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Movie Review: Khandaani Shafakhana (2019)

★★★☆☆
Box Office: TBA

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.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “Sonakshi Sinha Carries The Film With Great Support From Badshah”
NDTV
3.0 “If you enjoy movies that raise awareness about sensitive issues with a heavy dose of humour, you’d love this.”
Khaleejtimes
3.0 “Sonakshi Sinha as Baby Bedi owns the film.”
TOI
3.0 “KHANDAANI SHAFAKHANA is a relevant ‘sex’posure powered by Sonakshi Sinha’s marvelous performance.”
Glamsham
3.0 “The film has been made with its heart in the right place.”
Filmfare
Average Reviews
2.5 “Khandaani Shafakhana had the potential to be a transgressive piece of Cinema with its choice of theme and setup but all it ends up being is a flaccid attempt by Bollywood to capitalize on a social cause for a few extra bucks and momentary pleasure.”
Nowrunning
2.5 “Sonakshi Sinha’s Film Ends Up Limping Despite Its Strong Concept!”
Filmibeat
2.5 “Sonakshi Sinha is remarkable in this bland social comedy on sex”
TNN
2.5 “In case you’d forgotten, Sonakshi Sinha is no Ayushmann Khurrana”
Hindustantimes
2.5 “The film lacks in nuance”
Mid-Day
Negative Reviews
2.0 “While the message behind this film is laudable, it isn’t always exciting.”
Gulfnews
2.0 “Khandaani Shafakhana neither enlightens nor entertains.”
Rediff
2.0 “A well-intentioned effort.”
Sify
2.0 “Sonakshi Sinha, Badshah try their best to lift a limp film.”
Indiatvnews
2.0 “Pure Intent With A Not-So-Pious Story!”
Koimoi
2.0 “Sonakshi Sinha is the winner in slow comedy on sex”
Indiatoday
2.0 “A soppy melodrama”
Indianexpress

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