Adapting a story like Parineeta must have been no mean task for Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Mercifully, he is has been better equipped by God to deal with mad fancies than our friend Sanjay Devdas Bhansali.
Saif Ali Khan is a gamble that pays off. Vidya Balan is the best Vidhu Vinod Chopra woman after Manisha Koirala: she is a polished diamond, while Koirala was delicate lace. The curtain raiser on TV showed director Pradeep Sarkar holding up a poster of Vidya Balan and yelling at his crew: “This is the face that is going to sell the movie. Focus on this. #$%& everything else.” Good advice.
People don’t try to speak Hindi with Bangla shades, for which I am eternally grateful to them.
Hats off to the cast and crew for walking the fine line between art and artifice. Wonder why they had to retain the Rekha song, and not re-shoot it with someone else the moment they saw the rushes.
See the film. NOW!