ARJUN PATIALA movie review is here. The spoof stars Diljit Dosanjh, Kriti Sanon and Varun Sharma. Directed by Rohit Jugraj Chauhan known for Punjabi hits JATT JAMES BOND, SARDAAR JI. Does ARJUN PATIALA tickle your funny bones?. Let’s find out in the movie review of ARJUN PATIALA.
Immediate reaction when the end credits roll?
Diljit Dosanjh is a bundle of talent. The actor singer, who should be enjoying a feast of platters after platters in Bollywood, has to settle with a plate of snacks. It’s his sincerity and Varun’s innocent comic charm that saves this spoof from a complete disaster.
The story of ARJUN PATIALA
Ritesh Shah and Sandeep Leyzell try a rare cop comedy genre a spoof in fact where a happy go lucky policewala Arjun Patiala (Diljit Dosanjh) and his sidekick Onidda Singh (Varun Sharma) are having fun in leading a life by earning some extra from small bribes. A chance encounter with an honest reporter Ritu Randhawa (Kriti Sanon) make them realize the importance of their dharma and how they change their karma forms the crux of this comedy.
Diljit Dosanjh and Varun Sharma are an endearing mix of Chulbul and Simmba minus the machismo something distantly similar to the cops played by Anupam Kher and Satish Shah in David Dhawan’s JUDWAA starring Salman Khan for example. The banter between the two and the camaraderie they share brings smiles to our faces.
Rohit Jugraj Chauhan has a premise and acting talents like Ronit Roy as IPS Amarjeet Singh Gill, Seema Pahwa as MLA, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as the criminal Sakool and the oomph of Sunny Leone in the song “Crazy Habibi vs Decent Munda” but somehow the script fails to match the talents of the lead and supporting cast in total. There are quirky scenes and the joke on Bollywood cop movies does land but there are some glaring misses as well.
Kirti Sanon doesn’t get the scope she deserves. Rohit Jugraj Chauhan does bring some sporadic laughter’s and quirky humour but the director fails to create the magic created with Diljit Dosanjh during SARDAAR JI. The quirkiness of the metaphor to include video games like Donkey Kong during the narration to represent the tussle between good and evil at times turn flat as there are no proper sequences to make it effective. Rohit Jugraj Chauhan certainly has the flair and understanding of the genre and his medium but the script plays spoil sport. And at times the script is missing from the field. The strange inclusion of Pankaj Tripathi and the idea of a film within a film work’s only at the end when the house help passes a comment. Surprisingly, the reaction of Pankaj during the narration is missing.
ARJUN PATIALA the scoop circus would have been a disaster if Diljit Dosanjh and Varun Sharma where not its ‘jokers’. They may not ask you to party tonight but it’s quite likely that they will be able to put a smile on your face and won’t let you turn ‘serious’. Going with a generous three stars, an extra for the – matvale policewale – Diljit Dosanjh and Varun Sharma (title for an upcoming cop comedy is ready, any takers…)