‘Pagglait’, a slang stand-in for ‘paagal’ minus the sting, is fronted by a young woman named Sandhya Giri (Sanya Malhotra) who has lost her husband Astik Giri. Sandhya was just a few days in when she was married to her husband as he died. This incident came with big damage to the family as her husband was the only one who had a decent earning and had taken up a house loan which they were reimbursing.
With all this going on Sandhya found out about her husband’s past relationship that he had during his college time and saw that the girl he was with is now quite successful. Sandhya being quite educated herself belonged to an Orthodox family which only believed girls should live on their husband’s earnings. While the present situation goes on Sandhya plans to get back to her feet and start working.
As she is a widow now there are many things brought on her. Things like windows don’t work or women cannot work and such old thoughts were imposed on her by society and her own family, but her Father’s law (played by Ashutosh Rana) supported her through her decision and the plans that she had decided for herself.
Pagglait is conceivably is one of the few movies to have shown a closer-to-life manifestation 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.
Pagglait is refreshed by a bunch of great performances! Sanya Malhotra takes to the layered role like a fish to water. Ashutosh Rana is radiantly modest. The phenomenally flexible Sheeba Chaddha flows through a gamut of sentiments.
The rest of the supporting cast is tremendous too, not the least among whom are Raghubir Yadav, Shruti Sharma, Natasha Rastogi, Meghna Malik, Aasif Khan, and Chetan Sharma. Sayani Gupta and Sharib Hashmi put in special appearances. The impression they make goes way beyond the length of their roles.
For sure, this movie has shattered the stereotype that women cannot work or widows should not work. This is a great example of women’s empowerment as it motivates every woman to come forward and make their presence known to the world and be independent.