|Cast:||Sanya Malhotra, Shruti Sharma, Ashutosh Rana, Sheeba Chaddha, Rajesh Tailang|
|Release Date:||26 March 2021|
Sandhya, a young woman very soon after her marriage, became a widow. She does not feel the grief of her husband’s loss and tries to do things that she enjoys. But very soon she has a startling discovery about her husband’s life. “Pagglait review”
Pagglait is a story with a concept that we have seen numerous times previously but with a different presentation. A woman realizing what she could have done with her life had the decisions been not taken by others but herself. This movie has the same story but shown from a different perspective. Sandhya (Sanya Malhotra), whose life has been wholly controlled by her over-possessive mother & later by the system of in-laws begins to admire the taste of freedom that she could get now that her husband is dead. A woman who has no sorrow & strings with her late husband because when alive, she was not even looked at with love by him. But after his death, she feels like a burden has just taken off her shoulder. Very soon she gets to know & meet her husband’s ex-lover, Aakansha (Sayani Gupta) & Sandhya, although having her doubts about their affair, begins to admire the independent, self-sustained woman that Aakansha is.
Whereas at the same time her in-laws have found out that their son’s LIC policy of 50 lakh amount has matured whose sole nominee is Sandhya. So they begin to have a lesser opinion of her. This movie portrays the patriarchal society that prevails within the most middle-class society where the men of the family decide what a young widower Sandhya should do with her life & whether she should marry her late husband’s cousin who claims to love her. Even with so much family pressure & expectations, how she comes out of her self-doubt & take the control of her own life is all this film is about. A positive story scripted in a simple possible language. Pagglait review.
This unpredictable cast selection blended perfectly with this story. First of all, Sanya Malhotra undoubtedly gave one of her best performances till now. She was brilliant in this film. Her excitements, outbursts, and little innocence are sure to win your heart. There is a scene where her brother-in-law asks her to give suggestions about an English article on the demised’s funeral ad to be printed in the newspaper. Sandhya suggests to him the proper appropriate words for the ad & I think it shows however disconnected she is with her in-laws, still, she tries her best to connect with them. One such member is their old grandmother who she loves the most & shares all her decisions with. And also when she helps her father-in-law (Ashutosh Rana) with the expenditure calculation, these are some of the sweetest moments that they share with each other.
Secondly, Shruti Sharma who played her friend, Nazia Zaidi, and Sayani Gupta did appropriate good jobs in their supporting role. I loved how Shruti Sharma was in the entire film along with Sanya’s character as a supportive friend who had her back throughout the film. Other notable mentions are Sheeba Chaddha, Ashutosh Rana, Rajesh Tailang who were in supportive roles & formed a perfect middle-class picture of the story. Especially Sheeba Chaddha and Ashutosh Rana maintained an emotional tone of their family background. I wanted Rajesh Tailang to have more part, given how brilliant performances he gave in his last few projects.
Aasif Khan, Jameel Khan, Ananya Khare, and Raghubir Yadav were also present who were good comedy reliefs even in such serious events. I think this cast was a bit too strong and that they deserve a more strong and vibrant script. But their presence made the story realistic and very relatable. It gives a very close feel of a neighborhood that you may have if you stay in a middle-class society.
Pagglait is a decent family watch. It does have its flaws like having a slow pace with very few excitements that may bore the audiences. But this is a very simple movie that conveyed its message in a beautiful way.
Pagglait is now streaming on NETFLIX.