Hamare Baarah movie review: Topical, Thought Provoking, Essential and Unmissable

Hamare Baarah movie review: Topical, Thought Provoking, Essential and Unmissable

Hamare Baarah movie review: Topical, Thought Provoking, Essential and Unmissable

What: ‘Hamare Baraah’ starring Annu Kapoor and introducing Aditi Bhatpahri and Ankita Dwivedi is a thought-provoking tale that deals with population explosion (over population) which should not be missed.

Hamare Baarah movie synopsis

Set in Lucknow, ‘Hamare Baarah’ is a story of Ali Khan Sanjari (Annu Kapoor) a qawwal by profession who has relentlessly fathered eleven children risking the life of his wife’s. Five from the previous wife who is no more and the rest from his young wife played by Ankita Dwivedi. Ali Khan is struggling to make ends meet as qawwali shows are declining. Amidst this Ali Khan’s begum (wife) gets pregnant and Ali Khan is expecting to become a father of twelve kids.  

Condition of Ali Khan’s wife is not good and her life is at risk if she delivers the twelfth child. But the rigid, prejudice, male dominated mindset of Ali Khan insists that his begam/wife delivers the second child bringing religion in between saying that a child is the gift from God.

Ali Khan’s daughter Alfiya (Aditi Bhatpahri) is not happy with his father’s decision and burning with the desire to save her stepmother, challenges her father in court seeking permission of abortion of her stepmother.

Manoj Joshi plays the senior lawyer fighting the case for Ali Khan aand on the other hand Afreen Liyakat (Ashwini Kalsekar) fights the case for Alfiya.


Hamare Baarah movie review

‘Hamare Baarah’ directed by Kamal Chandra (the forgettable ‘Ab Dilli Dur Nahin’ and some music videos to his credit), this time tries his hand with a topical and hard-hitting subject which is prone trigger debate.

Already in news for all the reasons, ‘Hamare Baarah’ has nothing objectionable against any community and it’s an attempt to highlight the overpopulation issue while it underlines the women safety, empowerment factor in its due process.

A Muslim family in a Hindi heartland struggling with orthodoxy, gender bias that treats women as an object and how important is education in the country. The less privileged have no option but to bow by the dictate of the so-called messiahs of God who propagate discrimination and encourage hatred.

The highpoint of ‘Hamare Baraah’ is that it does puts forward the issue of population explosion and exploitation of women along with illiteracy/lack of education. Writer Kamal Chandra along with his writer Rajan Agarwal create a milieu of a typical Muslim household properly and its looks real. The idea of showing a thinking Muslim neighborhood where the daughter is free to study in colleges, can go for tours and picnics displays the divide and establishes the benefits and loss of narrowminded and open-minded thinking.

The emotions are felt and the audience gets connected with the plight of Alfiya and her step mother and on the other hand they raise eyebrows on the narrowminded thinking of people like Ali Khan.

However, the movie does raise questions when it openly supports the government bill. The makers over here do expose their political side.

However, the core issue of over population, women safety, education and right to live are bigger than the subtle support for population policy by the government.

The population in India has multiplied and yes there is a danger of explosion.

Kamal Chandra’s style of storytelling is old school, dramatic and at times it becomes overwhelmingly over the top (OTT) and loud.

The actors give their best and act as the major power supply.

Annu Kapoor is outstanding as the rigid hard-core Muslim who goes by the rigid norms and practices preached by the so called highly respectable and religious Maulanas. As the man who controls the house and future of his wife, daughter and sons bowing to the false, rigid beliefs of the male dominated society in the name of religion is excellent.

Ankita Dwivedi as Annu Kapoor’s wife in the film is very natural and controlled. The debutant makes her presence felt in a difficult and challenging role.

Aditi Bhatpahri as the daughter who goes against her father to save the life of her step mother gets a difficult and challenging role in her debut and the actress shows strength as a performer. The debutant shows promise and Aditi makes her mark.

Manoj Joshi as the senior lawyer is fantastic. Ashwini Kalsekar is powerful as Afreen Liyakat.

Good support comes from Rahul Bagga, Parth Samthaan (Alfiya’s love interest), Paritosh Tripathi etc.


Cinematography by Sethu Sriram is fabulous as it captures the emotional turmoil indoors and outdoors. Editing by Sanjay Sharma is fine. Production Design by

Murlidhar J. Sabat, Ratan Suryavanshi is adequate. Art Direction by Murlidhar J. Sabat is authentic. Costume Design by Jasmine Jawa, Jaswinder Prasad and Aarati Tiwari is apt according to the subject and characters.

 Hamare Baarah - final words

‘Hamare Baarah’ though loud but clear in its agenda, the thought-provoking film on the important issue of population explosion is a necessary cinema that comes with a message and is backed by fantastic performances.


Rating : 3.5/5

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