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Patna Shuklla Review – Actors Redeem Bland And Flawed Drama

By Binged Bureau - Mar 30, 2024 @ 07:03 am
2 / 5
BOTTOM LINE: Actors Redeem Bland And Flawed Drama
Rating
2 / 5
Skin N Swear
None
Drama

What Is the Story About?

Disney Plus Hotstar original film ‘Patna Shuklla’ follows small-time lawyer cum homemaker Tanvi Shukla (Raveena Tandon), who lands the case of a lifetime when a wrongfully failed third-year student (Anushka Kaushik) approaches her to fight her case against the powerful state university. Soon, the two determined women find themselves up against a wily lawyer (Chandan Roy Sanyal), unscrupulous politician Raghubir Singh (Jatin Goswami) and the entire state machinery.

Patna Shuklla is written and directed by Vivek Budakoti, co-written by Sammeer Arora and Farid Khan, and produced by Arbaaz Khan.

Performances?

Raveena Tandon is earnest and effective as Tanvi Shukla. She doesn’t strike a single false note in the entire runtime of the movie, while managing to keep audiences wholly invested in the plight of her young client. Anushka Kaushik is equally good, though we would have loved to see more of her in the movie. Chandan Roy Sanyal is excellent as shrewd and sophisticated lawyer, Neelkanth Mishra. He brings a delightful brand of coolth to his role.

Manav Vij, as Tanvi’s ever-supporting husband Siddharth Shukla, is quietly efficient and understated. He conveys all that he needs to, without resorting to loud histrionics. Late Satish Kaushik is the shining star of Patna Shuklla. His nuanced and “balanced” portrayal of Judge Arun Kumar Jha is the highlight of the film.

The only miscast character in Patna Shuklla is Jatin Goswami as Raghubir Singh. The actor is never able to rise above the poorly-etched-out character he’s saddled with. Save for this one, Patna Shuklla features excellent performances across the board.

Analysis

There’s no doubting the fact that Patna Shuklla is a movie with its heart in the right place. If only the makers had also put their money in the right place – where their mouth is – the result would have been something else altogether. Patna Shuklla is the kind of film that promises a lot but delivers very little.

The movie boasts a subject that has the potential to be an explosive piece of content; yet, the writers and director have managed to turn it into a faulty firecracker that splutters out the occasional spark to liven things up intermittently. At the center of the plot is a vile education scam that robs deserving but poor students their one shot at a decent life. Curiously enough, the writers unfold the nitty gritty of the scam in such a confusing way that it barely registers, let alone makes any kind of lasting impact.

To add to the banality of it, the background score that plays through most of the narrative is cloying, frivolous and seems as if it’s straight out of a brainless Hallmark Christmas romance. Tired tropes on misogyny, laddoos and a female’s place in the kitchen often find place in the script, adding a feeling of deja vu for the viewer.

Silly sequences populate the plot. When Tanvi Shukla is floundering with no clues and no evidence to move ahead in the case, along comes the villain to casually reveal the crucial suspense behind the scam – the who and how of it.

Taking the silliness further, Shukla questions him in court over the very same revelations, when even the most amateur lawyer will know that statements without proof have no standing in court. That entire sequence grates on the nerves with its simplistic telling. Come to think of it, all the courtroom scenes in the are equally vapid and uninteresting.

This is not to say that all is lost in Patna Shuklla. The makers display admirable gumption to show the ruling dispensation a mirror through the bulldozer sequence. The penchant of our politicians to furnish fudged marksheets and fake degrees also finds place in the movie – another gutsy sequence for sure.

The twist in the finale is quite affecting, even though it’s a flawed and unsatisfactory ending to the case. The cast and their performances, of course, are the brightest spots in the movie. Satish Kaushik is especially delightful to watch, slamming home the significance of the loss to good cinema with his untimely passing.

Music and Other Departments?

Karan Kulkarni’s background score lacks the gravitas to elevate the narrative. It is frivolous most of the time, and outright cloying otherwise. Neha Parti Matiyani’s camerawork is good, especially the drone shots. Vini N Raj’s editing is efficient.

Highlights?

Cast and performances, especially Satish Kaushik.

Drawbacks?

Bland storytelling

Simplistic plot

Flawed writing

Not impactful enough

Did I Enjoy It?

I found it strictly average.

Will You Recommend It?

As a one-time watch, and that too with reservations.

Patna Shuklla Movie Review by Binged Bureau

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