Star Cast: Riteish Deshmukh, Pulkit Samrat, Jacqueline Fernandez, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Kumud Mishra, Arya Babbar
Director: Karan Anshuman
Producer: Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani
Claps For: Humour
Slaps For: Weak execution, cliched twist post interval, climax
What's new: The film preaches a social message in a humorous way.
Popcorn Refill: Interval Anytime
Story: The film opens with a scene where the viewers are introduced to a fictitious country named 'Bangistan'. The place is divided into two parts with North Bangistan occupied by Muslims while South Bangistan occupied by Hindus. Here both the religions are always at war with each other.
Cut to we are introduced to a video conferencing call between religious heads of Bangistan, Imaam (Tom Alter) and Shankaracharya (Shiv Subramaniam) who discuss about the upcoming '13th World Religious Conference' which will be held in Poland.
Then the main protagonists of the film come into the picture. Hafeez Bin Ali aka Harold (Riteish Deshmukh) quits his job at a call centre after facing a certain 'religious backlash' on duty. Later he gets brainwashed in the name of religion by the chief of 'Al-Kaam Tamaam' to become a suicide bomber in order to blow up the peace conference. To avoid being recognized he adopts a Hindu identity as 'Ishwarchand Sharma'.
On the other hand, a struggling Hindu actor Pravin Chaturvedi (Pulkit Samrat) who is a devout follower of the 'Maa Ka Dal' organization is on a similar mission. He too adopts a fake identity as Allah Rakha Khan.
What will happen when these two aspiring terrorists come face-to-face and their sinister motives are revealed is what forms the crux of the film.
Performance: Riteish Deshmukh with his dead pan expression fails to impress and in some scenes looks highly uncomfortable. Pulkit Samrat tries hard to be funny but instead ends up being quite annoying. Jacqueline Fernandez has nothing much to offer and is just an eye candy in the film. The supporting cast too don't have much to offer.
Direction: Karan Anshuman fails to extract an impressive performance from the cast. The film starts off as a comic caper with some brilliant funny moments. However post interval we are treated to a cliched twist and an extremely idiotic climax that leaves you unimpressed in the end. The film's music and tracks aren't memorable and fails to connect with the youngsters except for a song or two. The picturesque location of Poland has been captured beautifully by Szymon Lenkowski.
Combo-on-Offer: Social message+ Humour+ Cliched plot.
Verdict: We give Bangistan Slaps for the poor acting skills, weak direction and old formula story.