'Haseena Parker' is an emotional story: Shraddha Kapoor

Carla Harmon
September 22, 2017

It crafts a morally dodgy portrait of the "godmother" of Nagpada, Dawood Ibrahim's tough-minded sibling who ran the dreaded mafia don's crime syndicate by proxy in the 1990s and the noughties without ever being brought to book. Also, Siddhant's presence has the ability to steal the frame and that can't be denied.

Haseena Parkar is an upcoming biographical crime film directed by Apoorva Lakhia and produced by Nahid Khan. The trailers have generated some buzz for both the films but it will be one film that will emerge as the victor at the box office and it will be interesting to see which one attracts more footfalls at the box office. Well, the trailer does impress and shows Shraddha in a never seen before avatar, let's hope the film lives up to all our expectations.

At five feet two inches, Haseena Parkar alias Aapa struck terror into her rivals in the underworld. She becomes known as the beloved "Aapa" (elder sister) and soon finds herself on the wrong side of the law. Generally speaking, she is good. Siddhanth is earnest, but there is no standout performance here. The dialogues are cheesy and are borderline juvenile at times. I am preparing for it and shooting of that film will take place after some time because there is a lot of pre-production work and research that has to be done. Since this is one of the first movies being made on the life of Haseena, audiences may throng the theatres expecting to grab a piece of Mumbai underworld in all its dark hues on the grand 70 mm screens.

Haseena Parkar could have been a real thriller had it been serious about telling serious story. Also, the events are chronicled year-wise, so it is very easy to understand.

The story is narrated in flashback fragments, not always sufficiently detailed, but the whole onus seems to be on glorifying the woman who could see her brother do no wrong (she seriously believes and tells the cops during the bomb blasts interrogation that Mumbai is Dawood's first love) purely because of her emotional bond with him.

The only actor who stands out a tad amid the ruins is Rajesh Tailang in the role of Haseena's defence lawyer Shyam Keswani although he, like everybody else in the cast, is hopelessly trapped in a stilted script.

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