The premise of Kathal is somewhat crazy, providing enough material for a half-hour studio sitcom. Sukanya Verma notes that as the picture is expanded into a feature-length production, the playfulness becomes an awkward kinetic force.
The police station in the northern Indian town of Moba is always swamped with different cases. Inspector Mahima Basor (Sanya Malhotra) is a hard worker and a woman of strong moral principles. Mahima is at the centre of the action, whether she is entrapping and arresting a career criminal, overseeing the police security at a village celebration, or leading an investigation into the disappearance of jackfruit (Kathal).
When two valuable jackfruits disappear from the garden of a Moban politician, the entire police force is called into action. The two Uncle Hong jackfruits have been stolen, and Pateria (Vijay Raaz) is outraged. He demands that the criminals be caught and the fruit returned quickly. Pickling jackfruits are essential to Pateria's political aspirations. We can't settle for the regional fare. Mahima is confused till the police superintendent (Gurpal Singh) explains that Uncle Hongs are like Mysore dosa compared to Mysore Pak.
While investigating a case, Mahima and her team, including her boyfriend, constable Saurabh (Anant Joshi), find themselves in unfamiliar territory, revealing a more extensive and sinister crime plot. A passionate local Moba Samachar reporter named Rajpal Yadav (who follows them on their tour) turns out to be an important player in the case.
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Yashowardhan Mishra, a first-time director, collaborated with his brother Ashok Mishra to release on the OTT platform- Netflix, Kathal. According to the film writer, the story is based on actual occurrences. The writers have expertly braided in social commentary disguised as the case of the stolen fruit, making for a picture that is both sweet and cutting in its satire. The filmmaker, designed Mahima's role skillfully manipulate a seemingly insignificant event to shed light on a more pervasive systemic problem. Mahima's coworker Kunti (Neha Saraf) shares stories from her time in the police force, caste, patriarchy, and even jackfruit as proof.
The local lawyer who wants his jobbing wife to be home in time to fry fritters, the senior inspector who uses his position to palm off irritating jobs to his juniors, and the lazy cop who is obsessed with finding his missing car are all captured by the director.
Everything falls into place, and the result is satisfactory to an extent, but the ending seems rushed and incomplete. The 115-minute feature's strongest points are the characters' witty exchanges and the honest ambitions they reveal.
Sanya Malhotra takes control at the head of a talented cast who all seem to be having a blast playing their respective roles. A brilliant inspector who uses ingenuity, empathy, and a light touch to solve cases at a small-town police station may make for a charming humorous spin-off series.