1. Musical Muse: Director Brahmanand Siingh whose previous documentary was based on Bollywood music composer R.D. Burman’s life seems to have a yen for musicians as subjects. In Kaagaz Ki Kashti, Siingh focuses his energy on the ghazal singer, Jagjit Singh. He demonstrates a canny judgment in choosing a singer whose appeal cuts across generations.
2. Research & Development: Writers Tanvi Jain and Brahmanand Siingh combine painstaking research with a lucid and simple linear script, rich with interesting anecdotes from the singer’s life. From Singh’s early days in the small town of Ganganagar in Punjab to his journey towards fame in Mumbai to the last phase of his career, the story spans a lifetime with finesse. Viewers get a peek into the intimate and personal side of Singh’s life through his music and his impressive journey.
3. Casting Coup: The documentary does not limit itself merely to celebrities mouthing platitudes but pulls in family members, professional collaborators and longstanding friends. Kaagaz Ki Kashti has Singh’s wife and collaborator Chitra Singh, Gulzar, Mahesh Bhatt, Zakir Hussain, Ronu Majumdar, Anup Jalota and Pankaj Udhas among other people sharing their insights about the man who they loved and admired.