Director Apoorva Lakhia’s biographical crime film Haseena Parkar presents Shraddha Kapoor in the title role. In her first film that revolves around the female protagonist, the actress will essay the role of gangster-turned-terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s sister Haseena Parkar. She was the Godmother of Mumbai’s Nagpada area and was addressed as ‘Aapa’ by her admirers and followers. Shraddha’s brother Siddhant Kapoor plays her onscreen brother, stepping into the shoes of Dawood while Ankur Bhatia plays Haseena’s husband.
The film begins with a high voltage courtroom drama in 2007 Mumbai where Haseena Parkar (Shraddha Kapoor) is being tried at the High court for allegedly running the business of D-Company on behalf of her brother Dawood Ibrahim. There are ample flashbacks taking us back in time, telling us the story of the Kaskar family. The first half traces the journey of Dawood’s rise in the underworld and how he is forced to flee the country.
The plus points are the quick narrative, some witty dialogues, and scenes. Shraddha does a good job as the young Haseena but Siddhanth steals the frame even in the silent moments. The brother-sister chemistry is natural and that helps the film’s narrative. Ankur Bhatia is a natural as Ibrahim Parkar. We have seen some moments like the meeting with Karim Lala, the killing of Samad Khan. The writing is decent and editing is even better.
the film has been devoid of any high moments to write home about. It seems like too much has been forced into the flashback scenes, making the narrative jumpy. Shraddha Kapoor as Haseena Parkar is outstanding but her performance as Aapa lacks the punch. As we move to the second half, let’s hope the narrative picks up pace as we are introduced to the journey of how Haseena became Aapa.