Meri Pyaari Bindu: Abhimanyu and Bindu are characters meant to remember, like old songs…

Can you imagine Parineeti Chopra in a proper Fab India saree? Even I couldn’t, until I saw Meri Pyaari Bindu. And trust me, she looks gorgeous…

First things first, what the film is about. Now this, is not a plot driven film, so don’t try to search for one. This is a more character based film, and not just Abhimanyu and Bindu – their typical Bengali parents, who are by the way very loud – but that is how we Calcutta people are – then there is a roommate who is obsessed with Big Boss, and even the cities of Mumbai and Kolkata are treated as characters. And it is here where the beauty of the film lies.

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The title of the film has been inspired from Saira Banu’s film Padosan, and so is Bindu’s character. A lot many songs have been borrowed from old times which is, which is just – aaahhhh I fell in love. Anyway, so Bindu is a wild character who wants to explore more in life. Abhimanyu Bubla Roy is the opposite. Banda settled hai, kamata hai, 5 saal baad shaadi karna chahta hai, so basically all is good.

Debutant director Akshay Roy and writer Suprotim Sengupta handle this story with a certain comfort. The narrative, as I said, doesn’t have a lot of meat but the characterisation is intelligent. Though, as most Hindi films, the second half does take a dip.

Sachin-Jigar do a beautiful job with the music and not one song is out of place. My favourite is Monali Thakur’s Khol De Baahein.

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Now let’s come to the best part of the film, the lead pair. Ayushmann Khurrana is effortlessly charming and I am not just talking about his looks, but more about his acting skills. I always have my doubts about Hindi film actors playing Bengali characters, but Khurrana fits right in place. Parineeti Chopra is also gracious. She last made an appearance in  the 2014 film, Kill Dil, and I am glad she took a break, because now she is back, and there is no stopping. Though she looked like she was out of a fashion magazine. This is not a Vogue shoot. It’s a film, you can’t always be so dressed, even when someone is dying. But, she is good overall.

I can’t really pick a favourite scene, but I could pick a dialogue I really liked. So Bindu and Bubla are at Nariman Point and Bindu says, “Jab purane postal codes change ho jae na, toh friends become family”. Now this isn’t a once upon a lifetime dialogue, but because I stay away from home, I know its meaning.

All in all, though Bindu says “Pyaar ke baare mei kya naya kaha jaa sakta hai,” Meri Pyaari Bindu is just the new thing about love…

If I had to rate the film, the film is 119 minutes long, and that’s just perfect!

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