Release Date: 20th August, 2010
Director: Pradeep Sarkar
Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Deepika Padukone
Story, Screenplay and Dialogue: Gopi Puthran
Quick take: Unexpectedly moving
When one comes out of Lafangey Parindey choked, there is an element of surprise. Simply because the film is quite an entertainer, unexpected at that.
The plot is rather simple, a twist right at the beginning sets the ball in motion. It is the love story of Nandu and Pinky. One-shot Nandu fights in and outside of the rink with a blindfold on his eyes. Pinky, however, is forced to lose her eyesight by circumstance and fights her life’s battle on skates.
Deepika Padukone is impactful in the role. The fighting spirit has been instilled in the sketch of her character. A ‘girl from the wadi‘ who doesn’t let anything deter her aspirations is looking for a passport to a better life, namely a television competition, India’s Got Talent. The nuances she brings to the character, infusing it with cheeky dialogue written by Gopi Puthran lend interest to watch her. ‘Apni kismat Engliss mein likhi hai. Zyada pale nahi padti‘. While her journey is well documented, if only a little struggle with her blindness would have been shown, it would have been complete. Barring that, she does a good job at seeping into the flesh of Pinky’s personality, be it style, gait, nonchalance or attitude.
Neil Nitin Mukesh comes into his own as well. He deals aptly with the intensity and charm required of his character. He may be a little too ‘chikna‘ for a street fighter but the ‘make-up’ department does a decent job as far as his look is concerned. As for his physique, the bulges on the arms are quite evident. Again, the dialogue (right on the spot for street talk) infuses life into Nandu.
Both characters share some great moments on screen.
Two are especially striking. Firstly, when Nandu familiarises Pinky with the survival instinct, teaching her from his own experiences. Secondly, when ‘Nain Parindey’ plays in the background while Nandu stealthily follows Deepika on her first walk alone since her blindness.
Of considerable note is the production design. Pradeep Sarker’s own background as an art director and the expertise of the production team (Madhu Sarkar & Eldridge Rodrigues) combine to form a very distinct setup. Not only has special attention been given to detail but also evident effort has gone in maintaining accuracy.
The other aspect that daunts you long after the film is over is the music. The soundtrack is really good as is, but its treatment in the film is even better. The situations created fit the bill perfectly. Alongwith Nain parindey, Man lafanga makes one almost well up with tears.
It is a great one time watch, certain events in the film may prove as glitches. Unfortunately, the Ramzan coincides with its release. In any case, everyone from the cast and crew has definitely put in a lot of effort. Its merit will decide the kind of crowd it pulls in and its fate at the box office.
– Dhruvi Shah