Pagalpanti movie reviews: This John Abraham film is best avoided, say critics
Pagalpanti, which stars John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Arshad Warsi, Anil Kapoor and Urvashi Rautela, is just too dated. Read what the Pagalpanti critic reviews are saying before you book your movie tickets.
It would've been nice to be able to declare that the film's dynamic cast – John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Arshad Warsi, Anil Kapoor, Urvashi Rautela and Saurabh Shukla – was able to inject enough madness into Pagalpanti; but instead it just trots out the usual cliches in tired and increasingly tiresome fashion. According to the film’s critics, even tried-and-tested actors, like, Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi and Saurabh Shukla, endowed with the skill and timing to revive the most comatose of comedies, are left high and dry by a nonsensical screenplay.
"Pagalpanti appears to be a collection of improvised scenes rather than a film made from a real script. The performances are wooden, dialogues stilted and regressive, and the story – well, there isn’t one. This one is best avoided,” wrote Jyoti Sharma Bawa in her Pagalpanti review in Hindustan Times. Rating Pagalpanti one-and-a-half out of five, Rajeev Masand in his review in News 18 called it an "overlong, derivative film that fails to exploit the potential of what its own title promises."
Raj Kishore (John Abraham), Junky (Arshad Warsi) and Chandu (Pulkit Samrat) launch a business. It goes up in smoke. Literally. This forces the London-based trio into the employment of the gangsters Raja (Saurabh Shukla) and Wifi (Anil Kapoor). They hire the three men for their nefarious activities. The film throws in a character named Niraj Modi (Inaamulhaq), a tycoon who has fled India leaving behind a trail of uncleared loans a la Nirav Modi, the fugitive diamantaire. Sanjana (Ileana D'Cruz) is wooed by John Abraham's character and Jahnvi (Kriti Kharbanda) forms a pair with Pulkit Samrat's Chandu. Urvashi Rautela pops up out of the blue towards the end of the film and disappears just as quickly. Along the way, there is dancing, romancing, racing, blasting, and car chasing.
A round-up of the critic reviews for Director Anees Bazmee's comedy film, Pagalpanti:
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Rajeev Masand in News 18: "For the most part the script finds the flimsiest of reasons to cram as many characters in a scene as possible. The jokes are pedestrian, and the gags have no novelty whatsoever. A chandelier falls on a character’s head, cars fly in the air, ram into each other, or simply explode, straight out of a Rohit Shetty film, and at one point, inspired no doubt from Total Dhamaal, that other brainless comedy from earlier this year, a bunch of lions wander into a scene. It’s clear that Bazmee will try anything. He even throws in a patriotic angle for what it’s worth. The stink of desperation can be smelt from a distance. Of the cast, expectedly Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor, and Arshad Warsi – all actors with solid comic timing – make the most they can of the mediocre material. A word also for John Abraham who sportingly plays along with the ‘lunkhead’ stereotype. In one bit, he rattles off a long dialogue without a hitch, even as others in the scene are visibly surprised and break into cheers. It’s a small moment that works because the actor owns the joke."
Saibal Chatterjee in NDTV: "If there is anything at all in Pagalpanti that could be given a thumbs up, it is the fact that the makers of the film make no bones about their shin-level ambition. They think being utterly absurd makes sense. But does sinking so much money into something so maddeningly frivolous a good idea? Certainly not if the lunacy on show isn't of the inspired variety. Pagalpanti does deliver something akin to the madhouse that it promises but its loony-bin approach to hilarity is too dated to be effective."
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Jyoti Sharma Bawa in Hindustan Times: "Alas, where Bazmee’s Welcome danced, his Pagalpanti stomps. It shows you early on that it has two left feet, and this is how it is going to be. With its obligatory big cast, bigger sets and a lavish budget – those stately homes in the UK don’t come cheap and Pagalpanti seems to be set exclusively in them – it ticks off some of the boxes too. Where Pagalpati falters– oh, where do I start – is everything else. The jokes are scarcer than politically correct humour on The Kapil Sharma Show. In the names of runaway lines and silly gags, we are offered dialogues so lame that John Abraham’s character has to spell it out: “Ye zaroori nahi ki har cheez ka koi matlab ho (It is not important that everything should mean something).”"