India Pakistan: Film Review – An interesting premise with a forgettable story!

After appearing in Salim and Naan, music director-turned-actor Vijay Antony stars in his third film, India Pakistan. Unlike his first two films which dealt with serious subjects, this film deals with the comedy genre. Directed by N. Anand, this film has an interesting premise and a few good laughs, but is ruined by too many subplots, that shifts focus on too many unworthy issues. And this results in a messy and tiring film!

Intending to be a ‘family entertainer’, India-Pakistan gives us double-meaning jokes, silly stereotypes and ridiculously insensitive humor. In one particular scene, we see how our hero tries to spot a rapist in the crowd. And he tests this by asking a villager to pick a stone from the ground. The ‘chubby’ villager struggles to even bend. And voila! This is how you eliminate an innocent person from a group of possible rapists. The makers of this film decided to make a joke on the issue of rape; a problem that is currently shaking the nation. Given how the society is finding means to deal with this heinous crime, the makers could’ve avoided poking fun at this sensitive issue. Really. Please stop.

The film gives us interesting comedy portions too and the last 15 minutes are a proof! With actors like Pasupathi and M. S. Bhaskar, this could’ve been a laugh-riot, but fails due to the dull and juvenile humor. The film also tries to be serious by focusing on a murder and a corrupt police. And this officer struggles to speak even a sentence of Tamil perfectly! This could’ve either been a full comedy or a serious film.

Among the star cast, Pasupathy and M. S. Bhaskar stand out with their engaging performance. Although the Vijay Antony has featured in three different films, there is one thing constant in all  of them – and that is, Vijay Antony’s impassive acting. Newcomer Sushma also does a decent job. The cinematography and editing is one of the highlights of this film. With well-lit and visually pleasing shots, N. Om’s cinematography is very good!

Why should you watch the film:

Watch this film if you’re a fan of Vijay Antony, and if you’re in a mood to watch a time-pass entertainer.


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