Kaagaz full Movie Review
Story: In order to keep his business in Baja Division, Bharat Lal (Pankaj Tripathi) approaches a local bank in Uttar Pradesh for a loan. Soon after, he realized that his uncle and sons had legally declared his death and took away his share of the plot of land that the family had jointly owned.
Review: When they joke about the Naspandi (vasectomy) and emergency loss of their power, it turns out that the setup is in the late 1970s. During that remarkable period in India’s history, a man lived – in a small village in the northern part of the country – whose family was stripped of inheritance by fraudulent means. The worst thing about this unfortunate incident is that it was his relatives who legally declared his death due to a small portion of the land he inherited with them. “Aaj se tu humara rishtedaar nahin, hum tere kuch nahin,” the aunt warns, after revealing the detailed fraud they were subjected to. Bharat Lal can be fun, but it is not an event. After that, the unsuspecting man guarantees to fight the scattered family, the “tarik-pe-tarik” culture that the Indian administrative system is accustomed to. One character, one rioter, one policeman at a time.
In a world where people are grappling with intolerance of all kinds – from religious freedom to freedom of expression, which chops the roots of democracy – bold and unyielding “Kaagaz” appears to have dropped Zee5 (and limited one-screen theaters in and around northern India) at the right moment. This story, loosely based on the life of a man who once met a similar fate, is sure to spark a sense of confidence and self-esteem among its target audience.
However, the pace of narration and the one-dimensional storytelling technique make it a boring hour (even an hour and 47 minutes!). The fact that two narrators (Salman Khan and Satish Kaushik) have been hired to advance the interpretation does not help either. For example, songs and public treatment calm the gravity of the plot and the audience does not get a peek into the psyche of a man whose peers are laughing, a proverbial loser, who has really lost everything. It was an inspiring story of this magnitude that would flourish under the kind of drama. Biography with comedy decidedly gone.
Having said that, not everything is gray about this ambitious movie project, and it tops the commendable list of Pankaj Tripathi. As a musician, he’s naive but joking, and of course he’s totally normal at that. As with the rest of his group, Tripathi skates during his transition from a harmless family man to a ruthless rebel who stops at nothing, and each of the extreme aspects of his personality attracts you like a magnet. This is his grip on Bharat’s character, and that elusive phenomenon called acting. Satish Kaushik wears two hats for this first one – one for an actor and one for the director. Although he is his usual entertaining character as an ethical lawyer, it is his direction that disappointes: very unbalanced and unimaginative, especially when he comes from a filmmaker of his stature. The parallel characters are weak compared to the stellar hero Pankaj Tripathi and this stark contrast is one of the many reasons why Kagaz explodes in smoke.
The essence of the heart of India and the bygone era aptly captured by fashion designer Sujata Rajin, the cinematography of Arcodip Mukherjee is rustic and apt.
To sum it up, “Kaagaz” could have been a favorite movie for those looking for inspiration, but it ends up being a neat, one-dimensional lesson on a man’s prowess in acting. Not that we’re complaining, but the movie had the power to pull in heart-strings. Alas! It used to not be.
|Directed by||Satish Kaushik|
|Produced by||Salma Khan|
|Written by||Satish Kaushik|
|Music by||Pravesh Mallick|
|Salman Khan Films|
The Satish Kaushik Entertainment Production
|Release date||7 January 2021|
|Running time||109 minutes|
Kaagaz Full Movie Cast
- Pankaj Tripathi as Bharatlal
- Monal Gajjar as Rukmanii
- Satish Kaushik as Advocate Sadhoram
- Mita Vashisht as MLA Asarfi Devi
- Brijendra Kala as Highcourt Judge
- Amar Upadhyay as MLA Vidhayak Jaganpal Singh
- Neha Chauhan as Journalist Sonia
- Pranay Narayan as Devilal
- Amit Pathak as Harilal
- Sharat Sonu as Rampal
- Ratan Lal as Motiya
- Arun Shekhar as Chaman Lal
- Dinesh Sharma as Panditji Pandey
- Yogesh Kumar Shukla as Shukla Ji
- Sandeepa Dhar Special apperance in Laalam Laal song