Sharmaji Ki Beti Review: Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife brings a heart touching story

Sharmaji Ki Beti Review

Sharmaji Ki Beti Review: Tahira Kashyap Khurrana’s directorial debut, ‘Sharmaji Ki Beti‘, stands out for its authentic portrayal of female experiences that connects deeply with audiences of all ages. In dealing with heavy subjects with a light touch, Kashyap crafts funny situations without any compulsion or exaggeration- a rare feat that the film has achieved with ease.

Bound by a common surname, the film explores the lives of ordinary Indian women divided by age and their situations. School friends Swati (Vanshika Taparia) and Gurveen (Arista Mehta) deal with the pressures of their teenage years. Swati is resentful of her career-oriented mother, Jyoti (Sakshi Tanwar). Gurveen’s mother, Kiran (Divya Dutta), feeling lonely in a city she hasn’t yet adopted, finds solace in her love for tombola, also known as housie. Tanvi (Saiyaami Kher), a state-level cricketer, is constantly discouraged by her selfish boyfriend. The film follows these five vibrant lives as they resolve their tribulations.

The film offers an approach of celebrating one’s body and being unapologetic about personal choices without any judgment. Kashyap’s storytelling covering teenage girls grappling with identity and growing pains is commendable, as is her portrayal of the complex relationship between mothers and daughters. While the film addresses relevant topics affecting many Indian families, at times it feels exaggerated in trying to cover everything in less than two hours.

The strength of Kashyap’s writing lies in his well-etched characters, which evoke empathy, laughter, and warmth. Sakshi Tanwar has shown her terrific talent, while Sharib Hashmi has played a sweet, supportive husband, reminiscent of his role of Nalin Dalal in the Tarla Dalal biopic. Teen actors Vanshika Taparia and Arista Mehta have given fine performances, which are the heartbeat of the film. Divya Dutta has given a subtle, brilliant portrayal of Kiran Sharma. Saiyami Kher’s track, though understandable, is the weakest track of the film, partly due to her stiff performance. Rajjeet Singh, as Tanvi’s self-absorbed boyfriend, is thoroughly obnoxious, and newcomer Sushant Ghadge, playing Kiran’s house-help Chotu, has some of the best dialogues in the film.

The overall message of ‘Sharmaji Ki Beti’ is not to provide a happy ending or instantly break age-old notions, but to remind the audience to love, respect, and treat women equally and deservingly. This message is conveyed well through Tahira Kashyap Khurana’s vision and some commendable performances.

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