Pankaj Tripathi, Amita Wadia and Anuj Sharma
Kamlesh K Mishra
Kamlesh K Mishra
Chiranjeevi Bhatt and Anju Bhatt
28 April 2023
Actor Pankaj Tripathi’s brand value in Hindi cinema can be gauged from the fact that all creative heads of OTTs queue up for his one yes. He does many films and web series and has carved a niche for himself in the film world where characters are being written with him in mind. The newly launched OTT Mask TV has got the opportunity to capture the brilliance of this brand value from Pankaj Tripathi’s film ‘Azamgarh’ made a decade ago. The film is directed by National Film Award winning filmmaker Kamlesh K Mishra. He has produced Pankaj Tripathi starrer ‘Azamgarh’.
In the film ‘Azamgarh’, Pankaj Tripathi has played the role of a cleric who lures the youth and inspires them to become terrorists. How Aamir, a native of Azamgarh, joins a terrorist organization after passing 12th and participates in terrorist activities, is shown in the film. When there was a controversy regarding the hoarding of the film ‘Azamgarh’, Pankaj Tripathi, who played the role of Maulvi in the film, said that his role in the film is very small and he has only five scenes in the film. . And, Pankaj Tripathi’s claim turned out to be true after watching the film at the preview show on Thursday.
The image of Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh has become such that on hearing its name, such images start circulating in the mind which are often associated with terrorist activities. Writer-director Kamlesh K Mishra has rightly raised the idea for the film that it is wrong for some people to consider people of a place or community as terrorists. An educated boy who dreams of becoming an engineer joins a terrorist organization and destroys the world’s biggest terrorists in a blast, proving that not every youth living in Azamgarh is a terrorist. is
If we talk about the entire film, it looks like a documentary film. Kamlesh also received the National Film Award for his documentary ‘Madhubani’. An example of the film being out of date is that the film does not deal with terrorist activities after the year 2008. An attempt has been made to condense the length of a feature film into a short film by showing footage of all the terrorist incidents that have taken place in the country’s major cities in the last decade. The focus in the film is less on the original story and more on the breaking news on TV.
As for the performance of the actors in the film, Pankaj Tripathi was seen acting in his usual style. Although her role in the film is small, the writer-director of the film, Kamlesh Mishra, has presented her as the main character. Anuj Sharma, who plays the role of Aamir in the film, has tried to do full justice to his character, while the rest of the actors have been average. After a long time, a Qawwali has been heard in this film, the lyrics of which are ‘Kiski Lagi Nazar’ and it has been sung by the Nizami brothers.
The shooting of the film ‘Azamgarh’ has been done at the actual locations of Azamgarh, Varanasi, Aligarh and Delhi. Cinematographer Mahendra Pradhan has captured the beauty of these cities very well in his camera. If this film had been edited properly, this film would not have been more than 30 minutes long. Television footage of breaking news and terrorist incidents has been stretched too far. Editing a 20-minute short film into a 90-minute feature film was no less than a challenge for editor Biren Jyoti Monty. But it is also a fact that if the film had been released as a short film and not as a feature film, it would have had a greater impact on the audience.