Dev’s ‘Paglu’ which has hit the screen on the same day as Jeet’s ‘Shatru’ in the battle between the two superstars is one of his worst films in recent times.A new trend has started with this film of Dev of making films with titles based on hit songs of previous films of Dev like for e.g Paglu taken from ‘Paglu Dance Dance’ from Bolo Na Tumi Aamar’ and soon to follow Khokababu taken from ‘Khokababu Jai Lal Juto Pai’ from ‘Sedin Dekha Hoyechilo’.The film with such a name and storyline had no reason to be made in the first place.
The film begins with Dev(Dev),a college student who comes across Rimi,a girl who comes down from the U.S to take admission in Princeton College,the college where he studies.She becomes a matter of contention between Dev and his rival in college, Ronnie whom Dev defeats in a challenge and wins over Rimi.Rimi’s father, a Senator in the U.S(yup, one of the biggest shocks!) lands up in town and takes her back to the U.S on the pretext of celebrating her birthday.He separates the couple , but they vow to get back to each other.Dev’s visa is rejected so he organizes a public rally and pleads his love for Rimi which helps him get his visa!Once he lands up there , he starts a game with Rimi’s father which sees him laying down a challenge to him and also sees him getting bashed up by his goons .He reterns and takes away with Rimi with him, but later Rimi goes back to her house before the deadline ends though they could have escaped as Dev wanted to prove a point.Dev goes back to India and Rimi joins him later.
The film is somewhat based on a theme of fantasy because all that takes place can not take place under normal circumstances.There are a few things to note about this film.They are Dev’s usage of nanchaku.It is worth admiring.Secondly the pug in the film is shown as a messenger of love and also 91221, a code word which is meant to say ILU.The entire plot is more than improbable and perhaps improbability is the biggest thing about this film.The conflict between the U.S and India is constantly potrayed through the body language and dialogues of Dev and Rimi’s father who ‘represent ‘ the two countries respectively.Using exotic locales as a backdrop in songs and even in other portions of the film don't serve any purpose though it does look beautiful.The film hasn’t been shot in the U.S at all , rather it has shot in parts of Europe .The performances aren't too great.One of the worst things about this film are it’s songs.It seems that as if Jeet Ganguli is getting worse and worse everyday.What terrible songs!Mika Singh has made his Tollywood playback debut with the title song of Paglu along with Akriti Kakkar and it is terrible.With a name like Paglu(for no rhyme or reason),how and why do you expect it to be even a decent film?Rajatava Dutta playing a Senator?The class of people who go to see this film have no idea what that means and to them U.S,U.K or even Europe is all the same as they will not be able to differentiate one from the other.
Paglu is a Tollywood adaptation of YS Chowdary's Telugu super-hit Devadasu starring Ram, Ileana, Sayaji Shinde, Venu Madhav, MS Narayana, Vidya, Rama Prabha and others. Four songs of Paglu have been shot in Switzerland.
Between the two superstars ,it is clearly Jeet’s 'Shatru' which should emerge as the winner at the box office.