The Pickpocket as a Working Man

For all its engagement with subaltern humour in many avatars, Haksar’s is a serious film. Hiding behind images of rib-tickling ribaldry, bolstered by original one-liners, is an insightful critique of the moral degeneration that has come to attend labour politics, especially since the advent of liberalisation some three decades ago, but never so severe as in the present times.

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