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Bangistan (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 7 August 2015 (USA)
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Two blundering terrorists with lofty ideologies, but ordinary talent, on a mission to change the world.

Director:

Karan Anshuman
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jacqueline Fernandez ... Rosie
Saharsh Kumar Shukla ... Kaaluram
Riteish Deshmukh ... Hafeez
Michalina Olszanska ... Welcome Girl
Pulkit Samrat ... Praveen
Rajesh Sharma ... Swami Gaumukhanand Gowswami
Zachary Coffin ... Stanislav the Polish Cop
Tom Alter ... The Imam
Aakash Dabhade ... Sanichara
Kumud Mishra ... Abba / Guruji
Cezary Pazura ... Tom
Chandan Roy Sanyal ... Tamim Iqbal
Arya Babbar ... Zulfi
Shivkumar Subramaniam Shivkumar Subramaniam ... The Shankaracharya
Marta Zmuda Trzebiatowska ... Katherine Polanski
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Storyline

Bangistan is a whip smart and uproarious satire on fundamentalism and the story of two unlikely terrorists, the antitheses of each other, with a common destructive goal. Concerned by the unrest in the name of religion, Subcontinental leaders of Muslims and Hindus, the Imam and the Shankaracharya, announce that they're attending the International Peace Conference in Krakow in a joint effort to help unite the two religions in perpetual harmony. Rival rabble-rousing ragtag organizations, the Islamist Al-Kaam Tamam and right-wing political party Maa Ka Dal separately recruit and brainwash Hafeez and Praveen to suicide bomb the conference so that they may continue to wield their local influence. After a rigorous, and hilarious, 'training' period the two men switch their religious identities to stay under the radar. Hafeez, the jihadi, masquerades as a conservative Hindu, Ishwarchand; while Praveen, the Hindu soldier, dons the garb of a practicing Muslim, Allahrakha. Focused on the mission,... Written by Dhruvi Dokania

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

7 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Бангистан See more »

Filming Locations:

Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,263, 9 August 2015

Gross USA:

$48,694

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$810,419
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2.35 : 1
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This is the first film where the new Crossguard Lightsaber appears; even before Star Wars Episode VII, though it was inspired by the trailer. See more »

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Ishq Karenge
Written by: Puneet Krishna
Produced by: Ram Sampath
Performed by: Sona Mohapatra, Abhishek Nailwal and Shadab Faridi
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Good Idea, Average Execution!
10 August 2015 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Critic Turned Writer-Director Karan Anshuman's 'Bangistan' is a Good Idea, but the execution is average. Made with noble intentions, this satirical comedy, however, doesn't leave the impact it ought to have, due to not-so-strong writing.

'Bangistan' Synopsis: After being brainwashed by two extremists, an Indian & a Muslim, turn into suicide bombers & plan to execute a dangerous plan at a cultural event in Poland. But their ideologies change, as they learn the truth about religion & god.

'Bangistan' lacks sharp writing. The Screenplay by Anshuman, Puneet Krishna & Sumit Purohit, definitely is noble, but it isn't engaging enough. The protagonists are decently written, but their journey doesn't inspire much. There are some moments that work, but overall, the narrative isn't full-proof. Anshuman's Direction is amateurish. Cinematography captures the beautiful locales of Poland, nicely. Editing lacks sharpness. Ram Sampath's Score is good.

Performance-Wise Riteish Deshmukh is marvelous & the life of the show. He is sincere, affecting & absolutely believable in his portrayal of a man torn between racial discrimination & violence. Pulkit Samrat is over-the-top. Jacqueline Fernandez is wasted in a cameo, she looks great though. Kumud Mishra is excellent in dual roles. Chandan Roy Sanyal & Aarya Babbar don't work.

On the whole, 'Bangistan' is a half-baked fare.


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