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Shakeela (2020)

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A biopic based on the life of adult star Shakeela, who ruled the South Indian film industry for over two decades. The film features Richa Chadha in the lead role.


Indrajit Lankesh


Sunil Kumar Agrawal (screenplay), Rohan A. Bajaj (dialogue) | 1 more credit »





Credited cast:
Pankaj Tripathi ... Salim
Richa Chadha ... Shakeela
Rajeev Pillai ... Arjun
Kajol Chugh Kajol Chugh ... Young Shakeela
Vicky Kadian Vicky Kadian ... Young Arjun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahaana Kochar Ahaana Kochar ... Jasmine
Ester Noronha Ester Noronha ... Suhana
Sheeva Rana Sheeva Rana ... Silk Smitha
Rajeev Ravindranathan Rajeev Ravindranathan ... Hack Director
Saurabh Soni Saurabh Soni ... Reporter


18 year old Shakeela who came from very poor background and took whatever work came her way.Shakeela's name was enough to gain attention of her fans to make her show houseful.in late 90s and early 2000 Shakeela ruled the south softcore films her seductress expressions and body exposure would make her fans go crazy.After there was ban on the softcore films she started taking up comedy and supporting roles in well-known films. Written by alex.mjacko@gmail.com

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Nothing but B version of Dirty Picture.
5 January 2021 | by nadkarnisumeetSee all my reviews

Shakeela review :

Not many may know that Shakeela was a Southern sex siren of late 90s and early 2000s and her Malayalam films became such rage that their badly dubbed Hindi versions made it to the matinee shows of Mumbai single screens. This film is a purported biopic on this actor though it seems to be heavily inspired from Vidya Balan's super hit 'The Dirty Picture' (2011) which itself was a biopic on another soft porn star Silk Smitha.

Interestingly, the character Silk has a small presence in this film and it is only after her suicide that Shakeela's fortune changes. Pushed in to the soft porn industry by her greedy mother, Shakeela's rise to the top and her subsequent fall is chronicled in the film though it is nowhere as convincing and exciting as the Vidya Balan film.

Richa Chadda, in the titular role, is not bad but she doesnt resemble the real life Shakeela at all. There is no transformation in terms of accent and body language; something Balan could achieve fantastically in The Dirty Picture. Pankaj Tripathi playing superstar Salim is absolutely bland. As for the other supporting cast, the less said the better.

Shakeela is not a kind of film worth risking the theatres for. You may try it out once it premieres online.

Regards, Sumeet Nadkarni.

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25 December 2020 (India) See more »

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