Families deal with each other, and that is generally something worth being thankful for. In any case, imagine a scenario in which you were left in your sister’s hands, realizing that she hates you. What’s more, imagine a scenario where, actually, she had lost her psyche and become fierce towards you? That is the mess Sanya Malhotra’s Genda Kumari and Radhika Madan’s Champa Kumari end up in Vishal Bhardwaj’s most recent film Pataakha.
Pataakha is Vishal Bhardwaj’s adaptation of a short story by Charan Singh Pathik named Do Behenein. It is the tale of sisters who love to hate one another. This isn’t your normal sibling competition; this is energetic and angry disdain for your kin. The sisters actually need to choke and gag the life out of one another. This interesting kin relationship frames the core of Vishal Bhardwaj’s film, where the Rajasthani dialect and the provincial setting present a side of Rajasthan that you haven’t seen previously. In any case, for all its oddity, Pataakha is a film that is a bit too difficult to take in. Getting a handle on the solid Rajasthani dialogues may turn out to be a test for the regular viewer. For 2 hours and 15 minutes, the sole focal point of the screenplay remains on the fact that the sisters can’t survive without getting into a fight and keeping in mind that the uniqueness of the story is excellent, after a point, it gets a touch dull.
While Vishal Bhardwaj has kept the story sensible to a degree that the characters talk just in the neighborhood dialect, which additionally winds up to be one of the biggest issues for the spectators. You will frequently find yourself struggling to comprehend the dialogues. Maybe, more lines in Hindi would have made it easier for the public to connect with Pataakha’s great physical and situational humor.
The performances by Radhika Madan and Sanya Malhotra are most definitely applaudible. The two on-screen characters have embraced their earthy characters and their feisty and enlivened performances are deserving of acclaim. During the second half, the on-screen characters put on weight as well, and their physical changes are great. The two sisters are downright firebrands. Vijay Raaz and Saanand Verma are similarly skilled with their comic timing. But, the scene stealer of Pataakha is the volcano of talent that is Sunil Grover. Playing a quirkier character, a man who is the instigator behind the fights to use them as a medium of entertainment, Sunil’s Dipper will be a fan favourite for sure. His character may have turned out to be a sadist as well but his is a nicely written character and we can’t imagine if anyone else could’ve pulled it off.
Watch the official trailer of Pataakha here-