Lafangey Parindey (2010)

Whenever they say everything’s possible you should know it’s Bollywood they are talking about because yes literally everything is possible in that land. Lafangey Parindey, directed by Pradeep Sarkar and produced by Aditya Chopra is another Bollywood movie which proves the stated fact. The plot of Lafangey Parindey takes us into the lives of Nandu [Neil Nitin Mukesh] and Pinky [Deepika Padukone] who live in a small colony or ‘vadi’ as they call it. Pinky is an extremely talented dancer who has very high aspirations and wants to get out of the locality she’s living in because people there can’t understand her dreams. Pinky aspires to win India’s Got Talent through dancing on skates. Winning this competition is her only ticket out of the small colony she is living in.

Nandu, who lives in the same colony as Pinky, is a one shot boxer working under Usman Bhai’s gang. One day while driving, Nandu accidently runs over Pinky and that’s when life takes a different route for both of them. While the world and Pinky herself think that it was Anna who ran over Pinky, Nandu is the only one who knows the real secret but remains silent about it. Pinky loses her vision and dreams both in that accident but not her desire to win the competition. That’s when Nandu finds her out and teaches her how to see using other senses that she has and Pinky chooses Nandu as her partner for the competition. While they are teaching each other and practicing together, the two fall in love as Pinky regains her confidence and starts watching the dream to win ‘India’s got talent’ again. The story, however, takes an expected turn when Pinky finds out who her real culprit was.

Clearly, the story is average and falls short on the expectations build by Yash Raj Films. There are absolutely no unexpected twists and turns that would stick your eyes to the screen, which is a major flaw of Lafangey Parindey. Like I said before, there are some things which are completely unbelievable like Pinky losing her sight in an accident in a scene and in the next scene you watch her standing up and making a decision to dance without learning the daily things at first. Then she starts dancing perfectly that too on skates. That’s a little too much for someone who is blind! Also, the dance that gets them through the first round of competitions isn’t good enough for selection. Moreover, Nandu falls in it too, which makes one only wonder who was judging it.

The dialogue is excellent and breathes life into the roles. The comical lines make you laugh while the emotional ones touch your heart. Keep in mind though that this isn’t a comedy so there are a very few dialogues that would make you laugh! The tapori language used also makes one smile once in a while.
Throughout the film, Deepika stands out. She has enacted every scene with such excellence that you can’t pick out any flaws. The part where she is trying to understand that she has lost her vision is beautifully done and touches your heart instantly. With every upcoming film, Deepika is proving that she is really competent and a mixture of beauty with brains. This is probably the best acting she has done so far. As far as her looks are concerned, she is beautiful in Lafangay Parindey and her outfits suit the role perfectly. Seems like the designers really understood what is demanded from the role.

Neil Nitin Mukesh could do a lot more. In some areas he is expression less especially when emotions are expected to be shown! Had he been more expressive, the audience could have related more to him. I personally think he isn’t well suited for the role of a gangster either. Deepika out shadows him completely.

The chemistry between Deepika and Neil is fresh partly because they have never been seen together before and partly because it’s different from most Bollywood films. There are no looking-into-each other’s-eyes scenes or singing and dancing at mehndis or near the Egyptian mountains. Indeed Lafangey Parindey is filmy but in its own special way, which in fact is the beauty of the film. The way Pinky  flirts with the shy Nandu is quite delightful.

The music fails to soar high or add to the charm of the film. However, there are scenes where the music is incorporated really well and hence blends. All in all, Lafangey Parindey is an average movie, which falls short from the expectations that Yash Raj Films have probably because it’s a bit too predictable. You can totally afford to miss this one and wait for something that lightens up the screen in the best way possible! Let’s just hope that happens soon because Bollywood has been very disappointing lately – Hafsah Sarfraz

Cast and Production Credits

Year – 2010, Genre – Drama, Country – India, Language – Hindi, Producer – Aditya Chopra, Director – Pradeep Sarkar, Music Director – R. Anandh, Cast – Neil Nitin Mukesh, Deepika Padukone, Piyush Mishra, Manish Chaudhary, Viraj Adhav, Namit Das, Vinay Sharma, Palomi, Amey Pandya

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