BY REEMA CHHABDA
Director: Umesh Bist
Cast: Sanya Malhotra, Sayani Gupta, Shrutii Sharma, Ashutosh Rana, Raghubir Yadav, Sheeba Chaddha, Meghna Malik and Rajesh Tailang
Rating: 3.5 stars
Pagglait is a story about a young woman Sandhya (Sanya Malhotra). She loses her husband within 5 months of her marriage and is now in search of her identity.
Since she loses her husband, everyone around her expects her to mourn which Sandhya doesn’t as she’s confused about what’s happening in her life exactly. In the middle of all this, an insurance money angle pushes the story to another ride of black comedy.
Written and directed by Umesh Bist, Pagglait is a perfectly written and executed film. The tensions around the characters are established in a way so you could connect to them. The polished and subtle direction of the film goes hand in hand.
The set design is so on point that it justifies the purpose. There are a lot of silent moments of Sanya Malhotra in the movie. Some moments depict the loneliness, the pain of not knowing the purpose of life is replicated with utmost honesty.
It’s just the slow pace of the film that will fail to grab your attention throughout.
A film like Pagglait doesn’t need songs in abundance, and the makers were aware of it. The background score sticks and is restrained throughout without getting loud at any instance.
Pagglait consists of actors who have been acclaimed for their respective works, and when you see them here, you know every possible reason they said yes to this project.
Sanya Malhotra is in excellent form. She’s such an effortless actor that even when she’s annoyed in the film, she comes across as calm and sorted. Her character was written this way and she managed to place it well.
Every other actor including Sayani Gupta, Shrutii Sharma, Ashutosh Rana, Raghubir Yadav, Sheeba Chaddha, Meghna Malik and Rajesh Tailang were a perfect fit for the film.
Pagglait had every ingredient, from well-versed actors to a director who has been raved for a film in this zone.