Certificate: U/A
Director: Anees Bazmee
Starring: John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Arshad Warsi, Anil Kapoor, Urvashi Rautela, Saurabh Shukla
Story: Anees Bazmee & Rajiv Kaul & Praful Parekh
Screenplay: Rajiv Kaul, Praful Parekh & Anees Bazmee

PAGALPANTI is the story of three unlucky men. Raj Kishore (John Abraham) is astrologically very unlucky. He joins a public mercantile bank and on his first day of the job itself, Niraj Modi (Inaamulhaq) has run away from the country after stealing Rs. 32,000 crores from the bank, after which Raj Kishore loses his job. After this, he comes to London where he befriends two brothers Junky (Arshad Warsi) and Chandu (Pulkit Samrat). He gets the two of them to invest in a fireworks business but again due to his bad luck, it all goes bad. After that, he woos Sanjana (Ileana DCruz) and then cons her and her maternal uncle (Brijendra Kala) of a lot of money to start a delivery company with Junky and Chandu. Sanjana finds out the truth and arrives with an army of goons to nab Raj. But Raj, Junky and Chandu manage to escape and reach the place of delivery, the palatial residence of Raja Sahab (Saurabh Shukla). It’s his daughter Janvi’s (Kriti Kharbanda) birthday and the expensive car is her gift. When they unload the car from the truck it is damaged from the way these guys escape the goons. The car is worth Rs. 7 crores and to recover this amount from the trio, Raja Sahab’s brother-in-law WiFi Bhai (Anil Kapoor) offers them a job where they’ll be paid Rs. 10 lakhs each. They happily take up the job without realizing how fatal it could be. Junky and Chandu are given the job of being the food tasters, to ensure that there’s no poison in Raja Sahab’s meal. Raj is asked to sit in Raja Sahab’s car so that if anyone tries to attack, the former will bear the brunt. The trio realize that these measures are taken because of Raja Sahab’s enemies, the brothers named Tulli (Zakir Hussain) and Bulli (Ashok Samarth). Realizing the enmity has gone too far, Baba Jani (Mukesh Tiwari) mediates and arranges a meeting between them. When they meet, he also brings Niraj Modi to them, who gives Raja Sahab 700 cr to invest and asks him to double the money and give it to him. But Raj’s luck plays the spoil sport once again. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

The film’s story is quite interesting but at the same time, it is riddled with clichés and seen before scenarios. But while the story is interesting the screenplay disappoints. While the film warned it not to be taken seriously, some things just seem too farfetched. The film lacks that comic punch that it so promised as well.The dialogues are below par as well. Also there seems to be a lot happening in the film and at a point it gets too much.

Technically, the film is okay. Cinematography by Sunil Patel is appropriate. Editing by Prashant Singh Rathore is okay and there was a lot of scope for improvement. He could have also done something about the length of the film. The writing could have been improved as well. The music in the film works well in the film but is okay otherwise. The production design and the costume design were both good and appealing. The VFX is bad.

Performance wise, the film is fine. John Abraham gives his best in the film and it shows but then is let down by the writing. Arshad Warsi is dependable and funny as expected. Pulkit Samrat is alright, he does well. Anil Kapoor has some nice funny scenes as well but he is also let down by writing. Saurabh Shukla is fantastic, wouldn’t expect anything less from him. Kriti Kharbanda has an interesting role to play and she does well. Ileana D’Cruz is fine. Urvashi Rautela has hardly anything to do in this one. The rest of the cast offers good support.

Director Anees Bazmee fails to make it as good as his previous films. There was a lot of scope with this one and he could have helped make this better.

2.5

At the box-office

The film has taken a shockingly low start and given the huge investment it will be an uphill task for all parties concerned.

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