Kaagaz Review: Pankaj Tripathi, Monal Gajjar
As the saying goes by Gandhiji- ‘There’s enough for everyone’s need but not for anyone’s greed.’ Greed indeed is an offensive attribute an individual can ever possess and the extreme havocs. It can wreck in the lives of the greedy as well as the person envious of. This is well parodied on screen through the silver screen project titled ‘Kaagaz’. A shred of evidence to the mighty worth of a single sheet.
The narrative illustrated is the real-life course of Lal Bihari Mritak, an individual who had to struggle his blood and sweat just for the sake of proving himself to be alive. An internal gesture of numbness and hatred, an urge of distrustful possession on paternal property amidst the family inmates. And the subsequent plight to retain one’s identity and authority of being in life are what the captain of this ship director Satish Kaushik wants to enlighten the audience through the mind-boggling enactment skills of a handful of chosen actors and bone-breaking efforts of a dedicated crew.
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The lead character here is named Bharat Lal (Pankaj Tripathi), the owner of a small-scale orchestra firm. Who in efforts to expand his business base, resorts to turning to his ancestral family land for being put as a mortgage in return for a loan. But later the same comes at par with the fact that he has been wickedly tricked by his aunt and cousins and is recorded as being dead. Thereby making the former own- all his part of share. In order to get rid of this tag. He wanders door to door helplessly in quest of some legal aid, sometimes at the registrar’s place others at the law firms and document sites. Being extremely exhausted by the fakeness amidst the system resorts to committing this low levelled crime and at last sets up a political party that unites such individuals to fight for their identity.
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Finally being assisted by an MLA, a press reporter, and a lawyer friend; he seems to attain the desired and the movie ends with both the real and reel characters cycling their way towards a better tomorrow and producer Salman Khan rendering a heartwarming poetry. An underlying message that all viewers must inherit from this life lesson is a quote by Swami Vivekananda – “Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.”
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Alongside the lead, the skill of other worthy artists is highly appreciated but someway the direction skills have lagged behind with countless small cliches. Lastly are the fields of cinematography, screenplay, camera angles, and sound recordings- each of which is appropriately done and dusted by the responsible field in charge and takes you to a 1970s village of UP. An excellent representation of the common man’s strength and cruciality of courage to come across catastrophes and Pankaj Tripathi’s picture-perfect emotions as always is certainly never to be missed. So what are you waiting for? Subscribe to Zee5 and binge this biographical drama!
Reviewed by Jigyanshu Das ( @jiggywrites )
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