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My Friend Pinto

The trouble with 'My Friend Pinto’ is that it takes too long to get to the point.

Written by Shubhra Gupta |
October 14, 2011 10:07:59 pm

Director: Raaghav Dar

Cast: Prateik,Kalki Koechlin,Arjun Mathur,Shruti Seth,Makrand Deshpande,Divya Dutta,Raj Zutshi,Haji Amin

Indian Express rating: *1/2

A simpleton let loose in a big bad city is one of those eternal movie plots which keep raising its head every now and then. This is then,with Prateik as the bumbling,fresh-off- the-boat fellow from Goa,losing and finding himself on Mumbai streets on a New Year’s eve night. Pinto is so nice that even bad guys turn into marshmallows,and so naïvely invincible that nothing evil can happen to him.

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The only way this kind of film can work is if the director can weave in a fable-like quality. The trouble with ‘My Friend Pinto’ is that it takes so long to get to the point where it starts to feel like a film that you almost give up. Characters tumble about,minus direction. This gives Prateik too much time to be the smiley bumpkin who puts a brave face on his hurts, the clumsy oaf who breaks things in his best friend-and-his-wife’s (Mathur ,Seth) home,who gets locked out onto the balcony,and then is catapulted into a night of crazy adventure,full of the doings of a lovelorn don (Deshpande),his failed actress girl friend (Dutta),his inept henchmen (Zutshi,Amin),a pretty,lost girl (Koechlin),and a pup.

Prateik veers between hamsville and some nice moves,in which he manages to pull it together : Koechlin plays well in bits and pieces,too. And the end is energetic,making up,somewhat,for the random,chaotic air the film has worn till it gets there. But the rest is strictly amateursville.

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