KAAGAZ Verdict: SEMI-HIT
Release Date: 7 January 2021
OTT Platform: Zee5
Directed By: Satish Kaushik
Written By: Satish Kaushik
- Pankaj Tripathi as Bharatlal Bihari
- Monal Gajjar as Rukmanii
- Satish Kaushik as Advocate Sadhoram Kewat
- Mita Vashisht as MLA Asarfi Devi
- Brijendra Kala as Highcourt Judge
- Amar Upadhyay as MLA Vidhayak Jaganpal Singh
- Lankesh Bhardwaj as Sr. Inspector
- STORY- ⭐⭐
- ACTING- ⭐⭐⭐1/2
- DIRECTION- ⭐⭐⭐
- SCREENPLAY- ⭐⭐
- OVERALL- ⭐⭐⭐
Kaagaz is a biographical comedy movie with a very rare concept streaming on ZEE5 since 7th January, 2021. It is written and directed by Satish Kaushik as well as produced by Salman Khan and Nishant Kaushik under the name of Salman Khan Films and The Satish Kaushik Entertainment Production. The film starring Pankaj Tripathi and Monal Gajjar with Amar Upadhyay is based on the life a farmer from the small village of Amilo Mubarakpur, who is actually dead on official papers.
The story is based on the life of a man who had met a similar fate back in the day, is one that is sure to evoke a sense of confidence and self-esteem amongst its target audience. However, the slow pace of the narrative and its one-dimensional story-telling technique makes it a tiresome watch. Also the fact that two narrators were employed (Salman Khan and Satish Kaushik) topush the diegesis forward, doesn’t help either.
For one, the songs and the general treatment mollifies the seriousness of the plot and the audience doesn’t get a sneak-peek into the psyche of a man who’s the laughing stock of his peers, a proverbial loser, who has truly lost it all. An inspiring tale of this magnitude would have flourished under the genre of drama; lacing biography with comedy sure went kaput.
Having said that, all is not grey about this ambitious film project, and headlining the list of things that are praiseworthy is Pankaj Tripathi.. Such is his grip over the character of Bharat, and that elusive phenomenon called acting. Satish Kaushik dons two hats for this one – one of an actor and the other, of the director. The parallel characters are feeble compared to the stellar lead that is Pankaj Tripathi and this stark contrast is one of the many reasons ‘Kaagaz’ blows up in smoke.
To sum it up, ‘Kaagaz’ could have been the go-to movie for those seeking a burst of inspiration, but it ends up being an average movie. Not that we are complaining, but the film had the potential to tug at the heart strings.
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