Sanjay Leela Bhansali's first outing with a comedy, as a producer, is a disappointment to say the least. Pinto, is a simpleton who keeps falling into trouble due to his naive innocence, and the story is about his first visit to Mumbai to meet his friend Sam. Intended to be a situational comedy of errors, MFP is a string of inane and insipid situations strung together by a script that falls apart in the very first ten minutes of the film.
The biggest problem with the movie is the fact the one cannot feel for or even remotely connect to the central character Pinto. Preatiek Babbar is given a very weak character to bring to life, and he does a terribly shabby job of it. His screen presence is embarrassing to say the least. He cannot dance, cannot smile, cannot act, making one wonder if this was the blue eyed boy of bollywood everyone was going gaga over after Dhobi Ghaat earlier this year.
The rest of the film is even loosely put together, Kalki seems grossly underutilized. Divya Dutta and Makrand provide the few good portions in the otherwise dreary affair, while actors like Raj Zutshi sleep walk through their acts. Added to this is the terrible music score, that grates, especially in Ganjawala's voice.
My Friend Pinto seems to have been conceived with good intentions. The end result, however, is a tough two hours to sit through. Stay Clear.