Meri Pyaari Bindu Movie Review
After an epic disaster in the form of Aditya Chopra directed BEFIKRE, Yash Raj Films come up with a fresh romantic musical comedy, MERI PYAARI BINDU, starring the versatile Ayushmann Khurrana, who has till now never disappointed with the musical scores of his films. And with the highly talented young composers, Sachin-Jigar, along with the experienced lyricist Kausar Munir (after the much appreciated BEGUM JAAN) holding the musical baton, things get even more exciting and expectations soaring.
MERI PYAARI BINDU MOVIE STILLS
The playlist commences with the jazz based 'Ye Jawaani Teri', and just the sound of guitar strums and drums are enough to give that light, entertaining yet nostalgic retro feel, and one is instantly reminded (only in spirits) of 'Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar Ke Charche' (BRAHMACHARI). Jonita Gandhi and Naksh Aziz put up a lively performance.
The song that had all die hard romantics drooling, 'Haareya' is another feather in the crown for Arjit, who spellbinds with an awesome performance, and Sachin-Jigar who as mostly come up with a dew fresh addictive tune and minimalistic yet elegant musical addendums. One just wishes for a reprise of the song by Ayushmann Khurrana who we know will add chaar chand to the chartbusting number. Priya Saraiya deserves a bow for those lovely lyrics.
Parineeti impresses with her vocal prowess in the simple and heartwarming ghazal 'Maana Ke Hum Yaar' and the sheer simplicity of the lyrics, lovely flowing tune and background arrangements lend that nice authentic vintage touch to the composition. Having said that, she has miles to go before she can touch her much more accomplished cousin Priyanka Chopra.
The first average (compared to the previous tracks) song of the album, 'Iss Tarah', rendered by Clinton Crejo and Dominique Crejo, is still entertaining once again, bringing back that retro eighties-nineties touch.
We had savoured glimpses of Bengali music in PIKU (and before that in LOOTERA) and this time with 'Khol De Baahein' Sachin-Jigar do a wonderful job of intermingling simple Bengali lyrics (by guest lyricist Rana Muzumdar in Bengali) with Hindi, which even though may not be comprehendible to all, but are still hummable due to a lovely tune. Monali renders the number in a whispering soft of manner providing the song with that heady, soft romantic feel.
Another song that has just been released and added to the jukebox is the really addictive, 'Afeemi' (derived from the word 'afeem' which means opium). The song commences with Parineeti expressing her love for Ayushmann in Bengali ('aami tuma ke bhalo bashi'). A petal soft romantic duet (rendered well by Sanah Moidutty and Jigar) carrying an addictive dew fresh melody, 'Afeemi' sounds good to the ears and so are the simple, Urdu cum Hindi lyrics.
In a nutshell, Sachin-Jigar fulfil expectations and stay true to their reputation of providing fresh, lilting melodies with superb arrangements. ' Haareya' and 'Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin' happen to be our picks. And the recently added 'Afeemi' too is now in our list! The songs should certainly help the cause of the film which sees a mid-May release and provide Yash Raj Films (and Parineeti who too is going through a lean phase), with the much needed and deserved success.
Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below
YRF is back into its known territory - feel good romcoms. MERI PYAARI BINDU helmed by first timer Akshay Roy starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra successfully reminds of the 2012 delightful and fresh romcom RUBY SPARKS directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, written by Zoe Kazan.
MERI PYAARI BINDU MOVIE WALLPAPERS
MERI PYAARI BINDU takes the basic idea/premise to spin this into an Indian fairy tale romance that wobbles between fantasy and reality that hardly adds anything novel to the idea of relationships. While Ayushmann and Parineeti are charming throughout and the helmer manages to maintain the 'spirit' of a rom com targeted at urban audience, the movie looses spark and it goes on and on even the soothing sound of golden melodies like 'Abhi Na Jao Chodke', 'Do Naina Ek Kahani' fail to lift this rom com from mediocrity.
Inspired by the Greek myth of a creator/artiste (Pygmalion) falling in love with one of his creations/imaginations which was handsomely adapted by Zoe Kazan in RUBY SPARKS, MERI PYAARI BINDU could have been a golden opportunity by the banner to heal the wounds caused due to their top boss Aditya Chopra in his forgettable modern day version of DDLJ known as BEFIKRE. But alas! writer Suprotim Sengupta makes it easy for all. I doubt whether the regular audience will understand the term called 'writers block' and BINDU is actually a mix of reality and imagination of a writer who is going through a writer's block. Anyways turning to our Pyaari Bindu - yes that Kishore da's number from the iconic cult comedy PADOSAN is also given a tribute but that will be later.
The movie opens with Abhimanyu aka Bubla Roy (Ayushmann Khurrana) a successful horror-erotica fiction writer, who is facing a writer's block for three years. It's a question why this Bangalore trained management executive is writing pulp horror fiction with sleazy titles that objectify women only for money. He already had a job. Anyways, Bubla comes to Kolkatta during his 'blog' crises and remembers his childhood sweet heart - Bindu Shankarnaryanan (Parineeti Chopra) aka Bindu. Bubla is smitten by the girl next door who loves Geeta Dutt. The freewilling Bindu and controlled Bubla grow up together and enjoy their teenage 'emergency' moments and pranks.
As they grow, Bindu isn't much interested, the confused charmer keeps running away from commitments from her boyfriends and the writer of the movie doesn't give Bindu the depth and space required, reducing her into a beautiful mess who doesn't know what she wants. Ayushmann gets a better developed character and that's the major flaw of the film. In Bollywood rom com stories with strong woman angle are appreciated.
Bubla meets Bindu, they get separated then they meet again, he even proposes her twice (yes)the last one being a tribute to the Kishore Kumar sung 'Meri Pyari Bindu' but things don't stir the wheels of passion as it is suppose to do. The climax isn't inspiring either to make it all well that ends well leaving us waiting for something like a marriage proposal which is looking for an answer.
Being an YRF movie, the technicalities and art work is fantastic. The essence of Kolkatta is felt thanks to the 'jeebone ki pabo na' number and special mentioned to those evergreen classics remembered in the film that gives a smiling deja vu. Music by Sachin Jigar on the other hand is hummable while watching the film.
The chemistry between Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra is on and off and the writer is to be blamed for this and it's a serious drawback.
The same can be said for the film. It's breezy, but mediocre that fails to use the potential of the premise though inspired into a beguiling rom com. Yes we can say it's better than BEFIKRE, Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra are delightfully charming in this long prolonged affair and if that motivates you to go for it go or else wait for the official DVD.
- Actor: Ayushmann Khurrana, Parineeti Chopra, Aparajita Auddy, Sanjay Mishra, Monica Dogra and Abish Matthew
- Lyrics: Kausar Munir, Priya Saraiya and Vayu
- Director: Akshay Roy
- Music Director: Sachin-Jigar
- Release Date : 12 May 2017