Directed by: Anees Bazmee
Starring: Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Urvashi Rautela, Saurabh Shukla
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Release date: 22 November 2019
Running Time: 149 Minutes
Pagalpanti is an upcoming 2019 Indian romantic comedy film directed by Anees Bazmee. It is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Abhishek Pathak, Krishan Kumar and Kumar Mangat. The leading cast of the film is Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Urvashi Rautela and Saurabh Shukla. The film is based on an Indian superstition about ‘Shani‘ Saturn. The filming started on 17 February 2019 and is scheduled to be released on 22 November 2019.
Pagalpanti Movie Production:
Pagalpanti was announced on 21 September 2018. In November the director of the film Anees Bazmee went to London for location hunting. Sharing details on the film he stated that the movie is an out-and-out comedy and will be shot in London. He said, “I am going for the recce in a few days time to close on the exact locations in London.”
The principal photography of the film started on 17 February 2019. Pagalpanti is shot in London and Leeds in a 90-day schedule. Giving details on locations the director Anees Bazmee informed that shooting is scheduled in a jungle close to Carlton Gardens and at Allerton Towers, a 35-acre park in South Liverpool. On 6 March 2019 Arshad Warsi tweeted that he was enjoying working in the film. On 17 March 2019, Anees Bazmee tweeted that he could not believe that one month has already passed.
8 March 2019, the International Women’s Day, turned into a promotional event for the film. The director of the film, Anees Bazmee, while on location in London for filming of Pagalpanti celebrated the day with his female cast and crew. He threw a party for the film’s three leading ladies Ileana D’Cruz, Kriti Kharbanda, Urvashi Rautela and the female crew members who incidentally outnumber the male crew members. Anees Bazmee, while filming in Leeds, revealed details about the character played by John Abraham.
The music of the film is composed by Sajid–Wajid, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Tanishk Bagchi and Naeem-Shabbir. The song “Tum Par Hum Hai Aatke” from the film Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya which was originally composed by Himesh Reshammiya and sung by Kumar Sanu and Kavita Krishnamurthy, was recreated by Tanishk Bagchi.
Pagalpanti Movie Trailer:
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Pagalpanti, as the self-aware title says, was never supposed to be taken seriously. It belonged, and proudly so, to that Bollywood coinage — mindless comedy. A genre in itself, it is colloquially described as ‘leave your brains at home’ movies. Now these films, peddling slapstick, can be fun too. Director Anees Bazmee’s Welcome and Singh is Kinng being two such examples. They treaded lightly as they piled on silliness in droves. Big and loud, both the movies made broad comedy work once they found their rhythm.
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).”
What Pagalpanti lacks in quality, it attempts to fill in with sheer quantity. It throws everything it has at you. There are songs so unnecessary that they need exposition; three lions run amok in a scene and are so bored with what is happening that they seem to be pining for their cages; there is a ghost who likes to dance to recycled 90s songs in colourful negligees, and not one good joke in all of it put together!
Here’s the plot of Pagalpanti, wafer-thin as it is – Down-on-his-luck Raj Kishore (John Abraham), his friends Chandu (Pulkit Samrat) and Junky (Arshad Warsi) leave disaster in their wake. Till their neck in debt, the trio is employed by bumbling dons Raja (Saurabh Shukla) and his brother-in-law WiFi (Anil Kapoor). The dons are being pursued by rival dons and after blowing up an appropriate number of CGI cars, they all meet a stand-in for diamantaire Niraj Modi (Inaamulhaq). This man has fled India for the UK with thousands of crores and wants Raja and WiFi to double the money.
Somewhere on the fringes are the three lead actresses too – Ileana D’Cruz as John’s girlfriend who has been defrauded by him, Kriti Kharbanda as Raja’s airheaded daughter who falls for Pulkit and Urvashi as the ghost who isn’t and Arshad’s love interest. They have little to do beyond screeching and dancing with the three male leads.
To be fair, they are not only ones saddled with the screechy parts. We are force-fed patriotism too as John’s avenging hero acts against Modi and his fugitive uncle (Mehul Choksi, anyone?). In a heavy-handed scene in a film that is full of those, John explains to Anil’s WiFi that he is indeed a patriot because he hates when India loses at cricket as Karma’s Aye Watan Tere Liye plays in the background.
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.
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