Kaagaz Movie Review And Rating {3/5}: Pankaj Tripathi Brings ‘Dead’ To Life With His Engaging Performance

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Star Forged: Pankaj Tripathi, Sandeepa Dhar, Monal Gajjar, Amar Upadhyay, Tina Ahuja

Director: Satish Kaushik

When a personality in Satish Kaushik’s Kaagaz advises Bharat Lal (Pankaj Tripathi), a bandmaster to take mortgage with a view to broaden his enterprise, the latter brushes him off by saying, “Yeh karza joh hai na woh kutte paalne jaisa hai, kehne ke liya suraksha karta hai, par roz bow bow karke roti maangega. Jo ek din roti na do toh kaat de.” Nonetheless, Lal nonetheless finally ends up at an area financial institution for mortgage, solely to find a tragedy ready for him. However for the viewers, there’s loads of laughs and a few meals for thought.

Out there on: Zee5

What’s Yay: Pankaj Tripathi

What’s Nay: The narrative looses its grip at a couple of locations, underwhelming climax



Kaagaz begins with the voiceover of Salman Khan reciting a poem which talks about how paper performs an vital position in our lives. We’re then launched to Azamgarh-based bandmaster Bharat Lal (Pankaj Tripathi) and his household which incorporates his spouse Rukmini (Monal Gajjar) and a son. On his spouse’s insistence when Bharat winds up at a financial institution to take a mortgage for enterprise objective, he discovers that he has been declared lifeless as per official information attributable to a conspiracy by his conniving relations in a bid to steal his property.

Not the one to maintain mum, Bharat Kumar ‘Mritak’ decides to show the obvious fact in regards to the agony of people that have been declared ‘lifeless’ on paper regardless of being alive as a result of “Maan samman, pehchan ki ladai hai ab.” With the assistance of a jugaadu lawyer Sadhuram (Satish Kaushik), a information reporter Sonia (Neha Chauhan) and an opportunistic politician Ashrafi Devi (Mita Vashisht), Bharat Kumar decides to struggle the system to show his existence.



Satish Kaushik’s directorial movie Kaagaz is impressed by the true life story of UP primarily based farmer Lal Bihari who struggled for 19 years to show that he’s alive after being declared lifeless on authorities information. The director begins the movie on a promising word as we get a glimpse of the day by day happenings in an aam admi’s life. Via the All India Radio’s signature tune enjoying within the background and the point out of ‘Binaca geet mala’ and ‘fiat’ within the conversations, Kaushik takes us again in time.

It is enjoyable to look at Pankaj Tripathi flirt with Kaushik’s witty writing. The flipside arrives when the story takes a sombre flip at locations, and you discover the narrative shifting at a languish tempo. Additionally, the climax comes throughout as a bit weird and abrupt. However then, all’s effectively that ends effectively.



Pankaj Tripathi is the present stealer in Satish Kaushik’s Kaagaz. The person is a commendable performer relating to delivering humour with a straight face. At locations the place the writing goes blunt, it is Tripathi’s first-rate appearing chops which saves the day.

Satish Kaushik places up a dependable act because the lawyer who initially cons Pankaj Tripathi’s Bharat Kumar to imagine within the system, however later turns into one in every of his allies in his struggle towards the system. Monal Gajjar as Bharat’s rustic partner lends a great help. Mita Vashisht and Amar Upadhyay endure from half-baked roles.

Technical Aspects

Technical Facets

Arkodeb Mukherjee’s digital camera work captures the time transition successfully. Minus any frills, Kaushik retains the manufacturing worth fundamental which is the requirement of his story. The movie may have been trimmed quick by a couple of minutes on the enhancing desk.



Sandeepa Dhar’s dance music ‘Lallam Laal’ comes throughout as a misfit, each by way of the narrative and the picturization. The opposite songs are satisfactory though the movie would not provide any scope for music.



At a degree within the movie, Bharat Kumar raises a pertinent query by saying, “Aap Kaagaz ki sunegen ki Insaan ki sunegen? Dil inssan ki seene mein dhadkat hai ki Kaagaz mein dhadkat hai? Baal bachcha mehraru…Kaagaz ke hoth hai ki insaan ki hoth hai?” Likewise, regardless of the few inconsistences on paper, it is Pankaj Tripathi’s reliable efficiency which breathes life in Satish Kaushik’s satirical tackle the battle of the ‘residing lifeless.’

We give 3 stars out of 5 for Pankaj Tripathi-Satish Kaushik’s Kaagaz.

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