Vinay Pathak, the actor par excellence has always excelled in films he has been a part of. In Utt Pataang, the audience has the pleasure to watch two of him on the screen.

Utt Pataang is a comic thriller revolving around a missing bag containing five crore rupees. Ram (Vinay Pathak) has a break up from his girlfriend Sanjana (Mahie Gill). She in turn is smitten by Lucky (again Vinay Pathak), a French language obsessed gangster and wants to fleece him in the bargain. Lucky is married to Nimmi (Delnaz Paul) who’s based in Dubai. She transfers five crore rupees to Lucky’s account to buy a house for them. Lucky gets a different idea altogether but before he could put his idea to use, the bag goes missing. Everyone thereafter is after the bag of money. The chase has begun…

All the lead actors including Saurabh Shukla as Ram’s friend Nandu and a detective, Mona Singh as the new love interest in Ram’s life, Sanjay Mishra as Dholu, Murli Sharma as an inspector and others make watching the film interesting with some witty lines. However, it’s Vinay Pathak as Lucky that might be either endearing to some or end up irritating with his French connection.  Saurabh Shukla’s screenplay however is different and the audience might not get the gist of the story until all the relevant scenes play out. The dialogues are witty and interesting in parts though the screenplay moving back and forth might be jarring to some.

Both the soundtrack and the background score are so-so.  Direction by Srikanth Velagaleti is crisp and so is the editing. Competing with another comic thriller in Yeh Saali Zindagi that got released today, Yeh Saali Zindagi definitely stands out among the two.

Still, Utt Pataang is worth a dekho for the crisp screenplay and direction and some lovely comic situations. Good entertainment for sure.

Rating: 2.5/5