Shilpi Dasgupta's Khandaani Shafakhana is in the same space as Vicky Donor and Shubh Mangal Savdhaan. Sex is a taboo topic in India and there is still stigma attached to matters related to the topic. It is especially true in small-town India where openly discussing sex can lead you to get labeled as vulgar, slutty or obscene. Sonakshi Sinha who is the sole earning member of her family inherits a traditional Unani sex clinic from her late uncle played to perfection by Kulbhushan Kharbanda. However, there is a condition attached to the inheritance that is not easy to fulfill...
What is it about...
Baby Bedi played by Sonakshi Sinha is a medical representative in the town of Hoshiyarpur. She dreams of setting up her herbal medicine business but is bogged down by debts. Her parental home is sought-after by her Uncle who is behaving like a hard-nosed creditor. She inherits her Uncle's sex clinic located in one of the city's prime areas but has to run it for six months before she can sell it off. Her mother is aghast at the idea but this is the only option before Baby Bedi. What follows is an uneven story of self-realization and breaking taboos about sex.
What is hot
Sonakshi Sinha is in great form as Bobby Bedi. She nails the emotional scenes and displays spunk when needed. The main character is a nicely written one. Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Annu Kapoor, Nadira Babbar and Varun Sharma support her nicely. The casting of the film is pretty good. Priyansh Jora has a small role and he proves his mettle. The direction captures the small-town setting with a lot of love and warmth. The courtroom sequence in the second half is executed very nicely. Badshah plays himself and is quite decent.
Check out the trailer of the film here:
What is not
The film has some loopholes that are tough to overlook. For a film about sex education/awareness, the conversation about the actual topic is quite less. That is a real dampener. Moreover, the first half is too slow. The film picks up in the second half. Also, it is evident that the makers have exhausted all the best one-liners in the trailer itself. Khandaani Shafakhana was projected as a film that threw light on sexual dysfunction in a light-hearted manner and how a newly minted Hakim by circumstance handles it. What we see is quite different. Baby Bedi tries to market her clinic but the methodology used is rather archaic.
Khandaani Shafakhana is one of Sonakshi Sinha's best. She is outstanding in the emotional scenes. What lets her down is a slow narrative and a film that does not pack in punches where it needed to.
2.0 out of 5
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