Lafangey Parindey: Movie Review
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Deepika Padukone, Neil Mukesh
Direction: Pradeep Sarkar
Producer: Yash Raj Films
MOVIES: Only a Mumbaikar who takes that crowded local train everyday to
work, dances on Nashik Dhol, Lezim taasha
during Ganapati festival, plays the
dandiya in Navratri and does the popular Govinda dance during
Dahi Handi knows where the beauty of his
city lies. It does not lie in malls, multiplexes and any form of modernisation
that Mumbai is often associated with. It lies in its Mumbaiyya culture, created
by its real inhabitants who predominantly reside in sprawling chawls and match
box sized flats rather than palatial sea facing bungalows.
Pradeep Sarkar pans his camera on these gritty streets and gullies of Mumbai and
tells a simple tale of two free-spirited youngsters who believe nothing is
Popularly known as One Shot Nandu, Nandan Kamtekar (Neil Nitin Mukesh) is a
small time boxer who beats his opponent in one punch. Though Nandu’s popularity
is limited to his locality, it doesn’t limit his dreams. Nandu dreams of
stepping into his mentor Anna’s (Kay Kay Menon) shoes. He also dreams of
becoming an important member of his godfather Usman’s underworld gang.
Another Tilakwadi resident, a blind Pinky Palkar (Deepika Padukone) too is a
dreamer. Pinky is a skater who loves to dance. She thus dances on skates and
dreams of becoming a world renowned dancer some day. Pinky curses herself for
being born in a lower middle class family but her tapori neighbourhood that
fondly addresses her as ‘dance bar’ and ‘Kareena Kapoor of Tilakwadi’ does not
bog her down.
As fate would have it, a tragic incident brings the two together while their
dreams come crashing down. Will the two be able to overcome all odds, fight
their destiny and shun the mediocrity they thoroughly despise... forms the story
of Lafangey Parindey.
The beauty of the film lies in its simplicity. Sarkar does not get preachy or
patronizing in his storytelling in spite of his story being predictable. The
portrayal of Mumbai life including the taporigiri showed is not over-the-top.
The clothes and even the names of the characters fit the setting. Second half is
a bit of a drag but even then the film never loses its grip. High on emotions,
the film is more of a drama but comedy and romance too have their prominence in
Deepika Padukone is an apt choice for Pinky Palkar. She looks, walks and talks
like a perfect Mumbaichi Marathi Mulgi. She is in fact a revelation as far as
her performance goes. As a blind girl who loathes any kind of sympathy coming
her way, she is superb. This has to be Deepika’s best performance so far.
Neil too acts exceptionally well. He is restrained and real when he displays all
of Nandu’s emotions through his eyes. Nandu’s inner conflict with his biggest
regrets and fight to achieve redemption is beautifully portrayed by Neil
although the actor falls short of getting into the skin of his character. His
stylish clothes, neat and clean accent and fairer than fair complexion,
unfortunately fails him.
The supporting cast is superb. The actors who play Chaddi and Diesel are just
like your real best friends who would never leave a single chance to pull your
Music is decent with ‘ Main Lafanga Bada’
by Mohit Chauhan and ‘ Dhatad Tatad’
being the best songs of the lot.
Lafangey Parindey is a human tale of risk and loss, and emotional victories. It
is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of Mumbai. Watch it for its earnest
performances, real characters and sheer simplicity.
After churning out letdowns like Tashan, Pyaar Impossible, Dil Bole Hadippa and
Badmaash Company, Yash Raj finally gets it right this time.