Pagglait movie review: Sanya Malhotra delivered all notes with perfection in her performance as a young woman who has lost her husband.
Pagglait might appear to be about one woman’s journey towards independence, after she realises how others have been taking decisions for her all her life. It is that, but there’s so much more.
Sanya Malhotra plays Sandhya, a young woman whose husband, Astik, died merely five months after their wedding. Not the wailing widow at all, she is surfing through Facebook, and yawning at the ‘RIP’ comments that keep coming in. To most, it would seem as if she has lost her senses, perhaps from the trauma of her husband’s death. However, the closer you get to her, in her room, by her bedside, you realise that she is simply indifferent. Their five months of marriage could never make a husband and wife of Sandhya and Astik.
Away from Sandhya’s room, in the lower quarters of the Shanti Kunj haveli, the family has come together for 13 days of mourning. While some have been lured in with the promise of gossip, some try their best to feign a responsibility towards the family, and some are there simply because they are duty-bound to be present. Only a precious few have true empathy in their hearts. But can we really judge them for it, considering how our heroine is thirsting for Pepsi and craving masala chips the day after her husband’s death.
Unlike what Shah Rukh Khan and Rajesh Khanna laying on their deathbeds in Kal Ho Naa Ho and Anand showed you, death doesn’t always evoke an all-consuming sadness in everyone. We love, are loved, and we also hurt. For most, we are nothing but a topic of discussion.
Pagglait is perhaps one of the few films to have shown a closer-to-life representation of death in a family. Women of the family are still aiming taunts at each other, men are still trying to cut a good deal, boys are looking for spots to light up a cigarette and girls are craving gol gappe. The indifference, far from turning these characters cold and heartless, brings to them a humanity that no crying Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta in a hospital room could have hoped for.
News Source: Hindustan Times