Pataakha – Review

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Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj
Produced by Vishal Bhardwaj
Rekha Bhardwaj
Dheeraj Wadhavan
Ajay Kapoor
Ishan Saksena
Written by Vishal Bhardwaj
Story by Charan Singh Pathik
Starring Sanya Malhotra
Radhika Madan
Sunil Grover
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Cinematography Ranjan Palit
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
KYTA Productions
Vishal Bhardwaj Films
Distributed by B4U Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 28 September 2018
Running time
134 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Pataakha (In English Firecracker) is a 2018 film directed by Vishal Bhardwaj a comedy-drama Hindi Indian movie which is based on the two sisters who share a difficult relationship with each other. This movie is fully based on the Charan Singh Pathik’s short story titled Two Sisters ( 2 Behenien), the movie cast Sanya Malhotra, Startup lady Radhika Madan, Sunil Grover, Saanand Verma, and Vijay Raaz in the leading roles and the Director, Production team decided to scheduled in and theatrical release on 28 September 2018. Vijay Raaz was selected to play the role of the father of the two sisters in this movie, Sunil Grover role was described as that bad identity person who instigates for fights between the two sisters. Badki Kumari (Radhika Madan) and Chhutki Kumari (Sanya Malhotra) both the sister live in a small town of Jaipur Rajasthan.

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They are sisters who are very sharpening with each other and start a fight for everything just like the India and Pakistan war for their clothes, also they broke each other phones and house TV sets. Sunil Grover is their bad neighbor, who is always look out for an opportunity to make both sisters for war, while their father (Vijay Raaz), a father, is always trying to make peace and love between both the warring sisters.


  • Sanya Malhotra as Genda ‘Chhutki’ Kumari
  • Radhika Madan as Champa ‘Badki’ Kumari
  • Sunil Grover as Dipper Naradmuni
  • Vijay Raaz as Bechara Bapu
  • Saanand Verma as Tharki Patel
  • Namit Das
  • Abhishek Duhan
  • Malaika Arora (special appearance in song “Hello Hello”)



Impressed with Charan Singh Pathik’s short story Do Behnein (Two Sisters) published by Sahitya Kala Academy, Vishal Bhardwaj decided to purchase the rights of the story and turn it into a film. In December 2017 it was revealed by the Director that Kriti Sanon was her first choice for the lead role of the younger sister and the actress had even auditioned for the part of this film but talks did not go through. For the Elder sister role, a number of Stars actresses were chosen for Auditioned including Parineeti Chopra, Bhumi Pednekar, Sonakshi Sinha, Vaani Kapoor, and Shraddha Kapoor but none of them were finalized for the role of elder sister. In March 2018, Sanya Malhotra was finalized for the role of Genda Kumari, the younger sister, while in April 2018 television actress Radhika Madan the debutant was selected to play Champa Kumari, the elder sister, for this role around 60 girls were auditioned. On 17 April 2018, it was revealed by the Director that Vijay Raaz and Sunil Grover had been signed to be a part of this movie. While Vijay Raaz was selected to play the role of the father of the two sisters in this movie, Sunil Grover role was described as that bad person who instigates fights between the two sister.


The directing of the movie began by the Production Team in Udaipur, Rajasthan at the end of April 2018. The first schedule of the film came to an end on 16 May 2018 the one and a half month schedule. The last schedule of filming began in Mount Abu on 29 June 2018 and was completed on 12 July 2018 also the one and a half month schedule. The item song which is featuring Malaika Arora, choreographed by Ganesh Acharya will be filming in end of August 2018.

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Forgiving the best for the role of two sisters both the lead actresses spend many days in Jaipur Rajasthan, Sanya Malhotra and Radhika Madan stayed in Ronsi village which is nearby Jaipur in Rajasthan and apart from learning the Rajasthani lives, both the actresses also got learned about the milking Buffaloes, thatching roofs, plastering of the walls with cow dung and walking for a long distances while balancing (matkas) full of water on their head and one around their waist. Sanya Malhotra and Radhika Madan also had to put on 10 kilograms of weight for the second part of the story both the sisters are getting married and have a child each. Subsequently, the movie was titled that named is Chhuriyaan (English: Knives) but it was later changed by the Director and the Production Team named Pataakha (English: Firecracker) because Vishal Bhardwaj, the director of the film, felt that the Chhuriyaan  might confuse the audience considering the word of multiple meanings that can be derived from it if not pronounced correctly.


The rating of this movie is divided into the 5 parts:

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Critic’s Rating: 3.5/5




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