Release Date: 22th November, 2019
Cast: John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Urvashi Rautela, Saurabh Shukla
Writer/Director: Anees Bazmee
Producer/s: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Kumar Mangat, Abhishek Pathak
Pagalpanti Movie Review Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars)
Star Cast: Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, John Abraham, Pulkit Samrat, Saurabh Shukla, Kriti Kharbabanda, Ileana D’Cruz, Urvashi Rautela, Inaamhulaq
Director: Anees Bazmee
What’s Good: This reminds of you good old days of Welcome, Hera Pheri, Hungama, Dhol, Dhamaal & that’s its biggest achievement
What’s Bad: It’s so loud that it might wake you up in between!
Loo Break: Sleep causes fatigue & that might not allow you to leave your cushioned seat in an air-conditioned cinema hall
Watch or Not?: Watch it to know how badly we’re missing good comedy films
As every other slapstick comedy, this one is also set in London, & I hereby formally request the UK government to stop providing subsidies to our directors. We can’t handle more. Junky (just as the content of the film) played by Arshad Warsi and Chandu (Pulkit Samrat) are brothers who are trapped with the bad luck of their best friend Raj Kishore (John Abraham). They try their hands (and bodies. Yeah, that’s what a movie like this does to you) at multiple businesses but fail every single time.
Raj Kishore’s bad luck leads to the guys hampering a 7 crore car of Mafias Wifi (Anil Kapoor) & Raja Bhai (Saurabh Shukla). All three of them are forced to work for the crime-lords in the designation of food-tasters and bodyguards. Raj Kishore’s bad-luck rubs on the crime-fam too. This leads them to owe a huge loan from Niraj Modi (Inaamhulaq) & we all know who he is (we might know where he is though). All of this leads to more nonsensical, unfunny sequences that bring anything but laughter.
Pagalpanti Movie Review: Script Analysis
There’s a scene where John says, “Yeh main kya Pagalpanti kar raha hoon, andar kyun jaa raha hoon,” and those were the exact same thoughts I had as I was getting myself checked at the security-post. I didn’t enter the cinema hall to look for a story, logic or any kind of reasoning, I watched the film for its genre which meant to make me laugh (of joy and not of despise). Anees Bazmee’s stale dialogues murder the fun leaving no trace of humour.
John Abraham’s loser angle is from Housefull, car-delivery fail is from Angry Birds 3, firecrackers’ shop burn is from Golmaal 3, the climax had major hints from Phir Hera Pheri. It’s like taking ingredients from different dishes to mess-up yours. The only major difference between Housefull 4 & Pagalpanti is, the former was funny. With this storyline and a storyline, Anees had a golden franchise in hand but alas! (or maybe there will be a Pagalpanti 2?).
Pagalpanti Movie Review: Star Performance
Arshad Warsi survives the lousy writing because of his amusingly eccentric comic timing. That’s the same reason why other actors fail to impress because this needed more than just saying your dialogues. Anil Kapoor loves to be in this zone & that’s visible with the dedication he delivers the second-rate dialogues. He’s still better than the rest.
John Abraham’s uni-dimensional comic timing needs to stop. It’s good to jump between genres, but if you’re headed towards a destination you at least need to know the right way. Despite having a robust charmer in John, it’s Pulkit who wins the award for the best looking guy among all & that’s his only achievement for the film. We’ve seen his range in the Fukrey series, but here it’s just roaming around pretending to be funny.
Saurabh Shukla gets few good one-liners and that’s about it. Inaamhulaq playing Niraj Modi gets an entertaining angle to his character and he delivers what he’s asked. All three ladies have nothing substantial to add. Kriti Kharbabanda playing a dumb cry-baby and she manages to annoy, which was in a way required.
Pagalpanti Box Office Review: Star Cast: John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Ileana D’Cruz, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Urvashi Rautela, Saurabh Shukla, Inaamulhaq
Director: Anees Bazmee
Producer: Bhushan Kumar, Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak
Pagalpanti Box Office Review: Expectations
Anees Bazmee and his multistarrer comedy films have most of the times successfully made the audience happy. No Entry, Welcome, Singh Is Kinng, Ready, Welcome Back, Mubarkan managed to entertain the audience and worked well at the Box Office despite having flaws.
In year 2019, which has been very good for the Bollywood, when he comes back with yet another multistarrer comedy film, the expectations are only bigger on content as well as box office perspective. If he has made every comedy lover and producer laugh in the past, he is expected to do it in an even better way this time. However, the trailers were disappointing and my fingers were crossed while watching the film.
Pagalpanti Box Office Review: Impact
Even though the trailers made me expect very little from Pagalpanti, I came disappointed from the cinema hall and I believe even most of the audience will be.
I was not expecting any story line or logical comedy from this film. Never expected that from a slapstick comedy film. But at least it should have good amount of humour throughout the film. It do has some really funny moments which have the potential to bring the house down with laughter but all of them are far less to make it a thoroughly enjoyable film. On top of that it has some very bad jokes, some very amateurly written and executed scenes. There’s also a dose of sleaze, patriotism and action all sprinkled like masala to entice mass audience. But it hardly serves the purpose because it hasn’t been properly mixed which will only make the audience feel like having a poorly cooked dish.
First half of the film is still fine and tolerable but in second half it just goes overboard and overstretches an already irritating drama. Scenes come and go and only irritate you more than before. There’s scene in the end where Saurabh Shukla and Brijendra Kala’s characters act of being unconscious in front of two lions. Kala’s character tells Shukla’s “Woh sher hai gadha nahi!” and I was like, “Yes gadhe to ham audience hain”
Performance wise only Arshad Warsi, Anil Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla leave an impact. I’ll rate Arshad on the top for his impeccable comic timing and also because he has got most of the funny scenes. Anil Kapoor does very well and makes the audience LOL often. Saurabh Shukla has performed well but has got very less genuinly funny scenes.
John Abraham is fine. Pulkit Samrat tries hard and is okay. Kriti Kharbanda looks gorgeous and that’s about it. IleanaD’ Cruz is wasted. Others are also fine. Inaamulhaq is very hilarious as Niraj Modi in some portions.
For Anees Bazmee, this has to be one of his weakest films ever.
If anything is left then Music also scores poorly and doesn’t leave any impact.
But still, Pagalpanti will perform decently at the Box Office because it will find some kind of acceptance in small centers. Also kids may find this film funny.
Pagalpanti is off to a respectable start and seems like doing a lifetime business somewhere in 60-70 crores range. The film’s trend won’t be good and even if it finds some kind of patronage in small centers, the next week release Commando 3 will take away major share of its screens.