August 17, 2010 11:36:53 AM IST Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
When was the last time when a lead female actor was seen enacting the role of a blind character in a film. It used to be irregular pattern during the old days, but for quite some time the idea was given a go-by, probably under the perceived notion that playing a blind character in a film would rule out the experimentation with dressing up, as too much of glitz and glamour would not gel with the character. But with LAFANGEY PARINDEY, Deepika Padukone seems to be buckling the trend, as she has come with an accomplished performance as it appears from the promos of the film. Deepika is an accomplished sports person and therefore she has been given the role of a character who is a skate's champion, and it being a character-an extension of her life, Deepika is indeed enjoying every frame of the movie.
It also is after a long time that in a film a female star is being shown living in chawls or downtown habitats providing enough opportunity to Deepika to deglamorize the role and rather focus on the performance part of it as she seems to be doing for LAFANGEY PARINDEY. It indeed is one of the apparent paradoxes why when Indian history has one of the most famous female blind characters in the form of Gandhari, very limited attempts have been made to provide a platform for visually impaired female characters to unleash their agony, struggle and ecstasy through the screen to create a sense of empathy.
The sheer choice of Deepika Padukone doing figure skating, one of the most beautiful sports for a lady to associate with could also give a much needed lease of life to the sports of skating in the country. It needed an iconic representation and Deepika Padukone could turn out to be its brand ambassador. As they say, when one is not able to view the world outside he or she internalizes the vision and interacts accordingly, and Deepika seems to have done it with panache.
Moving away from playing the role of a glam character, LAFANGEY PARINDEY indeed provides Deepika Padukone to stamp her place among the top actors in the country.
Coming at time just before the beginning of common wealth games, LAFANGEY PARINDEY essentially is a film whose underlining theme is sports, and let's hopes that it is able to mitigate some of the negativity associated with the Common Wealth Games.