Director: Nandita Das
Star Cast: Kapil Sharma and Shahana Goswami
Bollywood Bubble ratings: 2.5/5 stars
Zwigato movie review:
“Vo majboor hai isliye majdoor hai” – This line has so much depth. This one can make you understand what Zwigato starring Kapil Sharma and Shahana Goswami means. It is a simple story of a delivery guy and his struggle with low income. It is about a man who unwillingly had to leave his manager job due to the pandemic and forced himself to take up the delivery job, to run his family. Nandita Das, the director of Zwigato narrates the plight of a middle-class man who was severely got hit by the pandemic situation like millions.
After losing his job, Manas takes up the food delivery job and is constantly struggling to get nice ratings from the app for good incentives. He even goes out of his comfort zone and manages to click selfies with the customers even though he has no internet. But for extra few bucks, he tries to take selfies with them. Even though his kids are embarrassed by their father’s job, Manas ensures to keep his family running with a limited income. Nandita Das
Nandita Das wanted to show the struggles of a middle-class man; however, I felt a lot of things were going on in the script. There were quite a few things which I found irrelevant and were not adding up to the story. For instance, there’s a scene where a bunch of notorious people come to the petrol pump and tell Manas to move so that they can refill their car. The entire incident seems quite irrelevant. Not just the scenes, but even some of the emotions seem quite confusing.
In another scene, when Pratima goes to a rich person’s house for a massage, she watches a girl ice skating on TV and seeing that she gets a little inspired seeing it. And I didn’t understand the meaning of her reaction. Nandita Das touches on quite a few topics from unemployment, and a delivery guy’s struggles with low income to a woman’s will of doing a job against her husband’s will but they seemed incomplete and half-written.
The other thing is the pace of the film which can be a little problematic.
Manas works as a food delivery rider, grappling with the world of ratings and incentives. To support the income, his homemaker wife begins to explore different work opportunities, with fear and excitement of newfound independence.
Kapil Sharma who plays Manas, a delivery guy forced himself to take up this profession after he had to leave his manager job during COVID-19. Manas is a family man who is struggling to run his family with a low income. Even though his wife tries to help with the work, he feels it’s attacking his ability to earn for the family.
For a change, I actually liked Kapil Sharma’s performance as the delivery guy in Zwigato. He was a surprise package in the movie. From what I have seen in Kis Kis Ko Pyaar Karoon and Firangi, it always seemed like Kapil is trying hard to look like an actor or his acting is too loud. However, I didn’t feel that in this movie. He tries to bring out his charm and his style which actually worked for the role. Kapil Sharma did a decent job in Zwigato.
Shahana Goswami plays an innocent wife of Manas who not only looks for her family and an ailing mother but also ensures to help her husband financially by trying different jobs. Shahana is just beautiful in her actions. Be it being a helpless wife to bringing her guts to take up a job against her husband’s will, Shahana as Pratima is flawless.
Nandita Das, often seen making artistic and content-driven movies, has made Zwigato with Kapil Sharma and Shahana Goswami. However, this movie didn’t impress me as much as I expected for quite a few reasons. It tries to hit you hard with its content but sadly, it just graces you instead of leaving a solid impression in your mind. Nevertheless, Kapil Sharma definitely surprises me with his earnest performance.
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