Pankaj Tripathi and the cast's performances are the centre of the absurdist life-and-death drama in "Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga"

The film is based on the impossibly true story of Gangaram, a man who has lived his life in a forest, without knowing what the jungle is about . Gangaram (Tripathi) is the simple-minded and unlettered and unlettered sarpanch of the village of Jhundao .

Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Neeraj Kabi, and Sayani GuptaRating: Two and a half stars (out of 5)Shardil is a film about a man-animal conflict in a village on the edge of a tiger reserve.The film's title should be extended further into a society marginalized by institutionalized government neglect of the marginalized, whose third is set to be released in three weeks.The protagonist of Srijit Mukherj's second Hindi film-his third is due for release in three weeks-is an oddball headman from a small patch-on-the-map town.Determined to prove his mettle as a king for his impoverished, beleaguered neighbors, he takes an extreme step in the hopes of bringing them a new lease on life.

The film moves from the sardonic in the first half to the pop-philosophical in the second, before winding up in a courtroom with the ever-dependable Neeraj Kabi (despite sporting avoidable dreadlocks and spouting wry witticisms), a strong supporting score, and an unfussy story about a dispossessed community drowned in its own haplessness help the film skirt the temptations of traditional mel The title is not intended to refer to the hero's derring-do, but the film challenges the norms of the genre and adopts terse, direct methods to portray a man's anxiety and ill-advised bravado in 2020.Pilibhit, a short film made in 2020 by first-time directors Ashutosh Chaturvedi and Pankaj Mavchi, is inspired by the same real-life story.It is a solemn story about a poverty-stricken flute-maker whose morale deteriorates as he must choose between making a quick buck and saving a dear one.The Pilibhit Saga was recorded in North Bengal.

On one hand, this dilution of its authenticity quotient may give the tale a universal, fable-like quality.On the other hand, it portrays the hero not as much as a lion-hearted saviour but rather as a frank do-gooder.He isn't a paragon of courage in the conventional sense, nor is he a manifestation of brash masculinity.In a good opening scene, the protagonist appeals ferociously to a cynical government official who advises him to submit his ideas online, only to be shocked by the fact that the rest of India has gone digital.

Getting a slender government to intervene is much more difficult than standing in the way of a grazing tiger on the prowl.Hunger and hopelessness haunt this village of bangarams, where standing crops are repeatedly raped by rampaging wild animals.In his innocence, the chief believes that the government has the ability to intervene and bring an end to the village's suffering.After a series of entreaties with a dysfunctional bureaucracy prove obstructed, the distraught 46-year-old man decides to take matters into his own hands.

On one of his many trips to the city, he spots a notice announcing government compensation of ten lakh rupees for anyone who falls prey to a tiger while working in his trade.Gangaram has a brainwave and tells the other village elders that he should do his people a favor by allowing a tiger to kill them, but Sudeep Nigam and Atul Kumar Rai make interesting points, touching on cultural and class divides, on the politics of food (meat in particular), the long-term effects of deforestation, and the precarious situation of those who have been denied access to their natural resources.The tense encounter is based on the impossibly true story of Gangaram, a man who has lived his whole life in a village on the edge of a forest, without knowing what the jungle is about.Gangaram lives with his ageing mother (Sohag Sen), wife, and two pre-teen children.He takes his position as a village sarpanch so seriously that he puts everything else in the background.

In the woods, Gangaram encounters poacher Jim Ahmed (Neeraj Kabi), who is named after someone other than Jim Corbett.In a sudden scatological turn that contradicts the rest of the film, the latter introduces the serious altruist a thing or two about human deficiencies, animal instincts, and the mysteries of the woods, showing how human excreta makes no distinction between one religion and another, once strata of society and another, and is the subject of a documentary film by Pankaj Tripathi, Neeraj Kabi (delightfully slow), and Sayani Gup The film also features a great sound design (by Adeep Singh Manki and Anindit Roy), which captures the cadences of the jungle and the understated drama's rhythms remarkably well.The background music and songs of Shantanu Moitra are in sync with the film's mood and tone.Sant Kabir (Do din ki zindagi hai do din ka mela and Moko kahaan dhoonde re bande), Gulzar (in KK's voice), and itinerant folk musician Rahgir (Aadmi bhutiya hai, with one word in the song explicitly euphemized), round out the soundtrack.