In our Streaming Guide series, we provide an overview of the works of a filmmaker or actor available on streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, Eros Now and YouTube.
This edition features actor Pankaj Kapur who has made films such as Chameli Ki Shaadi, Raakh, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, Maqbool and The Blue Umbrella. The actor is celebrating his 67th birthday today.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro Streaming on: YouTube, Amazon Prime Video Vivek Vaswani, Satish Shah and Naseeruddin Shah in a still of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. (Express Archive Photo)
The story, the acting, the non-stop crazy laugh scenes, everything makes Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro a must-see. The film is one of the best dark comedies in Indian cinema.
Chameli Ki Shaadi Streaming on: SonyLIV, YouTube Pankaj Kapur and Amrita Singh in a still from Chameli Ki Shaadi. (Express archive photo)
Basu Chatterjee’s 1986 comedy-drama featured Pankaj Kapur as Kallumal Koylewala, a strict father of his daughter Chameli, who turns out to be a cartoon character with a Hitler mustache. The film is a social comedy with some quirky characters. Charandas (Anil Kapoor) falls in love with Chameli (Amrita Singh), but their families oppose their marriage because they belong to different castes.
Ek Ruka Hua Faisla Streaming on: YouTube A still from Ek Ruka Hua Faisla. (Express Archive Photo)
In 1986, filmmaker Basu Chatterjee reworked the award-winning American courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men into Ek Ruka Hua Faisla. The film starred Pankaj Kapur, Annu Kapoor, SM Zaheer, Hemant Mishra, KK Raina and Amitabh Srivastava among others. It revolved around a jury of twelve men who sit in a locked room to decide the fate of a 19-year-old boy on trial for stabbing his father to death. While the jury is convinced of the boy’s guilt, one of them challenges the conviction and wants the case discussed. What follows is a drama on the edge of the seat that also provides a social commentary on various issues.
Tamas Streams on: YouTube
Based on Bhisham Sahni’s novel of the same name, Govind Nihalani’s 1987 series is one of the most honest depictions of the Partition. Backed by an amazing cast that includes actors Om Puri, Deepa Sahi, Amrish Puri, AK Hangal, Dina Pathak and Pankaj Kapur, the 274 minute TV series is one of the best works of Indian cinema.
Raakh Streaming on: YouTube Aamir Khan and Pankaj Kapur in a still from Raakh. (Palador Photos)
In the critically acclaimed crime thriller Raakh, Aamir Khan and Supriya Pathak starred, along with Pankaj Kapur, Gajanan Bangera and Jagdeep. Aided by Aditya Bhattacharya, it told the story of a young boy who goes up against criminals to avenge the rape of his girlfriend. The film brought home a slew of national awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Pankaj Kapur and Aamir Khan’s first national award (the Special Jury Prize).
Ek Doctor Ki Maut Streaming on: YouTube, Disney Plus Hotstar Pankaj Kapur and Shabana Azmi in Ek Doctor Ki Maut.
The classic movie Tapan Sinha, released in 1990, revolves around Dr Dipankar, played by Pankaj Kapur. With the support of his wife Seema (Shabana Azmi), he comes up with groundbreaking innovations to prevent leprosy. However, as a government doctor, his research is not deemed credible and he is attacked by the bureaucratic engine of the medical community. The film won three National Film Awards.
Maqbool Streaming on: Disney Plus Hotstar Pankaj Kapur in a still from Maqbool. (Express archive photo)
Vishal Bhardwaj’s critically acclaimed film based on Macbeth featured Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri as greedy cops. Tabu’s Nimmi as the lone mistress of don Abbaji (Pankaj Kapur), who tempts Maqbool (Irrfan Khan) into a web of murder, lust for power and greed, came as a revelation to movie buffs. The film also featured some of the best performances from Kapur, Khan, Puri and Shah.
The Blue Umbrella Streaming on: Netflix A still from Blue Umbrella.
The Blue Umbrella starring Pankaj Kapur and Shreya Sharma was based on Ruskin Bond’s novel of the same name. The film was awarded the National Film Award for Best Children’s Film in 2007. Critics praised the film for its simplicity of plot, Bhardwaj’s music and Pankaj Kapur’s impeccable performance as Nandu, the shopkeeper. It is touted as a family entertainer, which you can enjoy on a lazy weekend.
Finding Fanny Stream on: Disney Plus Hotstar A still from Finding Fanny.
In her review of Finding Fanny, Pyjama People’s Shubhra Gupta called the film “at times enjoyable, but not entirely memorable.” She wrote: “It’s an unlikely group, coming together for an unlikely reason, and in the form of movies like this we’re supposed to fall in love with the characters and their quirks as they make their way to their destination and discovery. The problem is that the film is fragmentarily idiosyncratic.”
Zabaan Sambhalke Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video Zabaan Sambhal Ke was immensely popular with the public.
The Hindi sitcom Zabaan Sambhal Ke is the story of engineer Mohan Bharti (Pankaj Kapur) who is forced to teach Hindi at the National Institute of Language (NIL). His students came from all over the country and the world. The students’ interpersonal comparisons and eccentricities made for hilarious moments. The show became popular for its sharp writing style and cast, including Pankaj Kapur, Viju Khote, Shubha Khote, and Tom Alter.
Office Office streaming on: SonyLIV
Mussaddilal aka Pankaj Kapur has to deal with lethargic government employees to get his job done. Sometimes he is forced to move from one department to another and sometimes he has to bribe an officer with ‘samosa’ to get his file approved. Usha Madam even had him cut vegetables while she was working on his file. The show focused on public sector corruption and Mussaddilal’s tragedy, everyone found it laughable.
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JL50 Streaming on: SonyLIV Pankaj Kapur made its digital debut with SonyLIV web series JL50. (Photo: SonyLIV)
In Shailendra Vyas’ web series, Abhay Deol plays a CBI officer investigating a plane crash. The intriguing thing about his investigation is that the plane disappeared 35 years ago in Kolkata and only now reappeared. Pankaj Kapur plays a scientist in the series. His character of Subroto Das is one who makes you think about his motivations and intentions even after the series is over.