Vidya Balan’s a lot liked 2011 movie THE DIRTY PICTURE advised the story of a Southern siren Silk Smitha. Audiences liked 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 well-liked 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.
SHAKEELA is the biopic of the grownup star Shakeela. The 12 months is 1990. Shakeela (Kajol Chugh) is a younger college woman residing within the small city of Vallamkulam, Kerala together with her mother and father and a couple of siblings. She belongs to a poor household and his mom is always upset over their situation. Shakeela is at all times fascinated with performing and when she will get a probability to play Draupaudi within the college play, she readily accepts it. She even wins a trophy and a money prize of Rs. 1000. The similar 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 determined to attempt her luck in cinema once more. Soon, 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 in every of 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 films. Her mom, nonetheless, tells her to not again out as it could assist their household have a first rate lifestyle. Shakeela has no selection but to drift. Soon, she begins getting a lot of movie gives. 9 years later, Shakeela (Richa Chadha) has grown up and has achieved recognition but is not but a star. She is a big fan of famous person Salim (Pankaj Tripathi) and at some point, she will get a probability to be the junior artist in his movie. Salim has a roving eye and he will get drawn to 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 well-liked as Salim. Salim will get insecure. He tells his mates within the media to unfold the phrase that it is Shakeela’s comfortable porn movies that are accountable for the rising intercourse crimes in Kerala. This ignites a debate and individuals come out on the streets, demanding a ban on her movies. The producers of her upcoming movies panic and she has no selection but to return the charges that got to her for these films. What occurs subsequent varieties the remainder of the movie.
Indrajit Lankesh’s story is alright but may have made for a shocking fare. Sunil Kumar Agarwal’s screenplay (further screenplay by Janardhan Maharshi, Rohan Bajaj and Naireeta Dasgupta) is the most important 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. Only a few scenes right here and there are effectively scripted. Rohit G Banawlikar, Rohan Bajaj and Ashish Waghmare’s dialogues are very poor. There have been some essential scenes the place the impression may have been nice but the dialogues play spoilsport. Just a few dialogues have been sharp and acidic but the makers compel the characters to repeat them and therefore, the impact will get diluted.
Indrajit Lankesh’s path is lacklustre. To give credit score the place it’s due, the director ensures that one is not reminded of THE DIRTY PICTURE, regardless of that each movies are on the identical traces. And furthermore, Silk Smitha, the protagonist of that movie, additionally has a half in SHAKEELA. However, THE DIRTY PICTURE had class though it was about a horny siren. SHAKEELA, on the opposite hand, looks like simply one other comfortable porn movie which Shakeela did within the prime of her profession. Funnily, the movie exposes the double requirements of the society but the main target on physique pictures and titillation goes in opposition to the very message of the movie. Till the primary half, the movie was nonetheless bearable. In the second half, it turns into weird. Audiences are all of a sudden advised that each one this whereas Shakeela has a greatest buddy, Suhana (Ester Noronha), who is her physique double. However, the makers selected to not present their friendship for one full hour. Shakeela’s bond together with her mom was a nice observe but it’s handled in a superficial method. Her household, in actual fact, 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. Instead of lauding the makers, one feels indignant at them as viewers would notice that this was such a nice story but has now gone down the drain because 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 college youngsters are made to enact the scene of Draupadi’s cheer haran in a college play is tough to digest. The movie will get a bit higher as Shakeela achieves the top of success. However, the movie by no means actually goes on a excessive. Post-interval, the movie goes downhill as random and bewildering sequences pop up. Shakeela’s battle to make a ‘clean’ movie ought to have been a gripping plot level but the eye wavers significantly. The ending, although shocking, fails to create an impression.
Richa Chadha is first rate but her efficiency leaves a lot to be desired. She does attempt her greatest but the tip end result is not passable. Kajol Chugh, who performs the younger Shakeela, is manner higher and leaves a mark. Pankaj Tripathi is advantageous as an egoistic famous person. Some of one of the best scenes of the movie are when a battle grasp helps him in cheat pictures whereas taking pictures for motion scenes. These scenes had no reference to the primary plot but made the movie barely extra participating. Ester Noronha has a advantageous presence but 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 Fight Master and Thomas Financier are nothing nice.
Music has no scope, though a movie ought to have had a good, retro soundtrack. ‘Tera Ishq Satave’, performed in opening credit, is forgettable. The random putting of intimate scenes look pressured. Even ‘Taaza’ is 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 focus on physique pictures for titillation may have been averted. Production design offers no purpose for grievance. Ballu Saluja’s modifying is random within the second half.
On the entire, SHAKEELA rests on a very good and a shocking story but is executed horribly. It has launched in cinemas with none buzz and therefore, it could sink with out a hint.