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MY FRIEND PINTO Movie Review: Feel-good, but not entertaining enough
The film is about friendship, goodness and simplicity in life, and finding one’s true calling. But the message is delivered rather slowly
Cute, feel-good, funny…all these adjectives could be used to describe Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest production with UTV, titled My Friend Pinto. Touted as a comedy, the film is not what the mass audience calls one, though.
Sameer Sharma’s (Arjun Mathur) childhood friend Michael Pinto (Prateik) comes to Mumbai to recover from his mother’s demise. But his naïve as well as clumsy nature lands him in troublesome situations every now and then. But in the process, he ends up saving the lives of the Mallu don (Makrand Deshpande), his starlet wife Reshma (Divya Dutta) and a puppy (anonymous). He also unknowingly enlightens a few others along the way, including his buddy Sameer and his wife Suhana.
The film is cute and subtly funny with some good one-liners and comic moments (like when one of the twin sidekicks mistakes his brother as himself). But the story doesn’t move ahead as fast as the audience expects it to. Something the writers and editors of Delhi Belly have got just right. My Friend Pinto too has a don and his sidekicks, kidnapping, ransom and murder and a dash of Mumbai’s underbelly to add to the confusion and fun, much like Yeh Saali Zindagi, Delhi Belly, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahaani, etc. Click here to read more