Kaagaz review: Pankaj Tripathi shines in distressingly dated movie

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Kaagaz solid: Pankaj Tripathi, Monal Gajjar, Satish Kaushik, Mita Vashishth, Brijendra Kala, Amar Udhayay, Neha Chauhan
Kaagaz director: Satish Kaushik
Kaagaz score: One and a half stars

The paramount significance of a ‘sarkari kaagaz’ is on the coronary heart of this bucolic story: if you’re unlucky sufficient to be declared lifeless on paper, no quantity of yelling and screaming could make you come alive.

This is what the hapless Lal Bihari (Tripathi), resident of Azamgarh, UP, discovers, a lot to his horror. A conniving aunt and her brood conspire to cheat the straight-forward Lal Bihari out of his inheritance, and a life-and-blood individual slips into the darkness of the dreaded file. Based on the real-life story of a farmer of the identical identify, Lal Bihari is left floundering, as Kaagaz takes us by way of his endless paper chase from seedy courts and grasping attorneys to the press to the massive mansions the place reside elected representatives of the folks: certainly somebody may help?

We see Lal Bihari run from the proverbial pillar to publish, whilst his harried spouse (Gajjar) and his two rising youngsters bear the brunt of his never-say-die perspective: the derision and humiliation dished out by the folks to whom Lal Bihari goes for assist, proves insufferable. He suffers, whereas everybody else makes merry. His rotund lawyer (Kaushik) is joyful about his ‘bakra’ who has to maintain coughing up treasured money; native ‘neta’ (Vashishth) offers him time, however can provide, utterly improbably, no resolution.

In nowadays of continuous discussion-and-discord over official papers (the spirited anthems round ‘hum kaagaz nahi dikhaygene’ nonetheless have residual energy), Kaagaz might have been an essential movie. But the plot is affected by clichés, and comes off distressingly dated: the evil aunt rolls her eyes, the dangerous guys swirl their ‘moochch’, the merchandise lady swings her waist, the sarkari cogs-in-the-wheel smirk, and so forth.

You sit by way of this solely due to the liveliness of Pankaj Tripathi, the actor who owned 2020, and whose enjoying of Lal Bihari ‘Mritak’, a person buffeted by different folks’s malice and guile, is filled with sincerity. And humanity.

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