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11-08-2010, 11:26 PM #1
Exclusive DVD Review Lafangey Parindey
By Joginder Tuteja, November 8, 2010 - 14:50 IST
Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Deepika Padukone
Director: Pradeep Sarkar
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Music: R. Anandh
Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
There are films that belong to the time pass variety that can be given a one time comfortable watch if seen with limited expectations. Lafangey Parindey is one such film. It doesn't promise a moon, it isn't one of the most awaited films of the year, it doesn't make actors claim it to be a life changing experience and it isn't the kind that audience wait with bated breath to release. All it does it to make you sit through those two hours, get entertained to a fair degree for most part of it and make you start working on something else once the film is through.
Now while that is good enough for this Pradeep Sarkar directed film, considering the fact that his last venture Laaga Chunari Mein Daag was quite unbearable, one does feel that if only Lafangey Parindey could have held on as well in the second half too, it could have actually turned out to be an even better film. Reason being that the film actually catches you unaware in the first half, especially the first 30 minutes that make you glued on to the screen for its entire duration.
Introduction of Neil Nitin Mukesh as a street fighter is done exceedingly well with the characterisation of 'one shot Nandu' being bang on and the fighting bout being shot well too. Deepika as a street-smart lower middle class girl lets go off her inhibitions as well and despite her urban upbringing, she seems to be totally belonging to that class. The story moves well with introduction of Kay Kay Menon (as a protective gangster) and Piyush Mishra (as the gang-lord) reminding one of Ghulam and Parinda. The twist that happens soon after shocks you as well; hence making you look forward to what next is in store.
At this point, one does fear that the drama would loose its sheen. However, the narrative continues to stay on a constantly pleasant note. Though there are a couple of emotional sequences, mainly surrounding Deepika who realises that she has gone blind and won't be able to fulfil her dream of being a skate dancer, there are abundant light moments that keep the smiles on. Neil falling in love with Deepika and inspiring her to pick up the ropes in life all over again could have gone preachy but thankfully that is not the case with Pradeep Sarkar keeping the fun quotient going.
However, it is the second half where things start turning predictable. Stepping in of Neil, a rank 'tapori' with zero knowledge of either dance or skating, as a fellow-dancer with Deepika is unbelievable. Also, though it is understandable that cinematic liberty can be pretty much taken in situations like this, the entire transformation isn't quite convincing. The ease with which the pair keeps passing through the hurdles of the talent rounds is difficult to digest as well while the climax dance sequence, which should have been the highlight of the film a la the kind that was seen in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi isn't as impacting as one would have desired.
Thankfully on the positive side, the film doesn't totally fall off the radar and stays on with the audience, though not with an impact similar to that of the first half. Performance wise though, Lafangey Parindey is the best ever act of Deepika Padukone as she plays the part of a blind girl quite well without hunting for audience sympathy. However, the only time that she is required to do that (when she first realises that life would never be the same again after turning blind) during the song 'Nain Parindey', she is quite good.
Neil Nitin Mukesh fits into the character well and is an altogether different personality in the fighting ring. Also, he mouths a 'tapori' lingo convincingly and conveys a lot through his eyes in the emotional scenes. After New York, he comes up with a good act once again.
YRF Home Entertainment brings the DVD of Lafangey Parindey in a newly designed compact case, the kind which is associated with Blu-Ray Disc. Attractive! Wish other home entertainment companies also follow suit; after all this packaging saves a lot of space.
The film's duration is 116 minutes.
- Making of the film
Making segment here is short and sweet and carries an intrinsic fun element to it for most part of it. Thankfully, there isn't much repeating of the film's synopsis or the characterisation by the lead actors or the director here as they basically share a few anecdotes related to the film. There are quite a few 'on the sets' shots as well that take audience through the actual canning of the scenes. An okay watch that lasts for only close to 20 odd minutes, it could be given a dekko before you play on the DVD.
- 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
- Subtitles - English & Arabic
- Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo
Lafangey Parindey is not a film which leads to a debate or an elaborate analysis. It plain and simple keeps you reasonably engaged and though it isn't 'you can't pause for a second or take your eyes off it' cinema, it is fine as long as it lasts.