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My Friend Pinto (2011)

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Sweet, honest, and optimistic Michael Pinto has a knack for finding trouble. The search for a childhood friend leads him to the big city, and into an outlandish adventure.

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Twenty-something Michael Pinto has grown up in a small Goan village, believing everyone in the world to be simple, kind and honest, just like him. His world revolves around a doting mother, a passion for music and the memories of a childhood friend, Sameer, who left Goa for Mumbai many years ago and hasn't replied to his frequent letters ever since. Pinto's talent for music is only matched by his knack for finding trouble in the unlikeliest of places often resulting in the most outlandish and hilarious situations. When Pinto's idyllic world is shattered by the sudden demise of his mother he decides to head to Mumbai in search of the only friend he knows. Will Pinto find Sameer or will trouble find him first? Will Pinto and his crazy antics survive the big bad city or more importantly, will Mumbai survive a phenomenon called Pinto? Written by Anonymous

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Can easily be called as the worst movie of the year.
24 October 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

What do you expect from a project produced by UTV and Sanjay Leela Bhansali together, who are known for their own brand of cinema in the Hindi Film Industry? – At least a decent interesting film which can give us something worth watching on the big screen.

But MY FRIEND PINTO shatters all such kind of misconceptions in your mind and gives you a real hard time in the theater that one feels likes shouting and running out in protest. Though many of the friends reading this, might like to think differently but as I felt it can easily be termed as the worst movie of the year with not even one marginally entertaining scene in the film right till its climax.

Based on a story revolving around the one night experiences of an innocent boy in Mumbai, the film straight away reminded me of Ketan Mehta's "Oh Darling Yeh Hai India", which also gave me the same kind of tough time in the theater, many years ago. In fact, the first scene of the film only (introducing Pratiek as a confused boy), gives you a strong indication of a badly made deliberate comedy, since Pratiek completely fails to generate the Chaplin kind of impact in his weak portrayal of the Tramp.

And as the film progresses, it goes on from extreme to another teasing the viewer continuously with its highly absurd kind of content and sadly it all stops only when it ends. Directed by Raaghav Dar in a questionable manner, the film follows a bizarre sort of script which has not got 'entertainment' written anywhere in its pages. Moreover the actors too, tend to go over the top repeatedly as if they are really putting up a very good show for the audience. Particularly Pratiek should try to forget this movie as soon as possible to keep his confidence intact and same can also be said for the rest of the cast.

Frankly while watching the film, I had only one thought in mind that how come not even one person from the team involved in its pre or post production process, couldn't guess that they all were actually working on such a waste. Or else its again the case where the project has been made only to show some Big Losses in the account books of the producers in the year end.

In short, just don't get fooled by the two big names, UTV and Sanjay Leela Bhansali written on its posters at all, as this is simply not worth watching, even if you have got some spare hours after your train or fight has got delayed.


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