Multistarrers are the new thing for Bollywood especially for the comedy genre but nothing seems to work in favor of them. While Housefull 4 garnered big numbers at the box office, it failed critically and for the audience, it was not less than a disaster.
Now the latest to join the comedy disaster club is Pagalpanti which stars Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda in the lead roles. The film is based on an out-of-luck youngster Raj Kishore (John Abraham) and his friends Junky (Arshad Warsi) and Chandu (Pulkit Samrat), who is hired by gangsters Raja (Saurabh Shukla) and WiFi Bhai (Anil Kapoor) in a bid to recover their damages. But this is just the recipe for disaster that brings in more destruction.
The first impression that comes to your mind when you watch the movie is why John Abraham even trying to do comedy. Was ‘Welcome Back’ not enough for him to understand it? Bringing John and Anil in yet another comedy film after ‘Welcome Back’ is the reason the movie stands to its title.
From the very first scene, the film is armed with loud action and dialogues trying to be funny, but far from that. And there are a lot of characters, one sillier than the other. There are no new layers to the characters in the movie. Anil Kapoor playing a loudish gangster, while Pulkit Samrat sticking to his boyish image. Arshad Warsi and Saurabh Shukla are witty and their one-liners are to look forward.
Coming to the 3 female leads of the film, they are just reduced to looking pretty and speaking silly lines such as, “Papa kehte hain kiss karne se main pregnant ho jaungi.” Though this is not the only dumb line you get to hear in the film, but this line sets the level of comedy which can be expected further.
Director Anees Bazmee mixes everything from car chases to high-octane destruction scenes into the narrative which makes the already weak script look like a planned blunder. There are far too many songs placed randomly that only add to the runtime.
Overall, Pagalpanti never really manages to pull off more than a few laughs. The multi-starrer star cast failed to pull off a good comedy film.
Check out the trailer: