Business rating: 0.5 star
Star cast: Vinay Pathak (double role), Saurabh Shukla, Mahie Gill, Mona Singh.
What’s Good: The acting.
What’s Bad: Not bad but the different narrative style will not be appreciated by too many people.
Verdict: Utt Pataang will go largely unnoticed at the ticket windows.
Loo break: Not really, but even if you take one or two, you won’t miss much as anyway, scenes are repeated.
Watch or Not? If you are totally free and have nothing worthwhile to do.
Rash Productions and Warner Bros.’ Utt Pataang (UA) is a comedy thriller about the happenings of one night. Ram (Vinay Pathak) is on the brink of a break-up with his girlfriend, Sanjana (Mahie Gill), who now finds Lucky (Vinay Pathak again), a gangster who is obsessed with the French language, more desirable. Ram finds himself caught in a dangerous money deal gone terribly wrong. A bag containing some crores of rupees goes missing and, besides Ram, others involved in the missing bag game are his detective-friend, Nandu (Saurabh Shukla), gangster Lucky, a heartbroken woman, Koyal (Mona Singh), and Ram’s ex-girlfriend and Lucky’s present girlfriend, Sanjana.
The film begins with Nandu trying to set up Koyal for his friend, Ram. Even as Ram and Koyal become fond of each other, Sanjana storms into his house to take away all her belongings. Meanwhile, Lucky’s wife, Nimmi (Delnaaz Paul), transfers Rs. 5 crore into his bank account so that he can buy a house for them to live in. Lucky divides the money into two parts and wants to utilise half the cash for buying the house and pocket the other half.
Even as the deal for the house is about to be struck, Lucky’s bag containing the total sum of money goes missing. What follows is a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.
Story and Screenplay – Utt Pataang Review
The story, penned by Srikanth Velagaleti, is fairly interesting but not too novel. Saurabh Shukla has penned the screenplay in an unusual manner so that the same scene is shown from the angle of each character involved in it. Once all the scenes unfold, the audience gets to understand the relevance of a whole lot of things. While this narrative and writing style would hold appeal for a section of the audience, the same would also confuse many among the audience. What’s more, the entire drama looks more suited for the small screen rather than the big screen.
Having said this, it must be added that Saurabh Shukla’s screenplay is quite engrossing and his dialogues are also interesting.
Star Performances – Utt Pataang Review
Vinay Pathak does a very fine job of both the characters, Ram and Lucky. However, his character of Lucky will be appreciated by the city folk only. Mahie Gill does a confident job. Saurabh Shukla is natural to the core. Mona Singh is fairly nice.Sanjay Mishra, as Bholu, evokes laughter. Brijendra Kala plays Dholu effectively. Delnaaz Paul is cute. Murali Sharma leaves a mark as the police officer. Govind Namdeo makes his presence felt. Pawan Bhide is alright as Peter.
Direction and Music – Utt Pataang Review
Srikanth Velagaleti’s direction is honest to the class-appealing script. Shamir Tandon’s music is functional. Background music (Sanjay Chowdhary) is quite okay. Arun Varma’s cinematography is alright. Editing (by Sankalp Meshram) is effective. Sets (Tina Dharamsay) are fair.
The Last Word
On the whole, Utt Pataang may make for interesting viewing but it will not find many takers because it is more like a television serial than a film. Flop.