Pagglait is one of the latest releases of Netflix. The movie has the grip on how the rituals of bereavement are played out by relatives in Indian families.
Cast: Sanya Malhotra, Ashutosh Rana, Sheeba Chaddha, Raghubir Yadav, Rajesh Tailang, Ananya Khare, Yamini Singh, Jameel Khan, Natasha Rastogi
Direction: Umesh Bist
All deaths are not the same. Some are devastating, debilitating, and stalk us for our whole life. But some deaths, despite being the most tragic and that of our loved ones can be liberating. They can set us free in ways we never thought of.
Bollywood doesn't like deaths, it prefers happy unions. This is why most of the Bollywood films open or close with a wide smile and huge celebrations. Pagglait on the other hand opens with death with a naughty and slightly indecent note of befitting maatam ka mahaul.
It is a story of the wife (Sanya Malhotra) whose husband dies. He was an executive who earned 70,000 per month. The movie opens on the death of Astik (death husband) and stays on like a significant relative till the 13th day, which is believed to be the day when the soul leaves for heaven.
The director curdles the sanctum sanctorum of grief with Sandhya (the wife) and her inability to feel sad.
Astik's parents are stunned by the tragic loss of their son. As he was the earning member of the family, his death brought burdens for his father. The relatives suggested various ways to get money. Let me not give you the spoiler.
The relationship between Sandhya and Astik weren't good. They barely knew each other. Later while going through the Almira of Astik, Sandhya found about his girlfriend. This girlfriend was smart, educated and employed. Sandhya started talking and observing her. And soon she realised that even she is educated enough to earn on her own and help her family as Astik is no more.
There's a lot more in this story which I don't want to add in my review because watching it will bring you more joy.