The 8th Jagran Film Festival will pay homage to Om Puri by concluding with Seema Kapoor’s Mr. Kabaadi, the last film in which the late thespian acted.
The film, based on a Molière play, has Annu Kapoor in the lead and Puri as the sutradhar (narrator).
It is a rags-to-riches story, of how class divides us and how some of us are uncomfortable of our own social standing.
This is a story about Kallu Kabaadi, a low life scrap dealer, whose life turns from rags to riches.
Fortune smiles upon Kallu after he marries his sweetheart, Chando, the rag picker.
Kallu inherits his grandfather’s piece of land.
The land’s prices have skyrocketed as a highway has been built upon it.
Now that Kallu is wealthy, he wishes to leave behind his past and start a new chapter.
He wants to erase his past friendships and get rid of poor, miserable slum life and live the lavish life, one could only dream of.
Having no experience or education required to run a successful, reputable business, Kallu owns over 150 private toilets around the state.
Kallu’s son, Chaman, runs the toilets and makes weekly collections.
Embarrassed by their own profession, family lies about owning chain of restaurants as a façade.
Kallu dreams of rubbing shoulders with the elite, high society.
He wishes to marry off his children, Chaman and Meethi into wealthy families.
Kallu and Chaman’s dreams come crashing down due to Chando’s idiocy.
Story reaches a crucial point when Chaman falls in love with Shaili, whose father, Mr. Arora hates kabaadis because his sister eloped with one.
Later it’s revealed that the kabaadi she eloped with happens to be Chaman’s mama.
The film was shot in 35 days schedule in and around Lucknow and later some portion of the film was shot in Jhalawar, Rajasthan and Mumbai.
Editing of the film is done by Sanjib Datta.
Singers Sukhwinder Singh, Shaan, Madhushree, Vikrant Bhartiya, Javed Ali, Anup Jalota and Gani Mohammad have lend their voices in the songs used in the film.
The film has a cast featuring Om Puri, Annu Kapoor, Sarika, Vinay Pathak, Meenal Kapoor, Rajveer Singh, Kashish Vora, Ulka Gupta, Apurva Nain and Brajendra Kala.