Starring: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Deepika Padukone, Piyush Mishra
Directed by Pradeep Sarkar
There’s nothing frightfully wrong with Lafangey Parindey. In fact, it’s many notches higher than recent Yashraj embarrassments like Dil Bole Hadippa and Pyaar Impossible. Even for director Pradeep Sarkar, LP is far more respectable than his previous outing, the regressive Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. However, despite being “not too bad”, LP doesn’t quite go beyond the lacklustre either. Sarkar keeps the tone decent and mild but doesn’t grip or move the audience in any significant way.
The story is set in a Mumbai “wadi” where everyone is nice, sweet and smiling despite the obvious turmoil and violence all around. Here you have a motley group of mobike-riding youngsters. One Shot Nandu (Neil) is a boxer for the local goon Usman Bhai’s betting game and has made a habit of winning every bout. Pinky Palkar (Deepika) is the girl next door who works in a mall, spars with a wastrel brother at home, practises dancing on skates and has dreams of winning India’s Got Talent on TV. An accident intertwines their destinies, sending Nandu on a journey of guilt and eventual redemption as Pinky is left figuring out how to dance in the dark (having become beautifully blind in much the same way as Moushumi Chatterjee in Anurag). In the process, they also discover love for each other. There is an appearance from the policeman in YRF’s TV series Powder and the climax plays out another variation of the Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi finale.
The Mumbai lingo—yeda, bheja satak, vaat lagana, kalti marna—grates. Perhaps because the youngsters seems so transplanted in the setting. They look totally out of place and fake, their names (Chaddi, Diesel) notwithstanding. Deepika’s friend, played by a newcomer, is a fresh, regular face but sports a Fabindia rather than lower-class Mumbai look. That is the biggest problem with LP. Neither is it a “real” enough recreation of Mumbai low life the way Striker was, nor is it out-and-out Mumbai masala the way Rangeela and the Munnabhai films were. Neil is earnest and competent. Deepika looks good, as always. She works hard on her skating and performance, but leaves you cold, as always. The one sparkler is Piyush Mishra as Usman Bhai who adds that much-needed life.
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Courtesy: Film Information