Wednesday, May 6, 2009

a review: vidhu vinod chopra's 'Parineeta'

We all are aware of the fact that ‘Parineeta', is a Vidhu Vinod Chopra adaptation based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's (the famous Bengali novelist) genre ‘Parineeta' (1914)! 1962 - Calcutta with its Howrah Bridge, tram and panipuri - is suggestive of a different backdrop, not that of Kolkata of 1914!

A fantastic visual presentation, Vidhu Vinod Chopra's ‘Parineeta' would have been more appropriate if the backdrop had been that of early 21st century!

Because in 1962 no middle class Bengali girls (Parineeta and her sister) would have worn salwar kameez (that too sleeveless); similarly, non-bengali ladies (Gayatri) from the elite society in Bengal were more conservative and would have avoided wearing off-shoulder and low-cut outfits - even if they could have worn English gowns!

While watching the film one has an idea about the brand endorsement also which is quite interesting -
Nataraj pencil in Shekhar's hand...

Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate in the hands of the 2 young actresses playing the roles of Parineeta and Koyel - reminding us of the Dairy Milk wrapper of the 1980s...

Flurys (A Swiss Confectionery-which has been a landmark of Kolkata since pre-independence) for The Apeejay Group...

Saridon is a product which was developed in 1969 by Roche and was brought to India in 1969 i.e. 36 years after it was launched! In 1962 backdrop, we see a middle class family (heroine's family) using Saridon (given to Parineeta by Koyel before she goes to the night club with her other family members).

The music was fabulous; so was Sanjay Dutt's entry quite dramatic with the flavour of a ‘1942 - A Love Story' song tune!

We find Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Parineeta, like any other female protagonists of Sarat Chandra's novels including his Parineeta - is also an optimist even though we find her neck deep in the ocean of absolute hopelessness (in the movie)...

A brilliant commercial movie for the eyes to feast on the glamour and presentation skill of the filmmaker!

- nilanjana

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