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)

Official Trailer : Kill Dil

YRF and Shaad Ali come together again after their not so successful “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom” (2007). The movie has an interesting ensemble cast of Govinda, Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar and Parineeti Chopra. Govinda plays the role of a antagonist and both Ranveer Singh & Ali Zafar play assasins.

The official trailer gives a feel of a Bollywood version of a Quinton Tarantino movie; interestingly the title of the movie has also been inspired by Quinton Taratino’s movie Kill Bill. Shaad Ali for the first time is trying a movie in action genre, his previous movies have been romantic frothy movies like Saathiya, Bunty Aur Babli and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.

Music is by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and lyrics by Gulzar, can they re-create the magic of Bunty Aur Babli and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, well we have to wait and watch.

The movie releases on 14th Nov’14……

Movie Review : Daawat-E-Ishq

Daawat-E-Ishq: A undercooked story with tangy tadka of good performance

For the last few movies YRF has painstakingly tried to break the mould of the quintessential YRF movieDaawat
format and gone ahead in making movies which are based in smaller towns and stories which are more
realistic and says the stories of the common man.

“Daawat-E-Ishq” is on the similar lines with Habib Faisal, YRF’s in- house writer director. Habib’s
previous movies like “Do Dooni Chaar” and “Ishaqzaade” explores the middle class and the small town
sensibilities with élan. In “Daawat-E-Ishq” he tries it again with a social message on dowry and Section
498 (A) which is law against people who take dowry.

Story and screenplay by Habib himself in association with Jyoti Kapoor explores the story of Gulrez Qadir
(Parineeti Chopra) a sales girl in a shoe store and her father Abdul Qadir (Anupam Kher). Abdul’s attempt
to get his daughter married fails every time due to the dowry demand from the prospective groom’s.
Completely disillusioned the father daughter duo take up an unusual route to solve their issue and go to
Lucknow where they meet Tariq Haider, owner of the famous Haidiri Kebab Restaurant in Lucknow. What
culminates between these three is the crux of the rest of the story.

The weakness of the script is the beginning and the climax. The narration in the beginning takes time to
build up till the action shifts to Lucknow and the climax looks too hurried without any emotional quotient
or depth. Habib tries to keep the narration simple but it becomes too simple at times. The con acts in the
movie looks a bit too farfetched. The main attraction of the script are its three principal characters
Gulrez, Tariq and Gulrez’s father Abdul, these characters have been written with full conviction but the
other characters are neglected as more screen time is given to the principal chracters and the outcome is a
half baked story with some beautiful moments.

The dialogues again by Habib himself are witty and comic and he gets the dialects of both Hyderabad and
Lucknow spot on. Elahe Hiptoola’s contribution to the Hyderabadi accent cannot be ignored.

It is the performances by the principal cast which lifts the movie. Parineeti Chopra as Gulrez yet again
gives a sparkling performance especially her Hyderabadi dialect is so convincing. Aditya Roy Kapur was a
surprise packet for me; his portrayal of Tariq Haider is brilliant; right from his body language to his
dialect everything is spot on. Anupam Kher strikes back again with his portrayal of Gulrez’s meek and not
so confident father Abdul Qadir, watching Anupam after “Special 26” in his elements was a treat. Television
actor Karan Wahi debuts in this movie but is least impressive. Rests of the cast do not have much to do in
this movie.

Himam Dhanija’s cinematography is good and captures the by lanes of Hyderabad and Lucknow well. Production
design by Mukund Gupta is well done which complements the narration.

Music by Sajid Wajid is just a wee bit more than average, the title song and Mannat are the two
compositions which stand out, but unfortunately the filming of both the songs are average.

Habib could have made it better with some strong writing but he misses the plot. An attempt which is half
baked, I will go with 3 stars…

Movie Rating: (3 / 5)

Trailer Daawat-e-Ishq

Parineeti Chopra is back with Aditya Roy Kapur in YRF’s “Dawat-E-Ishq”, they are paired for the first time…..Written & Directed by Habib Faisal….”Dawat-E-Ishq” is a love story with food as a back drop…Produced by Aditya Chopra the movie is releasing on 5th Sept’14….. the promo looks interesting….

Review : Hasee Toh Phasee

Hansee To Phasee: A different take on Bollywood’s quintessential Love story

What happens when Karan Johar (Dharma Productions) and Anurag Kashyap (Phantom Productions) come together?…..One production which produces larger than life Bollywood saga and another who are more into small budget realistic Cinema…

Well the combination doesn’t disappoint and offers a quirky love story of two completely different individuals one a directionless youth Nikhil Bharadwaj (Sidharth Malhotra) and other a weird extremely hyper, pseudo girl Meeta (Parineeti Chopra). How they meet for the first time and again Hasee Toh Phaseethey meet after 7 years but the situation is different, now Nikhil is marrying Meeta’s sister Karishma (Adah Sharma). How they come to know each other during the course of the wedding celebrations and fall in love forms the love story of “Hansee to Phasee”.

Though on the onset the story looks extremely hackneyed plot of a quintessential Bollywood triangle love story but where it scores is the character of Meeta, an imperfect girl and Nikhil the dashing dude and their chemistry which turns into a love story. The story and screenplay by Harshvardhan Kulkarni goes few notches higher for brilliantly writing the lead characters and the screenplay has some remarkable moments like all the sequences of Nikhil and Meeta ‘s interactions or the sequence when Meeta re-unites with her father. Though it also has some regular caricature characters of uncle and aunts and brothers seen in such kind of movies.

Another highlight of the movie is its dialogues written by Anurag Kashyap, Vinil Mathew, Harshvardhan Kulkarni & Purva Naresh. The dialogues are realistic and funny at the same time. The dialogues make the screenplay move few notches higher.

It is the performances that make the movie a worthwhile watch especially Pareeniti Chopra’s portrayal of Meeta is just excellent and takes the movie to a different level, right from her body language to the way she talks everything is PERFECT, it won’t be a too much to say that she is the ‘Jaan’ of the movie. Sidharth Malhotra in his second movie shows an exemplary growth in his performance and suits the role of Nikhil to the ‘T’. Adah Sharma as Meeta’s sister Karishma also gives a good performance of a quirky girlfriend who is ready for a break up anytime. The supporting cast like Dilip Joshi, Sarat Saxena etc also do a splendid job.

Cinematography by Sanu John Varghese captures Mumbai well. Music by Vishal Shekhar is average and does not have any song which is worthwhile.

Vinil Mathew’s direction captures the small nuances of a relationship well and is successful in keeping the narrative simple yet engaging and making the story believable. Overall an entertaining movie which is worth a watch. One star extra for Pareeniti Chopra for her brilliant performance.