This movie has a lot of characters and we’re barraged with witty dialogues from everyone on screen. In the hardly-occupied theatre, I saw no one laughing for such ambitious, double entendre jokes. The crass jokes land well and deserve a giggle or two but that’s it. There is nothing in the movie to rave about. What do you expect in a movie where there’s an item song in a haunted house? It feels like the production house was short of money and they couldn’t hire a cabaret for a few hours in downtown London.
Anees Bazmee, who has seen success with films like Welcome, Welcome Back, Singh is Kinng among others, does a good job with handling so many characters. These characters are played by people who hold a reputation in Bollywood. To write dialogues keeping their reputation in mind and hoping that will make the audience laugh (read giggle) is a task in itself. He has handled ensemble casts in his earlier ventures and is a master of that craft. After digging my mind for positives in this film, this is the only (genuine) one I was able to come up with.
Bazmee needs to understand that this is an era where movies like Dream Girl, Bala and Piku, among others makes people laugh. The audience no more loves to watch films where actors are trying to make fool out of themselves. In the aforementioned films, laughter isn’t forced and the characters don’t seem like they want the audience to laugh at them. That is the difference between such movies and films like Pagalpanti. This should give a clear indication to the producers and directors of Bollywood that this genre won’t work anymore.
Raj Kishore, played by John Abraham, is cursed with bringing bad luck wherever he goes. He joins hands with Junky (Arshad Warsi) and Chandu (Pulkit Samrat) to start a business that goes up in flames. Now, these people go to London (with their girlfriends of course) to rob gangsters-cum-millionaires of their money. I was able to comprehend only this much as even the director would not able to predict what happens in the film later.
The patriotism angle could have been avoided as it adds on to the frustration of the audience. The patriotic monologue by John Abraham felt forced and wasn’t natural like his previous films like Batla House and Satyameva Jayate.
There’s almost nothing here that you could possibly appreciate or analyze. Let us not even talk about the female characters as they are as irrelevant to this review as they were to the film. Saurabh Shukla and Arshad Warsi did grave injustice to their ability to make people laugh with dialogues coupled with funny facial expressions. They try hard to do the same shenanigans here but it somehow doesn’t work well.
You can definitely skip this film as it has nothing new or funny to offer. Quality jokes are few and far in between and chutkules which are so ‘painful’ to hear are in abundance. Pagalpanti can’t be recommended to kids even if adult humor is removed as even they wouldn’t appreciate this film and walk out of the theatre.