Films made on the topics of Terrorism, religion, personal beliefs, humanitarian causes and may it be films on gods and godmen, this has become a trend in Bollywood nowadays and Karan Anshuman's latest venture starring Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat, 'Bangistan' is no different. Just like many other films, this film too has a very social and universal message to convey, which if taken heed of by the society, can demolish our inner demons and change the society for good. We will let you know what this message is exactly a little later on.
The film follows the lives of two blundering terrorists one being Hafeez Bin Ali played by Riteish Deshmukh and the other being Praveen Chaturvedi played by Pulkit Samrat on a mission to change the world. The young guns with lofty ideologies but ordinary talent keep pace with a series of serendipitous high-energy, fast-paced, and exceptionally entertaining events that have a huge impact on world peace.
'Bangistan' begins with an entirely fictional country known as Bangistan which is divided in two parts, North Bangistan which is inhabited by Muslims and South Bangistan which is inhabited by Hindus. Apparently, just as the name of the film implies, the inhabitants of Bangistan are of the ideology that the only way to bring peace in the world is by violence and due to this ideology, the north and the south of Bangistan are always at war with each other.
Next, the focus shifts on two of Bangistan's religious leaders, namely Shankaracharya from South Bangistan and Imaam Sahab from North Bangistan through a video call, where both of them discuss the upcoming '13th World Religious Conference' which is to be held at Poland. Next, enter Hafeez Bin Ali (Riteish) who works at a call centre in North Bangistan but is compelled to quit his job following a religious altercation via a phone call with a client in Poland. This triggers the outrage in a religious group known as 'Al Kaam Tamaam' and the leader of this group now seeks vengeance and has devised a plan to blow up the peace conference in Poland and wreak havoc in the outcome. So for this cause, the leader of the group handpicks Hafeez Bin Ali (Riteish) and sends him as a bomber on a suicide mission to Poland to get the job done.
Next, enter Praveen Chaturvedi (Pulkit Samrat) a Hindu from South Bangistan who is also an avid follower of a religious group known as 'Maa Ka Dal'. Now, this group too has the same vengeful feelings burning inside and this group too co-incidentally, comes up with the same plan of decimating the religious peace conference at Poland and for this cause, the group handpicks Praveen Chaturvedi (Pulkit) as a suicide bomber to get the job done.
Now, there is a big twist in the tale. Both the aspiring terrorists do venture to Poland to do what they are meant to do, but what happens is that Hafeez Bin Ali from north Bangistan completely metamorphosizes into a Hindu avatar and goes by the name of a Hindu, Ishwarchand Sharma while on the other hand, Praveen Chaturvedi from the south, completely metamorphosizes into a Muslim avatar and goes by the name of a Muslim, Allah Rakha Khan. Both the suicide bombers end up meeting at the aiport at Poland. These two eventually realise that they both are on the same common mission and then both of them become close buddies on realising the fact that how much they respect each other's religion. But fate has something else in store for them as soon enough both of them come to know about the others actual religion. What happens next? Will the two bombers be successful in imploding the peace conference froms the reminder of the story.
Firstly, speaking on the acting part, Riteish Deshmukh is the surprise package here as he proves his versatility once again. Riteish normally being accustomed to comedy, this time around takes us by surprise through his serious acting. He carries the film entirely on his own shoulders and is only standout performer. Pulkit Samrat tries his level best to fit into the character given to him by the director by fails miserably. Pulkit still has a lot to prove about his acting prowess. Jacqueline Fernandez has been wasted in the film as she does not have much to do. Chandan Roy Sanyal and Kumud Mishra are stricly ok.
There is nothing special to say about the film's music as none of the songs leave any impact on your mind. The music and lyrics both are very mediocre and the audience wont have any song which they will hum once they get out of the theatres. The only standout song from the entire soundtrack is 'Saturday Night' which brings in a little foot tapping tune and also is a delight to the eyes specially because you can see the vivacious Jacqueline doing the jiggy in the song.
The cinematography by Szymon Lenkowski is strictly average with nothing very special to mention. The film's editing by Shweta Venkat is the only saving grace as she has done a commendable job of keeping the length of the film to just about two hours. The first half of the film is bound to put you in a deep slumber as it is very laggy and stretchy. The film picks up pace a little bit only in the second half but that too in bits and fragments. All in all there was neither boom nor bang in 'Bangistan' but the only thing which is an exception is that the film tries to convey a very universal message. The message is that all Muslims are not necessarily terrorists and it does not matter whether you are a Hindu or a Muslim, whether you are burnt or buried after death, you will only land up in one place and that religion is not God-made but infact Man-made.
Finally, while it's a fact that there is nothing very special about the film, we give it 2 stars only for Riteish Deshmukh's versatile acting and the appropriate editing by Shweta Venkat. Watch it only if you haven't yet seen a film with a social message or if you have nothing better to do this weekend.