Director- Dibakar Banarjee
Producer- Dibakar Banarjee
Cast- Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor, Neena Gupta, Raghubir Yadav, Jaideep Ahlawat
Run Time- 126 minutes, Language- Hindi
Music- Anu Malik
Release Date- 19th March 2021
In the opening scene we are only given flashes of how a very discreet Sandeep or Sandy (Parineeti Chopra) is being chased by her boss, and Pinkesh or Pinky (Arjun Kapoor) is reluctantly trying to save her. But as the film’s second act rolls, we are left with repetitive slow exchanges between the characters. Director Dibakar Banerjee tries to weave in various underlying themes such as bank scams that target the country’s poor to the privileged and educated corporates for whom people are just numbers.
Dibakar Banerjee’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, that the director has co-written with Varun Grover, is about two people who are forced to help each other when caught in a seemingly impossible situation. She is a highly educated, high-ranking official in a leading Indian private bank. He is a scruffy disgraced policeman from the Haryana force. We learn too little of what made Sandeep and Pinky who they are now. She is the focal point of the story, but not enough is revealed about her motivations until the point at which we first meet her in the film. Still, what happens to Sandeep and Pinky in the present day offers up interesting snapshots of corruption, colourful vignettes of small-town life, a terrifyingly realistic note on the vicious resentment that the most harmless-looking men might harbour towards a woman who seems unreachable to them, all this paralleled by an overarching faith in humankind.
Story has lot of potential and could have made for an intense thriller, but screenplay is dry and insipid. There’s a lot happening in the film but it’s scripted poorly. Dibakar Banerjee’s direction is not upto the mark. The filmmaker has made some fine films in the past and he knows his craft. But here, he just doesn’t seem to be in form. His genius streak shines only in a few scenes like the long-drawn opening scene, shot in one take beautifully, or where Sandeep breaks down in the first half. But in most parts of the film, he falters. The first half is bearable and one expects fireworks in the second half. However, the second half is flawed and needlessly stretched.
It’s a Parineeti show all the way. She gets an ample scope to live Sandy’s multi-layered character, and gives her best to perform all the shades with equal ease. For Arjun Kapoor, his character doesn’t enjoy the same detailing, leaving him with little to work with. He manages to go out of his comfort zone, however.
- The film becomes one of the very few to release in Theatres, amidst Covid Pandemic situation
- Raghubir Yadav, Neena Gupta & Jaideep Ahlawat deserve a special mention for their effortless character portrayal
Author : Stuti Sardaba