Movie Review: Khandaani Shafakhana (2019)
Directed by debutant filmmaker Shilpi Dasgupta, the movie is centred around a young Punjabi medical representative Babita ‘Baby’ Bedi who inherits a sex clinic from her uncle Hakim TaraChand (Kulbushan Kharbanda) in the small town of Hoshiyarpur. The will stipulates that Baby will run the clinic for six months before she is allowed to sell it. How she tackles the taboos associated with sex in the conservative Punjabi town and takes charge of her uncle’s patients forms the crux of the story. While the movie is beautifully mounted and handles a delicate subject quite sensitively, it is also at times excruciatingly slow.