Monday, June 13, 2005


Saw Parineeta on Friday night.
Though Sarat Chandra Chatterjee wrote Parineeta in 1914, the movie adaptation is a period production set in Calcutta, in the 1960s. It flits from Lolita's (Vidya Balan) home, a magnificent haveli now past its prime, to Shekhar's (Saif Ali Khan) rich and tasteful abode to Girish's (Sanjay Dutt) warm home. Then there's Calcutta of the time -- political, energetic, teeming with rickshaws and trams. There are exotic nights on Park Street, the heart of the city, and classic Durga Puja settings. (Right now Calcutta is behind some 20 years to the rest of the good cities in India but is still able to maintain its culture)
Plus points in the movie:
Saif Ali Khan. He is not the Saif from the movie Yeh Dillagi singing the song "Jab Bhi Koi Ladki Dekhoon..... Ole Ole Ole" He has class, very suave and carries his role very well. And now we can say he acts well.
Sanjay Dutt. The name says all.
Vidya Balan. She is the real character around whom the movie moves and she doesnt' look like she is doing a movie for the first time.
The art direction. If its Calcutta then you can see the old cars, the bag (jhola) where the bengalis go for buying fish everyday, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Rickshaw pullers, naxalite movement of the sixties. The bengali touch is really there in the movie.
Negative Points in the movie :
Rekha. She looks like a real................. in the Moulin Rouge song.
The "Musi aa gayi hai" song in the begining. What was that song?? Utter bakwas. Sweety was sitting next to me and he said "Phew. Shukar hai its over. Total Waste"
Shekhar (Saif) saying to Lolita (Vidya) nayi dhun banayi hai aake un lo. Arre mere ko koi kaam nahi hai kya?? Dhun banayi sun lo??
Very slow movie.
Ending of the movie is really really bad. Mithu movie : Mithun kils 200 bad guys. Pareenita: Saif breaks the Berlin wall. End of story.
If you have time and you are Saif fan, then go for it or else many good movies coming soon.
Jai Raam Ji KI..


Shubs 1:18 PM, June 13, 2005  

Its a watchable movie, especially for the ones with inclination towards classical literature, the cast is smartly handled.The art direction gives out a genuine feeling of that era.
Overall i would rate it good, but there still remain a lot to desire.

Sayesha 5:36 PM, June 13, 2005  

It's a beautiful movie. Parineeta rocks, Virdi's review sucks.

Hehe! :D


virdi 6:00 AM, June 14, 2005  

i didnt like it it doesnt mean you should hate it.. This is my view, i didnt like B&B also but yes its a super duper hit in India.. :-) may be i like only sci-fi movies... War of the Worlds here i come... releasing on 19th June...

Sayesha 7:07 AM, June 15, 2005  

I didn't like B&B either, but I know lotsa pple who did. I thot you and I had the same wavelength on movie reviews, but if you didn't like Parineeta, I gotta take my words back! :D


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