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Overheard a 'One Shot' Review:
"Dekhne mein cute hai re, chhapri log ko acting karne nai aata hai"
Rating: 2 Stars. Strictly for the Lyrics & Music. One for 'Dhatar Dhatar' & another for 'Mann Lafanga'
May be I would have been better off & a happier flake, had I written just a music review for Pradeep Sar's Lafangey Parindey. Why did I watch the movie? Even after blah blah blah' In Indori colloqial talk it's called "gareebi mein aata geela karna" roughly translated as "while you should be saving money for a rainy day, you go & see Blue". A classic case of ho gaya kalyan!
Deepika is NOT blind in the film.
Oops' that was a spoiler.
No wait, I was just kidding. Bwahahahahaha
I happened to meet veteran PFC author Zoorya yesterday & had the fortune of spending time with him. Somewhere during our conversation, He said "I only wish Deepika isn't REALLY blind in the film." We laughed over it and let it go as we had other things to mull over. Like Sriram Raghavan Sir's "8 Collumn Affair" [Do watch it!]
Lafangey Parindey I saw. Why? For Deepika Padukone. *Sharm se nazrein jhuki* But her smile' those dimples' those nasheeli albeit andhi nigaahein' those kateeli adaayein' those jhatkas'
And what is this 'Talent Show' Fixation. Did we not see that in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi? Hey wait, was that a spoiler? Not really. What could spoil a movie that has Neil Nitin Mukesh playing a Tilakwadi ka chhapri? Does he even belong there? He BELONGS to New York. May be Napean Sea Road or Bandra. Just doesn't work.
You have to really try hard to convince yourself that NNM is a BOXER who actually takes a few blows as a warm up, bleeds a bit from the corner of his mouth & then in ONE FREAKING SHOT defeats the opponent. Every single time. Every. Single. Time. He just doesn't have a bad day. Even when he does, he WINS. No questions asked. It's like a Saas Bahu serial's re-run. You get the drift'
Deepika is an ambitious (figure) skater who is sick of her Tilakwadi kind of chindi lifestyle and is counting on a Talent Show that is apparently her 'Passport' to a better life. In a scene she makes fun of her sister who is trying to study. WTF. May be, just like her, she thinks even her sister should aim to win a goddamned talent show & hit the jackpot & live happily ever after. Kareena Kapoor would do a few somersaults out of joy watching a few sequences in the film. Such tashan!
Then we have Piyush Mishra who plays a badass DON. The kind that will make you shit your pants. I got goosebumps when he calls out to 'Qasim' who is his 'Sambha'. There is something RICH & AUTHENTIC about the way he says that name 'Qasim'. Am sure most of us wouldn't be able to say that name like Mr. Mishra does. Qasim. Try it now.
There is not much backstory that is served. Piyush Mishra is a Bhai but kiska Bhai? He is seen making money off NNM each time he punches to death a 'born to lose' boxer. NNM WINS. No. Matter. What. He fights. He skates. He dances. He does it all. Unfortunately they didn't get him to sing a song. He would have done that too. And WON. Hands down! For that matter if they would have made NNM cook, he would have defeated Sanjeev Kapoor as well. He JUST wins!
He has got a bike. His friends too. They all drive bikes. They were happy till NNM screws up & they end up with a blind Deepika. Noteworthy here is that Deepika meets an accident. A bloody fatal accident. It was so damn fatal that they had to show it through chindi VFX. But only thing that happens is she goes blind. I have been through an accident, not half as fatal as the one Deepika goes through in the film & was laid up in bed for an year. I didn't go blind.
Thank God. My legs, my hands, my head' all broke. But Deepika just went blind. Nothing broke. Is that what they call PLASTIC? And very soon she is back at her game. You know why? Becuase NNM trained her & When NNM trains you, you have to WIN. Hell YEAH. I hope he trains me in sword swallowing. Even I just might'
The side actors actually steal the show, though their presence is just to fill the frame, as much ever leftover by NNM. Special mention for the kid who is apparently plays NNM's kid brother. Loved his comic timing. So for me, it was just about the two songs, mentioned in the beginning of the review, DEEPIKA (even when she went blind. I love her unconditionally you rascals!), Piyush Mishraji, that kid, a few dialogues & that hot seduction & later make out scene that got edited from the final print
Why did they have to criminally waste KayKay Menon? So I would like to summarize the post by this song from the film: Paanch.
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So every now and then comes along a film that not just takes you by surprise but also doggedly tugs at your heartstrings. Lafangey Parindey is one such film. The title is hugely misleading-in fact you are not even sure what the hell Lafangey Parindey means and you sure hope that smelly pigeons wont be flying around the frames in the same annoying manner in which they fly around your balcony and thankfully your fears are laid to rest. The pigeon metaphor is subtle and yes the film soars on a number of counts.
You have One Shot Nandu (Neil Nitin Mukesh) a boxer who works for Usman (Piyush Mishra) a don and you have Pinky Palhar (Deepika Padukone) a skater dancer. One accident later Pinky is blind and her hopes of becoming a huge dancing star are almost shot to smithereens when Nandu decides to help her see. Why he wants to help her is also a crucial part of the story. And Pinky learns to see with her ears and also ultimately with her heart. And Nandu grapples with love and betrayal and guilt and the choice of doing what's right or going with what's easy. But it all ends well and by then you sure are rooting for these two absolutely adorable people.
The romance in Lafangey… is refreshing. It's not your average 'look into each other's eyes and sing a song on a mountain top' kind of romance. Yet its filmy at heart and it makes you smile every time Pinky tries to 'maaro line' on the extremely shy and uncomfortable Nandu. Pinky is a delight. Blind or otherwise she is tough as nails, tomboyish, won't suffer fools gladly, will chase her dreams at any cost and her undercoating of vulnerability is remarkably etched out. Nandu has nerves of steel in the boxing ring but is a puddle of emotions when it comes to Pinky. He falls in love with her but his innate taporiness makes it difficult for him to express it.
Deepika as the spunky Pinky is fabulous. She gives it the right 'namak' and you are happy to see a non-simpering normal Hindi film heroine. Neil is earnest and endearing. He scores in the emotional bits specially where all he is doing is looking and not speaking. The chemistry between the lead actors is interesting and warm.
The narrative by Gopi Puthran is fairly taut and engrossing. Production design by Eldridge Rodrigues and Madhu Sarkar Kuriakose is stupendous and great production and art design has always been director Pradeep Sarkar's forte. The music by R Anandh is like silken rain drops on a wet window specially Nain parindey and Man lafanga bada… Cinematography by Natarajan Subramanium lends the film a great atmosphere and texture. After a limp Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Pradeep Sarkar returns with a bang.
Lafangey is ultimately a sweet love story. Of course there are flaws, like for instance Pinky who has just been in a life threatening accident which leaves her blind is almost immediately up on her feet and wants to get back to skating and dancing. What about dealing with day-to-day things first, as someone who is suddenly blind? But then nothing is perfect least of all love. And Lafangey Parindey is ultimately a film about love and trust. And we can never have enough of those.
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