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Bangistan (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 7 August 2015 (USA)
Two blundering terrorists with lofty ideologies, but ordinary talent, on a mission to change the world.

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Karan Anshuman
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michalina Olszanska
Jacqueline Fernandez ... Rosie
Riteish Deshmukh ... Hafeez
Zachary Coffin ... Stanislav the Polish Cop
Rajesh Sharma ... Swami Gaumukhanand Gowswami
Pulkit Samrat ... Praveen
Saharsh Kumar Shukla ... Kaaluram
Tom Alter ... The Imam
Aakash Dabhade ... Sanichara
Kumud Mishra ... Abba / Guruji
Cezary Pazura ... Tom
Andrzej Blumenfeld ... Wilfred
Marta Zmuda Trzebiatowska ... Katherine Polanski
Tomasz Karolak ... Wilhelm
Janusz Chabior ... Bobbitsky
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Bangistan is a whip smart and uproarious satire on fundamentalism and the story of two unlikely terrorists, the antitheses of each other, with a common destructive goal. Concerned by the unrest in the name of religion, Subcontinental leaders of Muslims and Hindus, the Imam and the Shankaracharya, announce that they're attending the International Peace Conference in Krakow in a joint effort to help unite the two religions in perpetual harmony. Rival rabble-rousing ragtag organizations, the Islamist Al-Kaam Tamam and right-wing political party Maa Ka Dal separately recruit and brainwash Hafeez and Praveen to suicide bomb the conference so that they may continue to wield their local influence. After a rigorous, and hilarious, 'training' period the two men switch their religious identities to stay under the radar. Hafeez, the jihadi, masquerades as a conservative Hindu, Ishwarchand; while Praveen, the Hindu soldier, dons the garb of a practicing Muslim, Allahrakha. Focused on the mission,... Written by Dhruvi Dokania

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

7 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Бангистан See more »

Filming Locations:

Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The author of 'The Hindoos' (the book that the invaders left behind in a library that Hafeez opens to learn about Hinduism) is 'D Viders' - a poke at British colonialism. See more »

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Produced by: Ram Sampath
Performed by: Ram Sampath and Abhishek Nailwal
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A tacky and not so funny, over the top execution sadly fails to convey the noble message of One Religion.
2 August 2016 | by bobbysingSee all my reviews

As an idea it really feels exciting to assume a film about two amateurish suicide bombers from a fictitious (Indian) land, planning to sabotage a World Peace Conference held in Poland. And the excitement increases further when in this comic plot, the Hindu bomber poses as a Muslim and the Muslim one portrays himself as a Hindu, trying to fool the authorities and participants together. However as experienced many times before, the plot that looks like a killer one on the paper doesn't turn out to be anything even close to average or fairly enjoyable when transformed into a film unfortunately.

Beginning on a positive note, revealing the hidden secret behind every communal riot happening in the city, BANGISTAN commences as a political satire with all Indian characters in the script, but then slowly gets into the mold of a western comedy, unable to make any kind of substantial impact on the viewer due to more than one reason. Apart from all (unexpectedly) over the top performances, it has many weird sequences like a hotel room (in Poland) with a big hole in the roof connecting it with the upper floor, a goat brought in the same hotel for Eid without the owner's permission, an over- clever Hindi speaking taxi driver being the informer, the two Russian/Chinese eccentric bomb suppliers with their hidden laboratories and the two foreign police officers behaving like fools. The dialogues that ought to be the backbone of such message oriented satires, have been written pretty casually with only few enjoyable lines coming after long gaps.

Having a decent opening 15 minutes, the pointless script keeps progressing with all forced, supposed to be funny moments post interval too. And then it eventually comes to an end with a long, preachy unimpressive climax that is unable to convey any kind of social message of 'One Religion' to the viewers. In short, though director Karan Anshuman might have had all good intentions to make an entertaining comedy with a message of World peace, the film fails to deliver the same and disappoints badly. In other words, following a western pattern of satirical comedy featuring all Indian characters, BANGISTAN keeps hanging in between and remains far away from impactful attempts such as the recent FILMISTAAN and more.

In the performances, Ritesh Deshmukh tries his best but also looks like uninterested and unconvinced with the content throughout its two hours of duration. On the other hand, Pulkit Samrat puts in much more energy than required going over the top and so do the actors in the supporting cast, particularly the hamming Arya Babbar. Moreover its really confusing to see Jacqueline in such a poor role of a local waitress doing simply nothing in the film other than providing the glamour.

Summing up, BANGISTAN has a poor direction, below average soundtrack but a better cinematography that unsuccessfully tries to give a significant message of 'One Religion of the World' to its audience.

However mentioning its only merit, there is a thoughtful song coming towards the end with the lyrics,

"Mujhko Kuchh Bhi Pata Nahin Tha, Waqt Bada Hi Achha Tha, Mera Koi Dharam Nahin Tha, Jab Main Chhota Bacha Tha"


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