Pataakha Reviews (Top Critics)

BollywoodHungama.com
By Bollywood Hungama (3/5)

PATAAKHA is the bittersweet story of two badass sisters. Badki (Radhika Madan) and her sister Chhutki (Sanya Malhotra) reside in a village in Rajasthan. Their mother is no more while their doting father Bapu (Vijay Raaz) works as a mine contractor nearby. Badki and Chhutki are forever fighting and beating each other for the smallest of reasons. Bapu as a result is perennially tensed. The sisters then fall in love - Badki with Jagan (Namit Das) while Chhutki falls for Vishnu (Abhishek Duhan).

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Indiatvnews.com
By Shalu Singh (3.5/5)

Desi, raw and good performances- These are the things which you expect from a Vishal Bhardwaj film and Pataakha, the filmmaker's latest outing tick marks all three criteria. Pataakha is adapted from a short story Do Behnein by Charan Singh Pathik. This beautiful grimy film dazzles because of its brilliant actors, director and writer.

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Scroll.in
By Nandini Ramnath

Vishal Bhardwaj's Pataakha is pitched as an allegory about nations riven by mutual conflict and hatred (India and Pakistan, North and South Korea), but it works far better as a rural burlesque about perennially warring sisters. The lead characters demand no empathy or identification, the acting is high-pitched and exaggerated in parts, the dialogue has the coarsensess of sand, and the humour is twisted and cruel.

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Deccanchronicle.com
By SHAHEEN IRANI (4/5)

Vishal Bhardwaj, the helmer of iconic films like Maqbool and Omkara, gave masterpieces in Kaminey and his second last release Haider. After the bashing he received for Rangoon last year, the director seems to have decided to bounce back and give a film that will make the viewers enjoy their cinematic experience. That film happens to be Pataakha.

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Rediff.com
By Urvi Parikh (3.5/5)

When you think of Vishal Bhardwaj, the first thing that comes to your mind is a dark film or a movie with complexities and layered performances. A movie that compels you to analyse its motives. Pataakha is the most fun film he's made.

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DNA
By Meena Iyer (3/5)

Based on Charan Singh Pathik's short story, Do Behnein, the film is based on two real-life warring sisters - Genda 'Chhutki' Kumari (Sanya) and Champa 'Badki' Kumari (Radhika) - from Ronsi village in Rajasthan. Their blow hot, blow cold sentiments are akin to those shared by India and Pakistan; or at least that is the metaphor the filmmaker tries to establish here.

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Koimoi.com
By Umesh Punwani (2.5/5)

Pataakha, a story about two sisters, was touted to break the stereotypes of the lovey-dovey image of siblings in Bollywood. Genda Kumari aka Chutki (Sanya Malhotra) and Champa Kumari aka Badki (Radhika Madan) aren't a pair of siblings you see in your daily life. Along with mouthing abuses, they even physically assault each other over a 'beedi'.

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Bollywoodlife.com
By Dishya Sharma (4/5)

Trust Vishal Bhardwaj to put a simple story in the most eccentric way possible. Pataakha releases this weekend and the eminent filmmaker returns to the director's chair while Sanya Malhotra, Radhika Madan and Sunil Grover dance to his tunes. The movie is an adaptation of Charan Singh Pathik's short story titled Do Behnein to the big screen.

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The Hindu
By Kennith Roasario

Pataakha has everything that makes it a perfect fit in Vishal Bhardwaj's oeuvre: literary adaptation, feisty women, rustic hinterland, unapologetic use of dialect and free-flowing gaalis. Yet, the film doesn't feel contrived or formulaic.

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The Times Of India
By Rachit Gupta (3.5/5)

Badki (Radhika Madan) and Chhutki (Sanya Malhotra) live in a small town in Rajasthan. They are sisters who squabble about anything and everything from stolen bidis and clothes to broken phones and TV sets. Dipper (Sunil Grover) is their nosy neighbour, who is always on the lookout for an opportunity to make the sisters go to war, while their father (Vijay Raaz), a single parent, is always trying to make peace between the warring sisters.

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Hindustan Times
By Raja Sen (4/5)

These sisters are named after flowers, but don't let that fool you. These are duelling sticks of dynamite who steal each others stolen beedis and spark each other's fuses. They are either on the warpath or standing by, demanding to be offended. They are flammable girls with savage tongues, sharp as maanja used to cut down rival kites flying over a neighbour's roof. The garish swear words they spit out - about noseless witches and wives of frogs - are straight out of folklore.

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MovieTalkies.com
By Jaidev Hemmady (2/5)

Set in Rajasthan, 'Pataakha' revolves around a pair of sisters (Sanya Malhotra and Radhika Madan), who can't stand the sight of each other ever since they were kids, much to the dismay of their widower father (Vijay Raaz) and much to the glee of their childhood pal Dipper (Sunil Grover), who enjoys his role as an agent provocateur.

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News18.com
By Shrishti Negi (3.5/5)

Families take care of one another, and that's usually a good thing. But what if you were left in your sister's hands, knowing that she loathes you? And, what if, in fact, she had lost her mind and grown violent towards you? That's the mess Sanya Malhotra's Genda Kumari and Radhika Madan's Champa Kumari find themselves in in Vishal Bhardwaj's latest film Pataakha.

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Firstpost.com
By Swetha Ramakrishnan (3.5/5)

Champa (Radhika Madan) is the older sister - as reflected by her nickname Badki. And then there's Chutki (Sanya Malhotra) aka Genda aka Marigold, as her English-speaking husband calls her lovingly. While Badki is a tempestuous simpleton who is happy with her beedis, gets along more with cows than humans and aspires to own a dairy one day, Champa is a dreamer, and wants to be a teacher.

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (3/5)

Somewhere in rural Rajasthan, two sisters are born fighting, and they keep fighting. With everything they've got: imaginative 'gaalis', fists, kicks, wrestler-style moves. Their fights are the stuff of village 'tamasha', with people gathering and cheering, as the two beat, punch and fling each other to the ground, and have to be pulled apart, mostly by their hapless father.

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