Panchlait (transl. Five lamps)[a] is a 2017 Indian Hindi-language social comedy film based on Phanishwar Nath ‘Renu”s short story ‘Panchlight’. This movie directed by Prem Prakash Modi features Amitosh Nagpal, Anuradha Mukherjee, Yashpal Sharma, Rajesh Sharma, Ravi Jhankal, Brijendra Kala, Lalit Parimoo, Pranay Narayan and Anurima Ghosh in important roles. Panchlait was released on 17 November 2017.
Set in a rural backdrop, Panchlait tells the story of a village community called Mahato that still has no electricity. The storyline is hinged on multiple and layered social interactions and an ethereal romance brewing between the lead characters. The people in this small village lives in darkness, engrossed in their own little sorrows and joys. Panchlait, also known as Petromax, plays an integral part in a villagers life and possessing one is a mark of honor. After much efforts, the villagers manage to acquire the coveted Panchlait. But the villagers are so innocent and inexperienced that they do not know how to light a simple lamp. Their lack of knowledge leads to hilarious situations. The only person who knows how to light the petromax is outcast from the village named Godhan who was falsely accused and thrown out of the Village. The rest of the story focuses on how the villagers manage to lit up the village despite the shortcomings.
The details of the cast of the film is given below.
Amitosh Nagpal as Godhan
Anuradha Mukherjee as Munri
Yashpal Sharma as Sarpanch Naginaa Mahto
Rajesh Sharma as Mulgain
Ravi Jhankal as Sardaar Jagnandan Mahto
Brijendra Kala as Chhadidaar Aganu Mahto
Pranay Narayan as Deewan Judhisthir Mahto
Iqbal Sultan as Collector Mahto
Malini Sengupta as Gulri
Nayna Bandhopadhyay as Kaneli
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