When you step in to watch a biopic, you expect to watch everything that you ever wanted to know about the person involved. Something that you would not find on the wikipedia page. Something that shakes you and you’re engrossed- elbow deep. Haseena Parkar, a biopic on Dawood’s sister offers absolutely none of the things mentioned above. First and foremost, when will people understand that the writing of any narrative needs to be stronger than your promotions? When all you’ve got is what you can find on the first search as you type Haseena on google, something is really wrong.
Shraddha Kapoor as Haseena aapa is not a great fit as she is unable to evoke thrill, fear or sympathy for the part. She is a sweet, fragile girl till she gets married and suddenly starts slamming people. Trust me, till now you saw no signs of eccentricities and suddenly over a water fight in the chawl, she is ready to smack people. The most bizarre part of the film is that no one explains any how’s and why’s. Beyond a point, it gets really boring because no one went back to the storyboard when they needed to. The only thing that tells me that I have to be scared in various scenes was conveyed to me by the background score and the Shraddha Kapoor’s lipstick color. Baffling, Isn’t it?
Bumbai ka bhai is played by Siddhant Kapoor and this is the first time I have seen Dawood Ibrahim devoid of any personality. Bouncing away in those caricature outfits and enjoying a scotch in a jacuzzi or even candlelight dinners in Dubai is where the thrill is lost. The voice is dubbed and the dialogues are atrocious. There are times when I thought the lines were incomplete because a lot of times, they don’t make sense and are just said for effect. *I just can’t*
Apoorva Lakhia’s Parkar is oversimplified and is unable to hold your attention for a long time. It gets sadder by the second and you don’t learn anything new from the narrative. There are many many loopholes and where simplification is required, the ends are left loose. Just like that! This is the second gangster film in two weeks and yet again, no one has been able to fix the same old problems. It’s high time we pull up our socks or else no one is up for a dull theatre watching experience.
This article was first published on Filtercopy