Review: Censor Board Is the Real H*****i in Haraamkhor

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Title: Haraamkhor
Rating: 3/5
CBFC Rating: U/A
Genre: Drama
Star Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shweta Tripathi, Trimala Adhikari, Mohammad Samad, Irfan Khan
Director: Shlok Sharma
Duration: 1 hours 34 minutes

After being stuck with the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) for almost three years, Haraamkhor will finally hit the theatres this Friday, January 13, 2017. The movie has been directed by Shlok Sharma and has Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shweta Tripathi in the lead.

Plot

Set in a rural village of Madhya Pradesh, India, the film deals with a bold subject and depicts a very unusual love triangle. The story unwinds when a married school teacher ends up having an illegitimate relationship with his student Sandhya. There also runs a parallel story line where another student Kamal (Irfan Khan) is trying to chase her. What’s left for the viewers is to witness and experience this new kind of love story through the eyes of Sandhya and Kamal.

What Should You Expect?

You can expect awe-inspiring performances by Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shweta Tripathi. The movie deals with a dark subject that has been treated in a subtle and mature manner. However, this movie is not everyone’s cup of tea.

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What’s Good? 

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

  • It takes a talented actor to can make you laugh at and hate at the same time. Shyam is smart, disgusting, and manipulative, who makes Sandhya fall for him and has sex with her.
  • Shyam is like those teachers we have often heard of. He is never apologetic about his actions. He beats up his students, he is an a**hole, and he clearly shows it. Though he plays a dark and a twisted character, Shyam will also make you laugh at his one liners. Look out for the scene where he is desperately trying to stop his wife (Trimala Adhikari) from leaving.
  • From being a gangster in Gang of Wasseypur to a serial killer in Raman Raghav 2.0, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has played some of the most commendable roles and it is time to add another one to the list.

Shweta Tripathi

This film is not just Nawazuddin’s; it also belong to the very talented Shweta Tripathi. Haraamkhor was supposed to be her debut movie; however, due to censor issues that surrounded Haraamkhor, we caught the first glimpse of her in Masaan.

With this film, she yet again proves that she knows how to own a performance and make people take notice of her.

At the age of 31, Shweta essays a character who is almost half her age and nails it. No one other than Shweta could have done justice to Sandhya’s role.

As a teenager, she brings out the required anger, dejection, delight, and innocence on-screen effortlessly.

Direction, Technique, and other Aspects:

Casting director Mukesh Chhabra definitely needs to be praised for picking up this lot of actors. From Trishala Adhikari, Irfan to Mohammad Samad and another character Shaktimaan, each person roped in has done a meritorious work.

Taking viewers into consideration, debutant director Shlok Sharma has very intelligently balanced the dark and serious scenes with the lighter ones.

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What’s Bad?

  • While the performance gets full marks, there are times when the film loses it’s grip and moves at snail speed. There are some narrative glitches, some disjoint sequences, some missed parts where people are left to assume and one can just blame the censor board for it.
  • The movie that was presented at MAMI is very different than one that is going to release on the big screen. All the intimate scenes between the leads which was essential for the storyline of the movie have been cut out. There are inappropriate cuts and alterations have left viewers with no choice but to depend on their imagination and assume what might have happened between the character.
  • You fail to understand when exactly Sandhya was infatuated towards her teacher Shyam. Did it start in class? Was it when she saw him having intercourse with his wife? Was it when he tried to touch her or was it when he flirted with another woman? One also remains uncertain that how and when Shyam’s wife discover about her husband’s affair, so the viewers will have to end up assuming that she somehow knows.

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Bayside Verdict

Shlok Sharma has picked a taboo subject and this movie will connect well with those who understand such topics need to be spoken about. Haraamkhor isn’t a movie that will do wonders at the box office or attract a huge crowd. It isn’t a usual stale Bollywood movie and that is what makes it a good watch. There are some glitches here and there but then who can question the CBFC.

Bayside Recommends

Haraamkhor might not be the choice of the masses but that doesn’t stop it from being an interesting watch. Do watch this movie because it does have a good story to tell.

Watch the Trailer Here