Will Haseena Parkar Be A Game Changer For Shraddha Kapoor?
Haseena Parkar starring Shraddha Kapoor as the gangster/terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s sister Haseena Parkar is releasing in theatres this Friday (September 22). The trailers released a while ago and have successfully managed to create the much needed buzz around the film.
The film is Shraddha’s 14th in a career spanning seven years. The actress made her Bollywood debut in 2010 with a forgettable role in Teen Patti. In a scenario where her contemporaries like Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, Anushka Sharma are marching ahead with some very interesting projects, it is imperative for Shraddha to do something out of the ordinary to cement her position in the industry. Yes, she has Saaho opposite Prabhas and the Saina Nehwal biopic in her kitty, but the excitement for these projects depends on the success of Haseena Parkar. The crime drama is ‘the film’ that can take her career to the next level.
With its gritty and intense trailer and Shraddha’s look in it, Haseena Parkar shows promise to establish the 30-year-old as an actress to reckon with. Here are three signs from the Haseena Parkar trailers that have our hopes high from the movie.
The Basics: The very first, crucial element of getting a biographical saga on point is to get the look of the character right. Shraddha as Haseena or ‘Aapa’ as she is addressed by her followers, looks the part with her kohl lined menacing eyes and paan stained lips. With her physical transformation, she does a convincing job to showcase the two phases of her life – one where she lived in the bylanes of Mumbai with her family and the other where she ruled the dark allies of the same city. Following through the plans that her gangster brother Dawood Ibrahim hatched while in Karachi. The trailer also promises to give us a glimpse of the graph of her emotional journey through the film and must say, Shraddha looks convincing and confident!
A strong role: Shraddha has played the girl next door in most of her films and while doing that, she hasn’t been able to portray her versatility as an actor. However, Haseena Parkar can act as her great showcase. The role is strong, based on a strong woman character and has immense potential in changing the way the young actress is perceived in the industry so far. As director Apoorva Lakhia revealed at the trailer launch in July, “I consider Shraddha one of the finest actors we have today. When she came to the sets, I got to know how easy it is to become a fan. It’s great to work with a thinking actor like her. I’m really proud of her.” Well, the trailer does impress and shows Shraddha in a never seen before avatar, let’s hope the film lives up to all our expectations.
The director’s cut: Apoorva Lakhia has given us Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), one of the best gangster sagas made on real life gangster Mahindra Dolas (Maya played by Vivek Oberoi). The director took us back in time to the 1991 Lokhandwala shootouts, recreating the era and left fans and critics impressed. So we know what to expect of him. His films like Dus Kahaniyaan (2007) and Mission Istaanbul (2008) have been highly stylized action-dramas and by the looks of Haseena Parkar trailer, we are sure he will bring alive the 90s once again in a thrilling saga. In his media interactions, the filmmaker shared that he and his team did a lot of research before rolling the film. “My team and I have done a lot of research and have tried to make the film as balanced as possible and also give it a commercial edge at the same time,” he revealed. Even Shraddha revealed that while she couldn’t meet Haseena, Lakhia had spent a lot of time with her understanding her personality and that helped her prepare for the role better.
The life and times of Haseena Parkar fascinated the director to make a film on her and the actress to star in and as the dreaded ‘Aapa’. Let’s hope the film is able to fascinate the audience as well.