Reality shows on television have climbed up the popularity charts. So much so, they have even made it to the big screen. RAB NE BANA DI JODI was a 2008 romantic film from the Yash Raj banner which culminated in a dance competition. Cut to 2010 and you have another film, LAFANGEY PARINDEY from the same production house, which ends in a reality show.
Set in a small Mumbai locality, LAFANGEY PARINDEY is the story of One Shot Nandu (Neil Nitin Mukesh), a street fighter who knocks opponents blindfolded every Thursday and does tapori giri on other days. Pinky Palkar (Deepika Padukone) aspires to make it big through a reality show. 'Life mein bada cheez karne ke liye bada kida chahiye', she says and believes. Unfortunately, she meets with an accident and loses her eye sight. Nandu, who is an expert in fighting blindfolded, takes the onus on him and helps Pinky in achieving her dreams.
LAFANGEY PARINDEY kicks-off promisingly with a refreshing first half. However, drags and disappoints in the second half.
The accident portion of Pinky is ingeniously written. Also, the exciting training sequences between Nandu and Pinky are the film's highlight. The chemistry between the lead pair is excellent here.
Moving on, some uproarious moments keep you entertained like the one in which Neil dresses up in a girl's outfit or the one in which a character says Ijjat hath me nahin paon mein hai, just before Nandu and Pinky are about to dance.
On the flip side, the dance training sessions in the second half, become banal after a while. Director Pradeep Sarkar (who gave us films like PARINEETA, LAAGA CHUNARI MEIN DAAG in the past) takes his own sweet time to arrive at the film's humdrum climax. The investigation of Pinky's accident becomes so ludicrous that one wonders why it was there at the first place, if the climax was anyway so convenient.
R. Anandh's music is decent. Nain Parindey and Mann Lafanga go well with the film. Gopi Puthran's dialogues are catchy. Editing by Sanjib Datta could have been a lot better, especially in the latter half.
Neil stands out. He is very convincing in his fighter avatar. However, with his charming looks he doesn't seem to be a tapori from a petite Mumbai locality. Deepika Padukone is infallible as the blind girl. With her poise, she also proves she's a good dancer.
From the supporting cast, Namit Das (WAKE UP SID fame) is admirable. Kay Kay Menon is completely wasted in his two scene role. Manish Choudhary doesn't have much to do. Child actor Amey Pandya is funny.
LAFANGEY PARINDEY has some amazing performances but is marred by a feeble script. For the 'records' this LP doesn't seem to be a long playing one.