Story of Khandaani Shafakhana : When Baby Bedi (Sonakshi Sinha) is tasked with running a controversial sex clinic, a Khandaani Shafakhana , in a small town of Punjab, has to face backlash from all quarters. Can she find a cure for widespread social stigma against important issues such as sex education and sexual health?
Khandaani Shafakhana Review: If you want to go to Khandaani Shafakhana . This is a sex clinic, where erectile dysfunction and low sperm count ranges from early ejaculation to injury, and it is cured of Greek medicines during intense sexual encounters. It is not necessary to say that the visitors of the clinic are discriminative, and the ‘MAMAJI’ (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) is the social exclusion and opposition of the person living on the top of this clinic. For many years, he alone pursues his passion to cure people until he gets away, the ownership of the clinic leaves his niece Baby Bedi (Sonakshi). He is a medical sales representative who lives with his mother (Nadir Babbar) and a small brother, Bhoksh (Varun Sharma), who, if failing to pay his dues, can be stopped by any member of the family.
The basis of the film is interesting and relevant as it repeatedly underlines that sex in India is still a taboo. Thankfully, it does this without resorting to cheap humor and double meaning jokes. The establishment of a small town in Punjab also works really well as a backdrop. A dusty old clinic, busy decorations of a grand marketplace, and nudgescript homes add character to the narrative.
However, unlike the film’s hype, where it was reiterated that a serious subject is dealt with humor, the film isn’t all that funny. Humor is sparse and dialogue that can be comical, it lacks a comical punch. With repeated struggles, the story takes an emotional turn and, ultimately, it gets stuck in a loop. The speed also slows down.
Sonakshi Sinha as Baby Bedi owns the film. She portrays Baby’s bravado and vulnerability in the right doses. Rap star Badshah also makes an impressive debut as G Gabru Ghatak, the most high-profile customer of Mama’s Jadoo Meds. He also retains the attractive avatar of his real life on screen, and distributes well in emotional scenes. Another budding, Priyansh Jore as Sonakshi’s love interest, is an impressive boy-girl attraction, but her chemistry is almost non-existent. Sadly, his character does not allow him to perform. Varun Sharma is playing his usual fun role once again, but we have seen him in a similar role in recent releases. So there is nothing fresh about it. Of the rest, Annu Kapoor, Nadira Babbar and Kulbhushan Kharbanda perform quite well.
In the past, we have seen movies such as Don Vicky Donor and Al Shubh Mangal Savdhan, with class, tact and comedy, read sensitive subjects (read sperm donation and erectile dysfunction). Although the film is intended to be a bang, it actually required an enormous amount of humor and entertainment.