Pagglait

Is a heartwarming story, a sharp satire, a social commentary and a dark comedy, all rolled into one. Like icing on the cake, it offers a superb set of cast and performances.

Writer/Director – Umesh Bisht

Cast – Sanya Malhotra, Shruti Sharma, Sheeba Chaddha, Asutosh Rana, Raghubir Yadav, Rajesh Tailang, Sayani Gupta, Sharib Hashmi, Jameel Khan, Aasif Khan, Meghna Malik, Ananya Khare, Yamini Singh, Bhupesh Pandya.

Plot

Giri family is with devastated with the untimely death of their elder son Astik, a young man married just five months ago.

While the parents (Asutosh Rana, Sheeba Chaddha) are shattered, reeling under debt and financial uncertainty, young widow Sandhya (Sanya) finds it difficult to grieve for the man she hardly knew or was attached to.

While the rest of the extended family is busy displaying a facade of sorrow and social norms, Sandhya has to deal with revelations and realisations, not only about her husband but also the relations around her.

Coming out stronger and clearer from the tragic turn in her life, Sandhya decides to take reigns of her own life.

Analysis

It’s one of those stories wherein many aspects come together in perfect tandem to give an entertaining and meaningful film, like, the small town set up, real locations and by lanes, the earthy characters played by wonderful ensemble cast and a very slice-of-life story telling style.

But this is not where the goodness ends.The winning ace is the writing and narrative.

The dialogues are sharp, the humour is subtle and so is the emotional quotient. And they are merged seamlessly.

One moment you feel overwhelmed by the tragedy especially when the parents are in focus. The other moment could be lighter or even chuckle worthy. The infusion is flawless and smooth.

But what’s most praiseworthy is the sarcastic tinge to the entire proceeding that highlights the paradox, patriarchy and the facade of love and relationships. It’s like a mirror.

We know what binds together our society are the social norms and culture. But the story very subtly highlights how meaningless they can be unless backed up by real values.

The twist brought in with the insurance money brings out the real faces behind the facade of relationships and adds flavour to the story. The gratifying climax gives a perfect motivational and moral touch.

Performances

It’s one of those films which thrives on its ensemble cast.

Sanya Malhotra absolutely shines as the innocent, naive Sandhya going through a complex set of emotions. There’s a beautiful charm about her through out.

Absolutely blown away by Sheeba’s portrayal as anguished mother. Not only her performance, but even her voice and tone were supremely impressive and in tune with the character and situation.

Ashutosh Rana’s portrays a father’s quiet, dignified grief superbly.

Both of them together touched many a raw chords.

Raghubir Yadav as the dominating patriarch was noteworthy.

Would like to express appreciation for every actor part of the team. They are all adorable.

Overall, it’s a heart warming yet sharp film. It’s entertaining, insightful and meaningful, backed up by good set of performances. Definitely recommended.

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