MERI PYAARI BINDU MOVIE REVIEW: JUST HOW OUT OF TUNE IS THIS MUSICAL ROMANCE?

MERI PYAARI BINDU MOVIE REVIEW: JUST HOW OUT OF TUNE IS THIS MUSICAL ROMANCE? Director: Akshay Roy Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Parineeti Chopra Rating: ★★ The love story in Meri Pyaari Bindu is almost a vehicle for the filmmakers’ nostalgia for old Hindi movie songs and analogue technology like transistors and the cassette. It’s the first feature of city-based director Akshay Roy, who has previously made a couple of shorts. The title is borrowed from the song in Jyoti Swaroop’s 1968 film Padosan, a silly romance that might have been forgotten if it had rested purely on the shoulders of the lead pair Sunil Dutt and Saira Banu. It’s memorable mainly because of the comedy supplied by Kishore Kumar and Mehmood, who played their respective music teachers. Just like in Padosan, the couple at the centre of Meri Pyaari Bindu meet as neighbours. But there are no comedic sidekicks to distract from an utterly tedious tale. It’s yet another Bollywood rom-com about the friendzone Meri Pyaari Bindu scissors back and forth between past and present. Abhimanyu Roy (Ayushmann Khurrana) has loved Bindu Shankaranarayanan (Parineeti Chopra) since the time they were kids in Kolkata. She has always known and even teased him about his affection but for her, Abhi has always been a buddy. In the present day, Abhi is in Mumbai, a successful writer of Hindi horror pulp fiction books with titles such as Chudail ki Choli and Dracula’s Lover. Though a Bengali raised in Kolkata writing Hindi novels beggars belief. For a change, he decides to write a love story, his own, which is shown through a series of flashbacks. The performances hit several flat notes The flashbacks are an entirely uninteresting train of scenes and montages of Abhi and Bindu’s antics in college and early working life. She’s impulsive, gregarious and dreams of being a singer. He’s a conventional sort, happy to bask in the sunny aura of her adventurous spirit. The one thing they have in common is a fondness for classic Bollywood tunes. When Abhi is writing his love story, he listens to an old mixtape of numbers Bindu and he liked, on a cassette player. The role is wasted on Khurrana, who has in earlier movies like Vicky Donor proved capable of pulling off comedy as well as romance. Chopra is over-the-top, playing the part of a bubbly girl as though she’s swallowed a fistful of amphetamines. The level of melodrama she injects into her body language and expression is off the wall. There’s also some base-level humour provided by Abhi’s Bengali parents and family in Kolkata. They’re boisterous, buffoonish and talk Hindi with thick Bengali accents designed to prod laughs. The film plays like a speeded-up remix In fact the entire movie moves at a hysterical pace. While that’s not a bad thing since Meri Pyaari Bindu isn’t worth much of your time, you don’t feel the weightiness of a long-standing love. In this respect, the film differs from the flicks whose songs Abhi and Bindu so enjoy, hits like ‘Aaiye Meharbaan’ from Howrah Bridge (1958) and ‘Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein’ from Kabhi Kabhie (1976). Movies of debatable cinematic value at least stir some emotion in the viewer. One of Abhi’s steamy horror stories might have made a more worthwhile film.

MERI PYAARI BINDU MOVIE REVIEW: JUST HOW OUT OF TUNE IS THIS MUSICAL ROMANCE? Director: Akshay Roy Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Parineeti Chopra Rating: ★★ MERI PYAARI : The love story in Meri Pyaari Bindu is almost a vehicle for the filmmakers’ nostalgia for old Hindi movie songs and analogue technology like transistors and the cassette. It’s the first feature of city-based director Akshay Roy, who has previously made a couple of shorts. The title is borrowed from the song in Jyoti Swaroop’s 1968 film Padosan, a silly romance that might have been forgotten if it had rested…

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