8th Jagran Film Festival pays homage to Om Puri, will conclude with Seema Kapoor’s Mr. Kabaadi, the last film in which Om Puri acted.
The film is based on a Molière play, the satire has Annu Kapoor in the lead and Puri as the sutradhar (narrator). It is a rags-to-riches story, of how class divides us and how some of us are uncomfortable of our own social standing.
This is a story about Kallu Kabaadi. A low life scrap dealer whose life turns from rags to riches. Fortune smiles upon Kallu after he marries his sweetheart, Chando, the rag picker. Kallu inherits his grandfather’s piece of land. The land’s prices have skyrocketed as a highway has been built upon it. Now that Kallu is wealthy, he wishes to leave behind his past and start a new chapter. He wants to erase his past friendships, poor, miserable slum life and live the lavish life, one could only dream of.
Having no experience or education required to run a successful, reputable business, Kallu owns over 150 private toilets around the state. Kallu’s son, Chaman, runs the toilets and makes weekly collections. Embarrassed by their own profession, family lies about owning a chain of restaurants as a façade. Kallu dreams of rubbing shoulders with the elite, high society. He wishes to marry off his children, Chaman & Meethi into wealthy families. Kallu & Chaman’s dreams come crashing down due to Chando’s idiocy. The story reaches a crucial point when Chaman falls in love with Shaili, whose father, Mr. Arora hates kabaadis because his sister eloped with one. Later it’s revealed that the kabaadi she eloped with happens to be Chaman’s mama. The story revolves around Kallu family chaos & funny situations. The essence of the story lies in being true to oneself.
The film was shot in a start to finish 35 days schedule in the most beautiful locations in and around Lucknow and later on some portion of the film was shot in Jhalawar Rajasthan and Mumbai. Editing of the film is done by renowned editor Mr Sanjib Datta. All the actors of film are Star of Acting and Very Versatile. Film has superb Kabaadi Song by the most dynamic Singer Sukhwinder Singh, Romantic Melodious Songs are sung by Outstanding Singers Shaan – Madhushree, Vikrant Bhartiya and Javed Ali and a Bhajan with Comic Touch sung by Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota. There is a Qawaali showing fight between Om Puri and Annu Kapoor sung by Javed Ali and Gani Mohammad. Film is full with great comedy from start to finish.
The film has a cast featuring Om Puri, Annu Kapoor, Sarika, Vinay Pathak, Meenal Kapoor, Rajveer Singh, Kashish Vora, Ulka Gupta, Apurva Nain, Brajendra Kala playing various roles.
Jagran Film Festival has reached new heights from its inception in 2009 and today, it is marked as India’s only Travelling Film Festival, executed in a way to transcend cultural and geographical boundaries of India and unite them for the love of cinema. Jagran Film Festival has gained immense popularity and each year it attempts to present a treat for cinema lovers by showing unique and popular movies during the show.
Some prominent sections of the Festival are World Panorama, Indian Showcase, Jagran Shorts, Jagran Discovery, Country Focus and the Retrospective of films. The 2017 edition of Jagran Film Festival will traverse from Delhi to the Indian hinterlands of Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Dehradun, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bhopal, Indore, Hisar, Ludhiana, Meerut, Raipur, and culminate in Mumbai.