Patna Shukla is a courtroom drama.

Patna Shukla Review {3.0/5} and review rating

Star Cast: Raveena Tandon, Manav Vij, Satish Kaushik, Anushka Kaushik

Director: Vivek Budakoti

Patna Shukla Movie Synopsis:
Patna Shukla It is the story of an ordinary woman’s extraordinary struggle. Tanvi Shukla (Raveena Tandon) resides in Patna with her husband Siddharth Shukla.Man power) and son Sonu (Arijit Kaurav). Tanvi is an advocate in a lower court, while Siddharth works in the water department. Tanvi is good at her work but she often feels that Siddharth underestimates her. One day she meets Rinki Kumari (Anushka Kaushik), a third year student of B.Sc. She failed her final exam by getting only 30%. She suspects that she had worked very hard for the paper and according to her calculations she should have secured at least 60%. Although she requested a re-examination, her score did not change. So she asks Tanvi to fight her case. Rinki comes from a poor family and Tanvi agrees when she realizes that her father Matdeen (Ambarish Kumar Shukla) is under a lot of stress due to her failure in the exams. Vihar University Vice Chancellor Harsh Sinha (late Rio Kapadia) is shocked when he receives notice of the case. This is because Tanvi’s qualities are swapped with Raghubir Singh (Jatin Goswami), the son of a fearsome politician and leader Danveer Singh (Alok Chatterjee). Harsh, therefore, hires successful lawyer Neelkanth Mishra (Chandan Roy Sanyal) to fight the case personally to ensure his victory. The case begins and is presided over by Judge Arun Kumar Jha (late Satish Kaushik). What happens next sets up the rest of the film.

Patna Shukla Movie Story Review:
The story by Vivek Budakoti, Sameer Arora and Farid Khan is intriguing but also routine at places. Screenplay by Vivek Budakoti, Sameer Arora and Farid Khan is impressive in most places. The scenes of courtroom drama become clichéd in some scenes. But the emotional moments stand out and add a lot to the film. Dialogues by Vivek Budakoti, Sameer Arora and Farid Khan are sharp.

Vivek Budakoti’s direction is good. It is simple to execute and focuses on the characters and the drama that follows. The realism is well captured but more importantly it brings a life to the plot. A courtroom drama set-up pays very little attention to a subject like this, and so it makes for an interesting watch. It also brings out an important point that not only the system but also the common man has encouraged corruption as per his convenience and no one is innocent. Rinku’s first meeting with Tanvi, Raghubir Singh’s entry, the midpoint when Rinku decides to fight whatever comes, etc. Siddharth stands up for Tanvi, emotional moments like Tanvi at Srivastava’s (Balendra Singh) daughter Meghna’s (Palak Jain) wedding and scenes between Tanvi and Arun Kumar Jha outside the court. The twist in the pre-climax is unexpected and adds a nice touch to the story.

On the other hand, the speed decreases in between. The humorous side of the judge instantly reminds one of the series JOLLY LLB. It also seems forced. Some of the arguments presented by Tanvi seemed weak and not convincing. It is also puzzling why Tanvi did not think of filing a Right to Information (RTI) petition; Students have taken this route before to get justice. Finally, Tanvi is suddenly known as ‘Patna Shukla’. Why it happened is never explained.

Patna Shukla Film Exhibition:
Raveena Tandon gives a smashing performance and suits the part. She is great in courtroom scenes but shines in emotional moments. Manav Vij supports Samarth. Chandan Roy Sanyal, as expected, rocks the show. Satish Kaushik is very charming. Anushka Kaushik acts with confidence. Jatin Goswami is excellent as the villain. Arijit Kaurav is very cute and his scenes will surely bring a smile on the faces of the audience. Dayashankar Pandey (Surendra Mohan) and Alok Chatterjee are wasted. Raju Kher (Tanvi’s father) also doesn’t get much scope. Balendra Singh and Palak Jain have done well in small roles. Rio Kapadia is fair. Ambarish Kumar Shukla and Rajshree Thakkar (Mahua; Housewife) are fine. Sushmita Mukherjee (Lata Jha; the judge’s wife) has a cameo and is entertaining. The actor playing the role of Zaibuddin Ansari leaves a big impression.

Patna Shukla Film Music and Other Technical Aspects:
Both the songs in the film are memorable. The background score by Karan Kulkarni is in harmony with the theme of the film.

Neha Party Matiani’s cinematography is perfect. The production design by Amrish Patange and Dayanidhi Patturajan is realistic. Alvira Khan Agnihotri and Ashley Rebello’s costumes are straight out of life. Rinku Bachchan Singh’s action is minimal. Vinnie N Raj’s editing could have been sharper.

Patna Shukla Movie Conclusion:
Overall, Patna Shukla is a courtroom drama with important points.

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