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Yeh Hai Bakrapur movie review: Commendable satire

 Yeh Hai Bakrapur
Director :  Janaki Vishwanathan
Music :  Agnee
Lyrics :  Panchhi Jalonvi and Abbas Tyrewala
Starring :  Anshuman Jha, Asif Basra, Suruchi Aulakh, Faiz Khan, Yoshika Verma, Shameem Khan, Amit Sial and Utkarsh Majumdar

May 9, 2014 12:59:06 PM IST
updated March 9, 2015 4:10:27 PM IST
Yeh Hai Bakrapur Review By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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There is a family in rural India burdened with loans. They are barely able to make ends meet. Those who have to be repayed are constantly knocking on the doors of Suruchi Aulakh, the motor-mouth home-maker.

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Her husband Faiz Khan and Uncle Asif Basra don't earn enough and they have to sell their goat, Shahrukh, at the local market.

Suruchi's younger son Zulfi (Shameem Khan) is heart-broken. He does not want to part ways with Shahrukh. Help comes in the form of Jaffer (Anshuman Jha) who is in love with Zulfi's older sister Naaz (Yoshika Verma).

Jaffer hits upon a brilliant plan to save the goat from being taken to the slaughter house. This one brilliant move of his not only saves the goat and keeps Zulfi happy, but also changes the fortunes of the family as the entire village now flock to their house to seek blessings from Shahrukh.

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With their fortunes changing, there is interest from a Saudi sheikh to buy the goat for lakhs of rupees. An advance has also been given.

That's when the story takes a twist. Saffron against green. We later learn that Shahrukh's dad was Kaalia, brought up in a Hindu family. The whole issue is politicized and the local sarpanch has to take a decision.

That's when Jaffer comes onto the scene again to help the family. They decide to escape at the dead of night.

YEH HAI BAKRAPUR grows on you as the movie progresses. Janaki Vishwanathan takes us on a commendable ride through this satire of hers. She ensures that she pitches in the right twist at the right moment with expressions from the actors matching the mood of the moment.

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All the actors come up with fine performances and when the pandit ventures to seek the blessing of the goat and drops in the 'Kaalia' angle and wants a share of the Rs 55 lakh (the amount promised by the Saudi sheikh for the goat), all hell breaks loose. Suddenly, the goat seems to be a curse.

Janaki delivers a powerful blow with a subtle nudge, exposing the small-mindedness of people and those wanting to politicize issues for personal gains.


YEH HAI BAKRAPUR is for the intelligentsia, those who love their cinema, shaken, stirred and with salt at the rim!

After all, the general public is constantly being made a bakra of!

 Yeh Hai Bakrapur Review Rating : 
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