Verdict: Film Critics have given Mixed Reviews to Kaagaz Movie Starring Pankaj Tripathi, Monal Gajjar, Amar Upadhyay, Tina Ahuja, Lankesh Bhardwaj.
Kaagaz Reviews
Ratings: 5.08/10

Score: 35%
Reviews Counted: 31
: 11 | : 20

Read ZEE5 Bollywood Hindi Kaagaz Movie Reviews.
Director: Satish Kaushik
Producer: Salma Khan, Nishant Kaushik, Vikas Malu
Writer: Satish Kaushik
Genre: Biographical Drama
Release Date: 7 January 2021

Soumya Srivastava | Hindustan Times: - | 5/10
Pankaj Tripathi is brilliant as ever but still could not save this Satish Kaushik film that is riddled with cliches and still years behind in a genre that has seen far better examples ... Full Review

Pallabi Dey Purkayastha | Times of India: 3/5 | 5.5/10
To sum it up, ‘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 ... Full Review

News18: 2.5/5 | 5/10
Kaagaz goes beyond the realm of parody, and a tighter leash on characterisations and scene conceptualisations could have gone a long way in turning Kaagaz into a more worthwhile watch ... Full Review

Rahul Desai | Film Companion: - | 3/10
Wastes Both A Great Actor And A Solid Story ... Full Review

Shubra Gupta | The Indian Express: 1.5/5 | 3/10
The plot is littered with clichés, and comes off distressingly dated: the evil aunt rolls her eyes, the bad guys swirl their ‘moochch’, the item girl swings her waist, the sarkari cogs-in-the-wheel smirk, and so on ... Full Review

The New Indian Express: 2/5 | 4/10
Pankaj Tripathi stars in an underwhelming satire. It’s ample indication that, despite the uniqueness of its story, Kaagaz will take the most obvious route to tell it ... Full Review

Saibal Chatterjee | NDTV: 3/5 | 6/10
Pankaj Tripathi, As Dead-On-Paper Bandmaster, Doesn't Let The Film Down. Satish Kaushik's labour of love drives home the plight of a common man up against an administrative system that thrives on running the already dispossessed further into the ground ... Full Review

Koimoi: 3/5 | 6/10
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 ... Full Review

Anna MM Vetticad | FirstPost: 3/5 | 6/10
Pankaj Tripathi fills a dead man’s tale with life, energy, humour and pathos in equal measure ... Full Review

Sukanya Verma | Rediff: 2.5/5 | 5/10
Kaagaz completely relies on Pankaj Tripathi's unassuming talent and sarcastic might to pull it off ... Full Review

Nandini Ramnath | Scroll: - | 4/10
The narrative milks its potential for black humour to the last drop, but suffers from inconsistent pacing and poorly sketched characters ... Full Review

The Envoy Web: 2.5/5 | 5/10
Honest story caught up in clichéd melodrama. Kaagaz on ZEE5 is an ambitious project helmed by a stellar cast. Nonetheless, unnecessary and perpetual melodrama destroys the essence of an honest story ... Full Review

Sify: 2/5 | 4/10
Great story marred by stereotypes. Pankaj Tripathi shines in this mediocre drama ... Full Review

Filmi Beat: 3/5 | 6/10
Pankaj Tripathi Brings 'Dead' To Life With His Engaging Performance ... Full Review

Cinestaan: 3/4 | 7.5/10
Kaushik's film is built on the quirky, funny, and immensely relatable performance of Tripathi. The charming actor skilfully manages to lend a touch of realism to the most surreal and absurd tales ... Full Review

Binged: 2.25/5 | 4.5/10
Humourous Though Soulless Retelling Of An Intriguing Story ... Full Review

Zoom TV: 3.5/5 | 7/10
Kaagaz is an entertaining and engaging watch. It is funny, heartwarming and a return to form for director Satish Kaushik. Pankaj Tripathi continues his winning streak ... Full Review

Glamsham: 3.5/5 | 7/10
Poignantly charming & uplifting tale of hope ... Full Review

The Quint: 2.5/5 | 5/10
Pankaj Tripathi’s ‘Kaagaz’ Has Lots of Heart, Little Bit of Soul ... Full Review

India West: 1.5/5 | 3/10
Immensely Boring Saga Stretched With Clichés Trivializes Grim Issue ... Full Review

Spotboye: 3/5 | 6/10
Pankaj Tripathi manages to impress with his impeccable performance in Kaagaz. The narrative suffers from a strange death wish. By the time Lal Bihari proves he is alive our interest in his story is dead ... Full Review

Peeping Moon: 3/5 | 6/10
Kaagaz could have been an inspiring tale given the premise on which it is based but fails to ignite the imagination; instead it just stands for the impeccable screen presence and acting talent of Tripathi ... Full Review

Lens Men Reviews: - | 3/10
Kaagaz is so dull in terms of writing and making that I can't even say that it had a good intention. It's a movie that forgot the fact that it should have worked around that good intention ... Full Review

The Hans India: 2/5 | 4/10
No surprises, Kaushik's turn as Lal Bihari's lawyer is far more effective than his filmmaking. That is sad actually, for this could have been a relevant film ... Full Review

The Tribune India: 2.5/5 | 5/10
Kaagaz does not go beyond simplistic retelling of an otherwise inspirational tale ... Full Review

National Herald India: - | 6/10
Kaushik opts for a plain, unvarnished and earnest storytelling. Which, at times, also gives the film the old-worldly, static feel of the Films Division documentaries of yore ... Full Review

Free Press Journal: 2.5/5 | 5/10
This Pankaj Tripathi-starrer could have been effective if the writing and execution was better. The film begins with a good tempo, but is unable to hold on to the pace after the initial burst of energy ... Full Review

She The People: - | 5/10
Pankaj Tripathi Shines In A Film That Never Reaches Its Full Potential ... Full Review

Mashable: 3/5 | 6/10
The one and the only reason to watch this tepid take on the relationship between the common man and the Government is Pankaj Tripathi and Pankaj Tripathi alone ... Full Review

Wogma: - | 5/10
Kaagaz ends up being an underwhelming affair despite having a unique story to tell ... Full Review

Now Running: 2.5/5 | 5/10
For a movie that talks about the power of the written word, little in Satish Kaushik's Kaagaz seems powerful or inspired. It is one of those by-the-numbers biopics that could have worked more if the writing was up to it. Watchable and well-intentioned, this Kaagaz is a story better told on paper ... Full Review