My Friend Pinto – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on October 14, 2011 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ronnie Screwvala
DIRECTOR – Raaghav Daar
WRITER – Raaghav Daar, Arun
CAST – Prateik, Arjun Mathur, Kalki Koechlin, Shruti Seth, Divya Dutta, Makrand Deshpande
MUSIC – Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale, Shamir Tandon, Kavita Seth, Hitesh Sonik
Small-town simpleton with a large heart in the big bad city is a premise as old as mankind. The best of the lot, Anand, still moves us to tears.
My Friend Pinto doesn’t aim to make us weep though. It aims to warm our hearts and draw touched sighs. It aims to tickle, at the same time hearten us up with the wholesomeness of simple values. To its credit, the comedy is innocent and hence charming, something we haven’t seen in a long time. But this innocence, in limited quantities, is all there is to it.
Michael Pinto, (Prateik Babbar) after his mother’s`death, comes to Mumbai to stay with his childhood friend Sameer Sharma (Arjun Mathur). Sameer, whose dreams, the big city has not lived upto, is caught between the frustrations of his unfulfilled life, professional and married. To him Pinto is a burden he has to manage along with his wife Suhaani’s (Shruti Seth) disdain for Pinto.
Stream in a don and his moll, his henchmen and their awry kidnapping plot, their plot to kill the don and a young girl having left home to realize her dream of becoming a dancer. Pinto, single-handedly sprays some light and goodness on each one of them. His gold dust touches Sameer and Suhaani’s lives too, transforming their rocky marriage. Only thing he fails at is to convince us and take us along on this happy-puppy trip.
As a story, the events run into each other in a convoluted manner, one leading to the other, all interconnected. This keeps the interest going but the amateurish nature of the execution and the flimsy performances never let a chuckle slip by.
The film keeps realism intact despite its feel-good trip. Settings, costumes and lyrics remain realistic. However, the camera constantly feels uncomfortable in the angles it chooses to tell its story from. The narrative becomes as awkward as the story and its actors.
Makrand Deshpande and Divya Dutta as the eternally in love Don and Moll couple make for cute watching. They perform with a gay abandon, something that Prateik is never able to do. His goody-two-shoes smiles seem forced and so do his confused frowns, the only two emotions he unfortunately sways between. Arjun Mathur, despite his inherent talent moves with a sort of permanent painful frown that makes the show he presents stereotyped. Kalki shows her dreamy girlie side here and does a convincing job of it, although a little more energy and warmth wouldn’t have done harm.
My Friend Pinto isn’t something one would remember or unfortunately, be glad for knowing.