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Story of Haddi: A merciless transgender is out to avenge those who wrecked her life. However, she has a lot of dark secrets and owns a dubious business, which could expose her before her mission is finished.

HADDI Movie Review

Review of Haddi: A good actor playing a deeply sinister character who undergoes a dramatic change does not ensure a gripping narrative. The movie “Haddi” serves as a stark reminder of a work that explores a disturbing subject matter, heavily relies on the performances of its lead and antagonist, but falls short in terms of the breadth of its storytelling.

As a ruthless transgender named Haddi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui portrays a person who steals corpses from funeral processions for money. However, she also collaborates with a feared mafia that engages in extortion, the trade in human beings, and other crimes. Politician Pramod Ahlawat (Anurag Kashyap), who will do anything to get what he wants, is the gang’s evil leader. The core of this confusing tale is what Haddi’s ultimate motivation is and what will happen as a result of his actions.

Is this action motivated by aspiration or by retaliation, asks the IMDB synopsis of “Haddi”? And that’s exactly the issue. The narrative is unclear. First off, it’s not in the least bit aspirational. Practically speaking, it is a revenge drama with many diversions, particularly in the first half.

It confuses the audience with random and disjointed storytelling that robs us of any further interest in what the characters are up to in an effort to raise suspicion about Haddi’s character and her motivations. As the second half progresses, there is a semblance of consistency, and director and co-writer Akshat Ajay Sharma succeeds in arousing some interest in what will happen next.

The lack of conviction in the characterization and the uneven narrative, which fails to completely touch your heart, are the main issues in this story. Haddi and her boyfriend Jogi (Mohd. Zeeshan Ayub) is uninteresting. Although they both excel as actors, neither Nawazuddin nor Mohd. Zeeshan can inject the necessary amount of intensity into their equation. Invoking dread, rage, and empathy for his persona, Nawazuddin.

In some instances, his transformation speaks louder than his deeds. Despite the impact of Anurag Kashyap’s villainy, we have seen him perform similar roles in earlier films. The adorable Amma, played by Ila Arun, is a good fit. The film’s persistently gloomy mood complements its narrative well. One song from the soundtrack, “Beparda,” by Rohan Gokhale, stands out.

There was potential here for a suspenseful thriller and an intense drama. The movie had the opportunity to portray the struggles of the LGBTQ community in vivid detail. But in order for “Haddi” to really stand out, the writers had to devote much more attention to developing its key components.


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