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Movie review: Panchlait 2017

Director:
Prem Prakash Modi

Writers:
Rakesh Tripathi

Stars:
Brijendra Kala, Rajesh Sharma, Yashpal Sharma

Set in either the 1950s or 1960s, Panchlait tells the story of a small village in North India that still has no electricity and its people live in darkness, engrossed in its own little sorrows and joys. Godhan, who belongs to the Mahato Tola of the village, is outcast from the village after he refuses to pay any part of his inheritance to the village and is falsely accused by Munri’s mother for singing inappropriate Hindi songs for Munri.

However, the day that the tola decides to celebrate by bringing in their own panchlight, the sarpanch realizes that no one from the tola apart from Godhan knows how to light the petromax. Keeping aside his ego, the Sarpanch annuls Godhan’s punishment and sends a word for him, who finally becomes a part of the tola and also helps the village in being lit up, becoming the hero in everyone’s eyes.
Few things that the couldn’t skip my eyes are, the female actresses have never seen any cinema in their whole life still their dressing and the way they tied up their hairs are all copied from 50’s era of Bollywood. And not only that Godhan is carrying a lamp to find his way in darkness, but again this is Bollywood and hence audience can see where the actor is going with a lamp under bright light but still the actor has to pretend that he is into darkness. The film lacks some realistic details and in the second half it almost lost its focus on ‘panchlait’ to ‘romance’. The film has actors like Brijendra Kala, Rajesh Sharma, Yashpal Sharma and many other fine actors which have made the film watchable for the audience.

Cinespeaks verdict- This is a one time film though it has an exciting plot the director couldn’t fully utilize his actors potential. Despite having such fine actors the film lack a bit life.

by Pramit Chakraborty

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