BARKHAA Movie Review CAST: Sara Loren, Taaha Shah, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Shweta Pandit, Puneet Issar DIRECTION: Shadaab Mirza GENRE: Drama DURATION: 1 hour 58 minutes
CAST: Sara Loren, Taaha Shah, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Shweta Pandit, Puneet Issar DIRECTION: Shadaab Mirza GENRE: Drama DURATION: 1 hour 58 minutes

STORY: Rich boy meets poor girl whose source of income isn’t respectable according to his family. Can they get together and live happily ever after, much against the societal pressure? 

REVIEW: Jatin (Taaha Shah), a lawyer’s son, falls in love with Barkhaa (Loren) the moment he sees her in Himachal. He tries his best to pursue her but she is reluctant since she is scarred emotionally. Barkhaa, who works in a bar for a living, dissuades Jatin from proposing marriage to her but he insists. He takes her to his parents but they disapprove of the relationship objecting to her profession. Can the two get together against his family’s wishes and what is Barkhaa’s mysterious past all about? The film is a decent watch for those, who for some weird reason may crave for the 70’s melodrama. It boasts of an archaic story and a predictable plot, with the actors spouting done to death dialogues throughout. If you want to revisit that phase of Bollywood, where women were perpetually unhappy and had a ‘majboori’ for being that way, you can watch this one. Else, avoid. Loren looks good but is too wooden. Also, barring cinematography and music, other aspects of the film are way too mediocre and cliched for your liking. Sadly it’s 2015 and this formulaic drama has nothing new to offer.


The film starts with Jatin (Taaha Shah) and his parents looking after his elder brother Akash (Priyanshu Chatterjee) who is in the ICU. Jatin gets reminded that he has to be the chief guest at a book launch of ‘AKS’. In spite of being worried sick for his brother, Jatin honours his commitment and inaugurates the book. As soon as he starts reading a few excerpts, it rings a bell and he rushes to find who the publisher is. However, the publisher says he is unaware of the author’s whereabouts. The book launch takes you through a series of flashbacks. You are introduced to Barkhaa
(Sara Loren), with whom Jatin falls in love with, the moment he sees her in Himachal. Barkhaa, however is a bar girl with a mysterious past. Jatin pursues her but she is hesitant to get married to him. She eventually agrees to meet his parents. Jatin’s father (Puneet Issar) strongly opposes the marriage. Elder brother Akash is shocked by Jatin’s choice (he knows Barkhaa is a single mother since it was he to deserted her, after she got pregnant with his child). Barkhaa too leaves the house after seeing Akash. On getting to know the truth, Jatin accepts Barkhaa and the two get married.


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