Kaagaz (transl. Paper) is a 2021 Indian biographical comedy film written and directed by Satish Kaushik and produced by Salman Khan and Nishant Kaushik under the banner of Salman Khan Films and The Satish Kaushik Entertainment Production.[2][3][4] The film stars Pankaj Tripathi and Monal Gajjar with Amar Upadhyay who plays the main antagonist.[5] The plot of the film is based on the life and struggle of Lal Bihari, a farmer from the small village of Amilo Mubarakpur, who was declared dead on official papers.[6]

Kaagaz film poster.jpg
Release poster
Directed bySatish Kaushik
Written bySatish Kaushik
Produced by
CinematographyArkodeb Mukherjee
Music by
Distributed byZEE5
Release date
  • 7 January 2021 (2021-01-07)[1]
Running time
109 minutes


The film depicts the struggle and fight of Bharat Lal Bihari against the Indian bureaucracy who was declared dead on government records, his fight with the government went on for 19 years.


  • Pankaj Tripathi[7] as Bharatlal Bihari
  • Monal Gajjar as Rukmanii
  • Satish Kaushik as Advocate Sadhoram Kewat
  • Mita Vashisht as MLA Asarfi Devi
  • Brijendra Kala as Highcourt Judge
  • Amar Upadhyay as MLA Vidhayak Jaganpal Singh
  • Lankesh Bhardwaj as Sr. Inspector
  • Neha Chauhan as Journalist Sonia
  • Garrvil Mohan as Pablo
  • Pranay Narayan as Devilal
  • Amit Pathak as Harilal
  • Sharat Sonu as Rampal
  • Ratan Lal as Motiya
  • Mahesh Chandra Deva as typist
  • Arun Shekhar as Chaman Lal
  • Dinesh Sharma as Panditji Pandey
  • Yogesh Kumar Shukla as Shukla Ji
  • Sandeepa Dhar Special appearance in Laalam Laal song[8]
  • Ajay Singh as Tyagi peshkaar of High court judge
  • Lal Bihari in a cameo appearance as the man cycling beside Bharatlal


Soundtrack album by
Released6 January 2021[9]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSalman Khan Films

The film's music was composed by Pravesh Mallick, Rahul Jain and ceAzer while lyrics written by Aseem Ahmed Abbasee, Rashmi Virag, Kunaal Vermaa and Shweta Raj.

Track listing
1."Laalam Laal"Aseem Ahmed AbbaseePravesh MallickRajnigandha Shekhawat4:21
2."Bailgadi"Rashmi ViragPravesh MallickUdit Narayan, Alka Yagnik4:28
3."Jug Jug Jiyo"Aseem Ahmed Abbasee, Kunaal VermaaRahul JainRahul Jain4:57
4."Jug Jug Jiyo" (Reprise)Aseem Ahmed Abbasee, Kunaal VermaaRahul JainRahul Jain5:14
5."Bulaave"Shweta RajceAzerPapon3:56
6."Poetry of Kaagaz"Aseem Ahmed AbbaseeRahul JainSalman Khan, Rahul Jain2:30
Total length:24:26


Film production was nearly complete before being put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[10] The trailer was released on December 24, 2020.[11] It premiered on 7 January 2021 on ZEE5.[1]


Critical receptionEdit

Manoj Vashisth of Dainik Jagran[12] and Neeraj Verma of Navbharat Times[13] had given the film three and half stars out of five. Akanksha Sridhara of Xappie[14] also gives three and half stars out of five to the film.

Pallabi Dey Purkayastha of The Times of India[15] had given the film three stars out of five by summing with 'Kaagaz' could have been the go-to movie for those seeking a burst of inspiration, but it ends up being a uni-dimensional masterclass on one man's acting prowess".

Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV[16] had given the film three stars concluding "Satish Kaushik plays a more extended role with customary aplomb. It is however left to Pankaj Tripathi to keep Kaagaz afloat even when it appears to be wilting a touch under the burden of its solemn purpose. He doesn't let the film down."

Gautaman Bhaskaran of News18[17] had given the film two and half stars out of five stating that Kaagaz is a satire narrated with sincerity and passion, and takes on the bureaucracy by its horns, so to say. The film is a movingly powerful reflection of how India's poor continue to be treated even today – almost 74 years after the country won its independence from decades of foreign dominance, first by the Mughals and then British. In a way, India's poor, most of whom live away from urban conglomerations, remain as poor as they were and still face the brunt of a largely unfeeling and corrupt administration.

Umesh Punwani from Koimoi[18] rated the movie three stars stating, "Pankaj Tripathi acts as the paper-weight holding every aspect of this story together. His scope of acting helps us to establish a connect which remains throughout the film."


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  4. ^ "Salman Khan lends his voice for the first time for a pensive poem in Pankaj Tripathi starrer Kaagaz; WATCH". PINKVILLA. 9 January 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
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  6. ^ "Kaagaz: A Pankaj Tripathi starrer based on the real story of Lal Bihari Mritak". Mid Day. 15 December 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Pankaj Tripathi undergoes major physical transformation to play a farmer".
  8. ^ "Bollywood actress Sandeepa Dhar reveals her role in Salman Khan film".
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  10. ^ Sharma, Aditi (13 April 2020). "Satish Kaushik On Kaagaz's Release: 'With Salman By My Side, I'm Hopeful'". RepublicWorld.com. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Kaagaz trailer: Pankaj Tripathi is a dead man walking in Satish Kaushik's film about a man's fight against a piece of paper. Watch". Hindustan Times. 24 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Kaagaz Review: सिस्टम की बैंड बजाकर ज़िंदा हुए एक जुनूनी शख्स की कहानी में पंकज त्रिपाठी ने फूंकी जान". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  13. ^ "कागज". Navbharat Times (in Hindi). Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  14. ^ "Kaagaz: A film that shows reality can be stranger than fiction! Zee5". Xappie.com. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  15. ^ Kaagaz Movie: Showtimes, Review, Trailer, Posters, News & Videos | eTimes, retrieved 11 January 2021
  16. ^ "Kaagaz Review: Pankaj Tripathi, As Dead-On-Paper Bandmaster, Doesn't Let The Film Down". NDTV.com. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  17. ^ "Kaagaz Movie Review: Pankaj Tripathi's Emotive Range is Laudable in This Social Commentary". News18. 7 January 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  18. ^ "Kaagaz Movie Review: Pankaj Tripathi Is The 'Paper Weight' Holding The Story Together!". Koimoi.com. 7 January 2021.

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