. But you won’t come away without a smile and smirk in this sly look-see at rural India where every second citizen is a certifiable attention-seeker.”
3.0 “Scathing Satire On Blind Faith.”
One India
3.0 “Sublime satire”
3.0 “Scathing satire on blind faith.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “The film is as unique as superstar Shah Rukh Khan, but it lacks his charisma.”
2.5 “Yeh Hai Bakrapur has a very interesting premise and makes you smile. However it falls short of becoming a really good film. “
2.5 “Yeh Hai Bakrapur could have been quite an intelligent take on India’s affiliation for blind faith. “
Negative Reviews
2.0 “A slow satire that will put you to sleep”
Daily Bhaskar
1.5 “Avoid Yeh Hai Bakrapur if you can”
1.5 “Yeh Hai Bakrapur turns out to be a lost cause.”
India Today


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