Movie Review: Lafangey Parindey (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★½☆☆
Box Office: Below Avg

lafangey-parindey-optimizedWho says critics are useless? Now you don’t have to see this movie, unless of course, you derive some satisfaction/pleasure from graphic violence, unforgivably cliched scripts, migraine-inducing songs, and/or repeated sightings of Neil Nitin Mukesh’s bare arms.

Make no mistake, this is a film replete with awful acting that glorifies nihilism – this is in-your-face movie-making by people with a moral compass badly askew. The title ‘Lafangey Parindey’ is an apt metaphor for the production house behind this flick which ultimately bobs and weaves a lot but ends up all empty air. Maybe it’s a cultural thing but there’s nothing remotely entertaining in ‘Lafangey Parindey’ – its just an exercise in silliness designed to rob you of Rs 300+. Director Pradeep Sarkar (of Laga Chunari me Daag fame) offers a lame attempt to do what Guy Ritchie has frequently done better – and with far more cinematic artistry. If he earns no other accolades for this directorial effort – a distinct likelihood – Sarkar deserves some kind of award just for assembling the most bizarrely inept cast and ideas of this young century. He’s put together this film with the offhand shoddiness of a government worker thinking about his Saturday evening beer.

A dash of style with loads of attitude and a hunger to reach the stars, LAFANGEY PARINDEY is about a group of youngsters living in the backstreets of Mumbai. It is an unusual love story of Nandu (Neil Nitin Mukesh) and Pinky (Deepika Padukone) whose path to love is paved by friendship, grit and hope.

LAFANGEY PARINDEY. Two different personalities. Two different lives. Destined to meet.

Set in the grungy streets of Mumbai, Lafangey Parindey is an unusual, edgy love story about the never say die spirit even when your last chip is down. It is an intriguing journey of a blindfolded street fighter and a blind dancer who, along with four friends, set out to achieve the impossible.

Born wild, will one-shot Nandu ever learn to love? Born to fly, will Pinky Palkar ever learn to see?


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.0 “Yash Raj finally gets it right this time.”
3.0 “a film that makes up for pleasant viewing”
Times Of India
3.0 “go if u don’t have anything more important this weekend.”
3.0 “a sweet love story which justifies all the primary characters. “
3.0 “soars just high enough to stand a fair chance of garnering mass applause.”
3.0 “A decent watch!”
3.0 “you’ll be touched by this immersing, sensitive story that couldn’t have made it as a mainstream release a few years ago”
3.0 “Watchable stuff.”
Real Bollywood
3.0 “Watch it to enjoy the old-world charm of the masala Hindi film. “
DNA India
Average Reviews
2.5 “has some amazing performances but is marred by a feeble script.”
2.5 “lacks spunk”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “is all style and no substance”
Zee News
2.0 “Yawn Out Loud”
1.5 “This one is straight to the DVD pile”
India Today
1.5 “Such scatter-brained, mish-mash of a movie “
Hindustan Times
1.0 “the result is about as original as half a dozen xerox copies from diverse sources”
Khalid Mohamed
0.5 “Bracingly Inept and Uninteresting”

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