Haraamkhor | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 25, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 25, 2017


Director:  Shlok Sharma

Stars:  Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shweta Tripathi

Strength: Acting, Direction

Weakness: Screenplay, Writing

Runtime: 87min

Rating: 5.5/10

PLOT: Haraamkhor is a Bollywood movie based on a story in a small village in Madhya Pradesh. Shyam Tekchand (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) was a maths teacher who gets intrigued with Sandhya (Shwetha Tripathi), a 14-year old student from his class. Sandhya's father was an alcoholic who had a relationship with another woman after Sandhya's mother died. Sandhya used to go to Shyam Tekchand for tuitions and in spite Shyam being much older and married, a contorted relationship enroots between them. The entire story disentangles when Kamal (Irfan Khan) and Mintu (Mohd Samad) are introduced into the story. Kamal was Sandhya's tuition mate and Mintu was Kamal's good friend. Slowly Kamal also falls in love with Sandhya and his friend Mintu suggests bizarre ways to help Kamal to get Sandhya.

REVIEW: “Haraamkhor” is a very impudent movie which deals with the reality that remains hidden, especially in small towns and villages. The director Shlok Sharma did a decent job with his direction but the screenplay was weak. Some parts of the movie tend to get boring because of the poor writing. Apart from that, another problem with the movie was editing, which in several places jars while some scenes appear unorganized. The storyline was based on a common dilemma and the director managed to domicile the contention without taking sides, which was indeed exemplary. Nawazuddin and Shwetha acted brilliantly. Shwetha played the role of a 14-year old girl veraciously, while Nawazuddin again proved his caliber with his acting. The movie had some lambent moments in it despite of the fact that it was a serious movie. The relationship between Sandhya and her alcoholic police officer father was not portrayed properly. The music for this movie was composed by Jasleen Royal. 

Reviewed by Sheikh Sayem Ahmed

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