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Movie Review: Parineeta (H)

Genre: Romance

Plot Outline:

Orphaned at childhood Lolita (Vidya Balan) stays with her uncle. She and neighbor Shekhar (Saif) develop innocent bonding with each other which unknown to them has matured into love. It takes the arrival of Girish (Sanjay Dutt) before the lead pair discovers their love for each other through circumstantial odds and family pressures.

Comment:

Parineeta is an adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s work, whose works include the immortal Devdas that has been remade over and over again in many languages. Although, it is quite usual to compare Vinod Chopra’s Parineeta with Bhansali’s Devdas, I would say that Parineeta ranks way above latter in terms of being closer to real life and portraying seemingly real characters as against the recent Devdas was more of a visual treat with stars and extravaganza.

Although Vinod Chopra, in his screenplay has deviated from the novel’s portrayal of the 1920’s to the film’s 1960’s, it is seamless and is believably real. The performances are extremely neat with Saif in a mature role and Vidya Balan exceptional for a debutante, both in looks and ease with the camera. Talent spotter Vinod Chopra has her lined up in Munnabhai-2 and Yagna. Sanjay Dutt seemed older than what the role required. Among the songs that are well timed, ‘Piyu Bole’ has freshness similar to 1942: A Love Story. Although Pradeep Sarkar’s direction has made the movie well paced, the closing scenes have been extra-dramatized. Must watch for all audiences.

Rating: 4/5 – One of the best Romances I’ve seen. Watch out for Vidya Balan.
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