Starring: Vinay Pathak, Neha Dhupia, Rajat Kapoor,
Naseeruddin Shah, Sanjay Mishra
Directed by Saurabh Shukla
This is yet another
bollywood flick featuring odd couples – the subject
which has always connected with audiences. There were
many subjects which the hindi film industry has served
us - incompatible individuals who somehow hall in love
even with their conflicting personalities whish are
exploited for humour.
Ideally, Pappu is a pseudonym addresses to those males
who, generally speaking are considered nincompoops.
Vidhyadhar Acharya (Vinay Pathak), a medical
representative in Mumbai, has come to the city from
Benares. He is a simpleton who hasn't left his small
town values behind in Mumbai, the city which never
Mehak is an aggressive
personality and is a master manipulator when it comes to
real life situations. But our ‘pappu’ isn’t that naïve
and he is wise enough not to succumb to her charms. No
wonder they share hostile relations. But as the story
proceeds, this hostility is replaced by trust and then a
sense of longing for each other.
It so happens that Mehak has to share the apartment with
him. Vidyadhar is horrified at his new room partner’s
attitude, her dress sense and her choice of friends.
Slowly this dismay melts and a tender bond of friendship
The first half has some edgy dialogue baazi which is
followed by a witty wordplay. But the second half is
where the patience of the viewer is tested.
Credits & Crew:
Banner - R Vision India Pvt. Ltd
Producer - Ravindra Singh, Sameer Nair
Story Writer - Saurabh Shukla
Choreographer - Longines Fernandes
Music Director - Malhar Patekar
Director - Saurabh Shukla
Lyrics - Amitabh Bhattacharya, Saurabh Shukla
Editor - Sankalp Meshram
Cinematography - Fuwad Khan
Dialogues - Saurabh Shukla
Sound - Resul Pookutty
It has a fine story which depicts the intricate style of
living of those thousands of small town dreamers who
arrive in this mega city. It wouldn’t be fair to address
them as ‘pappus’
Vidhyadhar lives in a flat which is supposedly meant for
government employees and that too since that's all he can
Mehak (Neha Dhupia), a tall and beautiful girl is his next
door neighbor. Like hundreds of aspiring artists flocking
to this dream city, she has come from Kolhapur and is a
Neha Dhupia’s sex appeal is
retained along with her improved acting performance.
Vinay Pathak needs no mention as such he is a master in
getting into the character of the guy from Benaras.
Sanjay Mishra as the owner of a food stall is fine but
Naseeruddin Shah is in the drama for a brief part. Rajat
Kapoor, is convincing in yet another performance as the
long-haired middle-aged choreographer.
At least one thing is sure that this film is an honest
effort as compared to the recent flood of senseless
comedies and dramas.
- Aniz Filmvala
Vinay Pathak - Vidyadhar Acharya
Neha Dhupia - Mehak Malavde
Anand Abhyankar - Mehak's Father
Eddie Seth - Darsheel
Kanchan Pagare - Tavade
Rati Shankar Tripathi - Dwivedi
Datta Sonawane - Police Constable