Producer: Maneesh Sharma
Director: Akshay Roy
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Parineeti Chopra, Aparajita Auddy, Rajatabha Dutta, Prakash Belawadi, Abish Matthew, Chandra Choor Rai
Writer: Suprotim Sengupta
The film is a love story and, true to its title, posters and trailers, it is a fun, romantic comedy that tugs at the heart strings. The problem is that while the first half is refreshing and light-hearted, the second half is not as entertaining as promised. Also, the climax of the film might not go down well with a certain section of the audience.
In short, despite the good concept and unique style of narration used by the director, the film fails to impress. It is even more disappointing as it has been produced by one of our leading production houses, Yash Raj Films.
After the first look and the trailer were released, it was obvious that the film would be an unconventional love story of two conventional people. On the plus side, music from the golden era plays an integral part in the film and is something to relish. The script wins you over with its naive characters and how relatable they are. However, as the climax approaches, the narrative tends to lose the plot.
The film starts in Mumbai with Abhimanyu aka Bubla Roy (Ayushmann Khurrana), a successful horror-erotica fiction writer. However, he is now hit by writer’s block. Soon his mother (Aparajita Auddy) and father (Rajatabha Dutta) lie to him and trap him into visiting them in Kolkata.
With his publisher leaning on him to come up with his next book, Abhimanyu realises it’s time to turn to a genre he has been running from, romance. He decides to pen his own love story titled Meri Pyaari Bindu.
Thus, in a flashback, we are introduced to Bindu (Parineeti Chopra), his childhood sweetheart and neighbour. Abhimanyu met Bindu at the tender age of five and the two have been inseparable since. Abhimanyu, who has always been in love with Bindu, is devastated when he finds out that she has left Kolkata after her mother’s death.
Careers drive the two apart and, over time, feelings keep shifting between the duo. The two meet again in Mumbai and fall in love. But after having a tough time in her career as a singer, Bindu rejects Abhimanyu’s proposal of marriage and leaves him heartbroken. Cut to the present, where Abhimanyu is in the process of writing his novel. How Bindu and Abhimanyu’s lives cross paths again takes the story forward.
The comic undertone in many scenes makes the film very watchable. Credit also goes to the actors, who play their respective parts with conviction. The first half of the film moves swiftly and includes some major highlights of the film but it is post-interval that the curiosity really builds.
There are many scenes that are touching, like the one where Bindu finds a puppy and asks Abhimanyu to keep it and her cheating antics in the exam hall. Here, a special mention to Abimanyu’s family.
Debutant Akshay Roy directorially impresses with his crisp storytelling and ability to portray his characters realistically. His ability to bring the subject to the big screen is stupendous. Writer Suprotim Sengupta keeps the story crisp with engrossing screenplay and snappy dialogue. However, it is the inconsistency in the script that makes your attention flag and that’s where the film fails.
Cinematography by Tushar Kanti Ray is very good. Music by Sachin-Jigar matches the temperament of the narrative. The way the makers have used old songs and tunes works very well with the story. With a run time of 119 minutes, the story is balanced pre- and post-interval with conviction. The sets and the locations are apt and support the narrative. Editing by Shweta Venkat is spot-on. Costumes are apt. The background score and songs are another asset and they blend with the narrative beautifully.
Performance-wise, the lead pair, Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra, delivers an outstanding performance and their on-screen chemistry is very credible. Khurrana plays his part with the right amount of naivety and stays true to his character. Chopra gets into the skin of her character and plays a free-willed girl with flamboyance. Rajatabha Dutta portrays his character with panache. Aparajita Auddy suits her character and delivers a well-rounded performance. Prakash Belawadi is okay. Chandra Choor Rai is notable. Other supporting cast members fit the bill.
Verdict: Below Average!