Review of Chhatriwali: Rakul Rocks

In movies like 1977’s Doosra Aadmi starring Rishi Kapoor, who was recently married, or 1986’s Anubhav starring Shekhar Suman, who was trying to buy condoms, Bollywood is still clinging to that unpleasant sensation in 2023. At least their pharmacy employee was courteous and didn’t make them feel worse, but in Chhatriwali, Rakesh Bedi portrays a […]

Review of Chhatriwali: Rakul Rocks

In movies like 1977’s Doosra Aadmi starring Rishi Kapoor, who was recently married, or 1986’s Anubhav starring Shekhar Suman, who was trying to buy condoms, Bollywood is still clinging to that unpleasant sensation in 2023.

At least their pharmacy employee was courteous and didn’t make them feel worse, but in Chhatriwali, Rakesh Bedi portrays a character who is prepared to fight husbands who rush to his store for birth control.

She accepts the job covertly despite having a ‘Ram Ram’ reaction to the offer at first. She claims to work for an umbrella company, but neither her teen patti-obsessed mother (Dolly Ahluwalia) nor her beau, the proprietor of a store selling pooja materials (Sumeet Vyas being Sumeet Vyas), are aware of the pun.

Although Chhatriwali’s writing may lack intelligence, the actor’s forthright manner contributes to the hope of her character by acting with unwavering honesty. Rakul conveys her activism’s spirit fairly convincingly, as well as the irrational emotions of a wife who lies on the fly and hides the truth.

Chhatriwali’s flimsy public service is still up for debate, but Rakul definitely passes the quality test.