SHARMAJEE KI BETI is a sweet entertainer that works due to its relatability Movie Review: SHARMAJEE KI BETI is a sweet entertainer

Star Cast: Divya Dutta, Sakshi Tanwar, Sharib Hashmi, Saiyami Kher, Vanshika Taparia

Director: Tahira Kashyap Khurrana

Sharmajee Ki Beti Movie Review Synopsis:
SHARMAJEE KI BETI is the story of three women. Swati Sharma (Vanshika Taparia) is a 13-year-old girl who studies in Class 8 at SB Gurukul High School. She lives with her parents – mother Jyoti (Sakshi Tanwar), who teaches in a coaching centre, and father Sudhir (Sharib Hashmi). Swati is worried as she hasn’t gotten her periods. She confides about it to her best friend Gurveen Sharma (Arista Mehta). She, too, hasn’t started chumming but seems cool about it. Gurveen is the daughter of Kiran Sharma (Divya Dutta), a housewife who has just shifted from Patiala. She yearns for company but everyone around her, including her husband Vinod Sharma (Parvin Dabas), is too busy. Kiran’s neighbour is Tanvi Sharma (Saiyami Kher), a budding cricketer. She’s in a relationship with Rohan (Ravjeet Singh), an aspiring actor, who keeps taunting Tanvi and encourages her to quit cricket. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Sharmajee Ki Beti Movie Story Review:
Tahira Kashyap Khurrana’s story is relatable as it talks about everyday problems, happiness and struggles. Tahira Kashyap Khurrana’s screenplay is breezy but doesn’t go on a high. Tahira Kashyap Khurrana’s dialogues are hilarious and witty and keep the interest going.

Tahira Kashyap Khurrana’s direction is lovely. As a newcomer, she impresses as she knows the technicalities and excels while handling three tracks simultaneously. Through all three tales, she makes some important comments and it’s easy to decipher even for a layman. The best track, hands down, is that of the 13-year-old who’s dying to get her periods. Something of this sort hasn’t been seen before and hence, it stands out. Even the mother-daughter track might be clichéd, but it works. The track of the bored housewife is the most relatable. The story of the cricketer, though arresting, doesn’t leave the same impact as the rest of the two stories.

On the flipside, the film stagnates in places, especially in the second half. There are certain turning points in the two tracks like Swati blasting her mother or Kiran finding the truth about her husband. One expects it to have an immediate consequence in those tracks. But nothing of that sort happens. It kind of gets forgotten and the director comes back to it only after 20-30 minutes and by then, the impact of those dramatic scenes loses sheen. The gay angle seems forced. Kiran finding her calling happens suddenly and the process is never shown. Lastly, though the dialogues are too funny, to see a 13-year-old delivering so many punchlines is also difficult to digest.

Sharmajee Ki Beti Movie Review Performances:
Vanshika Taparia takes the cake and dominates everyone with her real and entertaining performance. This is a feat, considering this film has several talented artists. Sakshi Tanwar plays her part with a lot of grace. She does well but could have done better in the monologue scene. Sharib Hashmi is adorable as always and only he could have played this role with such finesse. Divya Dutta essays a part that many women would be able to relate with. Performance-wise, she’s first-rate Saiyami Kher puts her best foot forward but due to the cricket angle, it reminds of her act in GHOOMER [2023]. Arista Mehta leaves a huge mark. Parvin Dabas is okay in a small role. Ravjeet Singh is aptly cast. Sushant Ghadge (Chotu) is lovely while Sunita Malhotra (Divya Dutta’s mother) brings the house down.

Sharmajee Ki Beti movie review music and other technical aspects:
Songs are nicely infused into the narrative. ‘Falak’ comes at an important juncture and elevates the impact. ‘Khudi’ is uplifting while ‘Jind Mahi’ is soulful. Anant Bhat’s background score is overused in some places.

Rakesh Haridas’ cinematography is appropriate. Tanvi Patil’s production design is straight out of life. Irfan Khatri’s costumes are in sync with the characters and their personalities. Antara Lahiri’s editing is fine.

Sharmajee Ki Beti Movie Review Conclusion:
On the whole, SHARMAJEE KI BETI is a sweet entertainer that works due to its relatability, novel funny moments and performances.

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