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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 ... See full summary »


Prem Prakash Modi





Credited cast:
Nayna Bandhopadhyay Nayna Bandhopadhyay
Uma Basu Uma Basu
Punya Darshan Gupta Punya Darshan Gupta
Ravi Jhankal
Brijendra Kala
Anuradha Mukherjee Anuradha Mukherjee
Amitosh Nagpal Amitosh Nagpal
Pranay Narayan Pranay Narayan
Lalit Parimoo Lalit Parimoo
Malini Sengupta Malini Sengupta
Rajesh Sharma
Yashpal Sharma
Iqbal Sultan Iqbal Sultan
Punit Tiwari Punit Tiwari ... NAND Ji
Arup Zaigirdar Arup Zaigirdar


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 realises 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. Panchlight (pronounced as "panchlait") written by Phanishwar Nath 'Renu' also known as Petromax is a kerosene lamp which uses paraffin in it and then a hand ... Written by Sudhanshu

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17 November 2017 (India) See more »


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INR 2,000,000 (estimated)
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22 November 2017 | by TakethispunchSee all my reviews

Set in a rural backdrop, Panchlait tells the story of a village community called Mahato that still has no electricity. The story line is hinged on multiple and layered social interactions and an ethereal romance brewing between the lead characters. The people in this small village lives in darkness, engrossed in their own little sorrows and joys. Panchlait, also known as Petromax, plays an integral part in a villagers life and possessing one is a mark of honor. After much efforts, the villagers manage to acquire the coveted Panchlait. But the villagers are so innocent and inexperienced that they do not know how to light a simple lamp. Their lack of knowledge leads to hilarious situations. The only person who knows how to light the thing is outcast from the village named Godhan who was falsely accused and thrown out of the Village. The rest of the story focuses on how the villagers manage to lit up the village despite the shortcomings.

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