Coming from the streets of Paharganj, the movie depicts a woman's search for her lost love, a man's attempt to regain his lost enigma and dealing with his brother's untimely death, an unexpected political murder, and raging gang war.
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Paharganj, a place where mystery, mafia, tourism, crime, and flavors intertwine. While some fear from the name of the locality, some own this taboo as their own and live with love for the place. Coming from the streets of the locale, the movie depicts a woman's search for her lost love, a man's attempt to regain his lost enigma and dealing with his brother's untimely death, an unexpected political murder, all midst a raging gang war among the street kids. How the stories are connected and the chaotic yet an apt end forms the crux of Paharganj.
An insipid narrative of a collection of petty crimes
Paharganj (Prime Video) - Laura Costa, a Spanish tourist in India follows social media posts shared by her boyfriend Robert about his experiences in Paharganj in Delhi after she loses contact with him. She scours through the lanes and establishments of the locality in search of Robert, encountering a myriad of characters but success eludes her. On the other hand, a basketball coach Gautam Menon suffers an onset of depression and loneliness when his brother dies. He believes that the pompous Jeetender Tomar, the son of the home minister is responsible for his brother's death and searches for clues. His actions and attitude cause his wife and young daughter to distance themselves and move away from their home. A young street outlaw Munna feels obligated to help Gautam in whatever manner possible. The three stories must dovetail into a common thread as these characters are bound together by fate.
Paharganj is the dark and depressing story of a few people whose lives are shaken up by crime and lawlessness. The ground level police is ineffective and corrupt, unwilling to act until slapped into action by the seniors, making Laura's experience of India a really pathetic one.
The film is a low key and dark projection of the reality about the underbelly of any city where crime is aplenty and navigation is almost impossible for the hapless sufferers. But the treatment is almost like a documentary, the pace so languid, as if the director and editor were disinterested in executing the project. The performance of all the actors is downright insipid, making the whole cast and crew appear amateurish. When Munna explains to his girlfriend that he is basically like a street dog in life using a longish rant, ending with that he still has a human heart, it evokes laughter instead of empathy.
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