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Haseena Parkar movie review: This gangster-drama fails to live upto our expectations

Haseena Parkar movie review: This gangster-drama fails to live upto our expectations.

Directed By: Apoorva Lakhia
Produced By: Nahid Khan
Cast: Shraddha Kapoor, Siddhanth Kapoor
Duration: 2 hours 12 minutes
Rating: 2.5/5

Apoorva Lakhia’s latest offering ‘Haseena Parkar‘ decodes the life of Haseena Parkar, the late sister of notorious Don Dawood Ibrahim. She headed her brother’s crime syndicate in Mumbai and was summoned to the court only once in her lifetime, even though there have been many cases lodged against her.

The film juggles between the past and the present, as the director tries to convey his story to the masses. It gives us glimpse of how Dawood formed his empire in Mumbai’s underworld and rose to be the most wanted man of India. The film also touches upon the bond shared between Haseena and her brother Dawood.

Haseena Parkar (Shraddha Kapoor) lives with her family and is very close to her elder brother Dawood Ibrahim (Siddhanth Kapoor). She is soon introduced to the many illegal activities that her brother carries out which puts their father in a spot. But soon Haseena gets married to Ibrahim Parkar (Ankur Bhatia) and the couple live on in wedded bliss till Ibrahim gets murdered by the rivals of Dawood. This event changes the life of Haseena and she soon joins hands with her dreaded brother.

The lady rises to power as soon as her brother shifts to Dubai. She dons the role of Aapa of Dongri and handles the many illegal activities of Dawood in the city. Haseena is summoned to the court when police are unable to trace her brother for the Bombay bomb blasts case carried out in 1993.

Will Haseena be accused of her brother’s crime or come out scott free? All these questions are answered in the crime drama.

Writer Suresh Nair has done a splendid job with the script but the shoddy execution lets it down. Shraddha Kapoor has undergone an amazing transformation to play the dark and gritty character but is unable to pull it off. As a young Haseena she is quite effective but fails to deliver as she essays Haseena in her 50s.

Siddhant Kapoor as Dawood Ibrahim is truly the surprise package as he promises to be an actor with control of emotions. But some where down the line his style and mannerism looked over the top. The next one who deserves a mention is Ankur Bhatia. He looks amazing as Ibrahim Parkar and does his role with conviction. The actor surely has a promising future in Bollywood.

We enter the theater to catch a glimpse of the dreaded family and what makes them tick, but the filmmaker’s sympathetic take on Dawood and his dynasty is a complete let down.

The background music by Sachin-Jigar and cinematography by Fasahat Khan keeps you enticed but it is not something that will remain with you for long. Unlike Apoorva’s other gangster flicks like ‘Shootout at Lokhandwala’ and others, this does not  turn out as well as expected.

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