Pagalpanti – A mindless comedy for the feeble-minded
Director Anees Bazmee’s comic venture Pagalpanti has been reduced to a nightmare, thanks to poor casting and faulty screenplay. This film lacks a coherent narrative. Populated with too many characters, it fails to convey any meaning. The grand settings in foreign locations add to the woes as the movie fails to evoke any response among the audience.
Plot: Raj Kishore (John Abraham), a hopeless youth, who runs out of luck seeks the help of his best buddies Junky (Arshad Warsi) and Chandu (Pulkit Samrat). Soon they are recruited by the dons Raja (Saurabh Shukla) and WiFi Bhai (Anil Kapoor).
But their lives go for a toss when they meet Niraj Modi (Inaamulhaq), a fugitive billionaire who wants to improve his financial prospects.
Anil Kapoor who portrays the loud-mouthed gangster and Arshad Warsi who plays the role of John Abraham’s best buddy really steal the show. But unfortunately, John’s character has been reduced to a mere skeleton and he has nothing great to boast about in this damp squib.
The three heroines (Ileana D’Cruz, Urvashi Rautela and Kriti Kharbanda) have been reduced to mere glam dolls, who just fill the screen space in song and dance sequences.
Saurabh Shukla who plays the gangster and Inaamulhaq, whose character has been inspired from the real-life figure of fugitive billionaire Nirav Modi are the saving graces in this otherwise dull and boring flick.
The makers try to convert the film into a patriotic flick towards the end, probably to save the movie, but that too fails miserably.