Cast: Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor, Neena Gupta, Sanjay Mishra, Jaideep Ahlawat, Pankaj Tripathi
Director: Dibakar Banerjee
After the disaster of 'The Girl On The Train' movie, viewers were expecting Parineeti Chopra to bring something exciting and new with her film 'Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar' but did she make it this time? Let's find out with the review. Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is one of the films which went for theatrical release after the lockdown knowing all the risk factors that it includes, be it the lead actors or the pandemic effect on the theatres.
Speaking of the film, it is a dark comedy thriller by Dibakar Banerjee that revolves around the lives of two people who are totally opposite from each other. While Parineeti (Sandeep Kaur) plays the role of a corporate woman, Arjun as Pinkesh Pinky Dahiya is seen as a suspended Haryanvi cop. As Pinky saves Sandeep Walia, a wealthy banker, from being fired by her own boss, their worlds clash. Following the twist in the title of the film, the story is also tangled, weak and conspicuous by the class divide that runs deep between its protagonists.
One has to admit that the elements and idea of the story has convincing potential but the film shows only glimpses of it, which ultimately ruins your expectations. For instance, the first scene of the film is quite gripping and takes you forward with it, making it a good first-half of the story. The writing and screenplay seem good in the beginning but as the play goes ahead, so soon, the suspense comes in front of you and says 'that's it, you may go now! Just saying.
The second-half disappoints you with repetitive and excruciatingly slow exchanges between the characters. Director Banerjee tries to interwork in various underlying themes that represent the many Indians that co-exist within the nation. While the director cleverly tries to relate the massive bank scam to an old couple in rural India, the film’s slow pace and erratic dialogues take their toll on almost everything.
Coming to the performances, Parineeti Chopra got ample scope to shine in the film yet she failed to build a strong connection with the audience. However, she gave her best to make this film worth a watch. Her character is multi-layered, strong yet vulnerable and insecure. Arjun Kapoor, on the other hand, looks okay as Sandeep and impresses in specific scenes, the ending scene to be precise. Raghubir Yadav and Neena Gupta, among the character actors, are endearing and natural in their portrayals of the millions of Indian couples for whom patriarchy is a way of life.
Pankaj Tripathi as Kartaar Singh is a delight to watch irrespective of his short screen space. Jaideep Ahlawat, the actor who always gets praised for his performances, does not contribute much to this film. The film has only one song, it's the title track that is sung by Anu Malik, that also fails to go with the film's story due to the lack of substance in the film. The film seems to be a good thrilling ride with its suspense element but its revelation before time is what takes away all the excitement.
To sum up the review, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is a film that sets out to engage, amuse, and inform its audience by gradually unravelling its layered subtext. However, the film can recommend a one-time watch for its elements and a thrilling plot that ends too soon to revisit the film. If you are a Parineeti or Arjun Kapoor fan, you would not want to miss it, and if you are not a fan, then you might skip it! Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar out in cinemas!