Movie: My Friend Pinto

Director: Raaghav Dar

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

Jagran rating:   (Disappointing)

Story line: At the outset My Friend Pinto seems like a good attempt, however, it actually ends up being rather pointless.

Michael Pinto (Prateik) comes from an orphanage to Mumbai to spend a week with his childhood pal Sam (Arjun Mathur), before he becomes a priest. Sam is not very happy with Pinto's visit, because his domineering wife doesn't really like the simpleton.

While the two callously leave him alone in the house, as they go partying on New Year's Eve, Pinto accidentally manages to get into a roller coaster of an adventure on his own.

Thumbs up: The script might have started with a good intention. A simple village boy, who on one night turns a few baddies around, simply with the power of innocence, Prateik has managed to give a confident performance and seemed to be the only one making even a bit of sense in this mayhem of a movie.

Kalki, in a small role, is pretty good as expected.

Thumbs down: Laughter is something that comes naturally, and so comic sequences must be handled in the most natural manner. This is 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.

A weak script, dragging story line proves fatal for this flick. Too many characters clutter the whole plot and make it annoying sometimes rather than humorous.

It feels bad to see Arjun Mathur, who in spite of being such capable actor is relegated to doing fringe roles.

All we can say is that it is a crazy movie. And crazy need not necessarily always be used in a good way.

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Courtesy: Mid-day/ JPN