A very rare sort of film which takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions as it portrays to us a side of love that we all experience but which has never been capture and illustrated quite like this before.
The film is, as cliched as everyone’s description of it has become, “nostalgic”. You cannot help but be sent back in time, mostly that of the 80’s and 90’s.
Meri Pyaari Bindu is not a fast pased film but neither is it slow… It’s pased well enough to allow for viewers to live the lives of the main characters Bindu and Abhi and probably relate their own stories to it as well.
Akshay Roy, the Debutante Director has created a masterpiece with this film. What comes across so evidently through out the film is this man’s mindset of being “unconventional”. He never gives away the full story, he will keep you guessing, he forces you to think “out of the box” and he just doesn’t stop the film from entertaining you.
Unlike other thousands of movies, Meri Pyaari Bindu leaves you guessing, thinking…
Perhaps it was a love story, perhaps it was friendship, understood, misunderstood, told, untold, realised or in denial… The film keeps you wondering. Akshay Roy has a knack of making you almost pre-empt what’s about to happen and when you’re right there, he pulls the rug from under your feet.
Often audiences are geared up for the typical “soppy” love story, of course with its unneeded heaps of “glitz and glam”… Meri Pyaari Bindu is the opposite!!! The film stays true to reality and allows you to appreciate the raw beauty and talent of its characters, with the correct dose of sparkle.
Bollywood can surely do with more minds like that of Akshay Roy.
BINDU SHANKAR NARAYAN
Parineeti Chopra brings this character to life. She is outstanding in her portrayal of the role. When you watch Parineeti Chopra on screen, you feel as if though the film was scripted just for her.
Parineeti Chopra’s acting is so flawless, so seemless, so natural.
Bindu will have you in hysterics when she laughs, you will not be able to contain your emotions nor your tears when she cries. She is larger than life, passionate, fiesty, demanding, naughty yet so sweet and innocent. Bindu’s confused, undecicive mindset in the film will make you love her and despise her.
She is what, a lot of girls are. She’s real, hard-core, far from pretentious and she is so beautiful that she will have you fixated on her as much as she had Abhi.
ABHIMANYU “BUBLA” ROY
Ayushmann Khurrana’s deliverance of his role in portraying Abhi deserves a bow. He was just so impressive.
Without giving away details of the film (spoilers), Abhi is the most endearing, honest and real “Hero” to date. He gave, probably what woud be remembered as a “classic act” throughout Meri Pyaari Bindu.
Ayushmann Khurrana’s calm, stable character in real life is surely seen in Abhi in “reel life”. Abhi’s vulnerability, his dry sense of humor, timid “bholepan” character will make you love him from start to finish.
Abhi’s character exercises the right amounts of everything Bindu’s character needs, therefore making him holistically, the perfect guy…. And yes!!!, everyone wants an Abhi in their life.
Unlike the typical hip-hop, rap, loud music of current, most of which have meaningless lyrics and cheesy chorus lines, Meri Pyaari Bindu transports you back to the days of melody, meaning, “clean fun”, no “dirty dancing” but pure appreciation and respect for music.
MAANA KE HUM YAAR NAHIN
What a song!!! What a voice!!! What meaningful, heart-wrenching lyrics, such a soothing melody… the song that sums up Meri Pyaari Bindu in 3 minutes.
Parineeti Chopra made her debut as playback singer with this song. Standing ovation is a must for her. She has sung Maana with so much emotion, such clarity… what a clean song!!! No auto-tuning or voice ehancements were used.
When Parineeti Chopra sings, the expressions in her voice, the change of tones and pitches will give you goosebumps, it will make you tear with a lump in your throat and yet still there are parts of the song where you can hear her voice smiling and you will smile too.
A sterling debut release from Parineeti Chopra. MAANA is definitely a song which belongs to Bollywood’s wall of “classic and most appreciated songs”.
AFEEMI is the “Love Song” of Meri Pyaari Bindu. It’s a song that just like you did with Bindu, you will do with it, “Fall in love instantly”.
HAAREYA is a soulful song. Yes it will have you singing along but it’s also a very real part of Abhi’s character in the film. Haareya is song that lingers on in the mind, long after its over.
KHOL DE BAAHEIN focuses on Bindu and her reflection on her life. A painful, somewhat bitter-sweet song which has a Bengali tune to it, coupled with a few Bengali words.
YEH JAWAANI TERI and ISS TARAH are more beaty and vibey with a very nostalgic, retro base to them. Fun songs to watch and they will have you shaking a leg to them, perhaps clapping your hands even (3 claps for appreciation).
The entire sound track is the kind of one that you’ve not heard in a long time, it’s a real treat for those who’ve grown up listening to the legends of the 80’s, 90’s and prior to that.
Amazing accomplishment by music directors Sachin-Jigar.
PROPS & STUFF
Through the entire movie, Bindu and Abhi are seen in normal, everyday kind of clothes which makes their characters all the more authentic and aesthetic.
The creation of sets, background design, filmatography, editing and over all theme of Meri Pyaari Bindu were all on point, all in sync and packaged beautifully.
Special credit needs to be given to the team who created the trams and “Kolkata in Mumbai”… it was marvellously done.
FINAL TAKE AND RATING
With all honestly, the movie may not be understood 100% by all audiences as it requires one to, like I’ve mentioned before, “think out of the box”… However, Meri Pyaari Bindu is like my Mom (who’s not a big fan of Bollywood) said, A GEM of a film.
Meri Pyaari Bindu is crisp, fresh, clean and seriously, with all pun intended, none like you’ve seen. I’ve had the priveledge of watching the film almost the same amount of times as the fingers on both hands and I’ve just appreciated it’s beauty more with each watch.
Meri Pyaari Bindu is an entertainer, there is not point in the film where you want it to just get over with already, on the contrary, you will be so engrossed that the 2 hour long film ends so soon… it’s a climax like no other and you just can’t get enough of Bindu and Abhi.
There are lots of surprises in Meri Pyaari Bindu, especially from Parineeti Chopra, so for those who have not watched Meri Pyaari Bindu as yet, please do so, you’re missing out on such a magnificent film and a beautiful part of the making of Bollywood’s next “classic” hit.
Go get your tickets now and meet the divinely beautiful, vivacious Bindu and the naive but the perfect, every girl’s dream kinda guy Abhi.
My rating for Meri Pyaari Bindu is ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 out of 5.