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Joker (2012)

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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.

Director:

Shirish Kunder

Writers:

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

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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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Sometimes BEING ALIEN is the only option!

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,865, 2 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$127,954, 2 September 2012
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Chitrangada Singh made Special appearance in the song "Kafirana" in this movie See more »

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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 »

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Better than 100-crore club entries
1 September 2012 | by shmsndr822See all my reviews

A social satire, an entertainer and a little gem of a movie - that is what Joker is. If you expect a man singlehandedly vanquishing an army of goons with a rickety lever or a bevy of bikini-clad size-zero beauties parading up the screen, this is not your movie. But if you like underdog movies, with a realistic touch, Joker is a terrific entertainer and would definitely be your cup of tea.

As everybody now knows, this is the tale of Agastya (Akshay), a NASA scientist who comes back to India with his lady-love Diva (Sonakshi) to visit his ailing father on his death-bed. When he returns, he finds out it was only a ploy by his half-lunatic dad and other residents of his nondescript village Paglapur to get his help in getting government assistance for the place. Initially reluctant, Agastya agrees to put his village out of the mess. When seeking government assistance fails, he tries crooked ways. And he cooks up the story of aliens landing in the village with elaborate crop circles and glowing lanterns. The media converges on the place and Paglapur becomes a hot spot overnight.

And then Agastyas plans begin to fall apart. Does he finally succeed in retaining the fame for Pagalpur or get arrested? Watch Joker to learn more.

This is not a movie that you would like if you love only butt-kicking or bikini-show. If you appreciate satires such as "Khatta Meetha" or 'Peeli Live", this is one movie you should not miss. It is better than illogical films like "Ek Tha Tiger," "Agneepath" or "Tees Maar Khan". Watch it as a satire and a journey of desperation by an impoverished lot and you will come out of the screen smiling. This is not a perfect movie but quite well-made, with a couple of ludicrous scenes thrown in here and there. Which is of course, trademark Bollywood.


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