Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar Review: Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra’s career best performance yet
Dibakar Banerjee, Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra give us the best Hindi movie since 2019!
There’s good news, and there’s bad news. Let’s hear the bad news first.
It’s a shame that this film wasn’t promoted at all and marketing geniuses went into their rabbit holes. The good news is, and there’s no ounce of exaggeration here, Dibakar Banerjee’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar starring Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra in the lead is THE BEST Hindi feature film you will watch since 2019. Yes, read that again.
Life right now is no less than a Dibakar Banerjee film - dark and struggling to find comic relief amid such horrific times. Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is just that - a black comedy film. It’s a Dibakar Banerjee film, so let’s not delve into decoding the plot too much, because that’s best done while watching the meandering twists and turns in real-time, where there’s less scope for prediction. It gives a viewer such joy to not just watch a rock-solid script come to life (written by Dibakar Banerjee and Varun Grover), but also for once watching something new and so gripping that you don’t want anyone to disturb you during the movie. Which more imperatively means that this film sets a benchmark for “how to make a film for theatre and OTT’ without compromising on content.
Satinder ‘Pinky’ Dahiya (Arjun Kapoor) a Haryana based police officer meets Sandeep Walia (Parineeti Chopra) a finance expert who works for Parivartan Bank. Sandy is on the run because her boss wants her dead. What happens and how these two make the script come alive in a quintessential Dibakar Banerjee film where there’s no scope for unrealistic locations and storytelling, is a cinematic treat.
Sandeep aka Sandy is easily one of the best female characters written and enacted with due justice to the writing in the past few years. Parineeti Chopra gets into the skin of the character and delivers an award-winning performance with commendable ferociousness and valiance that the character shows despite being in deep trouble.
As for Arjun, Banerjee manages to tame the beast and get an aboveaverage performance from Kapoor which is a pleasant and promising surprise. The film uses the words “head over heart” many times. If you were to give one piece of advice to Arjun on choosing his projects, you could tell him to stick to working with Banerjee more than other names in the industry. Arjun, if this review reaches you somehow, please use ‘head over heart’. Cling onto Banerjee. He’s the man for you!
The film has some triggering scenes which have been aesthetically filmed.
The two additional characters who keep the film afloat with dark humour are Raghubir Yadav and Neena Gupta. Neena Gupta is clearly enjoying the golden period of her life. What is it that the woman can’t do? The diligence with which she pursues each character is a masterclass in acting. The art directors and department deserve huge applause for bringing the movie together and also establishing that you don’t need larger than life sets and glitter to make a movie a success in a pandemic. Authenticity is key.
The climax brings out an Arjun Kapoor no director has been able to extract out of him in his entire career. The cinematography, make-up, costume and background score almost act like an epiphany in one of the final scenes for Kapoor. It is absolutely stunning!
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is a respite from below average and larger than life cinema that has been shoved down our throat for the past two years. The return and revival of the Ishaqzaade pair is good news.
“The return of Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra is good news”
Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Cast: Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor, Raghubir Yadav, Neena Gupta, Jaideep Ahlawat
Now streaming on Amazon Prime Video