Pataakha Review: Vishal Bharadwaj's Raw and Rural drama will make you go ROFL

Starring Radhika Madan, Sanya Malhotra, and Sunil Grover in the lead roles, the film is an interesting tale on the life of two sisters. It is adapted from Charan Singh Pathik's short story titled Do Behnein. Here's the review.

  • Pataakha Review: Vishal Bharadwaj's Raw and Rural drama will make you go ROFL
  • Pataakha Review: Vishal Bharadwaj's Raw and Rural drama will make you go ROFL
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Cast: Radhika Madan, Sanya Malhotra, Sunil Grover, Vijay Raaz, Namit Das and Abhishek Duhan

Rating: 4/5

Sibling love is special, and one can never define and understand the kind of bond they share. It is different when they are children and develops as they mature. There are fights, arguments, abuses, etc., and there is no reason to justify such a behaviour, but often it is all in good faith and love. Sharing a similar bond and bringing his interesting format of storytelling back to the 70mm screen is Vishal Bharadwaj, with his new offering, Pataakha, starring Radhika Madan and Sanya Malhotra.

The film is adapted from Charan Singh Pathik's short story titled Do Behnein.




Champa Kumari aka Badki (Radhika Madan) and Genda Kumari aka Chutki (Sanya Malhotra) are sisters who cannot stand the sight of each other. The two have way too many differences than similarities, and anything they say leads to a quarrel. A lot of such incidents are instigated by their friend, who often offers solutions individually to ensure they fight. Precisely why is he rightly called Dipper ‘Naradmuni.’ All these two sisters want is to separate and not see each other for the rest of their lives. Badki and Chutki fall in love with men of their choice and get married, only to later cry over a situation, where they find out that unfortunately, destiny is also not their favour. They land in a family, only to know that they have married brothers in the same household. How does their life and views change? Would Dipper do anything to make their lives worse? Would these sisters start caring and loving each other? Well, that’s worth watching in Pataakha.

There are very few people in the film fraternity who are masters of almost every important aspect of the film. Vishal Bharadwaj is one such director. He has written, produced, directed and composed music for this adaptation, which is a visual treat. The effort put by the team to ensure there is perfection in every frame comes across thoroughly, as it is easy to notice the nuances focused while making the film. Bharadwaj is truly a master of words and music, as he offers an interesting take once again in this film, where the sister duo Radhika and Sanya shine!


The film is well divided, where the first half is before marriage and the second, after. It seems as though the trailer reveals everything but there is a lot to the film. However, the first half is interesting and fun.

Radhika and Sanya have given their best. Both the sisters have performed extremely well and to perfection, so much so that you relate to their characters and emotions. Their fights look genuine and you start to enjoy the same, as much as Dipper does. Sunil Grover delivers the funniest character in the film. He has the power to make the character his own and impress you, and just like his other popular TV show character, he wins your heart here. All the actors have ensured their dialect is delivered with the utmost reality. 

The music and dialogues are well written, and the effort put by the team shows on screen. There are fight sequences which look real. Sanya and Radhika look like two girls from the village and the story keeps you hooked to the screen. Metaphors used to describe the two as India and Pakistan, and References drawn towards the climax to pull an emotional chord are interesting. 

To sum it up, Pataakha is a film to be watched on a big screen. Relatable emotions, instances take you to nostalgia, where you might agree and laugh over the reasonless fights with your sibling. There is an uncalled-for disliking, but there is a lot of love beneath! 


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