The Pankaj Tripathi starrer Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga was released theatrically on June 24. The comedy-drama film is based on real events and explored heroism and how poverty can lead to people making drastic decisions. Sherdil The Pilibhit Saga was reviewed by the film critics and audiences who watched the film and took to social media to express their feelings regarding the new release.
Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga stars Pankaj Tripathi in the leading role as Gangaram, the sarpanch of a small struggling village who is ready to sacrifice himself for the sake of the villagers. Tripathi is joined by Sayani Gupta who plays the role of Tripathi’s wife who does not approve of his plan to sacrifice himself and Neeraj Kabi as a poacher.
To save his village from poverty, Tripathi’s character plans to be mauled to death by a tiger so that the village can claim compensation of Rs 10 lakhs from the government.
Reviewers opine the film could have tackled topics such as poverty, effects of urbanization, and man-animal conflict better and that the film fell flat due to the dialogue and levity.
Sherdil The Pilibhit Saga Reviews
Pankaj Tripathi’s acting was commended and described as “remarkable as usual” by a Twitter user. The user added that the entire cast did an excellent job and praised the depiction of the conflict between man and animal.
While Tripathi and the cast's acting was praised, several users were disappointed by the other aspects of the film. Film critic Madhuri Prabhu described Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga as a “lost opportunity”. According to Prabhu, Tripathi’s acting made audiences root for him, but the movie itself was “yawn-inducing”.
Sayani Gupta’s role as Lajjo was praised even though critics commented that she was an “underexplored character”. The critic added that the cast and humour made the film entertaining, but the movie dragged on in some parts.
Film critic Anupama Chopra described the film as “a terrific story which gets lost in translation” in her video review of the film.
Stutee Ghosh said that the film was “marred by flat writing”. She added that the film was not easily forgettable and clarified that the statement was not meant as a compliment.
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