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Pagalpanti Movie Review: A senseless comedy which has nothing new to offer.

Modified On: 22 November 2019 | Reviewed By:

Pagalpanti is the spiritual successor of Anees Bazmee's previous films Welcome and Welcome Back but the only difference is the forceful patriotism.


Director: Anees Bazmee | Music Director: Ankit Tiwari, Tanishk Bagchi, Sachin-Jigar

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Cast: John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Arshad Warsi, Anil Kapoor, Urvashi Rautela, Saurabh Shukla

Directed By: Anees Bazmee

Pagalpanti is a self-aware senseless comedy but we have seen this kind of senseless, mindless comedy before also which has directed by the same director.

Pagalpanti is the spiritual successor of Anees' previous films like Welcome and Welcome Back. The characters Don Raja Sahab (Saurabh Shukla) and Wi-fi Bhai (Anil Kapoor) is the exact replica of Don Uday Shetty (Nana Patekar) and Majnu Bhai (Anil Kapoor).

Pagalpanti is about half-brothers Junky (Arshad Warsi) and Chandu (Pulkit Samrat) and their big Panauti friend Raj Kishore (John Abraham). Whichever business or lives these three losers touch, turn into dust. Their life takes a turn when they come across Don Raja Sahab (Saurabh Shukla) and his brother-in-law Wifi Bhai (Anil Kapoor). How these three losers with their antics and loads and loads of bad luck turn the two mobsters' lives upside down forms the rest of the story.  

The comedy sequences, one-liners, and over-the-top acting is all out of the place and forcefull that it's hard to tickle a laugh.

The trailers of the film itself were loud and unfunny but there was still hope that maybe there is more to what meets the eye. Sadly, that is not the case with this Anees Bazmee comedy. Make no mistake there are quite a few jokes in the film that land and are genuinely funny. You will find yourself chuckling but somehow, the movie as a whole is quite bland. The major flaw with the film is its length and the overstretched narrative. While the cast has done its best, it is forced scenes that make this a taxing watch. For example, the whole patriotic bit which comes out of nowhere and is so forced that you can't help but cringe. 

The performances of the film especially Arshad Warsi shines in the movie with his terrific comic-timing this actor is extremely underrated and underutilized by the industry.

John Abraham tries too hard, Pulkit Samrat itself is confused that what is he doing and Anil Kapoor is as always good and gives an honest performance.

Ileana D'Cruz is wasted and Urvashi Rautela shows promise but has a minuscule role. Others in the supporting cast from Bijendra Kala, Inaamulhaq, Zakir Hussain, Manoj Tiwari, and Ashok Samarth are fine. 

This movie is a waste of time and money which is strictly avoidable.

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