Lafangey Parindey - Notepad

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quick review:

Lafangey Parindey satisfies my urge to see a gripping drama. Deepika Padukone and Neil Nitin Mukesh showcase all the masala, and yet it doesn't become too much for the palate to take. A film jis mein emotion bhi hai d-rrrama bhi hai t-rrragedy bhi hai (a popular dialogue from Sholay which translates to has emotion, drama, tragedy) and comedy and action too - and all in good portions.

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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.

Plot Summary

Just like they say, "Nandu (Neil Nitin Mukesh) is wild, Pinky (Deepika Padukone) is blind, he is born to fight, she is born to fly, he teaches her to see, she teaches him to love" Only it has more substance than just that.

What Worked

  • Awesome opening shot!
  • The locations in Bombay chosen wanted me to see more of Bombay. **sigh**
  • References to Kala Pathar (a YRF film) and choice of songs playing in the background like 'aage bhi jaane na tu' Kind-of chosen for the situation
  • The accident scene.
  • The tone in which Deepika Padukone calls out to her mom the first time she returns home after the accident.
  • The noise of the dhols killing the dialogue between Nandu and Chaddi, because the audience wasn't supposed to know what their talk was about.
  • The detail of having a mattress to protect when a beginner falls down while learning how to save oneself.
  • Neil Nitin Mukesh's acting when he can't believe he's in love.
  • The fact that the 'reality show' aspect wasn't delved into too much.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Songs of Dhoom and Dhoom 2 playing in the background. Some how the refrence to YRF film that worked for Kala Pathar didn't work for these. Maybe they are too new to deserve a reference.
  • The Celtic music played in the background at a character's death. Didn't go with the Bambaiya theme of the film.
  • Among all the festivals shown, I missed the essence of festivities in Mumbai - Ganesh Chaturthi
  • The 'mard-dard' dialogue - yuck!!
  • Artificial lighting of the moon and clouds.
  • Nandu's first training session - extremely predictable.
  • Replays of scenes and dialogues of some instances in Nandu's mind when he's fighting.
  • The so-not-subtle metaphor of the cat not drinking milk anymore and the depiction that someone is about to leave Usmaan.
  • Deepika Padukone's slap! It was a very petty reaction considering the serious situation that she was in.
  • One of the 'talents' being malakhamb in the reality show.
  • Participant's friends just zooming on the stage in a TV reality show.
  • Nandu's double clap during the dance sequence. One too many times and thus becomes unintentionally funny.

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • Neil Nitin Mukesh's gray t-shirt with arrows was very nice.