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Monday, April 12, 2021

Shakeela review: The Richa, Pankaj starrer fails to achieve what it set out to do

Shakeela's first poster sure garnered a lot of attention, but with the film's release, it doesn't manage to keep it intact.

Some movies need extra attention to smaller things than the bigger picture. And this film, a biopic, to be precise is one such film. While Shakeela sets out to break certain stereotypes, it only goes on to deepen them further somehow. The headline of this Shakeela review sums up everything that has gone wrong with it.

However, if we were to find a ray of light for the movie, it has to be the actors – Richa Chadha and Pankaj Tripathi. But, what is worse is that even with the two of them, the film falters and how. Written and directed by Indrajit Lankesh, he has faltered at multiple places to put his vision to life, or his vision was at fault.

One can get an idea of how the film is going to be from the very beginning as it sees Shakeela wanting to make a biopic, but not on her terms. If that is not enough, she also undergoes a narco test. And all of this is when she narrates her life story. Oh yes, surprisingly, the movie barely has dialogues and is full of narration, which also fails to keep up.

Before reading more of the Shakeela review, see the trailer here:


When exploring the life of someone about whom, not a lot of text/films exist, there’s a lot to explore. Yet, all that the makers visualized to do was make the film look sleazy, even parts of her real life. In order to do so, the movie should’ve shown more of who Shakeela was off-camera as well. However, not a lot changes in there! While we hoped to have written a Shakeela review that is better than this, the movie barely gives us a chance to do so.

In fact, even though Richa and Pankaj are the only highlights, some of what they do makes no sense. With actors as amazing as them, they could’ve been put to better use. They are capable of doing a better job, and probably turn it into a better film. However, the blame is on the director here. More than the film, a lot of loopholes lie in the way the story has been told. The irony simply lies in the fact that the film aimed at doing exactly the opposite of what it does!

Another loophole is the casting. For a story that is based on the life of a South actress, the actors can do better than broken language. There are only loopholes that exist here! Apart from some acting chops shown by the actor duo, there’s little to rave about. So to conclude, any Shakeela review asking you to watch the film is a hint to stop reading it!

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