Residing in a distant village, the Qureshi family struggles to make ends meet. Hounded by debt collectors, they decide to sell off their pet goat ‘Shahrukh’ as the last resort. However, the goat means the world to the little boy in the family. Shahrukh is after all his best friend and constant companion. Helpless and heartbroken, he finds solace in cool city barber Jaffer’s (Anshuman Jha) clever solution to his dilemma.
Their idea turns things around for the Qureshis and the goat, who ends up becoming an overnight sensation. But then begins the politics of religion, horrors of blind faith and lust for money.
Janaki Vishwanathan’s concept that highlights the little ironies of life and fickleness of human nature is a sure-shot winner. The slice-of-life tale is convincing and thus believable. The village has been beautifully captured on camera and the actors’ genuine performances lend authenticity to the setting. Anshuman Jha in particular is impressive. Suruchi Aulakh stands out too but the actress is a tad too theatrical and high-pitched for cinema. Overall, the film works for its quirky premise.
However, while one expects Janaki to make the most of ‘Shahrukh’ (pun intended), that track holds no relevance to the story at all. Any name could have sufficed. Also, after delving into issues like religion and superstition, the director plays it safe by offering no conclusion or take on either. This dilutes the motive and makes the story seem half-baked.
Editing is a major flaw. A few scenes end abruptly while the rest go on forever, making you wonder if the director forgot to say ‘cut’. A slow build-up and a comparatively hurried climax are spoilers too. Even the dialogues are not as funny as they should ideally be.
To sum it up, the film is as unique as superstar Shah Rukh Khan, but it lacks his charisma.
Yeh Hai Bakrapur is a socio-political satire that intends to touch upon various issues pertaining to rural India.
The Times of India