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13 October 2011

Analytical Film-Review: Yesh Raj Films’ Movie Lafange Parinde

Ashburn, Virginia, USA

Dipika Padukone as Pinki

- Harish Jharia
  1. Banner: Yash Raj Films
  2. Release Date: August 20, 2010
  3. Producer: Aditya Chopra
  4. Director: Pradeep Sarkar
  5. Star Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Deepika Padukone, KK Menon, Piyush Mishra, Manish Choudhary, Namit Das
  6. Singers: Ronit Sarkar, Mohit Chauhan, Shail Hada, Anushka Manchanda, Shilpa Rao, Suraj Jagan, 
  7. Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
  8. Music Director: R. Anandh
  9. Background Music: Zubin Balaporia
  10. Cinematography: N Natarajan Subramaniam
  11. Choreography: Bosco Martis, Caesar Gonsalves
  12. Editor: Sanjib Datta
  13. Story, Screenplay and dialogue: Gopi Puthran
Theme and story: 
Lafange Parinde is a story of poor and underprivileged youngsters who live their lives full of struggle and pains. Nevertheless, all the adversities of their lives cannot stop them from dreaming much better lives full of name fame and fortunes.  

Nandu, is a bare-knuckled slum fighter who fights a weekly fight on Fridays on a ring controlled by a local goon and gangster Usman Bhai. He is better known as One Shot Nandu because of his expertise in knocking down his opponents with a single punch. Nandu is earning his livelihood from the revenue realized out of such fights. 

Niel Nitin Mukesh as One Shot Nandu

One day Usman Bhai deputes Nandu on an extra job of driving the jeep carrying a contract killer Anna for an encounter with a rival gang. The encounter ends in the death of Anna and while driving the jeep Nandu injures a slum girl in a hit-n-run accident. 

The injured girl is Pinky who workes as an assistant in a roller skating institute and an ambitious dancer. Before the accident, Pinki was getting training from the institute’s skating instructor in figure-skating dance performance. Pinky was aspiring to compete in the TV show ‘India’s got talent’ pairing with her instructor for winning the prize money of Rs 50,00,000/-.

Pinkiy loses her eyesight in the road accident but returns to the skating floor for resuming her practice in spite of being visually handicapped. But, by that time the instructor joins with another contestant and leaves Pinky alone. Eventually, Pinki rebuilds her dancing pair with Nandu. Trains him in figure skating and wins the TV contest and the prize money of 50 lakhs. 

In spite of an excellent story, beautiful performance of actors, extraordinary direction and expert editing, the film did not do well on the box-office. I think the first reason might be its title ‘Lafange Parinde’ which contains slang and does not sound good. The title does not give right idea of the film, its theme and the social message it conveys. Some sections of cine goers might have avoided watching it because of its title. 

The film is worth seeing because of its story, direction and presentation. It is a must see movie because it conveys strong messages to the underprivileged section of people that the world of name, fame and fortune is made for everyone including the people living in the slums. The tapori dialect spoken by the characters in the film is a real entertainment. 

I have noticed a small error in editing that leaves doubts about the timings of the accident met by Pinki and the death of Anna. The frame of death of Anna was shown first; then the frame of knocking down scene of Pinky was shown; and after that the frame that showed Nandu and Anna in the running jeep was shown again. 


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