Movie Review: Sharmaji Beti

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
5 Min Read

In recent times, many films have been released on topics like feminist, women's issues and women's privacy. Writer-director Tahira Kashyap has also taken this series forward with Sharmaji Ki Beti. The specialty of this film of Tahira, who has written many short films, is that it talks about the issues of women of three different classes, does not glorify them and the interesting thing is that their surnames are the same. The story of this film coming on Prime Video is based on issues related to women.

The story begins with two teenage girls Swati (Vanshika Taparia) and Gurveen (Arista Mehta) who study in school. Both of them are going through the pressures of teenage. Swati is worried about not getting her periods yet, while Gurveen feels that she is more interested in girls than boys. Swati also complains to her mother Jyoti (Sakshi Tanwar), who teaches in a coaching school, that her mother is not able to pay much attention to her due to her career. Jyoti's husband Sudhir (Sharib Hashmi) fully supports his working wife, but despite this Jyoti is seen struggling to balance her career and family. Gurveen's mother Kiran (Divya Dutta) is going through loneliness in Mumbai due to belonging to a small town like Patiala. She is married to Parveen Dabas, where she is not getting happiness. On the other hand, Tanvi Sharma (Saiyaami Kher), who came to Mumbai from Vadodara to become a cricketer, is a state level player. Tanvi's passion for her game is different, but her boyfriend Rohan (Ravjit Singh), who is struggling to become an actor, constantly discourages her and her game. He wants Tanvi to give up her cricket and marry him. All these girls and women fight their battles on their own fronts.

The best thing about Tahira Kashyap's film as a writer-director is that instead of talking about a big issue, she talks about the issues related to women, which women have to face in their daily lives. Women ignore these small things, but all of Tahira's characters have the courage to highlight their issues and find solutions to them. Tahira expresses their problems with ease. She handles topics like peer pressure of teenage girls, career-oriented women and equality with ease. Tahira did not make men villains in women's problems. Yes, the film seems slow at times and moves towards the climax very fast in the end. The dialogues of the film could have been made funny, similarly the music aspect could also have been strengthened.

The acting of the actors is the main highlight of the film. Sakshi has given a very restrained performance as Jyoti. Sakshi's specialty is to play her character with ease. Vanshika Tapdiya and Arista Mehta have done a good job as teenagers. They have beautifully presented the insecurity and pressure of teenage girls, but Divya Dutta steals the show as Kiran. She has lived the subtleties of a housewife neglected by her husband and society in her own way. Parveen Dabas is memorable in a small role. Sharib Hashmi is cute as a supportive husband. Saiyami has done complete justice to the role of a cricketer, but more work should have been done on his character. Ravjeet Singh's work as her lover Rohan is good. Sushant Ghadge has managed to give moments of entertainment in the role of Chotu. The supporting cast is fine.

Why watch: Those who like light-hearted films on women's issues can watch this film.

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