‘Canpore’, a city that was famously known as the ‘Manchester of India’ during the British era, had once earned a reputation, that’s gone down in history. Traces of the former glory coupled with the crooked by-lanes, and the evident presence of the sacred Ganges, makes for what the city has to offer today. People here are witty and well versed with the ways of the world. The international influence has gripped its tenacious clutches over people’s minds keeping wit the whims of the modern-day. Kanpuriye, the Ashish Aryan written and directed film that streamed live on the prominent web platform, Hotstar, speaks of many things life has to offer through three individualistic narratives as devised by the director, Ashish Aryan himself. One part of the narrative starring Harsh Mayar, we see, how this young boy, ‘Jugnu’ craves to become a master chef, while his father Lampat Harami (Played by Vijay Raaz) is trying his best to make his son a stand up comedian, helping people crack up on the sleaziest of content prepared by his father. He is about to make it to the contest, however, with a sum of 1 lakh rupees to get there. Another friend ‘Vijay Deenanath Chauhan’ (played by Divyenndu Sharma) yearns to go to Mumbai, to start a new life. He is a lawyer by profession, but as destiny has it; he is held back fighting his own case. ‘Jaitun Mishra’ (Aparshakti Khurana) is in love with ‘Bulbul Tiwari’ (Harshita Gaur) and convincing her father proves to become a bit of a tardy job for him. He gets transferred to another city when he wanted to stay in Kanpur itself. The interesting part is none of these three narratives is connected, yet the viewer doesn’t seem to find himself/herself lost between the stories. Sumeet Vyas, who is also the narrator, has made it abundantly clear that there are three parts to the story. The play of light is very telling of the emotional content in the movie. When there is a lull, the light fades but doesn’t make it gloomy emphasizing on the main message the plot imparts. The message being, whatever happens, your destiny will only take you to where you belong. The plot is realistic. It has fictitious elements, but not fantastical elements. The characters have evolved very organically, and seem to have imbibed the very skin of a true ‘Kanpuriya’. Aparshakti and Divyenndu Sharma have openly stated that interacting with the locals have helped their characters to evolve more realistically. Even the intonation is very pronounced. Interacting with the locals has helped all the characters to understand how locals think. Since director Ashish Aryan is also a ‘Kanpuriya’, it was certainly an icing on the cake. On the flip side, there are some parts to Divyendu’s plot that has been unnecessarily stretched. This could have been avoided. Overall, it is a pleasure to watch Kanpuriye. Even the production is upto the mark.