Khandaani Shafakhana Reviews (Top Critics)

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By Anupama Chopra

Somewhere inside Khandaani Shafakhana is a sparkling film about a small-town girl who inherits her uncle's sex clinic. After her father's death, Baby Bedi is struggling to support her family. She's spirited and hard-working but besieged by mercenary relatives, an affectionate but lazy brother and a dead-end job. And then, out of the blue, her estranged uncle, a Unani hakim, bequeaths her his sex clinic.The clinic is located on prime real estate. Selling it would solve Baby's problems.

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The Hindu
By Namrata Joshi

In recent times, there have been a couple of Hindi films that have taken sex out of the taboo zone in their own funny, inventive ways. Dum Laga Ke Haisha had an entire family getting concerned about the marriage of two young, mismatched individuals not getting consummated. Shubh Mangal Savdhaan had erectile dysfunction playing villain in the sweet love story. No cringe-worthy double entendres, no crass jokes.

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News18.com
By Priyanka Sinha Jha (2/5)

Sex sells and as Khandaani Shafakhana would suggest sex problem resolutions sell even more. Directed by Shilpi Dasgupta the film, and specifically Sonakshi Sinha as Baby Bedi a medical representative from Hoshiarpur goes into regions where no woman has gone before-the sexologist zone. Come to think of it almost all parts of India that I have travelled and lived in, I haven't ever chanced upon a female sexologist. So the film had my attention right from the word go.

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Koimoi.com
By Umesh Punwani (2/5)

The story starts with a commercial in which we see Hakim Tarachand aka Mamaji (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) talking about venereal diseases through a television advertisement. It fast forwards 20 years and we see Tarachand's niece Baby Bedi (Sonakshi Sinha) living with her mom & brother away from her uncle. Mamaji, who used to run a sex clinic, passes away & leaves all the responsibility on Baby.

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FilmFare
By Devesh Sharma (3/5)

Baby Bedi (Sonakshi Sinha) is a medical representative living in Hoshiarpur trying to make ends meet. She's hit a slacker brother (Varun Sharma) and a widowed mother (Nadira Babbar) to take care of. They had borrowed money from a relative for her sister's wedding and the man wants the money back. She gets a chance to make things right when her maternal uncle (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) passes away leaving his sex clinic, situated in a prime location to her.

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Rediff.com
By Sukanya Verma (2/5)

What sounds like a heavy-duty title of a Muslim social could well be called Let's Talk About Sex, Baby. Khandaani Shafakhana's aspiration to bring sex out in the open through its protagonist Baby Bedi's efforts at running a sex clinic in a prudish small town is all very noble.

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Bollywoodlife.com
By Urmimala Banerjee (2/5)

Shilpi Dasgupta's Khandaani Shafakhana is in the same space as Vicky Donor and Shubh Mangal Savdhaan. Sex is a taboo topic in India and there is still stigma attached to matters related to the topic. It is especially true in small-town India where openly discussing sex can lead you to get labeled as vulgar, slutty or obscene. Sonakshi Sinha who is the sole earning member of her family inherits a traditional Unani sex clinic from her late uncle played to perfection by Kulbhushan Kharbanda.

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (2/5)

Baby Bedi (Sinha) of Hoshiarpur, Punjab, is your average young woman, trying to hack a living. And then one day, she receives an unusual bequest from her 'mamaji' (Kharbanda), a wise, kindly 'hakim', and her life changes. For most of us, even those who reside in big cities with its so-called 'broad-minded' swathes, a 'sex clinic' is the subject of nudge-wink jokes, a place where non-virile men go to get 'fixed', and women, if they at all venture into such a 'badnaam' place, are usually unwilling tag-alongs.

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Scroll.in
By Nandini Ramnath (2/5)

Khandaani Shafakhana contains all the elements for a comedy with a gender twist about the Indian tendency to pretend that sex happens to people from other countries but not to us. And yet, like the patients who frequent Unani doctor Tarachand's sex clinic to boost their sagging spirits, the film never quite manages to get going.

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Firstpost.com
By Anna M.M. Vetticad (1.5/5)

Sonakshi Sinha plays Baby Bedi, a medical sales representative from a struggling lower middle class family in Hoshiarpur who sees light at the end of the tunnel when a beloved relative, Hakeem Tarachand (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), leaves his business to her. The conditions of his will do give her pause: she has to run the clinic for six months before she can sell it, which leaves her with a double whammy to contend with.

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Hindustan Times
By Raja Sen (2/5)

Sexual dysfunctions in India are grouped under the title 'Gupt Rog' - which has the unfortunate effect of making patients sound traumatised by the knowledge of Kajol being the killer - and it is indeed peculiar that we continue to assign such shame and secrecy to any sexual problem. With few people going to actual sexologists, phrases used by practitioners of sex clinics (as well as hucksters on the street) sound weirdly astrological as opposed to medical: those with very low motility are said to suffer from Nil Shukranu, for instance.

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Glamsham.com
By Vishal Verma (3/5)

Baby Bedi (Sonakshi Sinha), a Medical Representative who dreams to have an agency of a herbal brand through which she can end the financial miseries of her family which includes her mother played by Nadira Babbar and brother Bhooshit Bedi (Varun Sharma). The sudden death of her estranged uncle (Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Mama ji) a Unani medicine expert changes the scenario.

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The Times Of India
By Ronak Kotecha (3/5)

When Baby Bedi (Sonakshi Sinha) is entrusted with a job of running controversial sex clinic 'Khandaani Shafakhana', in a small town of Punjab, she faces severe backlash from all quarters. Can she find a cure for the widespread social stigma against important issues like sex education and sexual health?

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Intoday.in
By Vibha Maru (2/5)

A little girl, five-six years old, tells a man, "Uncle six nahi, theek se likho SEX." She then loudly utters the taboo word - SEX -in her innocent voice. Her audaciousness is met by an angry mother, who blasts her and takes her away from her Mamaji, a hakim who treats sex-related diseases. After years, that little girl, who is now a grown woman and, mind it, the sole breadwinner of her house, ends up in the shoes of her late Mamaji and has been thrust upon the task to run his sex clinic.

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Ndtv.com
By Saibal Chatterjee (3.5/5)

It ventures boldly into thorny, uncharted terrain courting the risk of floundering on the way and turning either too risque; or too chessy, but Khandaani Shafakhana, directed by debutante Shilpi Dasgupta from a screenplay by Gautam Mehra, is an admirably sure-footed, if not dizzyingly scintillating, film. The line that separates drollery and mockery is admittedly thin. No worries on that count here.

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