Directed by: Shilpi Dasgupta
Starring: Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Sharma, Annu Kapoor, Badshah
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release date: 02 August 2019
Running Time: 136 Minutes
A feisty girl from Punjab, tries to continue her family traditions by opening a sex clinic to help and aware others in her hometown.
Khandaani Shafakhana is an upcoming 2019 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film directed by Shilpi Dasgupta, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Mahaveer Jain and Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and starring Sonakshi Sinha, Badshah, Varun Sharma, and Annu Kapoor in lead roles. The film follows the story of a happy-go-lucky Punjabi girl, Babita “Baby” Bedi (played by Sinha), who can do anything for her family. The film is produced by T-Series and is scheduled to be theatrically released in India on 2 August 2019. The film also marks the acting debut of Badshah.
The principal photography of the film began in Punjab in the end of January 2019. The film is slated to release on 2 August 2019.
The first look poster of the film was released by Sonakshi Sinha on 19 June 2019. The next day another poster was unveiled presenting the lead cast of the film in a teaser look.
The music of the film is composed by Badshah, Tanishk Bagchi, Payal Dev, Rochak Kohli, Vipul Mehta and lyrics written by Badshah, Tanishk Bagchi, Kumaar and Mellow D.
Wiggle Wiggle | Khandaani Shafakhana Trailer #2
The movie raises awareness about sensitive issues with a heavy dose of humour.
In an industry that revels in churning out stereotypical rom-coms with larger-than-life characters and all the razzmatazz befitting a spectacular musical, it is refreshing to come across a movie like Khandaani Shafakhana that tackles the social stigma surrounding sex and fertility issues in small town India.
Directed by debutant filmmaker Shilpi Dasgupta, the movie is centered around a medical representative Babita ‘Baby’ Bedi whose family has fallen on hard times. So when she inherits a sex clinic from her uncle Hakim Tarachand (Kulbushan Kharbanda) in the small town of Hoshiarpur, Punjab, despite the reservations of her conservative family, including her long-suffering mother played by Nadira Babbar and brother Bhooshit Bedi (Varun Sharma of Fukrey fame), she take it on. The will stipulates that Baby must run the clinic for six months before she is allowed to sell it.
How she manages to win over her uncle’s regular patients and break the shackles around the topic of sexual disorder 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. But probably that gives the director ample time to build the story and focus on various relationships – be it between the Hakim and his niece, or the one between Baby and the guy selling lemon juice in the neighbourhood. Sonakshi turns in a fabulous performance and the myriad emotions flitting through her face as she encounters the various intimate ailments plaguing her patients is a delight to watch.
Varun Sharma as Baby’s good-for-nothing brother, Bhooshit Bedi, pitches in with the buffoonery. He has some of the best dialogues in the movie and delivers it with perfect comic timing. Though there are times when you feel like shaking him up a bit, considering that he is busy taking selfies even as his sister Baby is going all out to ensure the family is fed and sheltered.
Annu Kapoor turns in his usual solid performance as lawyer Tagra.
Rapper Badshah makes his movie debut as actor/singer Gabru Ghatak, the clinic’s most high profile client. He turns in a decent performance- it helps, of course, that he plays himself!
It’s admirable to see an actress like Sonakshi take on a role that not many mainstream actors would have been comfortable doing. Bollywood movies like Vicky Donor and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan have tackled similar topics earlier, though they were all male-driven.
It helps also that the movie is never preachy, but tries to put out its message in a light-hearted palatable manner.
Khandaani Shafakhana is not a movie for everyone; it is bold, in-your-face, and makes a strong case for breaking societal shackles around a topic that is still considered taboo in most Asian families.
If you like issue-based movies with a heavy dose of laughter, then go for it.