My Friend Pinto – Review
Having recently lost his mother, Michael Pinto an innocent, gullible twenty-something from a small village somewhere in Goa, visits his childhood friend in Mumbai. He does not realize that his friend has moved ahead in life and has buried the childhood warmth, even though he receives him and takes him to his pad much to the chagrin of his wife. Pinto is left alone in his house while the couple goes to attend a new year’s party. The night turns eventual for many people’s life when Pinto get lost in the city. So we have a ‘retired’ don, his ex-heroine sweet heart, his twin assistants, a side kick who wants to eliminate the don, two men fighting over a girl, a gambler and did I miss any other? May be. And also, Kalki Kochelin who wants to be a dancer.
That sums up the story plot of My Friend Pinto, c0-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and directed by his assistant Raaghav Dhar. If you think the story plot has a potential the problem arises with the screenplay and the direction. We all know Sanjay Leela Bhansali has a penchant for theatrical costumes and performances in his intense movies. Raaghav Dhar being his assistant has the hang over of it and presents this comedy in a theatrical way, which has a disaster effect in the final watch. So it is like watching a stage play on screen. It could have been tolerated if it had the proper comedy ingredients that would not yawn us the entire length.
Poor Prateik babbar looks stifled and tries his theatrical best but something just didn’t work well and the drub screenplay does not help either. God only knows why Kalki chose to work on this script, for a talented actress who made a strong impression in off beat movies, My Friend Pinto is neither Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara, a mainstream movie nor an off beat movie which gives her a meaty role. Tsch.
Ginger Chai Verdict: My Friend Pinto is frustrating. There are movies which make two hours seemingly a long, long time and Pinto gives you that feeling.