Yash Raj Films rolled out ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ this weekend. It has been publicised as a romcom with a twist. The film
Meri Pyaari BinduBadly constructed and completely irrelevant
Meri Pyaari Bindu
Yash Raj Films rolled out ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ this weekend. It has been publicised as a romcom with a twist. The film is directed by Akshay Roy and written by Suprotim Sengupta. The film stars two Punjabis (Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra), playing Bengalis. Also, the movie is set in the golden era of Bollywood, when people’s tastes were still transitioning from Rajesh Khanna to Amitabh Bachchan. With such inconsistent a line-up, did YRF really expect to create a blockbuster? Meri Pyaari Bindu is a lot of things, but sadly it isn’t worth your weekend. Why? Read on.
First, let’s meet the actors:
Ayushmann Khurrana as Abhimanyu
Parineeti Chopra as Bindu
Romcoms are usually like an English dessert. There are very few, but specific ingredients needed and they must be used in exact quantities. The mix is to be baked paying close attention to the specifics. If you don’t follow the recipe to the letter, you’ll end up with a half-baked, semi-sweet and ultimately inedible dish. Meri Pyaari Bindu is an example of a Romcom gone wrong. At best, it’s a soggy, under-sweet apple pie.
The story revolves around a carefree Bengali boy, Abhimanyu, who has been in love with his next door neighbour, Bindu, ever since he can remember. Bindu on the other hand, loves herself too much to love anyone else. Abhimanyu understands this, but simply cannot seem to cut himself loose of the hold she has on him. So how will their love story unravel? That is the premise.
Bollywood has been trying since the past decade to make a film on the dreaded ‘friendzone’. Alas, not one of these films turns out even barely presentable. Why? Because the audience needs the hero of the film to seem like a hero and not a mushy-lovesick boy, wearing a man’s shoes. Even the most progressive of people will relate to such basic sensibilities in film preference.
Meri Pyaari Bindu is a weak film on many fronts. The story is very linear and short. Even in it’s two hours of run-time, the content begins to seem stretched and repetitive. Afterall, how many sunkissed headshots of Parineeti Chopra can one take? This movie offers very few memorable moments. The most exciting scene of the film was when Ayushmann Khurrana tried to climb a tree going upto Bindu’s room. Another issue is the irrelevance of the story. Who wants to see a romcom set in the 70s? No one from the 21st century.
Ayushmann Khurrana plays Abhimanyu only moderately well. Every emotion he displays, be it pain or sorrow, seem secondary and not worth the half of our attention. Nothing much can be written about his performance, primarily because it wasn’t really a performance, in the true sense of the word.
Parineeti Chopra was absolutely terrible as Bindu. She did not work on her character at all. Neither does she seem Bengali, nor does she seem like she is from the 70s. The whole film relied on her character and she blissfully let her entire team down. She couldn’t even bring reasonable emotion to the most clichéd of scenes, such as developing cold feet before a wedding. We cannot have a girl from the 70s, portray the shallowness of a millenial party girl and still be praised for her ‘efforts’. Parineeti was a disappointment to say the least.
Meri Pyaari Bindu also tries to draw parallels to masala cinema, with a major part of it dedicated to showing how reality is vastly different from pulp fiction, and that only pulp fiction sells. You might buy into this thought process, but the counter-argument is that as soon as anyone writes a rom-com, they are already a part of the pulp-fiction family. We cannot have delusional film-makers convince us that romantic-comedies can qualify as art cinema. Chocolate cake can never be a health food.
On the plus side, in typical YRF fashion, the cinematography and background score are perfect. What doesn’t work, is everything else. All in all, Meri Pyaari Bindu is ill-concieved, inconsistent and irrelevant. Every part of this film seems lazily executed. The acting is sub-par, the story line is disastrous and the screenplay is less than adequate. The dialogues are well written, but they lose their charm in the overpowering boredom of this film. Most people will leave the theatre feeling discontented and gain nothing from this movie.
We suggest that you give this one a miss. We give it 2/5.
You will like this film if: You have been a victim of the friendzone and are Bengali
You will dislike this film if: You are anyone else
Best performance: Aparajita Auddy