Bangistan (transl. The land of bangs) is a 2015 Bollywood black comedy satire film directed by Karan Anshuman and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani starring Riteish Deshmukh, Pulkit Samrat in lead roles while Arya Babbar, Tomasz Karolak and Chandan Roy Sanyal in supporting roles. Jacqueline Fernandez appeared in a cameo. The film was scheduled to release on 31 July 2015 but got delayed to 7 August 2015 (31 July 2015 in the United States). The Trailer of the film was released on 11 June. The film was released on 7 August to mixed reviews from critics. Mike McCahill gave it three stars in The Guardian. Bangistan was released on 700 screens in India.
The film’s satellite rights were sold to Zee TV along with the satellite rights of Dil Dhadakne Do.
The story revolves around Hafeez Bin Ali (Ritesh Deshmukh) and Praveen Chaturvedi (Pulkit Samrat) both from Bangistan but different nations. Hafeez is number one in his clan for having a big beard and works underground in Telemarketing as “Harold”. Praveen is a man who shows a lot of respect to his god Guruji and attacks anyone who insults his beloved god. However, both their bosses (both played by Kumud Mishra) encourage them to go to Poland for a mission and hosting the world’s best bombers so the 2 terrorists go.
Both Praveen and Hafeez meet at the airport and decide to change their names to Allah Rakha Khan and Ishwarchand Sharma but both get arrested. Although still arrested, they go to Poland to become bomb experts. The two go to two different local bomb experts. Allah Rakha goes to a Chinese restaurant owner, where he learns that the restaurant owner speaks Hindi and gives him specific bombs. Ishwarchand goes to a potato farmer, Mr. Babinski, who is actually a master spy and saboteur and offers him a lot of bombs but Ishwarchand asks for a cheaper bomb. The 2 of them later fall in love with Rosie (Jacqueline Fernandez) then a love triangle between the 3 begins to spark up. After Rosie’s parents’ anniversary, they ask her about her religion to which she replies that she doesn’t follow any religion as all religions propagate the same thing.
Hafeez and Praveen become best friends and while drinking liquor both reveal their original identities. They get embroiled in a fight in which a bomb explodes which Praveen was making. They get injured and are admitted in a hospital with their labels as ‘Terrorists’. The North Bangistanis plan and train another suicide bomber, Zulfi (Arya Babbar) to create terror since Hafeez’s name is out. Hafeez realises that his boss wants to just spread terror in the name of religion and explains Praveen the same but Praveen acts in front of Hafeez that he is on his side but actually he wants to go ahead with the explosion. When both reach the conference, he finds Praveen activating the bomb in a washroom and then they get in a fight in which Praveen realises his mistake. At last they both expose the nature of their bosses and people misguided in the name of religion. But the bomb which was placed by Zulfi explodes leaving Hafeez and Praveen injured but this time, they are regarded as heroes.
Ritesh Deshmukh as Hafeez Bin Ali/Ishwarchand Sharma
Pulkit Samrat as Praveen Chaturvedi/Allah Rakha Khan
Jacqueline Fernandez as Rosie
Kumud Mishra as Guru/Abba
Chandan Roy Sanyal as Tamim Iqbal
Arya Babbar as Zulfi
Tomasz Karolak as Peter Jackson
Tom Alter as the Imam
Zachary Coffin as Stanislav the Polish Cop