One has often heard jokes revolving around two funny but affable characters named Santa Singh and Banta Singh. Taking inspiration from them, director Akashdeep Sabir has made a film by the name of SANTA BANTA PVT LTD. Will the film turn out to be as successful as the brand Santa and Banta or will it become a laughing stock at the box-office, let’s analyse.
The film starts off with the animated introduction of two best friends viz., Santeshwar Singh Solad aka Santa (Boman Irani) and Banteshwar Singh Bolad aka Banta (Vir Das) leading their crazy but simple lives in Punjab.
As for the performances, the film rests totally on the shoulders and antics (in that order) of the duo of Vir Das and Boman Irani. While Vir Das is not new to such kind of quirky and whacked out roles (most of his past films serve testimonies to this), it is the seasoned Boman Irani who manages to maintain some balance in the film. Even though the camaraderie between the two is decent, it’s the film’s lacklustre and weak script that plays the spoilsport.
The film’s heroines viz., Neha Dhupia and Lisa Haydon, do their job of providing the glam quotient. The talents of seasoned actors like Johny Lever, Ram Kapoor, Vijay Raaz and Sanjay Mishra, which could have been utilised in a much appropriate manner, land up looking either out spaced or wasted in the film. Nothing, but the hopelessly poor script is the sole reason for this.
However, absolutely nothing is known about the core plot of the film and all one can see in a handful of promos is a few gags. In fact, it is tad surprising that the film is seeing a release of sorts across major multiplex chains. All in all, no fireworks are expected at least on Friday. Chances are that it would be The Jungle Book that would enjoy best box office collections in its third weekend as well.