Meri Pyaari Bindu Review
Director: Akshay Roy
Producer: Yash Raj Films
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Parineeti Chopra
Reviewed By: Nandini Roy
Immediately after watching the film, we realise the movie should be named ‘Mera Pyara Abhi’ and not ‘Meri Pyari Bindu’. We admit, there was nothing lovble about Bindu and Parineeti has managed to disappoint us again. Ayushmann on the other hand, is so sincere with his work that you fall in love with him, and thus, the tittle didn’t seem justified to us.
Ever since the teaser of the movie Meri Pyaari Bindu was unveiled, audience were going gaga about the trailer with utmost excitement and eagerly waiting for the movie to hit the silver screen. They were ready to flock the theatres nationwide. Finally, Meri Pyaari Bindu released today. This film is parineeti’s comeback to movie after an ages, almost after 3 years. Without being hesitant, I would want to bring the very fact of the movie in the light, Meri Pyaari Bindu fails to offer an extraordinarily unconventinal story line. This was definitely not what the audience was looking for! Unfortunately, Parineeti fails to win her fans heart by not showcasing, what she’s known for, her commendable performance!
She has also debuted as a singer in this movie for which, she has been lauded by millions for her singing skill. Its a romantic comedy, the film has been produced by Yash Raj Films and is the story of two childhood friends where Ayushmann plays a budding writer and Parineeti is a singer, we thank her for this, as probably the music is the only saving grace in this film. If you have watched the Marathi film Ti Sadhya Kay Karte that released recently, there are chances that you find minor resemblances to this film.
Meri Pyaari Bindu is the kind of romcom. A twee and rambling ode to first love, Akshay Roy’s 119-minute directorial debut, based on Suprotim Chatterjee’s screenplay. Abhimanyu aka Bubla Roy (Ayushmann Khurrana) is a horror-erotica fiction writer who faces writer’s block after going through a major heartbreak.
Fed up with the lack of critical appreciation despite being a successful writer, Abhimanyu Roy (Ayushmann Khurrana) returns to his hometown Kolkata where he decides to switch to the genre, he has been running away from to write more meaningful literature and decides on an old-fashioned love story. His life takes a new turn, interestingly. He finds himself dumbfounded on the moment when he first have a glance of his new neighbour Bindu.
Abhimanyu and Bindu (Parineeti Chopra) Know of each other since their childhood days. They share the same college and have common friends, they both part their ways after a while as careers drive the two apart and over the period of time feelings keep shifting pace between the duo. After this, they both keep bumping into each other, time and again. Abhimanyu’s love for Bindu never wavers. Where as Bindu’s voice wavered with a hint of uncertainty, where in Bindu still figures out whether she has developed any sort of liking for Abhimanyu or not. Basically, she is in perplex a mode and creates a perplexing situation for the audience too, which is a huge losing point for the movie.
Bindu does claim to love him back at one point, but since Bindu is an Indian version of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, we know that she doesn’t mean it and has said it in a frivolous manner. We are forever indebted to Rabin for pinpointing one of the key elements of the movie but unfortunately, we only get to pinpoint the plethora of disappointments and abundance of boredom in this movie.
In a telling conversation, Abhimanyu tells Bindu that he dreams of a life together where they will be married and have two children – clearly, like the filmmakers, he hasn’t understood Bindu at all. When Bindu, who is grappling with a career misfire, looks at him in horror, the movie has a brief chance to redeem itself and rescue Bindu from the gossamer mists of Abhimanyu’s idyll. The moment passes, and the movie trundles on.
Young available men who are trapped in love and heartbreak by self-centred women like Bindu – we’ve seen this before in the bile-laden but undeniably honest Pyar Ka Punchnaama (2011). Luv Ranjan’s movie is far more on the point about modern relationships, but Meri Pyaari Bindu stays faithful to Abhimanyu’s constructed and overly designed reality. Every supposed object of meaning is a mere prop, including the shiny typewriter on which Abhimanyu bangs out his pulp horror paperbacks (with titles such as Chudail Ki Choli).
At least the Kolkata setting throws up two delightful cameos. Aparajita Adhya and Rajatava Dutta are superb as Abhimanyu’s parents. Ayushmann Khurrana, frequently cast as the current generation’s Amol Palekar but lacking the veteran actor’s natural charm, makes the romcom hero grade, but is barely convincing as a Bengali or a man worthy of unlimited female attention, which he keeps getting while he pines for Bindu. The talented Parineeti Chopra, reduced to a love object, has little to do in a movie that isn’t quite sure where it is headed next.
It seems like Roy is trying hard to present characters that are relatable considering complicated romances in today’s times but doesn’t come close enough. He tries to experiment the story-telling process to make the film interesting but doesn’t manage to do so. The whole portion of Abhi and Bindu’s messages when she is traveling to Paris and Australia look extremely out of place.
He captures the Kolkata vibe well and I would even say the interesting start of the film with the Goddess was impressive. For retro music lovers, there’s Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Bappi Lahiri as the saving grace from the boring story. Sachin-Jigar’s music too works well for this film. Classic Hindi film tunes and Sachin-Jigar’s soulful tunes keep the movie ticking, until the moment when the song that inspired the title is recreated. The supposed tribute to Meri Pyari Bindu from Padosan proves that the original is always better than the remix.
Meri Pyaari Bindu is definitely not worth the hype! The climax is overly stretched and plot of the movie is not much of a relevance and seems purposeless. So, if you know the worth of your money and time in literal sense, you are smart enough to take decision for yourself!