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Arjun Patiala review: A pointless affair

With Diljit Dosanjh’s high likeable quotient, faithful sidekick Varun Sharma’s skills at delivering broadsides, pretty heartthrob Kriti Sanon’s dazzling pearly-whites, and a host of reliable supporting acts, Arjun Patiala should have been much better than it is.

  • 1.5
Arjun Patiala rating
Arjun Patiala movie review: You can see some bright-sparky ideas at work.

Arjun Patiala movie cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Varun Sharma, Kriti Sanon, Ronit Roy, Seema Pahwa, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Pankaj Tripathi
Arjun Patiala movie director: Rohit Jugraj
Arjun Patiala movie rating: One and a half stars

How do you wipe out a bunch of baddies in a small town in Punjab? Send in newly appointed thana-in-charge Arjun Patiala (Dosanjh), whose mix of native Punjabi wisdom, expert judo throws, and endearing smiles will magic them away.

This, in a nutshell, is the movie. With Dosanjh’s high likeable quotient, faithful sidekick Varun Sharma’s skills at delivering broadsides, pretty heartthrob Kriti Sanon’s dazzling pearly-whites, and a host of reliable supporting acts, the film should have been much better than it is.

You can see some bright-sparky ideas at work. Animated squiggles, helpful labels like ‘Hero Ka Hero’, ‘Villain No 1’, at each character’s entry, and some imaginative computer graphics raise the technical quality.

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But the pizzazz gets lost in this low-rent, tepid attempt at raising laughs. As do some performers who usually add heft to anything they are in. Seema Pahwa as a corrupt local property queen and Ayyub as a knife-wielding thug are wasted. As is Pankaj Tripathi in a blink-and-miss role.

By the time it ends, you’ve forgotten the early laughs. What should have been a rollicking Patiala peg turns into a pointless ‘pauwa’.