Pangaa Gang - Movie Review

Jan 16, 2010, 07:47 IST | Bryan Durham

Three boys, one girl, a squirrel with an amorous bear as her deewana pit their wits against a poacher-deforester-queen-b***h-evil-hag-all-rolled-into- one and her cronies.

Pangaa Gang
U; Animation
Dir: Pankaj Sharma
Cast: Archana Puran Singh, Sudesh Bhosle, Purbi Joshi, Sweeney Khera, Anubhab Saha, Ashar Sheikh, Koustuv Ghosh, Vinod Sharma
**


Three boys, one girl, a squirrel with an amorous bear as her deewana pit their wits against a poacher-deforester-queen-b***h-evil-hag-all-rolled-into- one and her cronies.

The prize? Oxygen for all and Shantivan, a forest filled with a bunch of herbivores and one carnivore (the bear, at least I think he is supposed to be) and several trees, flora, fauna et al.

Shemaroo's latest offering, helmed and written by Pankaj Sharma, seems more videogamey than animation-flicksy.



Sharma also choreographs and that could explain the chillar dance style. He also does the dialogues a healthy dose of Hinglish.

There are several fart jokes at the expense of fat boy Gatru. Fitness freak/do-gooder Chintu and Matru, his sidekick are well-etched characters and seem an obvious nod to Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle.
 
The rendering and character design are benchmark-worthy as far as Indian animation is concerned. Detailing is a strength throughout.

Too many sawaals with no jawaabs, though. One wonders who lets precocious kids like these run amok. They need to do their thing I get that but why do they live in a big house all by themselves, unsupervised?

Is this a frat house or a PG accommodation? Are these kids or teens? Why is Katiree (Singh) living like a dacoit (obvious references to Sholay)? What are these powers that Rinki and Chintu have and how did they get them? Is Rinki a wood sprite?

In the end, however, it all boils down to this. Does the filminess work to desired effect? Nope. Should you watch this one? If you caught all of Sharma's past work, I don't see why the hell not. If not, pangaa na le, give this one a skip unless you got time to kill. Actually!

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