Directed by Shlok Sharma, Haraamkhor finally got released on 13th January in cinemas after a long fight with the Censor Board. Carrying a bold subject of a questionable relationship between a teacher and his underage student, this movie sure is different.
The story revolves around Sandhya (Shweta Tripathi), a ninth standard student, who resides in a far flung village with her police officer father. Abandoned by her mother long ago, and the father keeping himself busy with an affair, leaves her on her own. Due to lack of attention within the family, she tries to find solace outside. This she does by engaging in an intimate relationship with her married teacher Shyam sir (Nawazuddin Siddiqui).
Drenched in the guilt of this relationship, Sandhya goes on building up on moral mistakes. Meanwhile her tuition mate Kamal has a crush on her. He along with his best friend Mintoo play vengeful pranks on their teacher when they suspect that he is having an affair with Sandhya.
Having played a gangster, a serial killer and an abusive ghost, this could easily be labelled as Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s creepiest role so far. Any character that influences an underage girl to sexually engage with him can in no way be appealing. But still managing to make us laugh as well as feel disgusted at the same time is what is exceptional about Nawazuddin.
With no concern he abuses his wife and beats up his students, even the female ones. This is what adds to him being the creepiest protagonist ever in the history of Indian cinema. Still, one does not fail to see the humor in his performance. And it is best seen in his relationship with his wife. While at one time he pushes her away publicly in the market, on another occasion he lies down on her feet to stop her from leaving the house when she learns of his affair.
Shweta Tripathi has truly succeeded in stealing the thunder here. With Masaan, she already proved that she holds an influential talent. In Haraamkhor again, the anguish, despair, rebelliousness and playfulness that Sandhya needs is seen in all the right places.
The casting is perfect, yet the movie has certain glitches. One never gets a clue as to when Sandhya actually gets attracted to the creepy Shyam sir. How Shyam’s wife comes across about their affair is not also not explained. Why does she return to him is a bigger question. Kamal and Mintoo make us very uncomfortable with their behaviour. From peeping into a girl’s bathroom to having unrealistic ideas about marriage and sex, they have all sorts of creepy conversations. Additionally, their part of the story lacks spice. The climax is a huge mess. It seems as if the director had no clue how to end this, so he gave it an abrupt ending. He tried to make it look like a hard-hitting conclusion. But, he failed.
Shlok Sharma has chosen a courageous subject which asks for acceptance from the audience that reads papers and is horrified by cruelties on kids. Haraamkhor is not everyone’s cup of tea, for it talks about a plucky subject. Although it had the potential of being a fantastic piece of art, but it just stops at being a moo point. It has some really uncomfortable scenes but watch this movie for it’s humor.
Our Verdict: 2.5/5
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