Pagglait explores grief, loss and family in a very effective manner. Umesh Bist’s Pagglait is a film which is a tragicomedy, a family has lost its son, there is a sad father who is trying really hard to hide the pain, a Mother who is traumatized by the fact and a wife who has no idea what is running down in her exactly, an average Indian family and 13 days of Kriya Karam.
Pagglait has very smart writing, smart dialogues, amazing moments, beautiful music and brilliant performances by the ensemble cast. Bist knows how to show what has happened to humans through the generation and shows it in such an interesting way. His creative choices are very subtle which you will see throughout the film.
The standout performances in the film for me were Sanya Malhotra and the supremely talented Ashutosh Rana. Both the actors rarely share the screen together but the characters they’ve played, the understanding they have for each other is one of a kind and also don’t doubt about any other actors, the film doesn’t have one bad performance, every actor knows what they are doing which is what makes the runtime entertaining in the film
Pagglait has the same family comedy-drama which we have been seeing through the years and sometimes it’s repetitive too but what makes Pagglait, Pagglait is the characters who leave their mark whenever they appear and the film has its moments so many times.
All in all, Pagglait is a very well made film which manages to make you smile and is a very thoughtful one too.
Director: Umesh Bist
Cast: Sanya Malhotra, Sayani Gupta, Sheeba Chaddha, Aasif Khan and more
Producer: Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Achin Jain
Pagglait now streaming on NetFlix.