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Yeh Hai Bakrapur – Film Review

Yahan Shahrukh mein Rab dikhta hai


Yeh Hai Bakrapur

A social satire set against the back-drop of rural India. A multi-layered film, it dwells, at the primary level, on the relationship between Shahrukh, the rockstar goat, his young human friend Zulfi Qureshi and Jaffer, the village barber. A multi-layered film, it is primarily a hilarious take on the complex belief systems in our society and the conflicts that ensue thereon.

It dwells, at the primary level, on the relationship between eight year old Zulfi Qureshi and his pet goat Shahrukh. By a strange set of circumstances, the entire village soon starts believing that Shahrukh, the goat, has divine or magical powers.

Central topic of this film is a goat, the kid Zulfi and his parents. His mother has to payback the loan, while his father doesn’t seem to earn enough to meet the household expenses.

Zulfi has an older sister who is in love with the son of a barber’s son Jaffer (Anshuman Jha) who has returned from Mumbai and appears ambitious.

Having no other source to pay back the loan, Zulfi’s parents decide to sell the goat which makes the child nervous and he runs away from home with his goat Shahrukh.

As Jaffer wants to be in good books with the child’s parents, he finds out the child and the goat. Jaffer hits upon a brilliant idea and, who paints the Arabic name of ‘Allah’ over the goat’s back.

Shahrukh becomes the talk of the town. A good luck charm for the political leaders fighting elections, being invited for the inauguration functions and oft used for blessing the individuals for overcoming their problems.

His fame soon spreads like wild fire and his blessings are sought after by people from far and wide. However, along with fortune, there is also trouble in the form of conflicting claims over the ownership of Shahrukh and the income earned through him.

Soon, the entire village is at loggerheads on the matter of the lineage of the goat and the panchayat is faced with the unenviable task of ruling on the matter.

What their decision is, how it impacts Shahrukh and the consequences thereafter lead up to a rollercoaster ride that will leave the audiences wondering over the absurd turn of events and the foolish and extreme measures that people can resort to when up against with odds!

But over the time it turns out to be a big time problem for the family members. It is claimed that a particular rich Sheikh from the Emirates is willing to buy it for Rupees Fifty Five Lakhs.

And at this juncture, several hindrances crop up. The local bodies demand donations and particularly a Hindu Brahmin turns up for his claim of the pie as Shahrukh had born to one of the goats belonging to him.

The blooming of romance between Jaffer and Zulfi’s sister is shown in a natural and typically a village-hamlet’s perspective

This film charms with its scathing tale about blind faith and religious hypocrisy that exists in the sleepy hamlet in North India.

Yeh Hai Bakrapur is an offbeat, small budget Bollywood flick which might not attract the masses. It is a beautiful take on A satire on the politics of religion, caste divides and the impulsive reactions of the opportunistic nature of the rural folk.
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Anshuman Jha as Jaffer
Asif Basra as Ansari (the Peer Baba)
Faiz Khan as Majid
Yoshika Verma as Naaz
Shameem Khan as Zulfi
Suruchi Aulakh as Suraiya
Amit Sial ( Cameo )
Utkarsh Majumdar ( Cameo )


Credits & Crew:
Banner – Shruthikkaa Films
Written & Directed by Janaki Vishwanathan
Produced by Ramesh Sriivatsava Aruunachalam
Music Composed By Agnee
Screenplay: Janaki Vishwanathan, Azad Alam
Camera – Abhinandan Ramanujam
Lyrics: Panchhi Jalonvi, Abbas Tyrewala
Dialogues & Additional screenplay – Azad AlamAssistant Cameramen: Omar Dee, Bommireddy, Amarnath Reddy
Film Editing – Hemanti Sarkar
Background Music: Aditya Pushkarna
Sound Designer: Tapas Nayak
Sync Sound:Sudipto Mukhopadhyay
Music Mix & Mastering: Shahdab Rayeen
1st Assistant Director: Prashant Dhumal
2nd Assistant Director: Mahak Gupta
3rd Assistant Directors: Amjith Maninegalai, Sudhir Prabhat, Mohita Kukreja, Santosh Singh
Promotional Song Editor: Aasif Pathan
Location Editor: Mahak Gupta, Mohita Kukreja
Colorist – Rahul Purav (Future Works Media Private Ltd)