Movie Review: My Friend Pinto (2011)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali and UTV. Two names synonymous with qualitative films. Bhansali is a brilliant storyteller who has dealt with myriad subjects in his films. With MY FRIEND PINTO, directed by Raaghav Dar, Bhansali moves from dark and intense subjects to a light entertainer. But comedy is a tricky territory. It needs aptness, practice and of course, comic timing or else, the magic cannot be observed on screen. That’s where MY FRIEND PINTO falters and falters badly.
MY FRIEND PINTO tries so hard to be a crazy roller coaster ride. The character of Michael Pinto, portrayed by Prateik, bears similarities to the iconic characters played by Charlie Chaplin and Raj Kapoor. But what comes across is an exercise in vain. The film stands on a waferthin plot and to make matters worse, the film tries so very hard to tickle your funny bone. But falls flat on its face!
Michael Pinto (Prateik Babbar) has grown up in a small Goan village with simple values. His mother wanted him to become a priest. Just for a week’s vacation before becoming a priest, Pinto takes a trip to Mumbai to his friend’s (Arjun Mathur) place. Known for being a trouble maker, Pinto gets lost in the bustling city of Mumbai after his friend leaves him at home alone. What happens next follows through a series of sub-plots, maniacal events and bizzarre confusion.