Nostalgia, too much of it!

‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ movie review by G9 Divya Solgama 

Expectations:

People who grew up to the Hrishikesh Mukherjee or Basu Chatterjee type of cinema will understand the presence of food, nostalgic songs and cultural family gatherings. These films had sweet moments indulged with a fantastic screenplay, memorable songs and fine performances by the lead actors. Many film makers tried to ape these type of cinema, but the nostalgic factor either looked forced or the moments failed to connect with the screenplay, thus we never got that simplicity series back. Very few filmmakers could adapt this style or enhance it in order to take us to the trip down the memory lane. One such film was Ayushmann Khurrana’s ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, which had the nostalgic music of the 90’s era, the cultural family gatherings, presence of food and had its roots grounded to the heartland of India. Ayushmann returns back with ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’, whose unique marketing strategy consisting of retro songs, mix tapes and nostalgia, managed to raise the expectation level to the top. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ will manage to give us one more feel good nostalgic film on the lines of ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ or might end up being among all those films where besides the novel concept there is nothing more to cherish.

Story:

‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ is a story of a writer Abhimanyu Roy (Ayushmann Khurrana), who is known for his horror – sex based novels. Abhimanyu decides to write a romantic novel and ends up back to his childhood home in Kolkatta. The city instantly reminds him about his childhood crush Bindu (Parineeti Chopra) and their wonderful moments spend together. Abhimanyu finds an old mix tape consisting of all-time favourite songs of his and Bindu. These songs were related to the important happenings in their lives. Thus, Abhimanyu decides to writer down his latest novel based on the life happenings between him and Bindu. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technical Details:

The story concept is fresh and has been interestingly woven with good nostalgic moments attached to it. The first half is breezy, entertaining and enjoyable. The second half continues to entertain till a point, after which the movie goes on the repetitive mode leading to a confused and bland finale. People who love retro music will cherish the first half of the film where right from the basic introduction scene to Ayushmann’s book reading by a relative, Ayushmann’s introduction of Parineeti, childhood track, exchange of letters, mix tape track, Goa track and few more keeps you glued to the silver screen. The first half is full of sweet moments and rides solely on it. The second half starts to wobble and reminds up about the invisible script which is now highly required in these parts of the film. Failing to which, the moment’s starts drying up leading to a boring and unconvincing finale. The motive is different and interesting, but has been displayed without any conviction and in a bland manner. The twist in the latter part of the film does not make sense with the screenplay as well as the character of the film. If only those scenes were shown with little more detailing the impact would have been magical. The dialogues are heartfelt and even in bland scene works to charm you. The cinematography is superb and the whole movie has been narrated in a pleasant manner.

Music:

The music by Sachin-Jigar is highly melodious. Songs such as ‘Maana Ke Hum Yaar’, ‘Ye Jawaani Teri’, ‘Haareya’, ‘Afeemi’ and few more works in favour of the film. The movie also has loads of retro songs (Abhi Na Jao, Sun Sun Zalima, Aayiye Meherbaan, Auaa Auaa, Do Naina, Dekha EK Khwab, Mere Sapni Ki Rani, Disco 82, Yaad Aa Raha Hai, Kabhi Kabhi and a few more), which works as an additional screenplay in the film.

Direction:

Director Akshay Roy succeeds in taking you to trip down memory lane and gives fantastic tribute of retro songs and the colonial streets of Kolkatta and Mumbai. It’s just that once these moments start being repetitive the thin line screenplay fails to keep the movie intact. The second half is slow, tedious, confused, bland and boring. The whole impact gets diluted due to the half-baked screenplay and unconvincing track of Parineeti Chopra. The movie had the full potential to become a feel-good film on the lines of great film makers, but settles down as an above average watch due to several flaws.

Performances:

Ayushmann Khurrana is superb in his part. He makes you connect with his character and surpasses his co-actors in emotional scenes. Parineeti Chopra looks great in all those bubbly and chirpy type of scenes. She fails miserably in the emotional scenes and exposes herself as a weak actress. Rajatava Dutta and Prakash Belawadi lend good support. Abish Matthew and others were wasted.

Final Verdict:

So on an overall basis, ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ is like a hazy nostalgic, where we have some wonderful remembrance of great moments, but everything else attached to it has been wiped out forever. The movie has its sweet moments and an interesting first half, but fails to conclude well.

Rating – 2.5/5 [Source – Bollywood Times]