A love story born Wild…Born to fly, claim the movie posters. So, does this movie manage to soar high or does it end up being an average Bollywood flick?
This time around, Pradeep Sarkar tackles a film based in aamchi Mumbai. So, we have all the stereotypes associated with the bustling city. Local trains, chawls and typical Bambaiyya slang are some of the things which introduce the viewers to the setting. The filmmaker ventures into an unknown territory by depicting crude characters in Lafangey Parindey– not something we associate with Pradeep Sarkar or YRF.
The movie begins at a fast pace with the lead character, One Shot Nandu (Neil Nitin Mukesh), flexing his muscles in a wrestling ring. He is endowed with a special talent – One Shot can knock out his opponents blindfolded, just on the sheer power of his hearing senses. Lafangey Parindey, complete with its hardcore wrestling backdrop, bike sequences and street ruffians reminds you of Ghulam. Like the Aamir Khan film, Nandan Kamte aka One Shot Nandu fights in the ring for a local don, Usman (Piyush Mishra). Likewise, Anna (played by KK Menon) dissuades Nandu from doing so.
On the other hand, we have Pinky Palkar (Deepika Padukone), who is an excellent dancer on skates and harbors the dream of winning India’s Got Talent. However, things go haywire for both when Nandu agrees to do Usman’s job. Sarkar has beautifully woven the lives of these two lead characters.
Hereafter, the film revolves around the love story between Nandu and Pinky and how he trains her for India’s Got Talent. Why does Nandu help Pinky? Does he genuinely want to help or is he trying to hide something? You will have to watch the movie to find the truth.
Pradeep Sarkar is a master at storytelling but the writer has let down the director. Though Sarkar attempts something new; the film largely borrows from clichés. The climax especially is a squib and makes you wonder if the film is actually over. What stands out are Neil and Deepika’s performances. Their growth as an actor is evident. The supporting cast is good, including Piyush Mishra and KK Menon. Songs are hummable and Shilpa Rao’s rendition of Nain Parindey is excellent.
On the whole, Lafangey Parindey is engaging in parts but fails to be a magnificent experience.
By Akshay Rane