Shakeela Movie Review

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  • Review for the film: "Shakeela"
  • Runtime: 2 Hours 43 Minutes
  • Certificate: A
  • Released: 25-12-2020
  • Genre: Biography
2 / 5.0

Shakeela is the biopic on “Shakeela,” the adult star. The film is directed by Indrajit Lankesh. Sunil Kumar Agrawal penned the screenplay and the dialogues are by “Rohan A Bajaj.” Richa Chadda plays the titular role. Pankaj Tripathi, Kajol Chugh, Rajeev Ravindranathan, Rajeev Pillai, Vicky Kadian and Saurabh Soni are in the cast. Sundeep Malani, Sammy Nanwani and Sahil Nanwani are the producers. Veer Samarth composed the music. Ballu Saluja edited the film.


Shakeela is a teenager, who has dreams and interests like any other people of her age. Although they are poor, she finds some solace in venturing fishing with her father. She is much interested in playing in school dramas. Shakeela’s mother is a junior artist in the movie industry. Unexpectedly, Shakeela’s father dies and her mother has to take care of the entire family. They shift their base to Cochin, to seek some opportunity, to get their daily bread. Shakeela is the eldest one in her family and so, after her mother, she had to take care of her siblings. How she entered the cinema industry? How her life changes drastically, forms the rest of the story.

Star Performance

Richa is a wonderful actress. She fits well in the role, but her potential is not used much. The same goes for Pankaj Tripathi.


Generally, biopics have emotional scenes and overwhelming performances. It happens only when the script and the screenplay fall in a right place with neat execution. The story only focuses on the cinema side of Shakeela and not her family life. Although there were some scenes related to Shakeela’s personal life, in the beginning, the director forgot to concentrate on it, later. With the perfect cast, including Richa Chadda and Pankaj Tripathi, the director could have made use of them to a great extent. They are not properly used and hence some interesting scenes are missing.

What’s There?

  • Good star cast
  • Richa’s performance is neat

What’s Not There?

  • The potential of the stars are not used properly
  • The chemistry between the leads are missing
  • Music is not impressive


People who had already watched Dirty Picture, the biopic of Silk Smitha might probably compare it with that. If the comparison goes on, then Shakeela is on the weaker side.

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