Vinay Pathak in a double role, Mahi Gill, Saurabh Shukla,
Mona Singh, Delnaz Paul and Sanjay Mishra
Vinay Pathak, an established name in the Ďsmallí films
circuit plays a double role in this thriller directed by
Srikanth V. Velagaleti. Utt Pataang starts quite
promisingly and is a thrilling comedy flick about
several incidents occurring during a night.
It isnít a brainless comedy as the name suggests. Yet it
has eccentric characters, nursing broken hearts and
desperately longing for love.
The film is
basically an account of happenings on one particular
night. Ram (Vinay Pathak) is a 35-year-old ordinary guy
from Mumbai who has been ditched by his rough and
foul-mouthed lady love Sanjana (Mahie Gill)..
A lost bag full of money is discovered and then we have
these characters and their mutual interactions, showcasing the elements of
lust, love, greed and crime in their contrasting personalities.
A series of events Ė comic, romantic, hot and thrilling, involving many phone
calls, police, a huge sum of money and lots of chaos unfold as the characters
are drawn into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse chase.
Vinay Pathak excels specifically in his role as a gangster and proves yet
again that he's a fantastic actor. Saurabh Shukla is exceptional all through.
Mona Singh is refreshing in her comeback avatar.
Vinay Pathak Ė Ram / Lucky
Mahi Gill - Sanjana
Saurabh Shukla - Nandu
Mona Singh - Koel
Delnaz Paul - Nimmi
Nandu (Saurabh Shukla) is
Ramís friend a rather clueless, inept detective. While
having dinner at a restaurant, Ram and Nandu meet Koyal
(Mona Singh), a small-town girl who has been betrayed by
her boyfriend. The cunning Nandu hooks up Ram with Koyal
and sneaks away stealthily.
While Ram and Koyal, who are thrown together, and seek
comfort in each other, Ramís girlfriend Sanjana visits
his house to pick her belongings. She is in for a shock.
She finds her new boyfriend and a French obsessed
gangster Lucky (Vinay Pathak in his second role) there.
Mahie Gill disappoints though she sizzles on the screen
like a hot sexy-siren in the role of a con-woman but
hasnít got much to do other than giving uncaring looks
and stares who just hams! Delnaaz Paul, Murli Sharma and
Govind Namdeo appear for some time, and were wonderful.
Utt Pataang is an experimental comedy-gangster flick
which needs your complete attention. If you miss a
single moment, then you would miss out a vital sequence
which would make the narrative thereafter difficult to
decipher. This is one thrilling comic story where the
entire drama takes place in a single night.
A typically different element of this film is that
barring Vinay Pathakís role where he is typecast as a
simpleton, rest of them, including his gangster
character, have either a crooked or a shady side to
their personalities where each one is double crossing
- Shaami M. Irfan
Credits & Crew:
Banner - Rash Productions
Director - Srikant Velagaleti
Producer - Aparna Joshi
Music Director - Shamir Tandon
Lyrics - Arun Kumar, Rohit Sharma
Story - Srikant Velagaleti
Screenplay - Saurabh Shukla, Srikant Velagaleti
Dialogue - Saurabh Shukla
Cinematographer - Arun Verma
Editor - Sankalp Meshram
Art Director - Tina Dharamsay
Background Music - Sanjoy Chowdhury
Playback Singers Ė Shaan, Toshi Raina, Ahan Shah
Media Relation - Aarti Salgaonkar, Perception Managers