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Joker (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi | 31 August 2012 (India)
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A space scientist working on a project to communicate with aliens visits a village called Paglapur. To improve the plight of the inhabitants of Paglapur, he comes up with a novel idea.


Shirish Kunder


Shirish Kunder (dialogue), Shirish Kunder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Akshay Kumar ... Rajkumar / Agastya
Sonakshi Sinha ... Manali
Shreyas Talpade ... Babban
Minissha Lamba ... News Reporter
Alexx O'Nell ... Simon
Pitobash ... Kachua
Darshan Jariwala ... Agasyta's dad
Vrajesh Hirjee ... Villager
Chitrangda Singh ... Cameo (Segment: Kaafirana)
Vindu Dara Singh ... Sundi
Asrani ... Guruji
Anjan Srivastav ... Minister
Bikramjeet Kanwarpal
Avtar Gill ... Minister
Sanjay Mishra ... Raja


In 1947 when the maps of India and Pakistan were being drawn, an oversight ensured that the village of Paglapur didn't find a place in either country. The village had the distinction of housing the largest mental asylum in the region and in the mêlée that ensued during partition, the asylum inmates broke loose, drove away the villagers and established their own republic in Paglapur. And that's how it stayed for the next 60 years! While the world outside changed, Paglapur remained isolated, with no electricity, television or sanity. Now, decades after the world forgot this village, a NASA scientist of Indian origin, Agastya and his beautiful wife find themselves on the road to Paglapur. Agastya is working on a top secret project for creating a device to communicate with aliens. So why is he in a village whose colorful inhabitants include a man who speaks in gibberish, another who thinks he is a lamp post and everyone else who think Mahatma Gandhi is still around, fighting for ... Written by Production

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Sometimes BEING ALIEN is the only option!


Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


The film was slated to be the first Hindi language 3D film starring a major name. However, Ra.One (2011) and Don 2 (2011) were slated for post-conversion, and 3D films didn't really catch on in India, so 3D plans were scrapped. See more »


Since Agatsya works in the US but was born in India, it can be assumed that he has (or had) an Indian passport. That means Paglapur exists in some government records. At some point, Agatsya must have been required to submit proof of his birth/residence. See more »


Referenced in Comedy Circus Ke Ajoobe: Bollywood Special (2013) See more »


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This JOKER doesn't make you laugh!
31 August 2012 | by chandank13See all my reviews

If you really want to laugh without any laughing moment, JOKER is just for you! I am damn sure, you will do anything, but laugh! Producer Farah Khan while promoting the film, confidently said that 'Joker' would make for a great family viewing at the theaters as elders wouldn't have to worry about raunchy kisses and scintillating skin show popping every now and then in front of the kids. It is fine for the director to think of making a 'clean' movie, but at least there has to be a story to make people sit in the theater. And I doubt that the kids of today, after being fed with Hollywood flicks like 'Ice Age' and 'Spy Kids' would buy this Kunder's fantasy. The story is very run-of the-mill. Akshay (Augustya), a NASA scientist returns to India to improve the condition of his village named 'Paglapur', apparently which has lost its identity from the face of the earth. Now since the administrators have no clue as to under whose jurisdiction Paglapur exist, Augustya's village is devoid of any basic amenities like bijli and paani leading to the inhabitants going eccentric who incidentally happen to be former fugitives of a mental asylum. To improve the situation, Augustya with the help of the villagers hatches an absurd plan to attract media and the administration's attention, but somehow the scheme doesn't work out eventually leading to utter chaos.

Finally, the 'unimaginable' (which was very predictable) happens and Paglapur gets the due it long deserved.

In the acting department, besides Akshay, Shreyas Talpade manages to tickle the funny bone with his gibberish talk. Sonakshi, as usual is just there for the ornamental purpose, but what is really unfortunate is the editing of the film which I expected to be top class considering that it is coming from Shirish Kunder, the master editor himself.

My ratings 1/5 and must say not to spend money on this. Wait for the DVD which will come sooner than expected!

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Release Date:

31 August 2012 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Hilfe, die Aliens greifen an! See more »

Filming Locations:

Chandigarh, Punjab, India See more »


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$105,366, 2 September 2012

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