Director: Bishnu Dev Halder
Cast: Divyendu Sharma, Shweta Prasad Basu, Sheetal Thakur, Aakash Dabhade
Shukranu is a Zee5 original film which revolves around a story set in 1976. It goes around the sterilization drive happened in India which was done by the national government. Several men were forcefully sterilized during that time and this is a comic take on it through life of one particular new wedded man.
The film is about the story of love during the dark phase on India,the emergency. The lead character, Inder is one of the men who gets sterilized just couple of days before him marriage but this fact is kept hidden current covers. This role is played by Divyendu Sharma and he is decent in his performance. He gets married to the girl his parents choose for him, (typical Indian scenario?) but still keeps seeing his old crush, Akriti (Sheetal Thakur) who is a confident, Delhi girl.His wife, Reema (Shweta Basu Prasad) gets pregnant and he concludes she is cheating because he cannot get her pregnant and so he leads on with his lies of having an affair. Shweta Basu Prasad plays her role in a subtle way by showcasing herself as a simple girl who later turns out to be witty.
The movie can be termed as a social drama portrayed in a romantic comedy way. It shows the brutal side of the forced sterilizations and gives it a tangling story of a love triangle. The family’s reaction and characters acts as a mirror of out society. Divyenndu’s vasectomy brings out his life problems in a different perspective.
Bishnu Dev Halder has a done a tremendous job of highlighting male sexuality and vulnerability. The film gives out the vibes of the 70s perfectly in which it is set in.
CineSpeaks Verdict: Shukranu keeps you invested in watching further because it raises curiosity in you. The movie shatters many norms and stereotypes which makes it worth one time watch.
CineSpeaks gives 3.5 stars.
BY RUJUTA THETE