Bangistan Movie Review

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Bangistan Movie Poster
Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:41:47.1470000 IST

There are good expectations from Excel Entertainment's, Karan Anshuman directed BANGISTAN. Music is helmed by Ram Sampath whose association with the produThere are good expectations from Excel Entertainment's, Karan Anshuman directed BANGISTAN. Music is helmed by Ram Sampath whose association with the production company is a long and fruitful one ction company is a long and fruitful one - TALAASH, FUKREY etc.


A traditional 'qawwali', 'Ishq Karenge' springs a pleasant surprise right in the beginning although the tune is heard before (reminiscent of Riteish's very own 'Mast Kalandar' HEYY BABYY in parts). Sona Mohapatra and Abhishek Nailwal (along with Shadab Sabri) do justice to the number.

The Edm version of 'Ishq Karenge' is a good second hear.

The iconic inspirational composition, 'Man Mein Hai Vishwas' is the backbone for this dark, satirical and at times humorous 'Hogi Kranti'. The song is a situational one and lyrics throw light on the two leads, whose aim in life is to become a terrorist and cause disharmony and terror. Ram Sampath and Abhishek Nailwal render the number with ease but fail to rise above an average tune.

The party number, as is evident from the title track, 'Saturday Night', is light and pleasant with bouncy rhythm and light frothy percussions / arrangements. Aditi Singh Sharma, Benny Dayal , Neeraj Shridhar and Janusz Krucinki put their best foot forward.

The situational 'sufi' song, 'Maula' is a heart touching number that promotes communal harmony and talks about God being omnipresent and in everyone's heart. It encompasses the noble spirit of oneness and one God and that every religion has one goal. Rituraj Mohanty and Ram Sampath deserve brownie points for a well rendered number.

Ram Sampath finally comes to form with the superb rock number 'Meri Zidd', and Siddharth Basrur renders the number with elan. Hard rock guitar strumming is the highlight of this dramatic situational number which is motivational.

The song that incorporates the spirit of fight, 'Is Duniya Se Ladna Hai', is a situational one and sung in a sort of rap/ reggae style and should translate well on screen. Suraj Jagan and Abhisehk Nailwal complement each other.

Summing up, Ram Sampath's effort in BANGISTAN is not up to the mark, especially when compared to his earlier works for Excel. The songs which have the potential are way too classy like 'Meri Zidd' and 'Maula', and they happen to be our picks as well! The situational numbers will appeal more after the release of the film on July 31.

Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below


Is BANGISTAN a comedy? I wish it was! I was hoping it was. I read it was.

Did the director even realize that he shifted focus and was just meandering through in the first half?

I hope so.


And did Excel Entertainment understand that the film turned preachy towards the end, although, I would like to believe that it was not the intention. But then when you have too much running into your mind [with no clarity of thought at the table] before executing the first shot, films like BANGISTAN do happen.

With all these thoughts running through my mind, I hail an auto for D N Nagar Metro Station after the Press Preview on Thursday. Before I can jump in, I am met with another critic who asks me what I thought of the film. I'm still at a loss for words. I mention the name Karan Anshuman and it being familiar. She tells me that he was a film critic earlier. That puts one puzzle in place.

However, I'm still sozzled by the entire presentation. I'm trying to figure out things in my mind, to make sense of what I have just seen.

Wanting to understand if the autowallah has seen the film, and wanting to ensure I understood the movie, I ask the driver...

Me: Have you seen BANGISTAN?

Auto driver: Whatay film! I've seen it twice already!

Me: But you couldn't...

Auto driver: Miracles happen when a reviewer turns filmmaker.

Me: Obviously you liked it...

Auto driver: Liked? Liked! Is that even a question? Did you see the last leap out of a conference hall? Those two terrorists have a sudden change of heart. What a climax!

Me: Err, if you could just...

Auto driver: And then, next scene! They both are alive! Thank God. I thought they died in the blast. They had the bomb in their hands, you see!

Me: Alive? You mean...

Auto driver: And then that story of how they were trying to finish off the bomber because he bungled big time!

Me: Yeah, but...

Auto driver: And then lovely Jacqueline Fernandez makes an appearance. And its love at first sight.... for Pulkitbhai that is.

Me: Yeah wasn't that strange? She just appeared out of nowhere, even though the script did not demand it. She also sang a song.

Auto driver: Arrre, what you saying? Look at how gorgeous she looked. She did not look so stunning even in KICK. How can the script not demand it?

Me: Now that you put it that way...

Auto driver: And that funny manner on how they went about assembling a bomb and the Polish police coming over to check and not finding anything. That was a masterstroke.

Me: Well...

Auto driver: Even Pulkit still wanting to bomb after being told that the people who sent him will come after him...


Auto driver:
And what a climax in the end. Did I mention it? Every religious head is in Poland and Arya Babbar has now been sent to bomb... then he grabs a mike and gives a speech instead of pressing the button...

Me: Exactly... was it a comedy or a...?

(Since the reviewer was at a loss for words, he dug up reviews of the first-time director and found a template for this masterpiece!)

Rating 0.5/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat, Riteish Deshmukh, Pulkit Samrat, Jacqueline Fernandez and Chandan Roy Sanyal
  • Lyrics: Puneet Krishna
  • Director: Karan Anshuman
  • Music Director: Ram Sampath
  • Release Date : 31 Jul 2015