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Kahani Rubber Band Ki

Kahani Rubber Band Ki Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : / 5

Kahani Rubber Band Ki Movie Review : Funny in parts but fails to engage

Kahani Rubber Band Ki Story: When newlyweds — Akash Chaudhary (Manish Raisinghan) and Kavya Patel (Avika Gor) — become pregnant despite using protection, their lives and future plans are shattered. However, to protect his relationship with Kavya, Akash files a complaint against the condom-manufacturing company. Along the way, he educates the public about the stigmas associated with condoms, sex, and protection in Indian households.

Kahani Rubber Band Ki Review: “Condom khareedne wala chichora nahi gentleman hota hai,” this line pretty much sums up what Kahani Rubber Band Ki (KRBK) is all about. First-time director Sarika Sanjot, who has co-written the film with B S Nirmal Raj, has crafted a ‘socially relevant’ film that mostly makes the right noises. However, the key message could have been delivered with more finesse and precision. It is not a sin to discuss protection during sex; we have already seen several films, such as Nushratt’s Janhit Mein Jaari and Aparshakti’s Helmet, that begin a social commentary. This 120-minute drama—in which condoms are called ‘rubber bands’— is quite similar to the previous ones, but it has a different storyline about the leads, Kavya and Aakash, who become pregnant despite using protection.

KRBK employs a blend of drama and humour to convey the importance of discussing ‘safe sex.’ It tries too hard to make a point but fails to be an engaging drama due to tonal inconsistencies. The film’s first half is a light-hearted and breezy watch, but the second half becomes too drawn out to make a point. Even the court battle isn’t that engrossing and ends up being a dull lecture about the taboos surrounding condoms, sex, and protection in Indian households. The writing lacks uniformity, and the disjointed comic interludes frequently dilute the subject’s seriousness rather than make the narrative cohesive.

Manish Raisinghan and Avika Gor’s on-screen chemistry is endearing. The film also features Pratik Gandhi as Narendra Tripathi, aka Aakash’s best friend ‘Nanno,’ who has studied law but works in a medical shop with his father. Although he does well, his role is relatively small because the plot’s main focus is the lead couple and their problems. It’s pleasant to see veteran actor Aruna Irani back on the big screen after a long time.

The story is set in the city of Banaras, which is captured beautifully in the film. Faroukh Mistry’s cinematography deserves mention for its exploration of the city’s backstreets, ghats and neighbourhoods.

The audience indeed receives films spotlighting issues around taboos in the country well. So, if KRBK had found better ways to express its concerns, it could have easily made the list.

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