Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is known to be a brilliant story teller and has made some of the best films in Bollywood, when associated with a film, audience"s expectations are immense. Produced jointly by UTV films and Sanjay Bhansali, My Friend Pinto, directed by Raaghav Dar is a light entertainer.
Comedy is not everybody"s cup of tea! In fact, in a recent interview with a leading newspaper, Sanjay Leela Bhansali had said that humour is not his forte. Well, Bhansali has proved this by making My Friend Pinto. Comic timing, witty and funny dialogues is what that makes a comedy film an 'entertainer". Unfortunately, My Friend Pinto, starring Prateik Babbar and Kalki Koechlin in the lead fails to make any impact.
Laughter is something that comes naturally, and so comic sequences must be handled in the most natural manner. This where the film My Friend Pinto falters. With wafer thin plot, director Raaghav Dar tries hard to make the narrative funny. However, he fails miserably at that. The central character of Michael Pinto, essayed by Prateik Babbar is similar to iconic characters played by Raj Kapoor and Charlie Chaplin. Music of My Friend Pinto is disappointing as well.
Michael Pinto (Prateik Babbar), who has grown up in a small village in Goa is a simple, honest, kind and naive young guy who believes that the world is one happy place with good, lovely people. His world revolves around his mother. However, after she dies, he decides to go to Mumbai in search of his best buddy Sameer (Arjun Mathur). Sameer, however, doesn"t consider Michael to be his friend.
Prateik Babbar has excelled in certain sequences in the film. The boy certainly has talent, but fails to deliver due to a weak script. Kalki Koechlin is natural with her effortless acting. Arjun Mathur, Raj Zutshi and Divya Dutta are good. Makrand Deshpande could have been utilised better. The rest of the cast have given an average performance.
Overall, My Friend Pinto fails to deliver.
Cast: Prateik Babbar, Arjun Mathur, Kalki Koechlin, Raj Zutshi, Divya Dutta, Makrand Deshpande
Director: Raaghav Dar
Producer: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, UTV