It often becomes difficult to review a film which is too imaginary but has sincere performances to its credit. Dev (with the same name here) plays a loverboy cum action hero, a poor orphan studying in Princeton College while Koyel (Rimi) is the daughter of Rajatava Dutta, an Indian Senator in USA. She comes to India to know her motherland and meets Dev and the inevitable happens - they fall in love. But Rajatava snatches away her visa and locks up in her room till Dev comes to USA (well, the way he came to USA is more than a fantasy!!) and rescues Rimi with both brain and brawn.
Nothing refreshingly new, so we have to look for performance. In such cases, when a topic has been discussed often in cinema, the performances matter the most. In fact, the story-line being too imaginary and far, far from reality will not be able to impress the audience at all.
Dev is very good as the hero, and we can't judge his acting as his role demands style and approach, not emotions or acting. He walks on to the stage with a style, gets the trophy with a style and returns with a style - it's all about style! It also proves that Dev has improved by leaps and bounds since his "I Love You" days. It really needs an applause. Yet, at times Dev sparkles brilliantly but those moments are rare due to the script.
Koyel also gets no scope of showcasing her acting. But we know she is a great actress and her expressions are very much polished. She has the flamboyance and dignity of a Western girl, a modern girl who can give some very good expressions.
The best thing of this movie is none other than Rajatava Dutta's acting. He is SUPER-HILARIOUS! Watch out for his dialogues and you'll be rolling on the floor, laughing. He has played to perfection the role of a humorous villain. His dialogues include, "Dariye theke meyer narikata dekhechi, narinokkhotro shob jani", "Jiska koi nahi hain uska sasur hain", "Tor premer dorjay ami tala lagiye diyechi", "Amar kintu gham hochche, amar rag hole White House thorthor kore kapte thake!".
Dev's friends, who have got him the money to get the passport, could have been a little less loud. They sometimes become too disturbing. Partha Sarathi Mukherjee is good in such roles but he says some lines which are obviously forced.
Music is good. "Mon Bebagi" gives you the feeling somehow that you're outside on a summer afternoon while the title track sets you grooving. "Prem Ki Bujhini" is good while we get an almost successful, sweet experimental song "Janemon tui jibon".
Entertainment is the USP of "Paglu". If you are not bothered about logic (specially!), storyline, whether it's a copy or not, etc. and only want some full-on entertainment without any serious thinking just to get out of the hectic life, watch it. Watch it for the performance, not for the script.