Cast- John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Kriti kharbanda, Ileana D’Cruz, Urvashi Rautela.
Director- Anees Bazmee.
Comedy genre has been one of the most favourite zone for family audiences and we got to see some evergreen comedy films from Anees Bazmee. The writer and director who gave a couple of high repeat value films in last decade has gone little down in this decade. However his films were not that dull to bash him totally, but the expectations were kind of high and may be that’s why those films didn’t work on higher side. PagalPanti is his another attempt where he goes all out with multistarrer cast and high production value but the overall content doesn’t reach to that level. PagalPanti has some mad moments where you will really laugh from heart but sadly those moments comes on rare occasions.
The film starts with 3 characters Chandu (Pulkit Samrat), Junky (Arshad Warsi) and Raj Kishore (John Abraham) who are helmed unlucky by others. Wherever they go something bad happens to the people around and they stuck in crisis everytime. The 3 losers somehow goes to fool 2 gangsters Raja Sahab (Saurabh Shukla) and Wifi Bhai (Anil Kapoor) but get trapped by thier fate. All 3 losers have 1 love interest each Janhavi (Kirti Kharbanda), Sanjana (Ileana D’Cruz) and Urvashi Rautela as Kavya. The story goes forward by introducing several characters on negative side such as Niraj Modi (Inaaamulhaq), Tulli seth (Zakir Hussain), Bulli Seth (Ashok Samarth) and Baba Jani (Mukesh Tiwari).
To be Frank, there is always a less scope for acting in such comedies and more scope for the expressions to act. Arshad Warsi does it perfectly and that’s why he stand out in the film among all actors. John Abraham lacks the same but he gets final touch in his style while Pulkit Samrat is funny since the beginning of the film. Anil Kapoor seems waste because his character was not well written and as we have seen him doing some hilarious characters in previous Anees Bazmee films (like Majnu Bhai), this Wifi bhai is below par. Female cast of the film gets very less to contribute. Kriti Kharbanda has full fledged comic role, she is with us from the start and she never goes out of story. Ileana D’Cruz has come and go moments whereas Urvashi Rautela appears after the interval and she looks super duper hot. Rest of the supporting cast performs below expectations and mostly goes unnoticed.
There are so many twists in the story and therefore screenplay looks good. The problem appears in the runtime which is damn too long while the same story could have been told in 2 hours. There are so many varieties in comedy genre, there is situational comedy, there’s slapstick comedy, there is humorous comedy etc. Pagalpanti is combo of all comedies because it is situational at some moments, it is humorous at some moments and it is also slapstick at many occasions. While doing this mixture, writer fails to keep it engaging because every funny scene is followed by flaws. If the rhythm had been kept intact then we might have witnessed one of the finest comedy of this decade. Those flaws mostly came through songs as not a single song suits the situation and spoils the funny mood generated by the situation.
Cinespeaks Verdict- Director Anees Bazmee is lacking high repeat value comedies like he gave in last decade and PagalPanti continues the same. The film starts with illogical scenes but then it really makes you laugh with solid punchlines and situations that are turned into Fiasco. The second half of the film is bit slow and barely funny yet the overall impact doesn’t go too down. Additionally, the patriotic theme in the climax looks unnecessary when you are making such a mindless comedy. If one has to keep his brain away (as makers have warned us already) then PagalPanti can be enjoyed once by family audience and especially by kids. Overall, this one is a below average comedy with some high time laughters and also includes some kiddish stuff in it. But somehow it makes you laugh for some time and that’s what we are expecting from the film.
By :- Sameer Ahire.