Pataakha is a story about two sisters, Badki (Radhika Madan) and Chhutki (Sanya Malhotra) who live in a small town in Rajasthan. They squabble about anything and everything from stolen bidis and clothes to broken phones and television sets.
Dipper (Sunil Grover) is their nosy neighbour, who is always on the lookout for an opportunity to make the sisters go to war, while their father (Vijay Raaz), a single parent, is always trying to make peace between the warring sisters.
Badki wants to own her own doodh ki dairy and Chutki wants to teach in a school, but circumstances conspire and these very legitimate dreams seem quite distant.
Badki and Chhutki love to hate each other. The sisters literally want to strangle and choke the life out of each other. Now this strange sibling relationship forms the crux of Vishal Bhardwaj’s film.
The highlight of this film is Ranjan Palit’s cinematography as he has brought out the authentic rural gusto very effectively. One needs to give full marks to Vishal Bhardwaj who has tackled some very strong political issues in a spirited and quirky way.
Coming to the actors, well, Sunil Grover gets in his magical touch and essays Dipper with a lot of ease. With this almost flawless performance, Sunil has made this character memorable.
Vijay Raaz, as a father and A single parent to both Badki and Chhutki too, has done a fine job, but then this film belongs to Radhika Madan and Sanya Malhotra. Both the girls have given there best and I both have excelled.
The only issue with this film are the dialogues as they are in Rajasthani. Throughout the film, one needs to be attentive to understand what the characters are saying because if you are not then you will easily miss the punches, which to me is an integral part of the telling.
All in all, the film may be a bit stark and hard to digest, but this one will surely entertain you. Do catch this one and I am sure you will not be disappointed.
Rating: Three Stars