A Zwigato evaluation
Nandita Das is the director and co-writer of the heartfelt film Zwigato, which is set in Bhubaneswar during the Covid outbreak. Manas Singh Mahto, an app meal delivery partner, is portrayed by Kapil Sharma as he struggles despite all obstacles to support his family. After a long absence, Kapil Sharma makes a convincing and natural transition back to the big screen in his character as the average person. His depiction of Manas is believable and sympathetic because of the way he portrays the earthy rootedness of the aam aadmi.
The prejudices of a caste-, class-, religion-, and gender-divided society that cruelly became apparent as the epidemic wreaked devastation on human lives despite these preconceptions are laid exposed as the tale progresses. While the haves and have-nots coexist in close quarters, the gap between the two is portrayed as a spreading abyss. The movie makes an effort to draw attention to the predicament of those workers who make the lives of the upper classes pleasant and comfortable while yet being treated with scorn, disdain, and disrespect. It also discusses the risks associated with the "alternative gig" economy that emerged during the epidemic.
Clearly, Manas' work is unappreciated. He is expected to work insane hours and reach unachievable ambitions, but for poor salary and respect. He and other like workers are shown as being utterly at the mercy of the establishments and patrons, often succumbing to the system's shortcomings. When Manas's wife Pratima (beautifully portrayed by Shahana Goswami) chooses to support the family by accepting a job as a cleaner at a nearby mall, his discontent with his profession is given a new and intriguing depth. Manas, who is presented as a happy spouse and 'provider,' has insecurity in his role as such, and there is a brief period of tangible tension between the two. In truth, the movie also aims to depict a happy family that cheerfully embraces challenges.
The tale develops slowly, giving off the traditional atmosphere of a low-budget independent movie. Yet it often veers off course and forgets its original goals. Other scenarios seem forced and manufactured, such as when Manas delivers food to the principal of his daughter's school or when a Muslim delivery worker is ordered to bring food within the boundaries of a Hindu temple. The story's later introduction of the political action component was confusing as well since it didn't significantly affect the heroes' destiny.
Pratima's idealism and her will to improve life for the whole family are what elevate the movie. She persuades her reluctance husband, who was at first wary of the ways of the world, and eventually wins his support. She is portrayed in the movie as the unseen power that keeps their house a cheerful place despite their financial difficulties. In reality, the sudden, unexpected, and joyful conclusion of this tale of an app delivery guy that errs perilously near to becoming an emotional drama is due to Manas's love for Pratima.