Ayushmann Khurana, Parineeti Chopra, Aparajita Adhya, Rajatabha Dutta, Abhish Mathew, Malvika Sitlani
Aditya Chopra, Maneesh Sharma
Parineeti Chopra and Ayushmann Khurana desperately needed this one to be good, fortunately MERI PYAARI BINDU is better!
Kindly, note the writer is suffering from a strong bout of nostalgia and basking in all things Bengali post the film, though my fixations also makes bloopers in the film exaggerated
Remember that girl who friend zoned you while you were desperately in love with her? Remember that song you both danced on? Remembering sharing food together, laughing together… If you are still recuperating from that pain, steer clear of MERI PYAARI BINDU, for it has every element to relive those memories that will push you off that building parapet, too quick for even Ma Durga to help. …BINDU is that pandora of mix tapes, missed calls, type writers and of course love.
Bubla aka Abhimanyu Roy (Ayushman Khurana) fell in love with Bindu (Parineeti Chopra) even before he knew it. Having lived his life with a sole purpose to impress her, Roy always seems to find himself falling short. While he successfully becomes her sanctuary, does he become the love that he wants to be? In the journey of their relationship, they meet, they part, meet again, in different circumstances but with the same music, same feeling, same familiarity!
The relationships, be it a deep ingrained one like that of Bubla and Bindu, or silly madness amongst roomies, all have been depicted impeccably, with emotions riding over all else. In the case of director Akshay Roy literally, everything else, be it continuity or wee-bit of research when you are depicting the 80s through to the present day, is.. well, all we are saying is that Akshay deserves better ADs working with him.
Coming back to the story, MERI PYAARI BINDU is everything that you expect an old friend to be – filled with bittersweet memories of the days that are never coming back, overwhelming scent of nostalgia and of course, sweetness of fluency.
If Ayushmann insists he is Bengali at heart, you might as well believe him after seeing this film. His pronunciations are bang on, his acting perfect. While his relationship with Bindu remains integral to the film, Akshay Roy has etched his relationship with his parents very heartwarmingly. For Parineeti, there is really not much that can be said other than a huge round of applause. She nailed this character and how. While acting didn’t really differ from what she has done before, her singing really added to the charm of the film - especially, her renditions of the classics. However, I do have a bone to pick with the costume designer Darshan Jalan - why did Parineeti’s shoes keep changing during a song? While there was a section of the crew ensuring that the cell phones used in the film were from the right year viz 2005, why were Parineeti’s clothes not following the trends of the year they were supposed to be in? Mr. Jalan - FYI ripped/distressed tshirts didn’t come into play in 2005!
In the acting department, along with the two protagonists – Aparajita Adhya was phenomenal as mumma Roy. All credit to the casting director for such brilliant casting.
Given it is his first film, we will forgive Akshay Roy for all the bloopers that will be a rage in the coming weeks - once the film is declared a hit, it has to be a hit because it is like that trip down memory lane every 90s kid will know and relate to. Akshay has very strong movie influences which are evident in his vision of Calcutta (of Kolkata as they call it presently), his subtle metaphors with which he binds the script and his own nostalgia. Superlative work! Welcome to the circus, Akshay Roy!