This spoof comedy narrates the story of a cop Arjun Patiala (Diljit Dosanjh) and his sidekick Onidda Singh (Varun Sharma). Together, will they be able to accomplish their mission of a crime-free town with their goofy style of policing?
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Arjun Patiala(Diljit Dosanjh)has recently been initiated into the police service. A man who has spend most of his early life disciplining himself in Judo and getting into the forces now decides its time to take it easy. He's introduced to his loyal "chita munshi" who soon turns into a confidant- Onida Singh. ( Varun Sharma) We quickly realise Arjun Patiala's quirks - That he is fond of women, and even fonder of his drink. But his quirky, original and unusual ideas help him reduce the crime rate in the city without even moving a finger. Along the way Arjun falls in love with a firebrand news reporter - Ritu Randhawa (Kriti Sanon) who might pull the curtain on his deeds. A laugh riot film, Arjun Patiala will leave you in splits.These unforgettable characters are definitely here to stay.
After the film's release, Puneet Agarwal, a man from Delhi complained to the police that he had been receiving hundreds of phone calls from fans of the actress Sunny Leone asking him to let them talk to her, upon realizing his phone number had been used in a scene where Sunny's character dictates it. She later apologized, telling she didn't mean for that to happen to him. See more »
The UK release was cut, the distributor chose to make cuts for a 12A classification following which the needed cuts were made as directed. Sequences of strong violence were removed and the film was passed 12A, with no additional cuts. An uncut 15 classification was available. See more »
The Way Movie Comedies Are Made
Can you make a farce about a police force that accepts bribes, misuses its authority to break contracts to promote girl friends for its members and ultimately promotes criminals to kill each other in public? Well, you can make a farce about anything. Depending on how you handle it, it can actually be funny. This movie pulls out the stops in terms of reducing the war on crime to a sports-season elimination match and individual gunfights to video-game notation as one way of dehumanizing criminals, making their deaths funnier to an audience predisposed to dislike them anyway. Why it makes all the criminals Sikhs is not something that is clear to me, unless it's simply because its set in the Punjab.
It starts out with a screenwriter trying to talk a movie producer into buying his script. On hearing it has lots of heroes, criminals, jokes, a beautiful girl or six, and several dance numbers, the producer announces he has never read a script in his career and accepts. the writer insists on reading the script to him anyway.
Diljit Dosanjh wins a judo competition, which means he is hired to be a police captain at a small station. He has no training for the job, and he accepts the station door that falls off, the cow kept on the grounds, and is baffled by the computer on his desk. His first order of business is to acquire a girl friend, and he soon settles on statuesque newscaster Sunny Leone. His second order of business is to please his superior by wiping out crime in his precinct. His means of attaining this is to figure out who the criminals in his district are, then set them against each other. He and his staff keep charts like a elimination tournament while the bad guys eliminate each other, then claim that 'the police are always late' Miss Leone begins to catch on, and she disapproves of the unnecessary deaths.
It's clear me that there are many efforts made to dehumanize the characters in the movie, to make it easier to laugh at their bloody deaths. The movie makes it clear that it is a fiction. When the criminals are fighting, little eight-bit video game scores appear next to them as they get shot, knifed or hit by a brick. Just at the point where matters grow serious, there is a musical number.
These efforts are partially successful. It's not clear to me that someone involved in the production wasn't intent on satirically deconstructing the way things work, both in the corrupt real world and in movies. If so, it remains stuck deep in the subtext of the film.
Some of the jokes worked. Some didn't.
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