Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar
And finally I got to watch this! Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar has been delayed ever since 2018 when it was originally slated for release. It further got delayed in 2019 and finally when it was set for a theatrical release in 2020, it was pushed further due to the pandemic. While it was a decision by YRF to exclusively have a theatrical release and not go the OTT way, it finally was out in March this year within its limited capacity. And trolls being trolls targetted this film so much so that regular viewers like me were discouraged from watching it. Finally, this film made its way to the OTT space on Amazon Prime and I have finished watching it. Is it worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is the story of Sandeep and Pinky who are on the run for reasons you will know when you watch the film. The story is tense, raw and thrilling. And the screenplay is truely fabulous, almost near perfect. Right from the terrifying opening sequence, you are glued to the drama that has already created palpable tension that you can cut through a knife. The sequences are raw and unapologetic. The first 20 minutes is probably the best that I have watched all year, all movies included. Post that, things slightly slow down as the key plot points leading upto the set of events as they stand are revealed. And the reason is a potshot at the system to put it in a goodway. Knowing the writers, they do not shy away from creating stories that are mildly controversial. But the threat still looms large in the middle section with a few twists along the way leading up to a climax that is underwhelming. Had the climax been better written, this would have been a near perfect film. But the screenplay is engaging and holds your attention throughout.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are subtle and leave a lasting impact. The music is good particularly the title track that is a lot of fun to watch. The BGM compliments the screenplay so well. Director Dibakar Banerjee is one of my favourite directors and also one of the most underrated. His direction is absolutely top notch. It takes some amount of skill to pull off that terrifying opening sequence that will be talked about and raved for ages. Excellent direction.
The performances are absolutely top notch. Archana Patel as Sejal, Dev Chauhan as Nihal and Rahul Kumar as Munna have moments to shine. Sukant Goel in a cameo yet again proves why is a terrific performer. Dinkar Sharma as Parichay leaves a mark too. Neena Gupta as Aunty is absolutely top class. She is brilliant and deserves a spin off story of her own. Likewise for Raghubir Yadav who displays an effortless ease as a character that represents patriarchy in the family. His spoken english will make you chuckle or even laugh. Brilliant as usual! Jaideep Ahlawat as Tyagi is intimidating in an underwritten role. Arjun Kapoor as Pinky springs a massive surprise here. Not regarded as a great actor, he puts his best foot forward here in what might just turn out to be a major turning point in his career. He has looked every bit of his character with an incredible Haryanvi accent that will win you over. But the star of the show is Sandeep aka Parineeti Chopra who hasn’t just gained form but also is in the purplest patch of her career with as many as three releases this year and each of them incredibly good. Here her character is layered as she has to internalize many emotions. She is brilliant and she comes out with flying colours. Just shows what working with a brilliant director can do!
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is tense, raw, cerebral and absolutely thrilling. This is what happens when you listen to the trolls – you miss out on good stuff! Lesson Learnt! Available on Amazon Prime And Highly Recommended.