Movie Review: Meri Pyaari Bindu

Meri Pyaari Bindu: Not So Pyaari After All…

As the name suggests the movie is of the principle character Bindu (Parineeti Chopra) through the eyes of her childhood friend cum admirer cum lover Boobla (Ayushman Khurana).

The story primarily set in North Kolkata oscillates not only as far as location goes but also in overall graph of the story. So the movie is of the friendship cum love of Boobla a.k.a Abhimanyu Roy, a C grade cheap pulp novelist who re-visits his memories with her next door neighbour Bindu, an extremely vivacious, fickle minded and extremely bindass girl who brings the necessary thrill to the typical bong guy Boobla. Things change for them when they grow up and Boobla realizes his love for Bindu, and things get complicated, whether Boobla gets Bindu is what the story is all about.

Written by Supratim Sengupta, the story unfolds through the eyes of Boobla and how he perceives Bindu, his friend, confidant, love etc. The story evolves as a modern day love story of complicated youth, not knowing what they want and how life teaches them to be more mature. Well the premise seems too familiar; well that is where the flaw lies. The overall skeleton of the story does not offer anything new, but where it scores a bit are some moments of Bindu and Boobla that warms your heart and you identify it with your life. The whole story is interwoven with some Bollywood classic melodies which puts a smile on your face, especially if you have grown up in the 80’s and the 90’s when the cassettes and the two in one where the only ways to listen to music other then the radio. Supratim holds your interest all throughout the first half and during interval time you look forward what happens to both Boobla and Bindu, but what unfolds in the second half just does not match the build up of the first half, it becomes a drag and the story just does not move and is stuck in a time wrap. The over stretched climax tests your patience and you wonder what the heck is happening. One of the biggest flaw in the writing has been that it is through the eyes of the Male protagonist Boobla, you are never get to know the real Bindu , as to why is she behaving the way she is, what actually happens to Bindu, the back story of Bindu is completely missing which makes you feel that the writing is half baked and you do empathise with either of the characters.

It is the dialogues which somehow try to undo the lack of cohesive script. The spunky and funny dialogues give you the necessary entertainment.

Ayushman Khurana as Boobla is the best thing of the movie, he portrays his character with complete sincerity and it shows, keeping up the pace is Parineeti Chopra as Bindu, who has proven her acting capabilities time and again, and she does not disappoint you as Bindu as well, it is the chemistry between Ayushman and Parineeti that holds your attention throughout the movie and you would remember long after the movie is over. Aparajita Auddy as Boobla’s mother gives a crackling performance of a typical bong mother, I am sure every bong will identify with this character. Rest of the cast also give a good performance. Overall after dialogues it is the performance of the cast which stand out.

Akshay Roy who is not new to film medium thanks to his many short films that he directed, but this is his first foray to mainstream cinema, and he does not completely disappoint, though the script let’s him down but he is successful in getting some crackling performances, especially by Ayushman Khurana. He keeps it subtle, I am sure given a good script Akhay will shine..

Sachin Jigar charter a different territory with the music of this movie, “Mana Ki Hum Yaar Nahin” stays with you even after the movie is over thanks to the beautiful lyrics by Kausar Munir and Sonu Nigam and Parineeti Chopra’s vocals, “Haareya” is another feather in Arijit’s cap, “Khol de Baahein” sung by Monali Thakur is soft to your ears…

“Meri Pyaari Bindu” oscillates from being good to bad and sums up as average…I will go with 3 Stars..

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

Movie Review : Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Dum Laga Ke Haisha: Has the “Dum” of a complete Entertainer

Yash Raj Films have lately digressed from big budget blockbusters and concentrated on small budget movies with content like “Mardaani”, “Bewakoofian” and now “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”.

Dum-Laga-Ke-Haisha-MovieSome movies come like a whiff of freshness and bowl you over and bring a smile on your face, “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” is one such movie. Set in 1995 Haridwar it transports you to the world of 90’s aptly when Kumar Sanu was the nation’s favorite singer, so is Prem Prakash Tiwari (Ayushman Khurana) who is 10th fail but has a small business of selling cassettes in the by lane of Haridwar, who gets married to Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar) on his father Chandrabhan Tiwari (Sanjay Mishra) insistence. The only problem is that Sandhya is double of Prem’s size which causes an embarrassment for Prem. How Prem and Sandhya come together and fall in love forms the rest of the story.

Sharat Kataria brings the freshness in the script and still keeps it realistic. Sharat beautifully sketches the main protagonist Prem & Sandhya well. Prem a guy who is good looking but low in confidence and esteem and completely under his father’s influence on the other hand Sandhya who is fat but has no qualms about her weight and is a confident girl. This is where Sharat successfully brings the freshness. Another aspect which stands out in the script is the well etched characters whether it is character of Prem’s father or his mother or his aunt. Some sequences stand out like the fight between Sandhya and Prem through songs of the 90’s. It is the second half which falls prey of a typical Bollywood format and loses its freshness to some extent.

The dialogues are realistic as well as hilarious which lifts the screenplay. Commendable is the way the dialect and the accent have been incorporated in the dialogues.

But what stands out and makes “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” a worth watch are its performances. Ayushman Khurana as Prem Prakash Tiwari is brilliant and gives a stellar performance after his debut “Vicky Donor”. Ayushman successfully captures the nuances of a low confident loser right from the accent to the body language which totally justifies his character of a small town. Debutant Bhumi Pednekar as Sandhya is crackling and shows a spark. Sanjay Mishra as Prem’s father shines and again shows his mettle as a fine actor. Other actors like Seema Pahwa, Alka Amin, Sheeba Chaddha and the rest of the cast do a brilliant job and make the movie worth a watch.

Other departments also impresses whether it is the cinematography by Manu Anand who captures Haridwar beautifully or Production Designer Meenal Agarwal who gets all the nuances right or Darshan Jalan’s Costume design which takes you back to the world of baggie pants and printed shirts.

Music by Anu Mallik is titillating from melodies of 90’s “Tu” and “Dard Karara” to the serene “Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” & “Sundar Susheel” or the sufi touch of “Dum Laga ke Haisha”, all the songs are worth a listen. Do not miss the last song in the credit “Dard Karara” choreographed by Chinni Prakash, which takes you to the days of 90’s when the songs had extras dressed in identical costumes and over the top steps.

Sharat Kataria tough his debut “10 ML Love” which went unnoticed, but he proves his point as a director with this movie and he impresses to a large extent.

Overall “Dum Laga ke Haisha” succeeds in the main purpose of entertaining and which makes you smile at the end… A movie worth of Four Stars….

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)