Bangistan Movie Review

  • Directed by Karan Anshuman
  • Starring
  • Release dates Friday 07 August, 2015
  • Running time 2 hours 15 minutes

A political satire set in a fictional country is common, and Bangistan does not dwell on this. The film settles in quickly after the initial introduction to the basic plot. Bangistan features two simpleton-turned-terrorists- Hafeez Bin Ali (Riteish Deshmukh) and Praveen Chaturvedi (Pulkit Samrat) – who willing to go to any length for their respective faiths.

The movie narrates the story of two kind hearted men from a fictitious place called Bangistan, who under the influence of their respective religious leaders decide to become terrorists in order to establish fear and superiority of their religion over the other. Hafeez (Riteish Deshmukh) is a Muslim by religion, call centre employee, frustrated with his job, suffers from serious identification crises. On the other hand there is Praveen Chaturvedi (Pulkit Samrat), Hindu by religion, a performer in the local Ram-Leela who is the devotee of a fake guruji who has established a political party named ‘Maa Ka Dal’. Both these men shed their jobs and commit to become suicide bombers to create awe amongst the people and to establish their religion. Unknowingly, both head towards Poland with one mission of creating mass destruction at the International Religious Peace Conference. In the foreign land, they meet a beautiful bartender Rosie (Jacqueline Fernandez) with whom they become friends with. The film further unfolds for some more mind-numbing sequences with flat dialogues, dragging the plot further down till it reaches the climax.

Riteish Deshmukh, after recent successes with Lai Bhaari and Ek Villain, delivers again. Pulkit Samrat is the surprise package. Over the top and pompous throughout the 2 hours 15 minutes run-time, Samrat complements Deshmukh, never settling for anything but the spotlight. Jacqueline Fernandez is like a sweet surprise. She looks gorgeous throughout the movie and does justice to her tiny little part.Director Karan Anshuman, a former film critic himself, focuses on cultural stereotypes in the film.  Never taking a serious tone, Bangistan subtly delivers its message through humour.

Bangistan is a healthy dose of laughter for the weekend, clever in its own weird ways.

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