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Director: Tejas Prabhaa Vijay Deoskar
Star Cast: Rakul Preet Singh, Sumeet Vyas, Satish Kaushik, Rajesh Tailang, Prachee Shah Paandya
Platform: Zee 5
Bollywood Bubble ratings: 2.5/5 stars
Chhatriwali starrer Rakul Preet Singh is actually quite an intriguing story that tackles the Indian mentality. It talks about how Indian men are okay to have sex with their partners and are okay to send women in pain and several internal problems but are not OK for using a condom. How men are okay with having sex in four walls but they are not okay with addressing it in the open let Alone discuss.
Chhatriwali reminds me of all those taboo subject movies that have the same formula – first, to get into a situation, one tragic incident makes them understand the intensity of the subject, societal drama when they come to know about it, the lead goes on a mission to change the society and happy ending. The film has a different story but the approach and its execution are just the same as what we have seen in the previous sex taboo subject movies. There was nothing that excited me to watch the movie.
However, when you’re touching a subject like sex education why not use the word directly instead of using its synonyms? I was confused that they chose to use the condom word in the movie but didn’t use the ‘sex’ word once in the movie. If you’re talking about a taboo subject, might as well talk it out with clarity. I wish Tejas Prabhaa explored the repercussions of not using a condom in detail and explained the importance of STIs.
Honestly, the story of Chhatriwali is quite riveting; however, the execution is done and dusted. It becomes very predictable from the beginning and there’s no surprise element because it has nothing new that we have not seen in other movies. Apart from the fresh story, Chhatriwali has nothing new to offer, which is one major drawback for me.
The second letdown was how Tejas didn’t explore the sex education system in India. I felt the story was juggling between the importance of using a condom and making the reproductive system compulsory in the education system. Due to this, I felt some important points were not captured as the story started to look a little chaotic.
Set in Karnal, Haryana, Sanya is an unemployed chemistry genius looking for a job. Unable to get a job in any university or school, she receives an offer as the head of product quality but the job is for a condom company. However, she also wants to use her knowledge of chemistry to help young minds move beyond the taboos of sex with the proper education. Will she be able to change the mindset of Indian men? Will Sanya be able to make understand the concept of sex and the importance of sex education?
It is refreshing to see Rakul Preet Singh in a full-fledged role where no male actor overshadowed her. After seeing her in limited screen time in her previous movies like Cuttputlli, Runway 34, Sardar Ka Grandson, and Thank God, Chhatriwali indeed was a refreshing change and I enjoyed her performance throughout the movie. She played her part with utmost ease and looked quite promising. She plays a chemistry teacher in the movie who goes on a mission to change society and educate young minds.
Sumeet Vyas was impressive even though his character somewhat reminded me of Mikesh from TVF’s Permanent Roommates. It was hard for me to differentiate those two characters; however, Sumeet was quite fun to watch.
Satish Kaushik, Rajesh Tailang and Dolly Ahluwalia were just fab in their roles. They brought a different charm to this film whereas I felt Prachee Shah Paandya could have justified her character a little more; however, I’m sure the character sketch limited her performance.
Tejas Prabhaa Vijay Deoskar picked up an important subject on how men refuse to use condoms but then jumps to the sex education part, leaving the other part hanging. It was confusing to see two important subjects getting all tangled which led to chaos in my head.
Overall, Chhatriwali is a decent one-time watch but unfortunately, it doesn’t have a long-lasting effect. Rakul Preet Singh starrer can be watched due to its intriguing story but the execution has nothing new to offer. Chhatriwali becomes very predictable from the start, taking out the fun to watch the film.
Watch the Chhatriwali trailer after the review: