Hamare Baarah Movie Review Annu Kapoor's Film Gives A Strong Message In The Extended Narration
Hamare Baarah Movie Review Annu Kapoor's Film Gives A Strong Message In The Extended Narration

Hamare Baarah Movie Review: Annu Kapoor’s Film Gives A Strong Message In The Extended Narration

When a religious fanatic’s patriarchal ideals take precedence over reason, logic, and modernity, his daughter protests.

Hamare Baarah Film Review Rating: 3/5

Starring Annu Kapoor, Ashwini Kalsekar, Manoj Joshi, Paritosh Tripathi, Rahul Bagga, Aditi Bhatpahri, Ankita Dwivedi, and Abhimanyu Singh.

Director: Kamal Chandra.

What’s Good: A hard-hitting drama on how religious teachings must keep up with the times, and while the religion is Islam, the lessons apply to all faiths.

What’s Bad: A rambling narration that occasionally defies logic itself!

Toilet Break: No!

Watch or Not: If you are objective and progressive, then sure. Those who are not, however, may find it more educational if it may help them adopt the correct mindset.

Language: Hindi.

Available on theatrical release.

Runtime: 148 minutes.

Set in Lucknow, Hamare Baarah follows the familial struggles of 60-year-old Manzoor Ali Khan Sanjari (Annu Kapoor), who has lost his wife during childbirth. He has since married Rukhsar (Ankita Dwivedi) and is determined to get his new wife pregnant—for the sixth time, despite medical warnings that she may die if she continues the pregnancy. He already has 11 children and is unable to adequately support them financially. His daughter Alfia (Aditi Bhatpahri) decides to rebel, eventually filing a court lawsuit against Manzoor to force her stepmother to terminate the hazardous pregnancy.

Movie Review: Hamare Baarah Script Analysis

Rajan Agarwal’s script has good intentions and is not anti-Muslim or anti-Islam, but rather confronts the fact that Islam is frequently misrepresented by some of its proponents for selfish or vested motives. These influencers lead simple-minded Muslims astray (as seen by a poor Muslim vehemently denouncing the misleading depiction of his faith in a very well-conceived sequence) and discourage them from advancing socioeconomically and obtaining higher education.

Graphically, the lawyer (Manoj Joshi) who is representing the regressive father has only two children from one woman. While the son is well-educated and settled overseas, the daughter is on her path to becoming a doctor.

The script emphasizes the absurdity and irony of such a man defending his client in the face of a progressive daughter’s demand for her stepmother’s safety.

However, the script drags interminably after the midway point, most likely to demonstrate that even someone like Manzoor, who has been brainwashed since childhood, can eventually see the light. The film should have stopped more than 20 minutes earlier after Aafreen had dismantled all of the defense arguments. However, the writer and director opt to include new convolutions (such as the attempt to depict Rukhsar as a loose woman who sleeps with different men!). The judge’s final statement appears to make the entire story useless, as he asks Rukhsar to make the critical decision.

Except for the judge and the gynecologist, all of the characters in the movie are Muslims, demonstrating the large number of progressive people in the community.

Review of the Film Hamare Baarah: Star Performance

The film’s central character, Annu Kapoor, is utterly believable as the ultimately amoral Manzoor. He is a qawwal who has little regard for genuine morality or humanity. He treats women like objects, stifles his kids’ aspirations, and acts in a dictatorial manner overall. When he sees disobedience, he nearly seems like a predatory animal. He is amazing, to put it simply.

As the diligent attorney challenging him, Ashwini Kalsekar plays Aafreen, and she presents him with fierce opposition. The incredibly talented actress, who is most known for her comedic roles in Rohit Shetty films, once again demonstrates her remarkable versatility. Manoj Joshi, the defense attorney, is hams, and his accented Hindi jars when he has to speak in lengthy exchanges filled with legal and Urdu jargon.

Review: Direction and Music of the Film Hamare Baarah

Although Kamal Chandra is a competent director, he needed to have given the screenplay some serious attention to fix its errors. His skill in narrating in a straightforward, non-gimmicky way heightens the drama, and his choice of songs is admirable. Remember that once the script gives the characters more depth, the director is the one who demands performances from his actors.

The scenes where Manzoor forces Rukhsar to sleep with him despite her illness, the rickshaw chase where Alfia and Shoaib are driving Zareen to Mumbai for the audition, the whole Shahnawaz’s wife rebellion sequence, and, last but not least, Aafreen’s outburst against her conceited husband when he wants her to leave the case simply because hardliners target them are the ones I would pay close attention to.

The songs, which were written in different ways by Bishakh Jyoti, Annu Kapoor, and a third name I didn’t recognize, are appropriate for the movie and are employed in the time-honored but now-neglected manner of situational lip-synching songs. Annu contributes to songwriting and vocals as well, and it appears that his extensive background in musical theater has benefited him in these areas.

The words are passable and the qawwals have a suitable tone. Shabnam (Naaz Khan), Manzoor’s daughter, wrote them and sent them to her father in secret to satisfy her creative cravings! Bishakh Jyoti’s backdrop score is also typically good.

Review of the film Hamare Baarah: The Final Word

The movie is about women’s empowerment just as much as, say, Laapataa Ladies, but the writing could have placed a lot more focus on logic because the subject matter is taken very seriously and does not involve humor or satire. Indians shouldn’t disregard this film, as Pakistan can produce films such as Khuda Kay Liye and Bol that are increasingly critical of religious fundamentalism.

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