August 30, 2010 05:48:15 PM IST Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
When the history of cinema would be written, anytime in near or distant future, LAFANGEY PARINDEY would stand out as a film that had the guts to accept the ground reality that television has indeed become an integral part of life of people in the country and that the advent of reality shows has emerged as a channel vehicle to showcase the talent. LAFANGEY PARINDEY does not have any other story line but the preparation for participation in a talent program and how sheer grit and determination can overcome all the insurmountable hurdles.
Coming from Yash Raj Films banner, which is considered shining beacon for film making, LAFANGEY PARINDEY indeed is moment of disruption in the history of Indian cinema as it has acknowledged that cinema and television have converged towards each other, cinema in fact trying to reach out to television, dazzled as it is by the outreach of television in terms of its visibility as also sheer scale of diversified outreach that cinema is not able to match-up to.
This columnist had been advocating for quite a long time the convergence of cinema and television, cinema rather feeding on television for quite a long time, and LAFANGEY PARINDEY has affirmed the belief in a big way, and it is also an ominous portent for the evolution of cinema. With television offering such a diversified palate of content, it could be used for adaptation cinematically.
The USP of picking up the ideas from television also provides the opportunity for the producers to cut down the cost and reap dividends in a shorter duration. It is evidently manifest from LAFANGEY PARINDEY, which has been primarily shot around in Colaba, Marine Drive and parts of Bandra etc i.e. the film has not gone out of Mumbai at all.
It is for the first time that this kind of experimentation has been done by Yash Raj Films and the experiment has also underlined a very important fact, which foreign locations or exotic locales do not bring in the audience to the cinema halls, but the signposts of connect, like the talent show in LAFANGEY PARINDEY. Audience tries to find out "the connect" with the cinematic content through subtle identities what may be called as the subaltern sense of belonging, and LAFANGEY PARINDEY provides that amply. May be cinema of Hindi variety would start becoming realistic after LAFANGEY PARINDEY.