Pagla Ghoda (2017)

Pagla Ghoda (2017)

Chitrangada ChakrabortyAnshuman JhaRavi KhanvilkarVikram Kochhar
Bikas Ranjan Mishra


Pagla Ghoda (2017) is a Hindi movie. Bikas Ranjan Mishra has directed this movie. Chitrangada Chakraborty,Anshuman Jha,Ravi Khanvilkar,Vikram Kochhar are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2017. Pagla Ghoda (2017) is considered one of the best Drama movie in India and around the world.

The story of four men gathered to cremate an unknown girl, each with a personal reason in mind. While sharing a round of drinks after the cremation, their curiosity about the girl's origin piques, and the ensuing discussion reveals secrets hidden to the world.

Pagla Ghoda (2017) Reviews

  • Pagla Ghoda is about eccentricities of the human mind. A very good film.


    Pagla Ghoda, a film by Bikas Mishra, is the CinePlay adaptation of late playwright Badal Sircar' famous iconic Bengali play. The media chosen to bridge the gap between the film and the audience is that of digital media i.e. on streaming platform Hotstar, owned by Star Network. It got released on HotStar on 30th May, 2017. CinePlay is the venture of Nandita Das and husband Subodh Maskara. Its mission is to bring timeless stories from theater to cinematic platform. Bikas Mishra's much critically acclaimed film 'Chauranga' and short film 'Dance of Ganesh' were able to garner lot of appreciation and awards in Indian and International film festivals. Now, in a very unique manner, he has adapted Badal Sircar's Bengali play into a web film Pagla Ghoda. I haven't watched the play, so can't really compare this film with the play, but reports say that the film stays true to the essence of the original in spite of the duration of the film being much less in comparison to the play. The very premise of the film is relevant in the contemporary period too. Especially in our country, where patriarchy exists since ages and is so much blended with the socio-political system, it becomes very intriguing to look at patriarchy and its impact on both the genders. In the pretext of patriarchy, the film also talks about how we human beings justify our own actions. The male fraternity of our society are so much conditioned and trapped in this patriarchal system, if not apparently, at least subconsciously they end up dominating their women's world. Men feel that they can decide the destiny of the women whom they love. But in the process, men end up ignoring the very existence of women, their desires / will and chart out the course of the women's destiny, at times do emotional manipulations too. Later men justify their actions with reasons and logic. Although apparently they move ahead in life by ignoring or brushing away the discomfort / guilt due to the past, hide their sense of loss, and start living a fake non-authentic life, where they don't have the courage to come face-to-face with themselves. They adopt various defense mechanisms viz. diffusing things into laughter, imprisoning self in the past, leading a gloomy life, or putting up a bold front behaving as if nothing happened. All these could happen with females as well, but here males are specifically mentioned since the context of the film is the impact of patriarchy. The film begins with the pyre and its slow burning sound. It feels strange to see four men getting drunk, playing cards over the cremation of the dead body of an unknown young girl. Initially, it is all superficial communication. They behave as if everything in their lives is fine and they don't have any regrets. Hardik (Anshuman Jha), Karthik (Ravi Khaanwilkar), Satu (Gopal), and Shashi (Vikram Kochhar) are the four men who are waiting for the dead body of the girl to completely burn off. All four are from different walks of life – School Master Hardik, Compounder Karthik, Postmaster Shashi and Contractor Satu. They are just the representatives of patriarchal system existing in our society. Initially the conversation revolves in a very shallow manner, pulling one another's leg. While they try to assume what could be the dead girl's story, they look within themselves too and Chitrangada plays a major role here (I choose not to reveal here, how Chitrangada propagates the story ahead by being integral part of the screenplay). The characters' restlessness is clearly evident while facing the truth about self as well as the follies happened. These four different tales which emerges are very thought provoking. We might lie to the whole world, but we can't lie to our own self, our conscience. At times, the love is forbidden, the love is rejected, one's idealism / principles become a barrier to enjoy love and at times negative emotions viz. ego, anger kills relationships – all these form integral part of the film. Various philosophies of life are subtly discussed viz. the depth of life and love, the need to be in love, different parameters to judge similar action by men and women, rationalizing the decisions and colouring the same as sacrifice etc. One of the best part of the film is how powerful some characters are in spite of their physical absence in the film. Most of the film is shot in that single location near the pyre, but the impact of storytelling is very strong. As far as the casting is concerned, it is so much appropriate to the film. Chitrangada is certainly able to give a very much noticeable performance. Anshuman leaves a huge impact through his reticent performance. Gopal is too good as Satu, who just diffuses everything in laughter but carries a huge burden within him. Ravi Khaanwilkar and Vikram Kochhar have delivered very mature performances. In a nutshell, it is a delight to watch these actors' effortless performances. Pagla Ghoda is about eccentricities of human mind, the journey of men as well as women becoming victims of patriarchal system, their Self-Actualization, where one finally throws away the mask, becomes authentic to one's own self.


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