The story revolves around the bad luck of Raj Kishore (John Abraham). Every of his business flops & that involves his best friends Junky (Arshad Warsi) and Chandu (Pulkit Samrat). They damage an expensive car of a Mafia family led by Raja Bhai (Saurabh Shukla) and his relative Wifi (Anil Kapoor). The guys, for their mistake, get enslaved in doing deadly jobs for Wifi & Raja Bhai.
We get introduced to a don bigger than Raja Bhai – Neeraj Modi (Inaamulhaq) who’s portraying the role of fugitive businessman Nirav Modi. Raja & Wifi owe a humongous amount of loan to Neeraj & the rest of the story revolves around how out heroes come in as a helping hand.
Anees Bazmee’s dialogues are the weakest link of the film. Apart from a handful of moments, there are none of them which are funny because of the one-liners. The story has an immense scope to add comedy but Bazmee failed to do so.
As far as managing a huge cast is concerned, Bazmee does a great job but he’s totally clueless about how to make the situations funny. He adapts various different formulas from previous successful comedy films but couldn’t reach the standards he himself has set in the past.
There are too many songs and most of them follow the formula of lavish comedy films. A couple of item numbers, a recreated song, one song to register that it’s a comedy film. The only song that works is Tum Par Hum Hai Atke.
Sunil Patel’s camera smoothly pans through the picturesque locations of London, to maintain a delightful look of the film. Prashant Singh Rathore’s editing is just about okay & could’ve been better given a good story, screenplay. Anees Bazmee’s screenplay is shattered and doesn’t really compliment the story very well.
Arshad Warsi is the best of the lot because of his habit of being funny even in non-funny situations. Anil Kapoor comes close-second to him because of the same reason. His energy is undoubtedly unmatchable. John Abraham continues to do similar kinds of comedy & if he continues to do the same, he’ll get stereotyped in the genre. From the ladies, Kriti Kharbabanda does justice to her role. Urvashi Rautela & Ileana D’Cruz have nothing to add to the fun part.
Overall, Pagalpanti is more chaotic and less funny. Gags don’t land, mostly all the situations are unfunny and there are no memorable performances to remember this film for.