Director: Pradeep Sarkar
Producer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Cast: Sanjay Dutt as Girish, Saif Ali Khan as Shekhar, Vidya Balan as Lolita, Diya Mirza as Gayatri Tantiya, Raima Sen as Koyel
The 14 reels of Vinod Chopra Production's Parineeta might not go down
as an all time classic in the history of Hindi Cinema but it wont go
down as a cheap remake either. Parineeta will not disappoint the
aficionados of author-backed movies.
Ad-man turned debutant
director Pradeep Sarkar comes across as a man to look out for. In
choosing an author-backed script Sarkar made sure that he won half the
battle of a new comer.
Parineeta is a simple story of complex
characters. Boy Shekhar meets girl Lolita, an orphan who has come to
stay with her uncle. Both grow up to be best friends and confidants
only to realize their deep rooted love for each other after the arrival
of the third wheel Girish. The ambitious and antagonist father creates
the rift and you have a love story with a twist. A myriad of human
emotions - romance, passion, jealousy, greed, deception complete the
plot. The question is - Can true and deep love overcome all
The sensitivity and finesse with which these
characters are portrayed is remarkable. Saif Ali Khan has yet again
unleashed his plethora of acting skills as the vulnerable yet
strong-headed Shekhar. He is going places. The simple yet beautiful
Vidya Balan defies the model turned newcomer actress logic and gives a
stellar performance in her first. She is in the same league as all
Vidhu Vinod Chopra heroines – Manisha Koirala in 1942, Neha in Kareeb.
In a small but pivotal role, Sanjay Dutt makes his presence felt.
There is a classic subtlety with which the canvas of the story, 1960s
Calcutta, is handled, though it is a slight deviation from the book by
Saratchandra. The surroundings are in synch with the era and are not
overwhelming. You are free to concentrate on the characters and the
background stays where it should be - at the back, unlike in Devdas.
The comparison is unavoidable because they share the same author. The
music by Shantanu Moitra is refreshing and melodious specially the
track ‘Piu Bole’.
One of the low points of the movie is the
gratuitous scene of Shekhar breaking the wall between the two
households. The screenplay could have accorded the movie a decent end.
The dialogs fail to impress. I would have been more happy with a more
Bengali flavor in the dialogs. Rekha makes a special appearance as the
club singer but unfortunately fails to impress. She could have done
with a better dress designer.
All in all Parineeta is a win win for the new as well as the seasoned. A well made movie worth watching on the big screen.
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