Movie Review: 'Kaagaz' - Newztezz Online


Thursday, January 7, 2021

Movie Review: 'Kaagaz'

Actors -
 Pankaj Tripathi, Satish Kaushik, Monal Gajjar, Mita Vashisht, Amar Upadhyay, Neha Chauhan, Sandipa Dhar, Brijendra Kala

Director - Satish Kaushik
Category- Hindi, Biography, Drama
Time- 1 hour 56 minutes
Rating- 3.5 / 5 If

you go to work in any government department you need paper. You can't do any work without these papers but if you are declared dead on this paper you can't do any work even though you are alive. 'Kaagaz' is a film based on a true story explaining the importance of a government paper. The film is based on the life of a man named Lal Bihari Mritak who proved himself alive after 18 years of struggle.

The story

Bharat Lal (Pankaj Tripathi) is a band master living in a small village in Khalilabad, Uttar Pradesh. He lives happily with his wife Rukmini (Monal Gajjar) and children. Bharat Lal's wife Rukmini advises him to take a loan from a bank so that he can expand his work. When Bharat goes to Lal Bank, he is asked to pledge land documents against the loan. When Bharat goes to collect the red land documents, he is shocked because according to the documents, he has died and his land has been divided among his uncle's sons. This is where Bharat Lal's long struggle begins, from Talati to the Prime Minister and the court. Sadhuram Kewat Vakil (Satish Kaushik) comes forward to help Bharat Lal and he helps till the end. Bharat Lal associates the deceased with his name because according to the papers, he is dead. Gradually people from all over the region who have been declared dead in the papers join Bharat Lal. In this long struggle, Bharat Lal's work-business is stopped, the family leaves but Bharat Lal does not give up. 'Kaagaz' is the story of how Bharat Lal survives on paper after a long struggle of 18 years.

In the review

film, the sarpanch of the village utters a dialogue saying, "In this country, there is a bigger talati than the governor and no one can change his writing." Even today this is a bitter fact of our system. Many living dead like Bharat will be roaming in small and big villages across the country today. People’s whole lives are spent pushing the court-office but can’t prove themselves alive and actually die because they were declared dead on paper. Director Satish Kaushik started the film in a very light way but over time the film gets serious. As the film progresses, you can understand Bharat Lal's pain and determination to prove himself alive. However, the film sometimes seems slow but Bharat Lal’s new alchemy once again arouses your interest in the story. The film could have been made a little smaller.


At present, it is no exaggeration to call Pankaj Tripathi the best actor in Bollywood. They sink so deep into each character that they start to feel just like him. Pankaj Tripathi takes acting to new heights with each of his films. Pankaj Tripathi in Bharat Lal's character acts so well that you can feel the pain of his character. The work of Monal Gajjar in the role of Bharat Lal's wife and Satish Kaushik in the role of Sadhuram is also commendable. The roles of Mita Vashisht, Neha Chauhan, Amar Upadhyay and Brijendra Kala in the film are small but they have done justice to their character. The only item in the film is the song in which Sandeepa Dhar looks very beautiful.

Why watch this movie?

If you are a fan of Pankaj Tripathi and want to see a brand new as well as a film made on a different topic, then definitely watch.

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