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Movie Review: Lafangey Parindey

by Jehanzeb Khan

From the raunchy streets of Mumbai, the last place where no one would expect talent to shine, comes a young love story of the vigorous, sturdy and ardent boxer Nandu and the ultra dynamic, sweet and delicate skate dancer, Pinky. Now we’ve heard and seen innumerable love stories in our lives and on the big screen. What makes this one a tad bit distinguished to the others? Does it have the audacity, the agitation, the glamour and the pragmatism to sensationalize the audience?

Lafangey Parindey - Bollywood Movie

‘Yash Raj Films’ brings to you, the most anticipated tale of love this year, Lafangey Parindey, starring Neil Nitin Mukesh as the BLINDFOLDED Boxer and the Deepika Padukone as the, well, BLIND skate dancer.
The plot circulates around the lives of these two individuals and how their swirling love affair sets their course into a womb that’ll change their lives forever.

Nandu a.k.a One-shot Nandu is a champion street fighter who thrives on pummeling his adversaries in the ring. With the pursuit of his passion, his lust for power in his bubble augments and that is what makes him a Hercules in his surrounding. Needless to say, as wild and as apathetic Nandu sounds, he’s about to discover the emotional fragment of his personality when he bumps into Pinky.

Pinky, the never worrying and joyous young girl, works a 9 to 5 shift job at a shopping mart. Not much for a blind girl to assist in killing the drudgery in her life so, as talented she is, skate dancing adds the color to her life. Her ambition is to sprout up from her monotony and prove to her peers that she’s capable of way more than this.

Aimed steadfast to their objectives, the two fall in love with each other, teaching themselves what they know not. All this happening amidst the bike gang wars taking place in the dark pavements of Mumbai. Will their love succumb to the abrasive norms of the society?

Making:

As we all know, Yash Raj Productions require a load of professional dedication from the cast crew. Pertaining to this, Neil Nitin Mukesh has acquired injuries and bruises during the shooting of the movie. This sacrifice was made to make the movie as real to the camera as it would be to the naked eye.

Some issues were also raised regarding the Deepika’s bikini scene in the movie. When asked, she responded saying that she does not want to make a big deal out of it.

The Kashmiri “Lamhaa” (Movie Review)

Lamhaa Movie - Bollywoodby Jehanzeb Khan

Lamhaa is the new sensational bollywoood flick, fraught with action and thrill, upcoming in 2010. The plot of the feature film revolves around an obnoxious ambience set in Kashmir. The valley, as we all know it, is portrayed as a paradise that now knows an end to its beauty. It is now a playground to the depraved and contaminated minds of the ones who serve to monetary gain and refute moral rectitude.

A firm in the valley is generating an obscene amount of money that is being consumed by the upholders of constitutions, militants, highly ranked army and intelligence officials, following bureaucrats, of both Pakistan and India. Unfortunate to their cause, the intelligence agency cracks down this advancement and deploys a mercenary into Kashmir to sabotage the operation. Sanjay Dutt plays the role of the undercover foreign officer that impersonates ‘Gul Jehangir’ to gel in the community. Concurrent to his arrival, Haji (Anupham Kher), a separatist leader, survives a bomb blast attack. Thrown into bewilderment and suspicion, Sanjay dutt teams up with the Haji’s daughter, Aziza (acted by Bipasha Basu), to find a link between the enigmatic blast happening and the stirring up controversy. Aziza is well determined and staunch young disciple of her father Haji who has dedicated his life, since childhood to voicing the anguish of the Kashmirites, amidst the prevailing tyranny against the Azad Kashmir Movement.

Aarif (Kunal Kapoor), a prominent role in the picture, is a former militant and a present youth leader. Today, many Kashmiris can be empathetic to his situation. Aatif, although pro-freedom like the rest of the characters in his surrounding, has a tendency to follow his own set of rules to attain what he wants.

Making:

The film was shot over a tenure of 3 years. Hindrances like the mob cluttering at the filming venue and instabilities involving the army-local disputes, were encountered.

Bipasha Basu, due to some unforeseen circumstances, had to abruptly leave the set for home. Later, releasing to the press she was apprehensive of the shooting due to security concerns, but returned after hearing of the replacement prospect. Already, Karishma Kapoor had backed out of the movie at the last minute before Bipasha. The director, Rahul Dholakia collapsed on the sets and shooting on one of the days, delaying the shoot after doctors advised Dholakia bed rest for one month.

Let’s see how the fate of these three individuals pans out in the course of the movie!

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