MOVIE REVIEW with Jammu Timings: ‘Bangistan’ – Comic caper gone awry

Film: “Bangistan”; Language: Hindi; Cast: Riteish Deshmukh, Pulkit Samrat, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Kumud Mishra and Arya Babbar; Director: Karan Anshuman; Rating: **


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Wave Mall, Jammu: 02:45 PM; 07:45 PM

A purely fiction fantasy, “Bangistan” is a flimsy, sardonic film which may have been crafted with good intentions, but is poorly executed.

Set in a make-believe land called Bangistan, it is the story of two fundamentalists, Hafeez-bin Ali (Riteish Deshmukh) and Praveen Chaturvedi (Pulkit Samrat), on a mission in Poland. The film encompasses their journey from being terrorists to peace-loving missionaries.

Initially, the contrast between the two, Hafiz and Praveen, and how they are initiated into their respective missions, is what keeps you hooked. But as the tale progresses, the transition from a comedy to a film with serious messages seems incongruous and the film loses its appeal.

Packed with amusing, satirical reference points and silly antics by the characters in the beginning, the film shifts gears as it slowly degenerates into a social, preachy drama which is cliched and tedious to watch. Some of the dialogues in the latter half, are reminiscent of scenes from Amir Khan’s “PK”, Akshay Kumar’s “OMG: Oh My God!” and other recently released films that spread the message of non-violence and tolerance to all religions.

The writing lacks depth. The issues are generically tackled, the characters are all poorly etched and the subject content, except for names like FcDonalds, Al-Kaam Tamaam, Maa-Ka-Dal, offers nothing new by way of humour, making it seem boring and trite.

With the focus mainly on the two protagonists, the other characters are relegated to two-dimensional flat characters.

Visually too, the camera work is limited and unexciting. The computer-generated graphics seem elementary and unattractive.

The songs “Saturday night full tight”, “Hogi kranti…mann mein hai vishwas”, are effectively used for exposition and story progression, but fail to strike a melodious chord.

In his directorial debut, Karan Anshuman disappoints as he fails to wield the baton effectively to elevate a poorly written script, of which he too is a part.

Overall, the film is mediocre fare. You can safely avoid a journey to “Bangistan” unless you are a Riteish fan. Movie Timings, Jammu Movie Timings, Jammu

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