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'Kaagaz Ke Fools' Review: A simplistic take on morals and success!

'Kaagaz Ke Fools' Review: A simplistic take on morals and success!

Source: Sify

By: Sonia Chopra

Friday 24 April 2015

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Movie Title

Kaagaz Ke Fools

Director

Anil Kumar Chaudhary

Star Cast

Vinay Pathak, Mugdha Godse, Raima Sen

He’s a serious, uncompromising writer and the wife keeps nagginghim about his lack ofsuccess. You can barely blame either of them.

For Purushottam (Vinay Pathak) does seem to be seriouslyunmotivated and asks his wife Nikki (Mugdha Godse) to be content with'tinde ki sabzi' the way he is. Thing is she wants a serving of pastaalong with the 'tinde', and wants to tour Switzerland like their othercouple friends.

She accuses him of being fearful of his own success and coaxes himto do something about his unpublished book. He’s content being calledan 'artist-type' writer, and refuses to listen to the publisher whowants him to add some "chatpati" language. That the book is named 'EkTehri Si Zindagi' (A Stuck, Unmoving Life) is a hilarious touch.

The couple fights it out, till one day, the husband walks out oftheir home (after threatening to slap her so hard her teeth will fallout). Frustrated, he also quits his job and finds himself in a seedyplace where he wins some money playing cards. There he meets Rubina(Raima Sen) a call-girl and agrees to go away with her.

Over thenext few days, Purushottam, who the film keeps referring to in very aflattering light, lives-in with Rubina. She wears the Indian clotheshe gets for her, shops for vegetables, cooks and takes care of him. Heis paying her pimp for this daily upkeep. We are supposed to ignorethis bizarre behavior, and laud him, just because he does not sleepwith her.

Meanwhile, Nikki is worried and her mother asks her to calm downover a glass of red wine. What's more, the spunky mom takes her to asalon for a girl's day out to cheer her up. The brother, enraged atPurushottam's behavior wonders if they should take a 'decision'.Later, his over-zealous behavior is sheepishly explained by thebrother as a 'brother’s protocol in society'.

Now, the film revolves around Purushottam's character and he ismade out to be this uncompromising, idealistic man. However hisuncompromising stance has a morally superior air, especially apparentwhen he insists on buying the jeans-clad Rubina some demure Indianclothes. Or in the way he trashes his friend's best-selling novels.

The film takes a dig at society's obsession with success and howwriters and artists are now expected to think like salesmen. Thesepoints are pertinent, but the film's preachy tone, and below-parexecution puts you off. Also coming from Purushottam, who is aborderline stuck-up, the issues raised do not resonate.

As Purushottam, Vinay Pathak is dependably impressive, understatedand earnest. But he does look slightly older for the struggling writercharacter. And his pairing with the two younger heroines makes thepairs look improbable and unnatural.

Interestingly, the makers have casted wonderfully for thesupporting pairs. Mugdha Godse is quite a revelation, and does well,especially in the over-the-top comical scenes. Raima Sen is wonderfuleven in a straitjacketed role, whose motivations and actions are oftenbizarre.

Debut director Anil Kumar Chaudhary whips up a film that makes afew quick points with a one-dimensional and simplistic narrative. Thefilm does have a few moments like the mother’s unconventional ways ofcheering up her upset daughter and the uneasy equations betweensuccessful and struggling friends. However one wishes the rest of thefilm was as heartfelt as them. In the end, you are left with thethought that the film could have been so much more.

Rating: Two stars

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