Release Date: February 14, 2020
Available on: Zee5
Director: Bishnu Dev Halder
Cast: Divyendu Sharma, Shweta Basu Prasad, Sheetal Thakur’
About the story:
Set against the backdrop of the Emergency Rule of 1976, Shukranu is a comic take on sterilization imposed during that era. Inder (Divyendu Sharma) is a young lad who is all set to marry Reema (Shweta Basu Prasad). Things take a tragic turn when he is trapped with a few other men on a bus. He is taken to a hospital where he goes through a vasectomy forcibly. Consequently, he is unable to confess this in front of his family fearing the social stigma attached to sterilization. Besides, it would be a matter of shame if he is unable to impregnate his wife. However, his wife conceives under mysterious circumstances. Throughout the crisis, his only confidant is his colleague Bhanu (Aakash Dabhade).
Further, an old flame rekindles between Inder and his past crush Akriti (Sheetal Thakur). Thereby, things grow worse for an already distressed Inder. He now finds himself entangled between two women.
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Bishnu Dev Halder displays the bold concept remarkably with the right amount of wit and humor. The movie is a satirical take on the law that witnessed an uproar back in the late 70s. It not only normalizes concepts like infertility but also condemns patriarchy and its glorification to a certain extent.
Divyendu Sharma delivers yet another promising performance. He anchors the entire movie on his shoulders and doesn’t fail to give the audience a good laugh with his excellent comic timing and punchlines. There are several instances in the movie where the audience will laugh at Inder as well as sympathize with him. Dabhade accompanies him quite well in the task of delivering a stalwart comedy. The two leading ladies have a good screen presence overall. The character development of the cast is amazing and showcases a lot of potentials within.
One negative fact about the storyline is its predictability. The sequence of events was quite obvious for the viewers. Further, the influenced cinematography made the movie look quite like a typical Bollywood flick.
In conclusion, Sturdy concept, powerful performances, and delightful humor make Shukranu a one-time yet enjoyable watch.
What works: Strong concept and character development
What doesn’t work: Predictable and typical.
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